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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





As I write this edition of the newsletter our All-Star teams are busy playing in the Commissioners Cup at Ryan Park. These teams have been practicing religiously under the lights weekdays at Ryan Park and from what I have seen from Saturday’s games, we should do extremely well. It is so refreshing to see volunteer parent coaches advance to the level of select All-Star coaches and giving their all for these players. The players themselves are thoroughly excited and proud – you can see it on their faces – to be representing Escondido Soccer Club in these winter tournaments.


As I have said before, to be selected for All-Stars really proves that these players are the ‘cream of the crop’ so to speak. The next step on their journey to mastering the basics of this sport is competitive tryouts. This is how great players are found and noticed, and this is where they step up onto the next rung of the educational level in soccer. We welcome one and all to our competitive tryouts in January (see flyer below).


Our competitive teams are wrapping up their seasons with the final Showcase events including the Presidio Cup this weekend in San Diego. Again I am excited to find that many of our teams are doing extremely well in this competition. Next on the competitive agenda is State and National Cups in January. Yes, our competitive season is a long one and runs from tryouts current year to tryouts the following year!


Congratulations to our competitive teams who won (6) or came second (5) in their respective divisions this year. In 2017 we had 44 teams and 60% of those teams finished in the top 5 of their respective divisions, which I might add, were top end divisions (Gold & Silver) as compared to last year. Here are our Champions and Runners-Up…




B2007 White – Coach Julio Alfaro

B2006 Black – Coach Jimmy Fernandez

B2004 Black – Coach Bryan Wilkes

B2004 Blue – Coach Jimmy Fernandez

B2001 Black – Coach Denis Sweeney

G2005 – Coach Hector Hernandez




B2010 Blue – Coach Paulo Espinoza

B2003 Blue – Coach Martin Lopez

B2006 White – Coach Julio Alfaro

B2002 – Coach Martin Lopez

G1999 Blue – Coach Robert Parker



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This year we have a brand new way for players and parents to evaluate their coaches and to see how you feel about their performance this year. All players should receive a written Player Evaluation from your coach and each coach receives a written Coaches Evaluation from the Director of Coaching. Part of this evaluation are your comments, whether good, bad or indifferent. A = Excellent through E = Poor. Each coach will read your comments exactly how you wrote them but not including your name or contact information or the name of your child (player) – this gets erased before we attach them to the coaches report.


It is important for us moving forward that we get the complete picture of the coaches overall performance from behavior to promptness and from communication skills to organization. By doing this we are able to keep our top coaches in line for teams of their choice and bring in new coaches for the remaining teams. Each qualified coach can have a maximum of 2 teams, if allocated, and the same for each manager. We have found that more than 2 teams is not manageable at the standard we like to operate at.


Please evaluate your coach in English here


Please evaluate your coach in Spanish here



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Tryout flyer english and spanish YOUNGER 2018


Soon we will be accepting early registration sign-ups for our 2018 Younger Competitive Tryouts. Other clubs tend to have their tryouts earlier than us, but we know that State Cup and National Cup still have to be played around this time. See the flyer above and the age groups involved. Older tryouts will be a little later as high school soccer season will still be running.



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On  January 13, 2018 we will be celebrating our teams’ contributions for the 2017 season and recognize the individual accomplishments of certain players. All players of each team will vote for who they think should be the Player’s Player of the Year and the coach will vote for who they think is the Footballer of the Year, or the player who has made the most impact in their eyes. Goalkeepers who have let in less goals in a regular season will also be recognized both younger and older, girls and boys.


The party will be a fundraising event to help raise funds for each individual competitive team selling goods and wares. Coaches of the Year both Recreational and Competitive will be recognized as will the Manager of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year.


Everyone is welcome!




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This brings us right into 2018 and planning for Spring League fun – see flyer below…



Register online here:


Walk up registration dates:  

Where: Ryan Park


December 2 and 3, 2017

January 6 and 7, 2018

1am – 2pm

Questions? Interested in coaching?


Contact Maria Rosales at




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Our Annual General Meeting has been changed and is now scheduled for January 3, 2018. This is where we prepare the club for the coming year and set our budgets and vote in our volunteers, etc. Venue and time TBD.


If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Escondido Soccer Club and/or FC Heat Elite please attend. We will be giving out details about the venue as we move closer to the date. You too could become part of our board!



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These results just in from the competitions at the weekend…






BU8 Blue All-Stars

GU12 (Mad Pandas)





BU12 Blue All-Stars







BU10 Blue


G2007 Blue

G2006 Blue




G2003 Blue

B2005 White

B2008 Black


G2003 Blue – Presidio Runners-Up



B2010 Blue – Presidio Champions



G2006 Blue – Presidio Champions



G2007 Blue – Presidio Champions



G2008 – Presidio Champions




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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





It seems that the year is flying by as the competitive teams are nearing the end of their regular seasons. SDDA of course has it’s showcase events and Presidio has approximately 3 games left before they start planning the Presidio Cup. Many of our competitive teams are sitting high in the league although they are playing at the top levels.


State and National Cup are next on the agenda for both groups, but there will be a small break for the high school soccer season to kick in. Remember, if you have players playing high school, then you cannot have them playing club, that’s just the way it works. High school has always been priority.



soc_1The week before last we hosted our All-Star Tryouts at Ryan Park and had a large number of Recreational players nominated for this. Teams have now been selected and practices will be starting mid-November. These teams will be representing Escondido Soccer Club in at least three local tournaments within San Diego County and we look forward to watching them play.


To be selected to tryout for All-Stars is an honor in itself, as coaches watch these players all season and nominate the better players in the Rec divisions. All-Stars is the next step up on the ladder so to speak, and a place where these players really excel. Many competitive coaches and scouts watch these tournaments looking to recruit players for next season. At Escondido Soccer Club we are proud to say that many of our highly competitive stars once played for All-Stars. These same players are now getting scouted by academies and colleges, which proves the system is working. Good luck to all you All-Star players!








This brings us right into 2018 and planning for Spring League fun – see flyer below…




Register online here:


Walk up registration dates:  

Where: Ryan Park

When: November 4 and 11, 2017

December 2 and 3, 2017

January 6 and 7, 20181

am – 2pm

Questions? Interested in coaching?


Contact Maria Rosales at








Our Recreational Coach of the Year will be voted on starting today November 1st through November 14th, 2017.


If you were impressed with your child’s Rec coach this season then vote for them, give them a chance to become Coach of the Year. Many of our Recreational Coaches of the Year eventually move through to Competitive coaching by improving their licensing and working alongside one of our more seasoned coaches.


To vote for your choice of Recreational Coach of the Year, you can either go to our Escondido Soccer Club Website or Click Here to vote


One vote per e-mail address and coaches cannot vote for themselves. It is also always great to see other coaches voting on their peers.


Votes will be tallied and the trophy will be given to your coach of choice at our End of Season Party at the end of the year.



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The truth about sports drinks!  READ MORE


The necessity to avoid fast foods!READ MORE



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Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for December 6, 2017. This is where we prepare the club for the coming year and set our budgets and vote in our volunteers, etc.


If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Escondido Soccer Club and/or FC Heat Elite please attend. We will be giving out details about the venue as we move closer to the date. You too could become part of our board!



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During one of our competitive games a few weeks ago, one of our young players broke her arm and the ambulance and fire department came to attend to her injuries. She is now doing fine. However, the fire department could not maneuver their truck around our parking lot because of cars parked out of the parking spaces on the curb line. This is a fire lane and a no parking zone.  When it affects the health and safety of our children we should abide by the rules. Please refrain from parking in those areas. Thank you.



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As you all know, Escondido Soccer Club including FC Heat Elite is a non-profit organization. We are always looking to raise money for new programs for our players and their families. Sponsorship, especially corporate sponsorship is always needed. The amount of money we as a club spend in just keeping the wheels turning sometimes boggles the mind. Our goal is always to break even, but in today’s economy this sometimes becomes difficult to achieve.


If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring our club, please talk to  Michaela Krams our Director of Marketing.



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Surf Classic is Thanksgiving weekend Nov 24th and 25th and 26th.

Commissioner’ Cup is December 2nd and 3rd at Ryan Park


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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





Early in 2017, I received a bulk email from a company called PCA or Positive Coaching Alliance. I quickly read through it and put it to one side until I had more time to pursue it. About a week later I clicked on the email and watched a movie about coaching young players from Phil Jackson, the great basketball coach, and I was immediately sold. Even though at that time I thought it was going to be an expensive package for our club for training, I still sent out links to a couple of their videos to our coaching staff. There was a great cross-section of famous coaches from different sports donating their time to help this organization.


Later that week I got talking to Paulo Espinoza, who is one of our newer competitive coaches. Paulo was hired because of his quiet demeanor and his positive approach to coaching younger players. I had watched him on numerous occasions while he was taking his National D License and was impressed at the way his players were enjoying their game. Parents especially liked the way their children were coached and treated by Paulo.


I found out that  Paulo was a staunch believer and subscriber to the Positive Coaching Alliance and had taken all of their on-line courses. It made sense, and Paulo was living proof of how a different approach to what we are used experiencing can change the attitude of so many.


Without getting into too much detail, here is what a positive coaching environment looks like…


  • PCA teaches that children should look forward to their practice sessions and games – it should be a safe and happy environment for all players.
  • Every athlete that shows an interest in a particular sport should have the option to play regardless of their ability. Recreation is the starter area and Competitive is for the more skilled.
  • Players love to impress their parents and family members who should also take an active part in their experience. This builds confidence and pride in the player.
  • Coaches understand that they are teaching ‘Life Lessons’ and they agree to respect the game, the officials, the players and the fans. Of course coaches want to win as does everyone, but this is not their main purpose. They should always build the player up, improving self-esteem and teaching good moral standards.
  • Parents and fans should uphold the same approach and sense of responsibility as the coaches.
  • Players have a voice too! It is up to the coaches and parents to listen to them and learn as we all do from each other. This builds motivated leaders for their future.
  • We should never force players to play only one sport so early on in their lives.



Paulo has agreed, in the not too distant future, to introduce the PCA way of coaching to our Recreational coaches. We can then monitor the results at the very grass roots level of our club soccer. This will be a massive step in the right direction and will hopefully create this happy, enjoyable environment for all of our players.


Competitive coaches too will be seeing some distinct changes in the future, and in 2018 we will be implementing many of these. This will not take away or disrupt our professional coaches individual approach, it is just a common sense addition to their methods.


There are 6 courses currently available at PCA, which cost $30 each. For more information, click on POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE






During the first few weeks of our Recreational and Competitive seasons, we have been experiencing many injuries, most of them minor, but a few were quite serious. Concussion has become one of our main concerns this season, as it should be. As you know, if you are a parent of a competitive player or a coach, you have taken the on-line concussion course and passed the required test, which demonstrates that you understand the details.


We are all still learning about the damage a concussion can do to a young player in any sport, and so we all must be conscious of what needs to happen in the event of a potentially concussed player.


Referees in particular are extra vigilant this year and will list any head injuries on their game reports. If that player is listed as having a potential concussion, then it is up to the parent to make sure that they see a physician as soon as possible. FC Heat and Escondido Soccer Club will not allow that player to practice or play until a medical clearance has been received from their physician.


Coaches are aware that they too will not be able to have that player on the field without the required medical clearance. It is always a good practice for the coach or manager to approach the referee after the game to see if he or she logged any injuries on the game report.



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Currently we are fielding 44 Competitive teams for the 2017/2018 season in various age groups both boys and girls. We have suffered many injuries this year and some teams still need a few experienced players, so if you know of anyone who loves the sport and has the skill to play competitive soccer, please contact the coaches below:


Boys born in 2008 and 2002, please contact Alvaro Melgoza

Boys born in 2001, please contact Albert Naverrete

Boys born in 2005, please contact Sebastian Oros



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Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for December 6, 2017. This is where we prepare the club for the coming year and set our budgets and vote in our volunteers, etc.


If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Escondido Soccer Club and/or FC Heat Elite please attend. We will be giving out details about the venue as we move closer to the date.


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As you all know, Escondido Soccer Club including FC Heat Elite is a non-profit organization. We are always looking to raise money for new programs for our players and their families. Sponsorship, especially corporate sponsorship is always needed. The amount of money we as a club spend in just keeping the wheels turning sometimes boggles the mind. Our goal is always to break even, but in today’s economy this sometimes becomes difficult to achieve.


If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring our club, please talk to  Michaela Krams our Director of Marketing.



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Many of you commented on the ‘Juicing’ segment’ on last month’s newsletter asking me for the source. The article was taken from a blog by Reagan Yorke, which you can access by clicking here:





cgraduateAs you know, I promised to keep you all updated on my family’s efforts to get both of our teenagers into the college of their choice, without breaking the bank.


We are still working with Ducerus and my kids have monthly appointments with Sylvia our consultant/counselor. In between these visits, they are consistently working on the Ducerus software program, which helps them to improve their SAT and ACT scores. This is definitely working as both of their scores are improving and are now within the parameters for the colleges that they are actively looking at. They are consistently writing essays for applications and having these read and edited by someone other than myself. In my opinion these are improving immensely. Their school grades are getting better as they are conscious of what needs to be done for their own futures.


Lennon my son was initially looking at California schools, but now is being swayed towards a private university in Boston. The costs are astronomical at Boston University, but when Sylvia explained what we could potentially qualify for there was a significant difference, and also taking into consideration the potential less time spent there gaining his degree made Boston University a strong contender.


Reagan wants to be centered in LA, so she is looking at the US and UC schools in that area. She has a 17 – 34% chance of being accepted in her first choices, so she is trying to set herself apart from other applicants by working on extra-curricular projects.


If they both get accepted into the colleges of their choice they will most probably be taking out loans, as well as looking for jobs in the area in which they will reside. This unfortunately is reality.


It is also becoming more apparent to me that many of our lower, working class families still have a great chance (with so many wonderful incentives available) to get their children into college. You would be very surprised at what funds are available to families with lower income, However, this income has to be proved in order to gain any financial aid, so your tax returns would need to be seen.


A good time to start preparing for college is when your child is at least a Junior in high school. To be honest, we left it a little late. Concentrating on academics is still the key and sport is secondary.


I will say this though; your child’s senior year in high school is highly stressful for them, so it is up to us to be very supportive.

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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





‘Academy,’ ‘Development,’ and other buzz words in soccer


Today there are so many different soccer leagues in which our teams can play, but years ago the only truly competitive one in our area was the Presidio Soccer League. As clubs were growing and the smaller clubs were getting eaten up by the much bigger clubs, other leagues and divisions were formed, like the Coastal Soccer League, the Southern California Developmental Soccer League and the San Diego Developmental Academy and so on and so forth.


The operative word behind many of those leagues and divisions was and still is ‘Development’ or ‘Developmental’. This became the dominant buzz word of the time a couple of years ago, and as soon as parents and players saw a team or league that contained that word in the title, they were naturally drawn to it. Let’s face it, every parent wishes for their child to develop within the game of soccer. Indeed many clubs like ours truly make player development the main goal behind what we do and what we stand for.


Governing bodies and leading organizations were quick to notice this phenomenon and therefore catered to the greater interests. Before long, many clubs and organizations used this operative buzz word in their clubs and teams advertising in order to draw in more clients. Obviously like any business, more clients = more money.


The latest buzz word or the favorite flavor of the year so to speak is the word ‘Academy’ (and God forbid if ever those two words were to be put together because it would cause a stampede to get through the gates). Well it has happened, and many clubs and organizations are utilizing ‘Developmental devacadAcademy’ in nearly everything they advertise, and of course, as predicted, the customers are incoming and running.


Like anything though, there are true statements and false statements. You only have to look at the buzz words for ‘College Recruitment’ to understand that. I can’t wait for the ‘College Recruitment Developmental Academy’ to be announced. Wow, now there’s a good idea!


All kidding aside, many parents when searching for a higher level soccer team or club tend to be drawn like a magnet to these operative buzz words, and they think that when their children are nearing the college entry age, then these are the teams to play for. For $3,500 a year, the brochure says, my son or daughter will be paraded in front of all these eager college coaches on a regular basis, almost guaranteeing a full-ride scholarship regardless of their academic abilities. Much of this propaganda fools parents into thinking that a future of playing soccer is already and waiting for their child, if only they can be chosen on this latest Academy team or teams.


Nothing is further from the truth.


Not long ago, our main governing body US Soccer, put together the US SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY. These are true Academy Teams run by a full staff and two A – licensed coaches who work with the players on very structured practice sessions at least four times per week, ten months a year. These lesson plans have to be logged and get reviewed, along with the running of the academy by US Soccer twice annually. For players who are chosen, there are certain set rules that they must adhere to, such as not playing any other sports, not playing soccer for school teams and/or for any other clubs or teams etc.


These Academy teams play each other in showcase type events and tournaments across the country. The purpose behind this Academy League is so that the better players from different areas will develop faster by playing at a higher level. This is a proven fact. Better coaching and better competition = improved development of the player. This gives US Soccer a stage in which to look at the cream of the crop, so that we as a nation can develop teams and players much quicker. It all makes sense.


For more information on True Academies you can go to US SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY or click here

You can also read what is expected of the player when signing for an Academy Team by clicking here


There are very few clubs qualified to carry these US Soccer Academy Teams. Again they are continually audited by US Soccer to make sure they are living up to the set standards and playing by the rules. There are many clubs, such as ours, who do not have US Soccer Academy Teams, so why would we try to use these words in order to falsely advertise and to convince parents to come to us? We don’t and we would not, but many clubs do and this is where it gets a little frustrating.


This is where parents have to do their own research and due diligence, because there are no rules regarding any club advertising the fact that they have ‘Developmental Academy Teams,’ but they may not be the real thing (sponsored by US Soccer). Also, there are some clubs who do indeed carry US Soccer sponsored Academy Teams, that then build other teams under that title. This is allowed by US Soccer so that these teams can carry what is termed as ‘Bubble-Players’ or ‘Fringe-Players’.


A bubble-player or fringe-player is a player who is not on the true academy team or roster, but is very close. Sometimes some of these players get promoted to the A – Academy team. But many times they just remain with the B or C – Academy team without ever getting near to the A team.


What saddens me most, is the fact that many clubs are using this structure to entice all age groups to their club in order to fill all of their other teams’ rosters. Parents should be aware of this. Some coaches even use their players, who are already committed to the academy program in one capacity or another, to pull in their friends from school and/or from previous clubs in order to fill their team’s roster numbers. The money that these players bring into the academy club help finance the higher level teams and their coaches and directors. This is one of the main areas where we at FC Heat lose many of our players to these academy clubs. Players who have played most of their lives with FC Heat are being enticed away because they have developed well under our program, and have gotten noticed. If they do make it of course, the new academy club will take credit for that. If they don’t make it, they just become another valuable, financially able ‘bubble or fringe player.’


Please understand I always tell my players that if their child is chosen by some higher level team or true entity to further their development in the game, I would drive them there myself. If they are indeed chosen, I then feel that we have done our job by getting our players to that higher standard.


A couple of years ago when SDSC had acquired the rights to run a US Soccer Academy team in the U12 age group, I got a call from Brian Quinn, their DOC asking if we had any players that would make this grade and if so, would like to try out? He knew that I knew that we would lose those players if selected, but he also knew that we would definitely send them if they were qualified. It is our duty as coaches and directors to send those players to better opportunities should they arise. Brian Quinn was up front with us and totally ethical with his actions – this is how it was designed to work and supposed to be carried out.


On the other hand, I just do not like losing players to the unscrupulous and unethical actions of coaches and clubs who use the word academy for their own financial gain, and to pull in peripheral, so-called bubble or fringe players that those coaches know will never make that A – grade. Every year the A – Academy Team have more high-level applicants which tends to push many of the bubble players further down the list.


One of my coaches who was at a tournament last weekend, and who has a daughter who plays for his team (she is an excellent player), got approached by the coach of the opposing team after the game. He gave my coach a business card and asked if he would bring his daughter to play for him.


“Why?” My coach asked.

“Well our club has better opportunities and more academy teams,” he said, “besides this is how we recruit better players and have better teams.”


These actions and the sheer arrogance and audacity of this coach, who was representing his club and organization, shock and sadden me, because this is not how youth soccer in this country was designed to work.


You as a parent should be aware of the unscrupulous and unethical ways in which some clubs, coaches and representatives try to recruit your child. You have to ask pertinent questions, do your research and make sure that you understand what it is you are getting involved in before you commit. Find out your costs and obligations before signing any contracts for any academy club. Don’t get sweet-talked and think you have made the A – team roster when you are going to be a ‘long term outside bubble-player’ during your most important years before college. If your questions are answered truthfully and you have made the A – Team, then I totally understand and support your decision – that is a different story. But, as a parent, the main question to ask yourself or your child is this:

Would my son or daughter be better off and happier playing in the strong team they are currently in, while still getting exposed in showcase events and tournaments, or is it best that they play in a B or C team elsewhere for a much higher cost?


Fueled by hope, many times parents make the incorrect decision to go. Generally these disappointed players and their parents usually come back to the Home Town Club where, just like the Mom and Pop restaurant at the end of the street, quality is much better than quantity, pricing is fair, and service is delivered rather than promised.









To register on-line please click here – please note that a $10 late fee will apply


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Currently we are fielding 44 Competitive teams for the 2017/2018 season in various age groups both boys and girls. Some teams still need a few experienced players, so if you know of anyone who loves the sport and has the skill to play competitive soccer, please contact the coaches below:


Girls born in 2008, please contact Daniel Barbosa

Boys born in 2008 and 2002, please contact Alvaro Melgoza

Boys born in 2001, please contact Albert Naverrete

Central Defender born in 2000, please contact  

Roger Rolim de Moura



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For those of you who attended the College Financial Aid Workshop eight weeks ago, I promised you that I would keep you updated on our progress as a family as we move forward with our college planning for both of my 16 year-old’s.


Well since that night we have been working closely with Sylvia at Ducerus, and have changed a few things in our lives to accommodate the necessary steps  to put us in a good position for our application process for college next year.


My son is working on a regular basis as an intern at Palomar Hospital. He has signed up for an online math calculus class, which he started this last week.

My daughter is attending many functions in LA to do with her selected profession. She has been referred by Sylvia to two professionals in the same industry in order to gain more information and insight.

She has volunteered her time as a mentor, one day a week, to give back to the same film school that gave her the opportunity during the summer of last year.

They are both practicing writing college entry essays, which are then edited by one of Sylvia’s qualified assistants.

Both are taking part in daily online classes to improve their SAT and ACT scores. They are taking the examinations any time they become available, and both of their scores have increased.

Both are working diligently in looking at colleges in their intended subjects and majors and are being assisted by Sylvia regarding the pros and cons and costs associated with these.

As a father, I have now employed both of my children to help me part-time in my contracting business, and for this they will get paid.


This is a very in-depth program that we as a family have to take part in. Summer is not summer any more for these kids, especially as they edge closer to college. We know approximately what college will cost us at this point, and we are formulating a plan in which we all can contribute to that cost.


As things progress I will keep you informed.


Ducerus has kindly contributed $500 to one of our teams for the 2017 season – for this we are truly grateful.



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Almost 2 years ago while playing in a game during the Dave Shelton Memorial Cup tournament, young Danny Smuts suffered a spinal stroke paralyzing him from the waste down. Since that time, as we all knew he would, he has carved out a life befitting of his efforts. Danny now is spending much of his time public speaking, playing wheelchair basketball and making a name for himself on wheelchair track. In fact there is a great possibility that Danny will get a full-ride scholarship to college due to his skill and tenacity on the basketball court.


The movie ‘Life Rolls On,’ about Danny and his recovery is still making its rounds on the movie circuit and just last week got featured in its seventeenth film festival. The movie is travelling the world and helping people from all walks of life.


Reagan Yorke, the movie maker, is now mentoring at Reel Voices, the film studio who gave her her start. She is currently working with a high school girl who lost her mother and sister in an automobile accident a short time back, and wants to tell the story in a movie.


You can see ‘Life Rolls On’ by clicking here.



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The ‘break-out line’ is a line now used in between the half-way line and the goal line on both ends of the field. This will be used for off-sides instead of the half-way line and for other uses to enable players to have more touches on the ball. For an in depth explanation of the break-out line you can watch a short 4 minute video here.



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G2009 – Coach James Griffen – Liverpool Cup Finalists



G2007 Blue – Coach Brian Blake – Real Madrid Finalists



G2003 Black – Coach Brian Blake – Southwestern Cup Finalists



B2010 – Coach Paulo Espinoza – Kickn’it Champions



B2007 White – Coach Julio Alfaro – Charity Cup Champions



B2007 Blue – Coach Franki Cira – Pegasus Cup Finalists


B2006 Black – Coach Jimmy Fernandez – Pegasus Cup Champions



B2005 White – Coach Carlos Hernandez – Pegasus Cup Champions



B2010 – Coach Paulo Espinoza – Premier Soccer Finalists



B2004 Black – Coach Bryan Wilkes – Kickn’it Finalists



B2004 White – Coach James Griffen – Real Madrid Champions



B2004 Green – Coach Martin Lopez – Pegasus Cup Finalists



B2003 Black – Coach Leo Escobedo – Kickn’it Champs



B2001 Black – Coach Denis Sweeney – Pegasus Cup Champions



B2002 – Coach Martin Lopez – Copa Del Rey Champions



B2002 Blue – Coaches Steve Yorke/Arturo Duarte – Rebels Cup Champions



B2000 Blue – Coach Roger Rolim de Moura – Real Madrid Finalists



B2004 Black – Coach Bryan Wilkes – The Power of Pink Award, Kickn’it Tournament






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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 teams were off to a flying start to open our 2017 tournament season with wins and second place achievements at numerous venues.rob


To date this year we have 12 Championships and 5 Runners-Up, not to mention that one of those Championships is the Presidents State Cup won by Rob Parker’s G1999 Blue team. Our youngest boys team, Paulo Espinoza’s B2010 Blue team bought home the Memorial Day Super Cup, which just demonstrates our consistency from young to old, and both boys and girls.

I attended the State Cup end-of-season party that Rob Parker organized to thank his girls for a wonderful season.


Rob did a great job recognizing each of his players and thanking them for such a great contribution especially during their State Cup campaign. 


He presented each of his girls with a red rose to mark the occasion.




Currently we are fielding 44 Competitive teams for the 2017/2018 season in various age groups both boys and girls. Some teams still need a few experienced players, so if you know of anyone who loves the sport and has the skill to play competitive soccer, please contact the coaches below:


Girls born in 2008, please contact Daniel Barbosa

Boys born in 2008 and 2002, please contact Alvaro Melgoza

Boys born in 2001, please contact Albert Naverrete

Central Defender born in 2000, please contact 

Roger Rolim de Moura



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Our inaugural free College Workshop was an instant success with over 40 people attending. The workshop covered mainly the financial aspects of the college application, and ways in which to lawfully take advantage of the rules and regulations that apply.


The class was taught by Sylvia Caruthers of Ducerus who has an excellent staff especially when you consider their background. Indeed one of her assistants spent many years working for the IRS, which is why Sylvia is so well versed with the meticulous way in which applications have to be completed in order to gain an advantage for your student. Not to mention the ways and means in which a family can and is expected to pay.


The workshop audience consisted of many people from different walks of life, from professionals to blue collar workers and their children.


This was not a workshop about scholarships and how to get one, but more of a grass roots type seminar that spoke the truth about such vehicles, which in turn opened the eyes of many attendees.


It became obvious after just a few minutes that academics are the most important aspect when a student is applying for college, whether they are able to get a scholarship or not. If a player is chosen by a college for their talent in soccer, they will not be playing at all if their GPA is not within the required parameters.


Follow me and my family on our journey as we attempt to put our children into the college of their choice. We have taken advantage of the free consultation with Sylvia, who advised us to make some changes in the way we plan for this journey.


The next installment on this will be in the July Newsletter.


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Recreational Fall Soccer Tryouts  are upon us once again as we prepare for the upcoming season. Recreational soccer, for those who don’t know, is a way in which to introduce your child to this wonderful sport which promotes health, fitness and sportsmanship in a happy and fun environment. Often it is this first step into the sport that excites our players and instills within them a passion and yearning to take the game further. This is where we all start, players and coaches together with the support of parents and families.


Sign up online for Fall Recreation soccer HERE 


Walk-up registrations:


June 10, 2017 – 9am – 2 pm at Kit Carson Park

June 24, 2017 – 9am – 2 pm at Kit Carson Park

June 26, 2017 – 6 pm – 7.30 pm at Kit Carson Park


Last walk-up will be June 27th, 2017 – 6 pm – 7.30 pm at Kit Carson Park


Interested in coaching? All coaches are volunteers and we can always use the help. Please email Jessica Escobedo if you’re interested in coaching at




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This season CONCUSSION AWARENESS is going to play a big part in the way we treat on field injuries, especially blows to the head and neck. Every player, parent, coach and manager should be made aware of the consequences involved when it comes to these type of injuries.


Our governing body CalSouth has made it mandatory for every parent who has a child playing soccer in California to acknowledge and sign that they thoroughly understand the subject of CONCUSSION.


Please click here for more information and to go through the process.


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G2008 White – Coach Daniel Barbosa – Oceanside Beach Runners-Up


G2004 Blue – Coach Juan Ochoa – Oceanside Beach Champions


B2008 Blue – Coach Franki Cira – San Diego Beach Champions


B2006 Black – Coach Jimmy Fernandez – Oceanside Beach Champions


B2010 Blue – Coach Paulo Espinoza – Memorial Day Super Cup Champs


B2008 Black – Coach Sebastian Oros – Oceanside Beach Runners-Up


B2007 – Coach Bryan Wilkes – Oceanside Beach Champions


B2005 White – Coach Carlos Hernandez – Oceanside Beach Champions


B2005 Blue – Coach Sebastian Oros – Oceanside Beach Runners-Up


B2004 Blue – Coach Jimmy Fernandez – Manchester City Cup Champions


B2004 Black – Coach Bryan Wilkes – Oceanside Beach Champions


B2002 Blue – Coach Cesar Caro Avila – Oceanside Beach Runners-Up

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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.

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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 younger tryouts had to be rescheduled from last week until this coming week due to rain.
Although Ryan Park drains off water real well, it has really suffered this winter with the rain causing flooding on most of the fields. We were supposed to host State Cup this coming weekend, but it was canceled for this very reason. Hopefully, with no more rain in the forecast for the coming week or so, we should be okay for tryouts.
All players 2003 and younger have to attend tryouts in order to be considered for selection on one of our teams for 2017. With the great success FC Heat Elite has achieved last season, we expect there to be a lot of players trying out in these younger age groups. And in addition, we certainly welcome all of our Recreational and All-Stars players to attend these tryouts.
This is the tentative list of coaches and teams for younger tryouts, which lists the teams in order of hierarchy (in brackets, A, B etc.) – teams and coaches can change depending on the amount of players showing up at tryouts.
Coaches of the A team will have 48 hours with the list of players in order to select their team, then the list of players will get passed on to the next team in order (B). Coaches will only have priority selection only if their current players attend tryouts, if their players do not attend, then the next team will have priority selection.
As always, players and parents will have the first right of refusal, to play or not to play for that particular team, but a place cannot be guaranteed on another team should they choose not to accept that initial place offering.
Based on the numbers at tryouts we can and will add coaches and teams where needed, but only if the higher numbers call for this to happen.
(A)B2010 (NEW) Paulo Espinoza
(A)B2008 Blue Frankie Cira
(B)B2008 Black Sebastian Oros
(A)B2007 Bryan Wilkes
(B)B2007 White Julio Alfaro
(C)B2007 Blue Frankie Cira
(A)B2006 Blue Jamie Juarez/Martin Lopez
(C)B2006 Black Jimmy Fernandez
(B)B2006 White Julio Alfaro
(B)B2005 Blue Sebastian Oros
(A)B2005 Black Robert Jeffers
(B)B2004 Jorge Velazquez
(A)B2004 Blue Jimmy Fernandez
(D)B2004 Black Bryan Wilkes
(C)B2004 White James Griffen
(E)B2004 Green Jamie Juarez/Martin Lopez
(A)B2003 Blue Martin Lopez
(B)B2003 Black Bryan Wilkes/Kim Plavan
(A)G2009 (NEW)
(A)G2008 James Griffen
(A)G2007 Blue Brian Blake/Don Meyers/Dan B
(A)G2006 Blue Marcelo Marino/Humberto
(B)G2006 Black Don Meyers/Brian Blake/Bill D
(A)G2005 Hector Hernandez
(A)G2004 Blue Juan Ochoa
(A)G2003 Black Brian Blake
(B)G2003 Blue Hector Ochoa
(C)G2003 White Jamie Hernandez
To read our Competitive Brochure in English – click here
To read our Competitive Brochure in Spanish – click here
The snack bar will be open during tryouts this year, so come and get your hot chocolate and coffee to help you stay warm while the little ones run around.
We will be having a Registration Night & Uniform Fitting on the following dates, location still to be decided and announced:
2/13/17 – B/G 2009-2007
2/14/17 – B/G 2006-2005
2/15/17 – B/G 2004-2003
2/16/17 – Make-ups for all younger divisions
See new flyer below with new tryout dates…

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Spring Soccer League will start on February 12, 2017.
Online registration is still open, click below:
For you volunteer coaches who would like to join in, we are in need of:
1 GU12 Coach
1 BU8 Coach
1 GU8 Coach
Contact Maria Rosales if interested.

The 2017 tournament season seems to have started early this year and one of our girls teams are the very first to open their account with a Championship. Congratulations to Juan Ochoa and his G2004 Blue team who became The Carlsbad Premier Cup Champions – Well done coach and ladies!

Ryan Park will only be open for Tryouts next week, but will be closed until further notice following those tryouts – please keep informed by going to our Website for the latest news.
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Nutrition News will appear again in the March edition of our newsletter.
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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

Due to rain and the forecast of thunder and lightning our Younger Tryouts have been moved to the following week!
Sorry for any inconvenience but this is for the safety of our players – thank you
In case of rain again, please keep checking with our Website

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