BRANDON GONZALEZ NAMED ASSISTANT GM FOR SEAHORSE USL LEAGUE II TEAM

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The Seahorses are delighted to announce the addition of a new Assistant General Manager for their USL League II program. Brandon Gonzalez is not a new name to the PDL Seahorses. Brandon played for the Seahorses from 2006 to 2010 as well as playing for one year of PDL in Seattle, Washington. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Biola University and an M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University. 

Brandon is currently Director of Athletics and Student Life at Pacifica Christian High School-Orange County. He began and oversees 17 Varsity Programs. He is also the Varsity girls’ soccer coach. Prior to Pacifica Christian, Brandon was the Associate Athletic Director and Director of Girls Soccer at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, WA. There he oversaw 23 high school sports teams and 14 middle school sports programs. While coaching at Bear Creek he led his team to three straight State Finals winning back-to-back State Championships in 2012 and 2013. 

Brandon has been a faithful volunteer and fundraiser for the PDL program since returning from Washington in 2015. His credentials certainly validate and confirm Brandon’s qualifications to help the PDL program as an Assistant General Manager. Brandon shares:

“What the Seahorses have done in my life words could never give it justice. They molded me, fostered me and helped me become the individual God intended me to be. I have been a huge supporter of what this program does in the lives of young men. When the opportunity came to be involved in an official capacity, I knew this was something I didn’t want to pass up. My hope is that I can help support Mark Schrock (GM), the Seahorse Staff and the USL League II program in continuing to foster and develop the next wave of sports ministers.”

Welcome Brandon!

CZECH REPUBLIC 2018 RECAP

The people who are living here don’t have many chances to do something good.” That is how our church partner Petr Rattay described the housing project where Seahorses partner to run an outreach soccer camp each summer.

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Our team actually ran a second camp with another church in the vicinity. Each camp had about 25 kids who learned soccer skills, heard the Gospel during Bible times and played mini tournaments. These camps are part of the churches’ outreach to their communities. Each of our players took part in leading drills and games. As well, each was able to share their testimony with the campers.

In addition to the camps the team played in two small-sided tournaments, another small sided match and a full 11 v 11 against a local youth club. Each of these games presented opportunities for us to give Gospel literature to opponents and for the local pastors and members of their congregations to have contact with people that would probably never come to their churches.

Our players are challenged to trust God in a new way as they enter another culture, serve and minister in a foreign setting. The growth is amazing to watch! They also get to know some of the culture as we take time to explore the sights and sample the food.

We continue to thank God for the chance to assist the church in Czech to reach this spiritually needy country.

JAPAN 2018 RECAP

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“WOW , Where do I start? What a precious group of ladies & staff. Every year just seems to get better. God showed up in the midst of the heat and humidity through the great times & the trials, through a heat exhaustion experience, our leadership was wonderful. The girls came to LA where we started with a BBQ & Welcome. Then after two days of orientation which consisted of getting a Japanese song memorized, a song in English with hand motions ( My God is so Great…..) , testimonies written out & sent to Japan, a practice game & getting to know each other, we set out for Tokyo. Friendship, matches, clinics and using English we must have reached over 1,000 Japanese for the churches & pastors. Attending Japanese church was a highlight for many of the girls. Recognizing our visit was a tremendous encouragement to the Japanese believers was deeply impactful. 

We were split into visiting 5 different churches on Sunday. It was a different experience for each of our girls. Pictured above are three of our ladies in Kimono’s with the Sunday school class they helped teach. Pray for the Japanese churches, they are small but committed. 


Though pushed to the limit by a competitive schedule, being on the go, eating strange food and sleeping like sardines on church floors, the girls were quite effective in HONORING our Lord God.

CHIPOTLE - TOMORROW NIGHT!

EAT CHIPOTLE WITH THE SEAHORSES!

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That's right! Our Annual Chipotle fundraiser is tomorrow night! Simple as this:
- Skip cooking dinner for a night
- Eat at the La Habra Chipotle
- Say "SEAHORSE SOCCER" when paying (or show this flyer on your phone, or print it if you really want) 
- Wa-la! You get a night off from cooking, and 33% of the proceeds from your meal go towards Seahorse Soccer! 

We can't wait to see you all there! 

Seahorse Soccer Golf Classic

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Join us on Nov 5th at the Friendly Hills Golf Course for the “Re-establishment” of the Seahorse Golf Classic.  For the past 5 years we have joined the City of La Mirada for the 4-Kids Golf Tournament in June.  The City has discontinued it & so we are coming back with a “better than ever” event.  Download the attached form & reserve your place or sponsorship in this event. 

Fireworks Fundraiser July 1-4!

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Annual Seahorse Soccer Firework Stand

Our annual fireworks fundraiser is coming up on July 1-4! The fireworks stand will be in the Home Depot parking lot on the corner of La Mirada Blvd. and Imperial Highway. The address is 12300 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638. On July 1-3 the stand will be open from 10am-9pm and on July 4 from 9am-8pm. 40% of the proceeds go to the Seahorses! Please come out and support the Seahorses!

SEAHORSES ON FLICKR

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Miss a game? Have a kid in camps? Attend a Seahorse event? Want photos from it? Well make sure to check out Seahorses on Flickr for the latest photos! Click on the icon next to our Twitter link on any page for a shortcut to the site. 

 A special shoutout to our volunteer photographer, George Rodriguez, for providing all PDL home game photos. 

Chipotle Fundraiser 7/12/18

Join us on July 12th at Chipotle!

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Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser at Chipotle in La Habra on THURSDAY JULY 12TH from 5-9pm. Bring your flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting SEAHORSE SOCCER and 33% of proceeds will be donated to Seahorses! See you there!

1202 S. Idaho Street, Suite A
La Habra, CA. 

THURSDAY 6/6/18 GAME CHANGE to SATURDAY 6/9/18

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Seahorses look forward to taking on Golden State Force who will certainly be a formidable opponent! Due to their upcoming match against LA Galaxy in the US Open cup, Thursday, June 6th's game was rescheduled for Saturday night. Same place (BIOLA UNIVERSITY) same time (7pm).

See you there! 

 

June 23rd - Alumni Game

Join us Saturday June 23rd from 5-6pm at BIOLA University for an hour long pick up game! Alumni does not just include former PDL players. Alumni equals previous tour players, coaches, men's amateur players, women's amateur players, PDL players, etc.! We want you all to join! First 50 get a free Alumni T-shirt from Deo Volente (former player's company). A special thanks to Deo Volente for sponsoring this event! In addition to an hour long scrimmage, free t-shirts, and fellowship, there will ALSO be a vintage VW car show thanks to previous men's team player Daryl Topalian! Of course, followed by a home game. We hope you'll join us and stick around to cheer on the 2018 PDL team as they face Orange County Soccer Club. 

See you there! #SEAHORSETHROWBACK

PDL SEAHORSES VISIT ORPHANAGE TECATE MEXICO

PDL SEAHORSES IN TECATE MEXICO


For 5 years the Seahorses have been visiting our friends at San Juan Bosco orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. This orphanage serves about 40 kids year round with housing, meals, transportation to and from school, mentorship, friendship, and all other basic needs. This weekend our PDL team was able to visit once again, what a joy it was! Time was spent holding soccer clinics for the children, fellowshipping over tacos, attending local church service, and serving the orphanage wherever there was a need. Please read below for some of our players take aways from this trip and please join us in praying for our friends in San Juan Bosco. 

My first time in Mexico, I didn’t realize the amount of impact I could have on kids lives in such a short time. Even though I didn’t speak Spanish fluently, through the game of soccer there was still a bond made.
— Josiah Osborn
An incredible experience that will never be forgotten. Serving, loving, and living with the children of San Juan Bosco.
— Ari Claro
Four days spent at a Tecate orphanage was an unbelievable experience. Showing them love and that despite what happens in their life hope is still alive.
— Ray Estrada
Going down to Tecate and visiting this orphanage was so humbling. It’s crazy that to us something as small as a smile is nothing, but to them it’s the world.
— Luis Rodriguez

SO. CAL. SEAHORSES REVEAL NEW LOGO

SO. CAL. SEAHORSES REVEAL NEW LOGO

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The So. Cal. Seahorses,, a division of Missionary Athletes International (MAI), revealed a new logo today which reflects the identity that it shares with the parent organization and sibling offices Charlotte Eagles (Est. 1991), and Chicago Eagles (1997).

We had to be willing to give up on the attachment that we had with our old logos to reflect the new, unified identity.  You can see immediately the overall relationship while recognizing the individual characteristics of each of the identities.
— Patrick Stewart, CEO of MAI

The new logos are part of a rebranding process that extends across the entire organization. “The rebranding is the culmination of six years of a strategic planning process which MAI began in 2011” said CEO Patrick Stewart.  “We wanted to reflect the greater cohesiveness between MAI and its divisions through a new visual identity.  People may know the Charlotte Eagles, Chicago Eagles or Southern California Seahorses without realizing that they are related to each other and are part of a larger organization”. 

MAI was founded in 1983 with a mission of using the global environment of soccer to communicate the message of Jesus Christ. MAI began operating the Southern California Seahorses in the same year, expanding to the East Coast as the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club in 1991 and to the Midwest in 1997 as the Chicago Eagles. In the past 35 years, tens of thousands of children have participated in MAI camps operated by the Charlotte Eagles, Chicago Eagles and Southern California Seahorses. In addition, over 200 international tours have ministered successfully in countries on six continents.  

MAI engaged AkinsParker to design the logos in conjunction with an internal creative team representing each of the divisions.  AkinsParker has included key design elements that are reflective of MAI’s history and purpose in a creative way that communicates both unity and individual distinctives. The rebranding process will be implemented over the course of the year with teams expected to begin competing under the new design this summer. 


We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to design the MAI family of brands. Our goal (and challenge) was to weave the rich history of the MAI organization with a new, fresh and modern athletics look and feel. Our team had fun developing these logos and hope they serve the brand well!
— AKINS PARKER

For further information, please contact Kelly Warner. MAI is a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit religious organization and is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Aidan Apodaca picked up by MLS Philadelphia Unions!

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The Seahorses extend their sincere congratulations to one of their PDL alumni. Aidan Apodaca finished his collegiate career at Cal Baptist University with an outstanding season. Aidan accomplished many first on the field for CBU and received many awards. He became CBU’s all time-leading scorer, broke the single season scoring record, single game scoring record, was voted Pac West player of the year, West Region player of the year and first team All-American. The culmination was receiving the highest honor as Division II Player of the Year. All these accomplishments led the MLS Philadelphia Unions to draft Aidan.

Aidan we wish you nothing but the best in your pro career! Aidan shared with our PDL GM “. . . And thank you for the Seahorses experience. I really learned some great things that summer that I will carry with me that impacted my life! Appreciate it!”

Eric Reed, named new Men’s Soccer Head Coach at Malone University

Congratulations to former Seahorse goalie, Eric Reed, named new Men’s Soccer Head Coach at Malone University!

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Seahorses are thrilled to congratulate former Seahorse PDL goalie, Eric Reed, on his new position at Malone University as Men’s Soccer Head Coach! Eric was a great contributor to the Seahorse team and community, and we look forward to cheering him on from afar. Congratulations Eric!

"I would like to thank Charlie Grimes and Malone University for giving me the opportunity to serve the men's soccer program," commented Reed.  "I am humbled and honored to join the Pioneer Family and to be a part of the incredible journey ahead of us.  God has set a special place in my heart for the marriage of faith and competition on the field.  We have been called to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to the Lord (Romans 12:1), and my hope for this program is that we would display a passion for Christ in everything we do- from every word we speak to every tackle we win.  I believe that Malone is a special place packed with potential for the future and I am hungry to jump right in and get to work in the spirit of "Christ's Kingdom First."

For more on this, check out article on Malone University's site here. Congratulations Eric!!!

Welcome Back! Todd Elkins PDL Coach for 2018

Welcome Back!

Todd Elkins PDL Coach for 2018


After a four year hiatus, the So Cal Seahorses are glad to welcome back as their head coach, Todd Elkins. Todd left the Seahorses to coach both the men and women’s programs at Biola University. He has been able to relinquish his women’s head coach responsibilities to now only coach the men’s program.

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Coach Elkins comes with a formidable record as a player and as a coach. His playing days had him at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he earned All-American honors. Post college days had Todd playing for the Charlotte Eagles USL winning the championship in 2000. He then helped get the PDL program started for the Seahorses as a player from 2001-2004. He then took over the head coaching position from 2005-2013.

The Seahorses are a unique PDL program in that we incorporate our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. One of the experiences our players have is going to Mexico where they get to put into practice what they are taught in using their soccer abilities for the Lord. Todd has been to 25 countries on mission’s trips which brings with


COACH ELKINS THRU HIS YEARS WITH THE SEAHORSES

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TODD AS PDL PLAYER IN MEXICO ALONGSIDE PAUL SHEDD

  TODD COACHING @ SEAHORSE SOCCER CAMPS

TODD COACHING @ SEAHORSE SOCCER CAMPS

  TODD AS PDL COACH

TODD AS PDL COACH

2018 PDL Team Tryouts

2018 PDL Team - Tryouts

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Come prepared to be seen by our coaching staff. We want this to be a positive experience for you and proper preparation will certainly help. We look forward to seeing your game and confirm if it is in line with the level of soccer we are looking for our 2018 PDL season.

https://maisoccer.wufoo.com/forms/2018-seahorse-pdl-player-application/ 

Date:  December 16, 2017 / Times: 1-4 PM / Cost: $50

LOCATION: BIOLA UNIVERSITY