Welcome Coach Danny! (San Fernando Valley)

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Danny was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and has been playing soccer since the age of 5. AYSO is were it all started, ever since the first day he first stepped onto the soccer field, it was love at first sight.

He has played in various soccer clubs including for his high school. Soccer has been a great influence on his life and has taught him great life skills, including commitment, teamwork, and responsibility that he uses to this day.

Danny is currently a junior CSUN, majoring in criminology.

“Soccer has helped me so much throughout my life, I am always willing to give back to the community, especially to our youth. And what better way then through the sport of soccer.”

Danny is excited to share his passion for soccer and to be a part of Soccer Shots.

Welcome Phil Bendik to the SSLA Team (South Bay)

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Lately, we have been very fortunate to experience an extremely positive response from preschools in the south bay and have been invited into a number of new schools! With this comes the need for new, yet experienced individuals to join our team! We have been searching for a coach for some time but have not been willing to settle on just anyone to coach for us. We are very particular about who we select to join our team. The search has ended and we are excited to introduce Phil Bendik!

Coach Phil is delighted to join the Soccer Shots team.

With over 20 years of youth sports coaching and mentoring, he is excited to share is experience and help mold the young lives of today so that they can become confident future leaders.

His passion for working with youth programs was realized years ago when he began working with the Torrance Recreation Department. He has enjoyed supervising sports programs, summer camps and even teaching pre-school! There’s no doubt that his time spent working with kids helped prepare him for fatherhood as he is a proud Dad to four wonderful children. Ranging in ages from 15 to 5, he spends as much time as possible playing, listening and laughing (the list could go on and on) with his kids.

When not on the field or spending time with his family, Phil enjoys classic movies, reading and witty conversation. In 2001, he caught the triathlon bug and soon after, completed his first Ironman in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University and is in the process of beginning his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.

Thankful for the many opportunities and accomplishments that have come his way, Coach Phil is truly inspired by the success of others.

“There is no greater feeling than watching someone else cross that finish line and accomplishing their goals.”

Los Angeles Soccer Academy – Fall 2012 Club Team Tryouts

(Guest post from Alvarez, Executive Director at Los Angeles Soccer Academy)

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Over the next few weeks we will be holding academy and club wide FALL TEAM tryouts. We will need ALL current players on every club team and every academy program to come out for tryouts. With the merger we expect between 250-300 players trying out for our 10-13 club teams. We plan to have only one team per age bracket and we want as many boys and girls to come out as possible, so please invite your friends out for these tryouts. Please note, we will be playing in a league we played in last Fall and it promises to be an organized, exciting season. We also have a home field now! We will be playing our home games at LACES High School (less than 2 miles from Cheviot).

Those players not quite ready for the Fall club teams will be invited to play in our brand new academy league. This will consist of two days of training and intra-academy games on Sundays. The training is a progressive and innovative mixture of futsal, street, freestyle and coerver technical work and a development system designed to give players the tools needed to eventually join one of our club teams. All the details will be included in the new LASA handbook which will be available at our website tomorrow for all families.


Cheviot Hills Park: 2551 Motor Avenue  Los Angeles, CA 90064
 (Field is located in the back of the park, near the archery range.
Please follow this age matrix when choosing your tryout day and time:


Friday, April 13th

U12-U13 boys and girls

U14-U15 boys and girls

U16-U17 boys and girls

Friday, April 20th

U8-U9 boys and girls

U10-U11 boys and girls

U12-U17 boys and girls (make up tryouts)

Friday, April 27th 

U8-U11 boys and girls (make up tryouts)

Note: there will be no clinics on the above tryout days.

Please spread the word. GO LASA!