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Hello Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat families,


In this edition of the newsletter you will find quite a lot of information that you may need to review more closely. All of this is available on our Websites: and








Our FC Heat Elite Girls 1999 Blue team became STATE CUP CHAMPIONS on April 9th at Galway Downs in Temecula, winning in extra-time against a Temecula Surf team 3-1. The girls, coached by Rob Parker have played well all season, finishing 3rd in SDDA Flight 2. Most of these girls have been with FC Heat since they were very young and this win has capped off a great finish to their club journey as for some of these girls, 2017 could well be their last year playing club. But what a way to finish!


After talking to Rob Parker who was ecstatic after the win, he said, First and Foremost, I would like to thank those of Escondido Soccer Club and FC Heat Elite for their support on our journey to become State Cup Champions. The girls of the G1999 team and I were honored to represent Escondido Soccer Club as well as our SDDA League to show that we are as competitive as any other club and league out there.”


He told me that the girls were mentally ready for this game and they knew what they had to do in order to win. The game was very physical but our girls kept their composure, making effective passes after winning the first and second balls. Emily Ketring opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a well taken goal. We were still leading at the half, but half way through the second-half Surf scored and then we played for about 10 – 15 minutes in a panic. Goalkeeper Jasmine Takacs was the saving grace during this period, doing everything she could to keep her team in the game. It remained tied into the final whistle. I noticed the girls’ body language when re-entering the field had changed for the better and realized that this could be the turning point in the game. I asked Rob what he said to the girls in the huddle to ready them for the extra half-hour of overtime.


“Well this was my proud coaching moment,” he said, “These girls came in exhausted, but I told them that they had worked too hard and long to end up in second place and that they all had to dig in and finish this game strong.”


Well that is exactly what happened. It became obvious that this was a totally different team that left the field at full-time. They came out and won every 50/50 ball. Marissa McInery took advantage of a breakdown in the Surf defense and blasted in the go ahead goal, then a short time later again Emily Ketring sealed the deal with a well taken shot in the corner of their net.


“A great 3-1 win,” said Rob, “Great competition, great memories and a great moment in time for the G1999 girls and for Escondido Soccer Club.”


Well done girls and Rob, we are really proud of you!






Having two 16-year old children, my family and I have been doing the rounds of seminars and on-line informational courses to gain knowledge as we move into this next phase of our lives.

Needless to say, we have walked away from many of these presentations, scratching our heads with our mouths wide open in disbelief at the sheer mass of confusing information thrown at us.


This last month we decided to tackle the financial aspect of helping our kids through college, which is even more confusing. Coming from a working class family in a different country, I honestly never thought that attending college would be so expensive and the preparation so time consuming and in depth.grab_cap


Of course we are all hoping for that chance of a FULL SCHOLARSHIP right? Well don’t be fooled, especially when it comes to sports and soccer in particular.


It is my personal goal as Director of Coaching and Communications to tell you the truth as my family and I experience it, and have you learn from the information or lack thereof that we as a family receive. In short, we are going to become your guinea pigs, so you can learn from both our successes and our mistakes or failures.


The majority of members of our club are very much like us, we didn’t grow up rich, we come from a working class background, we don’t have a million dollars in the bank, and our kids are smarter than us. We also realize that both of our children need be given an opportunity to further their education towards a secure future. Let’s face it, a college graduate is going to make money and a life using their heads instead of their hands like we did, and we have a duty to give them that chance. It just so happens that we have two children entering college at the same time. Phew, please give me  strength!


So, having said that, when you read these articles in the next few months, please understand that I am telling you the truth the way I perceive it for my family. You all know me by now and know that I am not going to mince my words in order to partner up with someone to sell you a product or to guide you to some other organization. If it works for me, I’ll tell you and if it doesn’t, again I’ll let you know.


One thing is for sure, most of you are like us and we all need this type of help and information like yesterday, especially if you are one, two or even three years away from your kids leaving high school.



Around 2 to 3 years away from college is when you really should start this process, we have started just 1 year away from college.


So I stumbled across a seminar given at the San Marcos Library last month, which was titled:

‘College for Free (or almost free)!’ (I actually remembered putting this out to all our coaches and managers). Yeah, I thought, as I arrived at the library. What am I going to learn from this? It has to be sales right? – WRONG!




The front row was filled with school teachers, and our instructor Sylvia Caruthers came across more of a mother of a student rather than a sales person. And a sales person she is not. She never tried to sell us anything or even talked about what she offered unless asked. She has a student in college and she would rather attend to her chickens than be in a teaching environment. But the amount of QUALITY information she gave us was a breath of fresh air in a foggy world. The school teachers were there in order to help their college bound students, and the other people I sat with were as equally impressed as we were. In fact, I felt that everyone left that workshop with some sort of a game plan.


To cut a long story short, I stayed behind to talk to Sylvia (this was the first time we had met), and I asked if she would be interested in doing at least one seminar or even a series of seminars to help educate our club members. She agreed and so I am trying to arrange our fist seminar on the following points…


If you’re the parent of a high school student who’s planning on attending a four-year state university or private college, you must attend this FREE workshop….

Come learn the insiders’ secrets and strategies to send your child to schools you never thought you could afford…and get them working on college now, instead of playing video games or taking another beach day!

Regardless of how much money you make, how much money you have or what you own, or even how good of a student you have.

This fast-paced, 75 minute informative workshop will educate you about all areas of planning and paying for college. The class is strictly informational and nothing is for sale.

During this class, here is just a fraction of what you will learn:

·  How you can get need-based scholarships and grants even if your family makes a six-figure income.

·  How to avoid the single biggest mistake 73 percent of parents make when applying for scholarships-a mistake that costs them thousands of dollars in lost aid.

·  What the SAT and ACT are really used for….and how doing well on them can save your family $100,000 per student!

·  How to understand the complicated formulas colleges used to determine your family’s financial contribution and how to plan ahead so that your cost is as low as legally possible.

·  What to do if you haven’t saved a single dime for school (ooops! Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We will discuss exactly how to fix it.)

·  How to avoid falling for the 5 biggest myths about financial aid that most parents believe, that forces them to go deeply in debt when they don’t have to….and in some cases ruins their retirement.

·  Three questions you MUST ask any school your child plans to attend…. before they even apply.

·  How 529’s and college savings plans can cost you ten times more than what they save, and what to do if you have one of these ticking time bombs!


This class is being taught by Sylvia Caruthers of Ducerus: Your Total College Solution, and a financial aid expert who has helped families save hundreds of thousands of dollars on the cost of attending their top university.

The event is free, but seating is limited by the size of the room, so be sure to reserve your seat now. Both parent and student are encouraged to attend and we would greatly appreciate it if you invite other families you know to attend as well. We welcome everyone as long as we have the space, and we know they will thank you too.

As mentioned previously, nothing is for sale, and no products will be discussed.


The workshop will be on Thursday, May 18th at 6.30 pm at the Boys & Girls Club at 115 Woodward Avenue in Escondido. You need to register here attend. This will be on a first come, first served basis until registration if full.






Older Tryouts have now been completed and we have formed 44 Competitive teams. Numbers were very good since word is now out that FC Heat Elite are a force to be reckoned with in the youth soccer world. Many of our teams are moving into higher divisions this year as 16 of our teams either won their divisions or were a close second. It seems we are climbing mountains quickly while establishing our footholds and heading higher.


fc_heatOur new registration process is now in force which is a learning process for all of us. It is working relatively smoothly compared to previous years. Parents are now billed through the system and coaches and managers will be able to gauge the financial stability of their teams. This allows managers extra time to assist parents and to carry out other duties that may have previously been overlooked and it also gives coaches more time to do what they do best. If you are not completely registered on-line and have all your paperwork in then you do not have a spot on the team roster until it is.  It is also important to note that player cards will only be issued to players in good financial standing who are successfully registered.


One other thing to note with the registration system we are using, is that for college age players there is a question asked about whether you would be interested in information regarding college recruitment. We have found that if you answered ‘yes’ to that question then you will be called by a company canvassing for clients to represent. There obviously would be a cost involved if you do indeed follow up with the company that calls you. We have not recommended them and have not partnered with them, and they have not returned our request for information regarding their costs. They are very persistent and will call and text and e-mail you, so you must do your own due diligence if you do indeed follow through with these guys. I declined to use them for my son.


If anyone missed uniform sizing you will need to contact Tracy Wright at to arrange a time or to give her the sizes you need.  This is for players that missed sizing or any new additional registered players.


A couple of our teams are looking for some experienced players both in the younger age groups and the older age groups.


B2005 Blue team – looking for 2 experienced players contact Sebastian Oros here.


B2001 White team – looking for 6 experienced players contact Albert Navarrete here.


This year we have made extra efforts to work with other clubs to get better deals on tournaments. Paulo Espinoza, one of our Heat coaches, has reached out to many clubs who are willing to work with us. Periodically, coaches and managers will receive e-mails either from me or Paulo to give you information on upcoming tournaments with lower costs – this will be on a first come, first served basis unless we can get better options on the amount of teams we can send. So please keep an eye on your email box and make sure it doesn’t go to junk.




We are proud to announce that FC Heat Elite, Escondido Soccer Club and SKLZ have now joined hands.


SKLZ is an elite innovative training equipment brand, and their training tools are being used by some of the most prestigious teams/clubs in the world. Their equipment is durable, authentic to the game and results oriented that will help prepare your athletes for the pitch.


Through our partnership, our COACHES are entitled to a constant 30% discount on all their equipment as well as being entitled to some exclusive promotions. Please see full catalog and our exclusive price guide available from Jake. (FYI, current promotion 50% discount on Pro Goals & Superlite).


To take advantage of these discounts and to place orders, and/or to ask questions, please contact our SKLZ representative below:


SKLZ has also opened a unique store for our parents and families who wish to participate in other great equipment savings too – Press for store


 Jake Santora







Online registration is now OPEN.


Register here:


Next walk up registrations:


Walk-Up Registration:


4/30/2017 at 11 am – 2 pm at Ryan Park

5/7/2017 at 11 am – 2 pm at Ryan Park

5/21/2017 at 10 am – 4 pm at the Escondido Street Faire on Grand Avenue


Looking for volunteer coaches for the Fall Recreational season. Please contact Jessica Escobedo @


See flyer for more walk up registration dates, player evaluations, prices and our FREE Recreational Camp in June.








FC Heat Elite is definitely seeing more air time and media exposure since our teams have been performing so well. This last month we had an interview published in SOCCERNATION about the success and goals we collectively have as a youth soccer club. To read the interviews, part 1 and part 2 please use the links below:






The article below is a great eye opener for HYDRATION and NUTRITION for the soccer player, I read this in this weeks edition of GOALNATION. Use the link below:


HYDRATION and NUTRITIONAL advice for soccer players


Ryan Park will now be closed from May 8, 2017 until August (date to be decided) 2017 for recovery and maintenance. When we return we will have nice, flat, green fields on which to play on.