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

  TODD AS PDL PLAYER IN MEXICO ALONGSIDE PAUL SHEDD

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

 

JAPAN 2017 RECAP

Seahorse Soccer Women’s Japan Outreach 2017 (July 6-22nd)

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                The Seahorses Soccer Club took a team to Japan for the 22nd consecutive year. This year we had the privilege of working in three locations.  We partnered with the Iwata Christ Church in Iwata (south of Tokyo) for five days where we played against the local Shizuoka Sangyo University club.  After witnessing some beautiful soccer we played the second ½ in a mixed manner.  Following the game we had incredible fellowship, games, & food back at the host church with Pastor Hasui.  The next day we put on a clinic & played against a top local Jr. Hi Boys club.  This club has decided to respond to the long-term relationship & our visits by coming to the USA (LA next August) where we will host them on “our turf”. 

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                Following our time in Iwata we traveled south to Osaka where we partnered with the Japan Seahorse Soccer Club that has been growing for the past 8 years..  Masa & Chie Yokota have about 55 young kids.  This club also has now brought teams to LA where we have hosted them twice.  One of the highlights was visiting a local elementary School where we were taken on a tour of all 20 classes by the principal.  They have invited us to come onto campus and do a clinic at their school next year.

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                Last but not least, we ended out tour by providing a four day camp for 75 US Military children.  Due to the heat we were indoors in the gym.  Following each day of camp we had a time of chapel & skits where we were able to share the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.  After eating at the Mess  Hall with the Marines, we traveled off base to play a local Japanese University and of course eat & fellowship with them.  As a result of that exchange, a professor presented Paul Gizzi with a letter from the Mayor and the opportunity to bring the Seahorse team to his hometown next year to do clinics for all the elementary &Jr. High schools.  They even want to host us. 

The soccer is excellent in Japan and quite technical.  What a great way to share the GOOD NEWS through “the beautiful game”  called Soccer.  We are already takingapplications for NEXT YEAR’S JAPAN OUTREACH. 

We have coaches lined up, team mom’s, several players  & are planning to take this trip in the early & middle of July. If you know of any interested, go ONLINE & register at www.seahorsesoccer.com , you can CHECK OUT the trip on our BLOGSITE:   http://seahorsesinjapan.blogspot.com/ or Contact Paul Gizzi:  Paul.gizzi@seahorsesoccer.com

SEAHORSE PDL - MORE THAN JUST A SOCCER TEAM

Check out our new video. Playing PDL with Seahorses is more than just a soccer team. 

Seahorse Soccer has been apart of the USL Premiere Developmental League since 2001. Each season they aim to compete at a high level, while also creating "more than just a soccer team" for their players experience. God Glorified, Lives Changed, through the game of soccer.

For more information on this team, contact Mark Schrock at mark.schrock@seahorsesoccer.com

Videographer / Editor: Brandon Peterson (bpetersenauthor@gmail.com)

Seahorse Firework Stand!

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Buying Fireworks for the 4th?! Come to our stand! 

We are located on the corner of Imperial Highway & La Mirada Blvd. in the parking lot near Home Depot. A portion of the proceeds go to Seahorse Soccer. We appreciate your support via fireworks on the 4th! GOD BLESS AMERICA!