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FIFA 1994 World Cup

1994: FIFA World Cup (USA)

Everything happens for a reason… the year is 1994 and the stage is set for the United States to host their first ever FIFA World Cup.  FIFA surprised many with their decision to have the U.S. hold the tournament due to the global perception that the United States lacked soccer fans.  FIFA hoped by staging the world's premier event in the U.S., it would lead to America's growth in the sport… time will tell.

 

 

 

Timing is Everything…

United States national team member, Frank Klopas was in southern California for the 1994 World Cup.   Bernie Towers was promoting soccer and managing some boys’ teams in Orange County.  Terry Mazura was in search of a more competitive soccer alternative for his daughters.  David Northridge is with Orange Coast United managing a few youth teams. Walid and Ziad Khoury were training local athletes in soccer and athletic conditioning.  One by one each joined and within a few short years they converged… and the Slammers FC was born.

 

 

 

“The Brothers”

 

Growing up during Lebanon’s civil war the brothers developed a unique perspective on life and developed a true appreciation for theSafa SC blessings we receive everyday.  Both played soccer for Lebanese Premier League, Safa Sporting Club (SC) Beirut.  “Safa” means clarity in English.  How ironic this is when 7,000 miles away and a decade later the brothers would apply their “clarity” of purpose and distinct passion for teaching the game of soccer to boys and girls in southern California. 

 

After spending their formative years in Lebanon and summers in Dubai they moved to southern California in 1984.  Both went on to play soccer at Orange Coast College.   During the 90’s they coached soccer at Corona Del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools.

 

Walid Khoury, “Skills and teamwork are everything; you train hard, learn the game, love your teammates and success will naturally follow.”

 

Ziad Khoury, “I love my players; I believe God put me on this planet to teach kids.”

 

           The brothers are now commonly found around the world in soccer’s top circles for the youth, collegiate, and professional game.  Combined they hold three Nike Coach of the Year awards (2003, 2006, and 2009).  They share 7 National championships and 3 Nike World championships.  They have prepared and placed soccer players at elite programs within every major NCAA division I conference. 

 

 

 

Accolades earned by Slammers FC Graduates

 

  • * 2004 - NSCAA National Player of the Year
  • * 2006 - US Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year
  • * 2006 - FIFA U-20 World Championship, Bronze Ball winner (3rd most valuable player)
  • * Players in elite programs at all major NCAA division I and II conferences
  • * First-team All Conference
  • * NCAA All-Americans
  • * US National Development Programs at U-14 and U-15
  • * US Youth National teams for U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20, U-23
  • * US Full National team
  • * Women’s Professional League
  • * Slammers athletes played major roles on the last three Women’s NCAA Championships teams.

 

A few of these players are Danesha Adams, Lexi Orand, Whitney Engen, Camille Levin, Ashley Nick, Christen Press, Ashlee Elliott, and Alyssa Dávila.

 

During their younger years a few boys also stopped by the Slammers program and went on to make significant impacts on the game; Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA – MLS and US National team member), Tyson Wahl (Seattle Sounders FC-MLS), and Darren Spicer (Chivas-USA).

 

 

 

The Early Years… (1994 to 1999)

The initial teams competed as members of Orange Coast United.  In 1999, a small group peeled away to start the Slammers FC.  TheLincoln Fields club faced many early challenges; no club history, financial struggles, and minimal field space.  The club sought out any place available to train, day or night (grass, dirt, sand, asphalt). 

A typical day was when the sun went down over the grass fields at Lincoln elementary in Newport Beach and the players moved over to the asphalt basketball courts… the parents lined up cars, turned on their headlights, and voila… lighted fields!

In the first six years from 1994 to 1999 the club included about 6-9 teams.  It was after the first regional championship in 2000, that this small group of passionate parents, hardworking players, and dedicated coaches started to garner looks from around Orange County.

 

 

 

 

Preparation and Training Starts Paying Off (2000 – 2006)

The Slammers FC now had their first six of years of learning, correcting, and building under their belt.  The hard work started to pay off.  Not only did success knock on the Slammers door, it moved in and wouldn’t leave.  In seven years the club amassed 17 Cal South State Championships, 8 USYSA Region IV championships, 3 USYSA National Championships, 4 US Club Soccer National championships, and 2 Nike Youth World championships.  The Slammers FC introduced a new group of kids from southern California who were ready and willing to compete and win on both national and international stages.

 

First Slammers FC National Champioship (2002)

Three USYSA National Championships (2002, 2003, and 2005)

 

 

Now and the Future

Now 34 teams strong including a newly founded Slammers Youth Academy for the little athletes aged U6 – U8, the club is excited for the future.  Acquiring and building the right coaching staff and focusing on the club’s principles is a key to future success.  Slammers FC alumni are returning and offering their soccer experiences to the champions of tomorrow.

 

Elevating the boys program is a key focus for the club.  “We are excited to build the boys program to the same high standards we are known for on the girls side”, says Walid Khoury, “we are applying the same passion which put the girls program on the map”. 

 

Three key building blocks still remain from the early days at Lincoln elementary on the black top with a dozen headlights shining… make each athlete a better soccer player, make each group a better team, and help each young adult to be a better person.

 

The inspiring stories are the hundreds of athletes who find confidence, self esteem, and attendance to the college of their dreams.  The program is built on instilling character, integrity, teamwork, reliability, responsibility, and trust. 

 

The Slammers FC is a testament to a handful of boys and girls who invested their own time, passion, sweat, and tears during thousands of hours on the practice field, and in games.  Lifelong friendships are forged here.  Champions are built here.  We have high hopes and high expectations.  This journey is not for everyone. This is where we expect more… constantly raising the bar for you and your team.  One Family… Committed to Excellence.

 

 

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26 CALSOUTH State Championships

28 trips to the USYSA - REGION IV Tournament

13 USYSA – REGION IV Championships

4 USYSA - NATIONAL Finalists

3 USYSA - NATIONAL Championships

4 US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL Championships

3 NIKE YOUTH WORLD Championships

 

 

One Family... Committed to Excellence

 

 

 

 

The Home of Champions

 

 

 

SLAMMERS FC CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS

28 CALSOUTH State Championships

31 trips to the USYSA - REGION IV Tournament

14 USYSA – REGION IV Championships

4 USYSA - NATIONAL Finalists

4 USYSA - NATIONAL Championships

4 US CLUB SOCCER NATIONAL Championships

3 NIKE YOUTH WORLD Championships (Sweden)

3 NIKE MANCHESTER CUP PREMIER CUP Champions (Beaverton, Oregon)

3 NIKE MANCHESTER PREMIER CUP Finalists (Beaverton, Oregon)

(updated as of June 2010)

Slammers FC CHRONOLOGY

1994 to 1997:    THE BUILDING YEARS

  • Slammers FC established
  • Building from the ground up.

1998 to 2001:   EARLY SUCCESS

  • 5 CALSOUTH State Championships
  • 4 trips to the USYSA - REGION IV Tournament
  • 1 USYSA - REGION IV Championship

    2002 to 2005:   HELLO SOCCER WORLD

  • 10 CALSOUTH State Championships
  • 9 trips to the USYSA - REGION IV Tournament
  • 7 USYSA - REGION IV Championships
  • 1 USYSA - NATIONAL Finalist
  • 3 USYSA - NATIONAL Championships
  • 3 US CLUB SOCCER Championships
  • 2 NIKE YOUTH WORLD Championships
  • 2004 ranked #11 in the nation for girls youth clubs by Soccer America.
  • 2005 ranked #3 in the nation for girls youth clubs by Soccer America.

    2006 to present:  STAYING THE COURSE

  • 9 CALSOUTH State Championships
  • 15 trips to the USYSA - REGION IV Tournament
  • 5 USYSA - REGION IV Championships
  • 3 USYSA - NATIONAL Finalist
  • 1 US CLUB SOCCER Championship
  • 2006 ranked #6 in the nation for girls youth clubs by Soccer America
  • 2007 ranked #5 in the nation for girls youth clubs by Soccer America
  • 2007 ranked #2 in the nation for girls youth clubs by NationalSoccerRanking.com
  • 2008 ranked #3 in the nation for girls youth clubs by Soccer America
  • 2009 ranked #4 in the nation for girls youth clubs by Soccer America
  • 2009 ranked #1 in the nation for girls youth clubs by TopDrawerSoccer.com

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The Home of Champions

2002 GU-14 (G87) USYSA National Champions (first national championship)

2003 GU14 (G88) USYSA National Champions (second national championship)

 

 

 

 

 

2003 GU14 (G88) Gothia Cup Youth World Championship (first world championship)

(Sweden)

2004 GU16 (G87) U.S. Club Soccer National Championship (third national championship)

 

 

 

 

2005 GU-16 (G88) USYSA National Champions (fourth national championship)

 

 

 

 

 

2005 GU-15 (G89) US Club Soccer National Champions (fifth national championship)

2005 BU-13 (G91) US Club Soccer National Champions (sixth national championship)

2005 GU14 (G90) Gothia Cup Youth World Championship (second world championship)

(Sweden)

2006 GU16 (G89) US Club Soccer National Champions (seventh national championship)

** back to back **

2007 GU14 (G92) Gothia Cup Youth World Championship (third world championship)

(Sweden)

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2002 and 2003 GU14 USYSA National Championship (Elmer Ehlers) trophy 2004 GU16 USYSA National Championship (Patricia Masotto) trophy 2004, 2005 (x2), 2006 US Club Soccer (Doug Hamilton) Memorial Cup
GU14 USYSA National Championship trophy GU16 USYSA National Championship trophy US Club Soccer National Championship trophy

One Family... Committed to Excellence

SLAMMERS FC - ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENTS

Slammers FC focuses on team success and player development. Many of our players have been recognized for their individual development, dedication, and hard work.

We are proud of all our alumni. This page recognizes specific personal achievements awarded by the leading soccer organizations in the United States. We believe these are solid third party confirmations that we are appropriately preparing these athletes for the next level.

Thank you for visiting our web site. Enjoy.

2009 NCAA HONORS

    • *Whitney Engen (G87), University of North Carolina - ACC Defensive Player of the Year
    • *Whitney Engen (G87), University of North Carolina - 1st team All ACC
    • *Mariah Nogueira (G90), Stanford University - PAC 10 Freshman of the Year
    • *Mariah Nogueira (G90), Stanford University - 1st Team All PAC 10
    • *Mariah Nogueira (G90), Stanford University- 1st team PAC 10 Freshman Team
    • *Christen Press (G88), Stanford University - 1st Team All PAC 10
    • *Brianna Bak (G87), University of California-Berkeley - Honorable Mention All PAC 10
    • *Cami Levin (G89), Stanford University - Honorable Mention All PAC 10
    • *Alicia Lugo (G88), UNLV - 2nd Team All Mountain West Conference
    • *Ashley Bowyer (G87), Ohio State University - 1st Team All Big Ten
    • *Judy Christopher (G89), UC Irvine - 1st team All Big West
    • *Jackie Zinke (G88), University of San Diego - 2nd Team All West Coast Conference
    • *Mary Grace Schmidt (G90), Texas A&M - Big 12 All Newcomber Team

2009 NCAA TEAM CAPTAINS

Whitney Engen, University of North Carolina

Brianna Bak, University of California - Berkeley

Ashley Bowyer, Ohio State University

Amy Klippert, University of Michigan

Alicia Lugo, University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)

Ashlee Elliot, University of Florida


US Womens National team

Whitney Engen - G87

Danesha Adams - G85

US Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year

2006 - Danesha Adams - G85

US National Pool and Team Players
Tessa Andjuar - G92
Stephanie Baduria -G85
Brianna Bak - G87
Jayden Barrett -G90

Maddie Bauer - G94
Ashley Bowyer - G87
Mia Bruno - G91
Charney Burk -G89

Sarah Cox - G93
Michelle Cruz - G91
Zoe Dickson - G91
Kylie Doniak - G90
Makenzie Doniak -G93
Ashlee Elliott - G88
Whitney Engen -G87
Makenna Henry -G92
Megan Jesolva -G88
Natalia Ledezma -G91
Camille Levin - G89

Lindsay Luke - G93
Ashley Nick - G87
Mariah Nogueira -G90
Alexa Orand - G87
Christen Press -G88
Shayla Sabin - G85
Mary Schmidt - G90
Darien Vericillo -G90
Lauryn Welch -G85
Christi Yount - G87

Womens Professional Soccer

Danesha Adams - G85 (drafted first round, 6th overall by Chicago Red Stars - 2009 draft)

Ashley Nick - G87 (drafted by Boston Breakers - 2009 draft)

Whitney Engen - G87 (drafted first round, 4th overall by Chicago Red Stars - 2010 draft)

Ashley Bower - G87 (drafted by FC Gold Pride - 2010 draft)

NSCAA National Player of the Year

2004 - Alexa Orand - G87

Gatorade National Player of the Year

nominee 2005 - Alexa Orand - G87

NCAA Collegiate All-Americans

Danesha Adams - G85
Whitney Engen - G87
Ashley Nick - G87
Christen Press - G88

NCAA Collegiate Scholar All-Americans

Stephanie Baduria - G85
Whitney Engen - G87
Nicole Grimaldi - G85
Alivia Mazura - G84
Lauryn Welch - G85

Parade High School All-Americans

Charney Burk - G89
Kylie Doniak - G90
Whitney Engen -G87
Megan Jesolva -G88
Camille Levin -G90
Alexa Orand - G87
Christen Press -G88
Rachel Wood - G89

NSCAA Youth All-Americans

Mia Bruno - G91
Charney Burk -G89
Zakiya Bywaters -G90
Kylie Doniak - G90
Megan Jesolva -G88
Camille Levin - G89
Mariah Nogueira -G90
Alexa Orand - G87
Christen Press -G88

NSCAA High School All-Americans

Christen Press - G88
Britney Scannell - G87
Jessica Zavalza -G89

Golden Glove and Golden Boot Winners

(US Youth National Championship Series)

Jessica Gordon - G88
Lauren Gregston - G88
Alicia Lugo - G88
Alexa Orand - G87
Christen Press -G88
Christi Yount - G87

Daniel Boyer - B93

Mason Case - B93



Other Notable Awards

Christen Press - G88

2011 Hermann Trophy winner

2011 Soccer America Player of the Year

2010 TopDrawerSoccer Player of the Season

2009 TopDrawerSoccer Player of the Season

Danesha Adams - G85

2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia

"Bronze Ball" winner for third most valuable player in World Cup

Alexa Orand - G87

2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship

youngest player on the roster

Whitney Engen - G87

2009 Honda Player of the Year

2006, 2008, 2009 NCAA National Champion

Christen Press (Stanford)

Ashley Nick (USC)

Cami Levin (Stanford)

Alyssa Davilla, far right (USC)

Ashlee Elliott (Florida)