Cal FC Youth Academy (CALFCYA)

DMS11 Academy Club and California Football Club (Cal FC) Announce Merger to launch under California Football Club.

Thousand Oaks, CA. – The soccer scene in the Conejo Valley area has taken an exciting new direction.  Internationally known DMS11 Academy Club and the history making adult team, Cal FC have merged forces. The club will operate under the California Football Club name.   

Cal Football Club

The Cal FC Mens team will be the 1st professional team located in Ventura County.  They play in the nationwide “Founders Cup”, starting this August, 2019.   The league includes top professional teams: NY Cosmos, Miami FC, Chattanoga FC, Milwauke FC, Miami United, and Detroit FC in the East.  In the West: ASC San Diego, Cal United, Oakland Roots, FC Arizona, and Cal FC.

The Cal FC youth academy will field boy’s and girl’s teams, representing age groups from birth years 2010 through 2001.

The merger combines 2 of the biggest and most successful clubs to originate from Thousand Oaks. With combined coaching, player and facility resources, Cal FC will provide youth players with an elite training program and environment to professionally grow their game. Cal FC and DMS11 Academy Club clearly define a path for success in soccer for the youth to the professional player. Cal FC has promoted more than 50 of its players to the professional ranks.

History was made in 2012. Cal FC beat the MLS giants Portland Timbers 1-0 in the 3rd round of the US Open Cup.   Danny Barrera, the DMS11 alumni, was part of that 2012 Cal FC team. He provided the assist to Artur Aghasyan who scored the historic goal that secured the Cal FC name in history for being the first amateur team to ever knock out an MLS team in regulation play.

Michael Friedman, Cal FC’s General Manager, is a 38-year veteran of the So. Cal soccer scene.  

“We are thrilled to announce this merger of two great soccer clubs,” said Friedman. “The timing is right to merge the hometown clubs.  The soccer scene evolving nationally, the timing has never been more perfect for such an important collaboration. I am very grateful that DMS11 President Dan Metcalfe agreed to the merger of the clubs.  We are placing the needs of the players in the Conejo Valley area at the forefront of this merger. We believe the future of soccer is very bright.”

DMS11 

The reputation of DMS11 goes beyond their trophies, Dallas Cup U17 Champions, Back to Back National State Cup Champions, 3 x California Champions, CSL Premier League Multiple Champions as well as Surf Cup, NHB and all the top youth championships. Their highest honor is the success of their players. Daniel Steres - starter for the Los Angeles Galaxy MLS team and Mens National Team call up. Danny Barrera – US Men’s U20 National Team, AB Villon – USL Pro – Zev Taublieb – Sweden First Division. Marcus Watson – Leicester City English Premier League. Logan McDaniel – Portland Timbers MLS. Travis Bowen – LA Galaxy USL. Aleks Berkholds – Seattle Sounders MLS, are to name but a few. The percentage of players having gone through DMS11 into College Soccer is unprecedented in Southern California.

 Dan Metcalfe:  DMS11  Academy Club Founder, Nike Youth Coach of the Year, Head Olympic Development Program Coach, Coached and trained over 25 players who went from youth to professional. Personal Trainer to current Professional Players.

“As the soccer world continues to change, so are the needs of those playing, and teaching, the beautiful game. California’s Clubs evolve and strength in our mission needs to always be reassessed. Growing up in England I was able to see the professional game first hand and be around professional players. In America it has always been tough to give that same experience and impression to inspire the youth soccer players close enough to feel it. There are clubs that are involved with Professional Teams by wearing their badge but zero actual interaction with the pro players on the field itself. With Cal FC I saw the immediate difference to those kinds of setups by having a true, real, close connection to the professional environment. Keith Costigan, Head Coach of the Pro team, is so connected to the football world and can bring his insight, experience, connections and the actual pro players to guide the Cal FC Youth players. Having youth players watch a professional practice each week and, when ready, our top youth players actually join in a pro level training session, will be something rarely seen in America. Having the pro players attending Academy sessions will be inspirational and invaluable to the youth. A true club setup top to bottom. DMS11 was created back in 2007 to provide the highest level of development possible. I am proud to be able to offer the next move up to the DMS11 players and also any who wish to join the Cal FC academy. The opportunity to increase the level and aspirations for each player with Cal FC is fantastic. I believe every decision for any player is critical, but especially at the youth age. This truly is a great move, not only for DMS11, but also for all players who wish to have the best opportunity to grow to the college and professional level. Thousand Oaks will finally have a Professional Football (Soccer) Team and program for its youth, and fans of the game. I could not be more excited for all players from all clubs. I am sad to see the conclusion of DMS11 A.C. but know it is the best move to continue the development of soccer players. It is a win, win for all.”

First Team Coach

Keith Costigan, a native of Ireland, is the 1st team head coach.  Keith holds a UEFA A license. He played professionally in Ireland and in the USA for the Portland Timbers.   You can find him doing play by play commentary for the Seattle Sounders and can be heard commentating on games including World Cup Qualifiers, Europa League and Concacaf Champions League on FS1.

Youth Players looking for a competitive environment: 

Younger teams are already forming.  Tryouts will be held in February and March for open spots.  B2010, B2009, B2008, B2007, B2006 and B2005 are starting. Contact us for tryout information. Girls teams will start tryouts soon. You can email Michael to receive email notification when they begin.

Tryouts for players born in 2004 and all older teams will begin at the end of April.

For more details about tryouts and for all major club announcements, please follow the club on twitter, @Cal_fc, Instagram, @Calfootballclub and on Facebook, @Calfootballclub.

In association with the re-branding, Cal FC will be reaching out to the Thousand Oaks business community with several exciting sponsorship opportunities.  We encourage the businesses to support their community and endorse the club's efforts in soccer, both and the Professional Team level and the dreams of those youth players who aim to become the Professionals of our future.

Contact information:

Michael Friedman, General Manager

Michael@Calfootballclub.com

805-857-5328

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