ASST. GM BRANDON GONZALEZ AWARDED “TOP 40 UNDER 40”

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Seahorse Soccer’s very own League Two Assistant General Manager Brandon Gonzalez was honored this month with the Coach & Athletic Director Magazine 2019 Sports 40 Under 40 Award. The Sports 40 Under 40 Award is an industry-wide honor that annually recognizes 40 emerging Sports Leaders under the age of 40, men and women who are demonstrating involvement, innovation, and commitment. These 40 young professionals represent the best in the sports industry from across the country. With over 900 applicants, Gonzalez was the only winner of this award from the State of California. The Sports 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 was honored at the 2019 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Convention and is recognized in the July/August 2019 issue of Coach & Athletic Director.

Brandon began his involvement with Seahorse Soccer back in 2005 as a Freshmen center back playing at BIOLA University. He played on the (at the time) PDL Team from 2006-2010. In 2006 the team won a Conference title. In 2011 Brandon moved to Seattle and continued playing in the PDL League for the Seawolves. Once Brandon returned to Southern California in 2015 he returned to the Seahorse community as a donor and volunteer. In 2019 Brandon took on an official role with his beloved Seahorses as Assistant GM. Brandon has been a pivotal role for the organization in both administrative roles as well as sponsorships.

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GONZALEZ IN NORTH DAKOTA IN LATE JUNE AT AWARD CEREMONY

Brandon became the Founding Director of Athletics at Pacifica Christian High School-Orange County in 2015. In four short years, Brandon has created a program that balances participation, competitive and non-competitive success, individual player development, and an overall positive experience. Pacifica Christian has an 80% student participation rate in athletics, fields 17 Varsity Programs, and has helped create a school culture that celebrates the hard work, success, and benefits high school athletics brings to a school community and the life of a student-athlete. Brandon Gonzalez has built an Athletic Department from a simple idea in 2014, to a thriving, competitive, well rounded athletic department that has seen over 20 postseason appearances, 3 CIF-Southern Section Finals, and 3 State Appearances in 3 years of Varsity Level competition. Pacifica Christian has produced 23 All-League Winners, ten 1st Team All CIF Winners, 15 2nd Team All CIF winners, and one John Wooden Award Winner. Pacifica Christian also sent 17% of its first two graduating classes to play intercollegiate athletics.

Under Brandon's leadership, Pacifica Christian has been able to secure long term partnerships with Vanguard University, Newport Beach Golf Course, City of Newport Beach, City of Huntington Beach, Newport Sea Base, and many others to help facilitate and sustain the needs of the growing Pacifica Christian Athletic Department. Brandon also oversaw the development, planning, and execution of the Triton Event Center remodel, which included a new shot clock system, score table, scoreboards, wall pads, updated team areas, and a brand new gym floor.

Join us in congratulating Brandon Gonzalez on this great achievement. Brandon - we are so proud of you and happy to have you on the Seahorse League Two Staff!

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League Two on Skid Row

LEAGUE TWO SERVES ON SKID ROW


Our Seahorse L2 team was part of a new ministry experience. We joined with the Union Rescue Mission (URM) in downtown Los Angeles to reach out, encourage and share God’s love with those who were staying in the URM building. After an evening with the residents, the group slept 6 stories up on the roof of the URM building. The rain only served to dampen our tents, not our spirits! We were up early the next morning (5:30 AM) to prepare and serve breakfast to over 200 people. This experience was an “eye opener” for many of us, seeing the homeless epidemic up close and seeing not only the physical needs but also the spiritual needs of the people served by the Union Rescue Mission.

SoccerFest 2019

Soccer fun for ages 5-12

Soccer fun for ages 5-12

This is a free community event put on by So Cal Seahorse Soccer and hosted by Biola University Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams.

Join us for fun clinics/skills/drills and games with instruction from Seahorse coaches and Biola University players.

Giveaways include: 2 L.A. Galaxy tickets - 1 week of full-day Seahorse Soccer camp - 1 week of half-day Seahorse Soccer camp - 1 free fall registration for LMSA - the goodies!

RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS will be serving lemonade and sweet tea and giving out Kid’s Meal Certificates

Live DJ and face painting!

 

And IT IS ALL FREE

Biola University

13800 Biola Ave

La Mirada 90638

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