Success Stories

LFC Bay Area is very proud of being a program that develops players to achieve the highest level of play. With a success of producing players for international teams, professional clubs in Europe and America along with the MLS and College play. We always strive to have players get to the level of their skill by feeding directly into the San Jose Earthquakes Academy and with that have had great success over the last few years. Below is a quick snap shot of recent players and more information from them below

RDS: U8 - U11 (Players identified to make the U12 Academy in their birth year)

  • 2016: Over 20 players from U8 - U11

2016:

  • Kas Blattman (2004): San Jose Earthquakes U12 Academy and USA National Program
  • Christian Linares (2004): San Jose Earthquakes U12 Academy
  • Callum Cook (2000): San Jose Earthquakes U15 Academy
  • Thomas Pelino (2003): San Jose Earthquakes U13 Academy

2015:

  • Pierce Dyal: San Jose Earthquakes U14 Academy
  • Izzy Carillo: San Jose Earthquakes U14 Academy

 

Lynden Gooch

Lynden Gooch, a soccer player found by the then Pacific Soccer Academy, has just signed a new contract at EPL side Sunderland AFC until 2017. Gooch is a native of California and was taken to Sunderland for a trial through PSA. After a successful trial, he was offered a youth contract and has been there ever since. For more information on Gooch, and his move from PSA to Sunderland AFC, please visit: http://www.safc.com/news/reserves-and-academy/2014/november/gooch-extends-contract

 

Kasden Blattman: 2004

Congratulations to Kasden Blattman: Kas has been selected to be part of the San Jose Earthquakes Pre-Academy, the top group of players for the 2004 Age Group in the Bay Area. Kas has been training with the Earthquakes while playing for PSA for the last 4 months and now has moved over to be part of the elite group. Kas is and continues to be part of NorCal Player Development Program (PDP) and IDP. The objective of IDP is to identify and help develop the players who have exhibited the potential to play at the highest levels of the game - professional soccer. In addition to being free of cost, players will experience training environments similar to those of professional clubs. Great Job Kas - LFC IAA Bay Area are very proud of what you are doing

Here are some questions we asked las about his experience with LFC and Quakes:

What are your desires as a player in the future?

My desire is to develop to the point where I am playing for big clubs in Europe. I would also be fine with playing for small clubs or just playing soccer at university, knowing that I tried my best as a soccer player.

What was your time like playing at LFC IAA Bay Area?

It was very fun. I really developed a bond with my teammates after 4 years here. We had lots of fun at tournaments. I also feel like I have really improved as a player, and there was no better club for me to play with.

Who at LFC IAA Bay Area really influenced and had a big impact your time there?

Coach Gerry and Coach Jonathan really influenced and had a big impact on my time there. They didn't just push me, they pushed everyone on the team.  They both taught me how to position myself and many technical things as well.

What type of center midfielder are you? Box to box, holding mid, or do you like to play in the No.10 position?

I feel like a box to box midfielder, creating chances and making plays. Sometimes, I like to take on a player or two and right when I feel like it is the right time to pass, I look up and try to thread in a through ball, and other times I want to keep possession so I try to get myself into the easiest position for my teammate to pass the ball to me and the easiest position for me to pass the ball to someone else.

How else did LFC IAA Bay Area help in your development?

They would hold special practices with the best players in the club, and that was a bit more challenging than my usual practice. They would also allow me to guest play for many other teams in the club, and that really helped because I learned to play against and with many different players and coaches.

How have you enjoyed the Quakes Pre-Academy so far?

I've enjoyed them a lot. I see that the coaches there really want to make me the best player I can be. The other players there are very friendly and welcoming, and very committed. They make me a better player.

Who in the professional game, do you try and imitate and respect the most?

I try to imitate Lionel Messi the most. I like how he dribbles through many players at times and sometimes gives pin-point passes to his teammates. I also try to imitate and respect YaYa Toure a lot. I like his movement and how he is such a passing force on the field as well as being someone you can trust and rely on on the field.

And finally, what is your final message regarding LFC IAA Bay Area as a soccer club?

I learned a lot at LFC IAA Bay Area. They really wanted to make me a better soccer player. I am very grateful for being a part of LFC IAA Bay Area for this long and I will always cherish my memories at LFC IAA Bay Area.

 

Pierce Dyal: 2003

Pierce played for the LFC IAA Bay Area for numerous years before being lucky enough to make the Earthquakes Pre-Academy team. The Quakes Pre-Academy is the next step after LFC IAA Bay Area. Pierce is someone who exemplifies LFC IAA Bay Area soccer club. His hard-work, dedication and attitude, are among Pierce's greatest attributes and we as a club, are so proud of his achievement. He is growing in to a not only a talented soccer player, but also a great person. We wish Pierce all the best in his future with the Quakes.

   

What are your desires as a player in the future?

My main goal is to make it as a pro, but wouldn’t be mad or disappointed at myself if I only made it to college. I just want to get to a point where I know that I am playing at the best level possible.

What was your time like playing at LFC IAA Bay Area?

At the start, it was a little hard for me since I was one of the youngest on the team. I used to get put out on the wing a lot which is not my favorite position. But after the first year, I started to gain the coaches trust and earned more playing time in my preferred position. This was when I started to be able to express myself more on the field.

Who at LFC IAA Bay Area really influenced and had a big impact your time there?

Coach Chris and Coach Aaron, were big influences in my life. Coach Aaron played me first and trusted me in the center midfield which is now my number one position. Coach Chris had a different impact on me and taught me a lot of stuff with the ball at my feet. Tight dribbling, a lot of movement of the ball and combination plays.

What type of center midfielder are you? Box to box, holding mid, or do you like to play in the No.10 position?

I feel like right now, I am a box to box midfielder. I like to be involved in the action at all times so like to do work on both defense and offense. I have been able to learn this position well as when I played up an age under Coach Mark. He taught me to play right back which really forced me to start opening my body to receive the ball and as I became a center midfielder, then receiving the ball side on became normal, and I got pretty good at it.

How else did LFC IAA Bay Area help in your development?

I was able to play my own age, but was able to then guest play for older teams at the club which really challenged me. I had to move the ball a lot quicker playing against the older teams, so then when I started playing with my own age group, I was able to take what I was learning and really start to play with a better tempo and make quicker decisions.

How have you enjoyed the Quakes Pre-Academy so far?

I feel right now, that the Quakes academy is trying to get me up to the next level which I am enjoying a lot. I always like to push myself as much as I can in training, games and off the field too.

Who in the professional game, do you try and imitate and respect the most?

There are a lot of attacking players that I like who probably play a bit more attacking than I do, but I do like Eden Hazard. I try and copy my game of Paul Scholes. He plays in the position that I like to take up, so I try and look at how he plays and sees the field and then imitate in my soccer performances.

And finally, what is your final message regarding LFC IAA Bay Area as a soccer club?

I learned a lot of from LFC IAA Bay Area, and was my baseline for learning which I am so grateful for. My time there was great, and I enjoyed my time with a lot of the players. LFC IAA Bay Area really made me feel like I was part of something. I was not just on a team, but I was at a club that really wanted to look after their players in the best way possible.  LFC IAA Bay Area will always be special to me and I will never forget my time that I had there.