Los Angeles Soccer: Cal South

YOUTH: Cal South girls win ODP titles

March, 13, 2012
The best youth girls soccer in the country is played in Southern California. Need proof? How about Cal South's sweep at the Olympic Development Program national championships last weekend in Frisco, Texas.

Cal South, the U.S. Soccer-affiliated governing body of soccer in So Cal, won the girls 1995 and 1996 titles. The boys teams finished third in both ODP competitions.

West Covina's Kayla Mills (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), who plays for Newport Beach-based club Slammers, was the star for the '95 girls, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory over New Jersey in Sunday's final after tallying the opener in a 5-0 romp over Georgia in the semifinals.

Also scoring against Georgia were Mills' Slammers teammates Savannah Levin (Newport Coast/Tarbut V'Torah School) and MacKenzie Cerda (Fountain Valley/Edison HS), Legends' Meilessah Rangel (Chino/Chino Hills HS) and So Cal Infinity's Sarah Fajnor (Fullerton/Sunny Hills HS). Levin is the younger sister of Stanford All-American Camille Levin, a first-round selection in January's Women's Professional Soccer draft.

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Weekend tip: Soccer Nation Expo

February, 11, 2011

Cal South, U.S. Soccer's arm in Southern California, is staging its annual Soccer Nation Expo this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center, with all usual the attractions, seminars, clinics, games and activities, interactive exhibits, meet-and-greets, on-field sessions and shopping for equipment, products and merchandise.

The Galaxy and Chivas USA will have booths, and Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts -- both MLS Best XI picks last year -- will be signing autographs during Saturday's session.

The Futboleros, a team of soccer freestylers, will perform, and there will be extensive seminars for those with VIP Coach passes, with featured speakers including Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo, former Galaxy assistant coach (and current University of Redlands men's head coach) Ralph Perez, former Guadalajara coach (and one of the Mexican national team's interim coaches last fall) Efrain Flores and Randy Waldrum, head coach of Notre Dame's NCAA women's championship team.

Public hours for the fest are Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, and more information can be found at www.soccernationexpo.com.