Hollywood United FC's Premier Development League side opened its season Saturday night with a 3-0 romp Saturday night over the Fresno Fuego at Fresno's Chukchansi Park.
Australian midfielder Shay Spitz, who played at Cal State Fullerton, gave the Hitmen a 27th-minute lead, and Jaime Armando Chavez added goals in the 60th and 63rd minutes, soon after Fresno forward Fabricio Codeceira was sent off with a second yellow card.
Former Galaxy midfielder Jose Botello is coaching the Hitmen, which won the Western Conference's Southwest Division title in the semipro PDL, the fourth tier of American men's soccer. Chavez led the club with 10 goals last year.
HUFC, which also fields celebrity and "Sunday league" teams, features former New England Revolution forward and Cal State Northridge All-American Willie Sims and his brother, Oscar.
The Hitmen are among six Southern California clubs in the nine-team Southwest Division; the other five -- L.A. Legends, Lancaster Rattlers, Orange County Blue Star, Southern California Seahorses and Ventura County Fusion -- begin their seasons next weekend.
This week's result (home team listed first)
Saturday Fresno Fuego 0, Hollywood United Hitmen 3 (Spitz 27, Chavez 60, 63)
Next week's games (home teams listed first)
Lancaster Rattlers vs. Ventura County Fusion at Antelope Valley High School (Lancaster), 5 p.m.
Hollywood United Hitmen vs. Southern California Seahorses at Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.
L.A. Legends vs. Orange County Blue Star at Salesian High School (Los Angeles), 3 p.m.
Orange County native Scott French has been writing about soccer for more than 30 years for dozens of publications and Web sites. He was senior editor at Soccer America and was managing editor of MajorSoccerLeague Magazine from April 2007 until last summer. He has covered three World Cups for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Los Angeles Daily News, two Women's World Cups for Soccer America, the Olympic Games, European Championship, U-20 World Cup, eight MLS Cups and all four professional women's championship games.