Coach Ricky Gutierrez and the 2010 Boys Blue team won the Boys U10 Super Blue division in the 2020 Surf Super Copa hosted by San Jose Surf. The boys beat Ajax East Bay Soccer Club in a tight game to win their division.
Coach Carrasco Named Head Coach of SFEA U19 Boys Orange team and Will Lead SFEA's Unique Athletic Development Programs that Include SAQ+ and AdTEC
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. JULY 9, 2019--The San Francisco Elite Academy announced today that Sebastian Carrasco, recently named to the men’s soccer coaching staff of the San Francisco State Gators, will join SFEA as a head soccer coach for U19 boys as well as SFEA’s Lead Coach for Athletic Development.
Coach Carrasco brings a wealth of experience to SFEA. Before joining SF State, Carrasco was an assistant with the women’s soccer program at Whittier College. He also served as manager of A.S. Los Angeles of the National Premier Soccer League. Previously, he was the strength and conditioning coach at Division I Cal State Long Beach where he spent eleven seasons and was part of a staff that won three consecutive, regular-season championships from 2006-2008, won the Big West Tournament title in 2010 and 2011, advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times, including an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2011. Carrasco also served, from 2012-2014, as a strength and conditioning coach and assistant coach at Cerritos College, with the Falcons capturing a state championship in 2014.
“We’re honored to add a coach of Sebastian’s calibre to our coaching staff,” said Lenonard Griffin, SFEA’s Director of Coaching for Boys. “Sebastian has tremendous experience coaching across multiple levels and ages of play, as well as proven insight into strength and conditioning, which will give our players an added advantage on the field.”
Coach Carrasco will be the head coach of the U19 Boys Orange team and will be working closely with U19 Boys Blue head coach Bobby Quinlan as they shape SFEA’s two U19 teams for the next playing year. In his capacity leading SFEA’s various athletic development programs, which include SAQ+ for older players and AdTEC for younger players, Coach Carrasco will take over from Barry McCabe who is transitioning to a full-time position with the COPA Training Center in Walnut Creek, a soccer training facility closely affiliated with a future East Bay USL franchise.
Carrasco also has years of coaching experience with various youth clubs. True to his Argentinian roots, he served as the Director of Coaching at Boca Juniors Los Angeles from 2015-17 and produced a State Cup finalist in 2017. From 2008-15, he served as a coach at Beach Futbol Club, and he was a strength and conditioning coach for Chivas USA Futbol Academy from 2011-12. He also had stints with Santa Clarita United and LA United Soccer Club. Coach Carrasco holds a USSF "A" License, a USSF "Youth" License, and an NCAA Director of Coaching License.
“The San Francisco Elite Academy is always trying to raise the bar of San Francisco soccer,” said Joe Dugan, SFEA’s Executive Director. “A critical part of that means always being on the lookout to further improve our already strong coaching staff. Sebastian offers so much to our team of coaches and they all share in my excitement to see Coach Carrasco joining our club.”
About the San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA)
The San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) is the top college placement youth soccer program in San Francisco, in just four years we have over 30 former players now competing in college soccer. We are developing the next generation of players to the highest standards, ensuring they receive the necessary training and support to successfully represent San Francisco at the highest level of play, our community, and our country.
2007 SFEA BOYS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL U13 TOURNAMENT AS SFEA AND SF CITY FC FURTHER ALIGN PLAYER PATHWAY
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. JUNE 20, 2019—The San Francisco Elite Academy, as a partner of San Francisco City FC, announced today that an SFEA U13 boys team will participate in the inaugural USL Academy Cup to be held May 22-25, 2020 (Memorial Day) at the Hillsborough County Tournament SportsPlex in Tampa, Florida.
The USL Academy Cup is a new national competition of academy teams from all three levels of USL—the Championship, League One, and League Two—designed to bring together top youth prospects from all USL club markets in order to identify and contribute to the development of players with the potential to reach the professional level.
"Since its inception, SFEA has always been committed to providing our players access to the highest levels of play in order to accelerate player development" said Joe Dugan, President of the San Francisco Elite Academy. "This unique opportunity for our U13 boys group is part of our ongoing pursuit for higher levels of play for all our teams across the board."
In early May, the United Soccer League (USL) announced USL clubs that will compete in the USL Academy Cup, a new event beginning this year featuring the country’s elite youth players from the U-13 and U-17 age groups. The announcement supported the recent unveiling of the league’s vision for an Academy system, establishing the Academy Cup as the forerunner to the first-ever USL Academy League, built to provide a clear youth-to-pro path in each USL community.
“It’s an exciting time for our youth soccer athletes,” said Leonard Griffin, SFEA’s Director of Coaching for Boys and the Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at the University of San Francisco. “The creation of national youth soccer events, like the USL Academy Cup, not only showcase our top players but offer them a chance to compete against some of the best youth players from all across the country.”
About the San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA)
The San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) is the top college placement youth soccer program in San Francisco, in just four years we have over 30 former players now competing in college soccer. We are developing the next generation of players to the highest standards, ensuring they receive the necessary training and support to successfully represent San Francisco at the highest level of play, our community, and our country. Please visit sfea.org to learn more.
About United Soccer League (USL)
Originally founded in 1986, the United Soccer League has become one of the most sophisticated soccer organizations in North America over the past decade. Comprised of three leagues (the USL Championship, USL League One, and USL League Two) as it enters 2019, the USL is set to bring high-level competition to more than 100 markets across the United States and Canada in the coming years. Please visit www.uslsoccer.com to learn more.
About the USL Academy Cup
The first key initiative launched under USL’s newest tier is the USL Academy Cup – a competition designed to bring together top youth prospects from all of our markets with USL clubs, all centered around identifying and developing players with the potential to reach the professional level. As a part of USL’s growth, the Academy Cup will lead into the Academy League, a player-focused, club-driven league designed to serve as the gold standard of youth development. Aligning with the USL’s vision, clubs will participate at the highest level of competition in their respective age ranges with a goal to improve club and coaching development as well as provide the optimal environment for player growth. Please see: www.uslsoccer.com/academy for more details.
About the San Francisco City FC
San Francisco City Football Club is a supporter-owned soccer club competing in USL League Two. The team is committed to its goals of representing San Francisco on the national stage and giving back to our community by aiding local charitable groups. Go to sfcityfc.com to learn more.
It was only a few weeks ago that the SFEA 2005 Girls lost a heartbreaking NorCal State Cup championship in the roulette of a penalty shootout. Well, the team, under the guidance of head coach Tom Atencio and the relentless support of a great parent group, has gone on to prove that it's not about how hard you fall, but how quickly you get back up.
This past weekend the girls went undefeated across four matches, including beating two ECNL sides and not allowing a goal in their final to matches, to claim the title at the US Club National Cup West Regionals in Davis.
The SFEA 2005 Girls now become the first San Francisco youth team to earn their way into the prestigious US Club National Cup Championships to be held July 19-23rd in Commerce City, Colorado at Dick Sporting Goods Park. It's an incredible accomplishment and everyone SFEA would like to congratulate the team, coach, and parents on realizing one of their big goals.
The National Cup is US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship competition open to US Club members. To learn more please see the US Club website at https://www.usclubsoccer.org/national-cup-west-regional
The SF Elite Academy
Our mission is to provide an elite level program for soccer players in San Francisco.