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United (Central) Ready to Kick Off Year One!

27 Apr, 2017 / 0

Torrance, CA April 27th


AYSO United Central is one of our Tier 2 club programs located in the heart of AYSO Section 1.  Central is surrounded by many AYSO Regional programs which continually provide a positive platform for AYSO Players to develop in the core and extra programs.


“We knew the Central location would be a tremendous opportunity for us to build a first class club program due to the fact the supporting regions have continually developed strong extra teams and developed players that have perhaps looked at other options outside AYSO to continue their soccer path” Said David Thomas (National Academy Director)


Upon identifying the Central location (combination of Chino and Chino Hills CA) Tom Lancaster was identified as the Director of Coaching, responsible for developing the United Central program.


“The United program was a great opportunity for me to build something special and really make a difference in an organization that has always put the player first” Tom Lancaster (DOC)


Prior to United Tom was the Director of Coaching at the OC Nomads Club where he was responsible for coaching education, player selections as well as developing a youth pathway for the Nomads players.


“Nomads is a great club, however the ability to work with AYSO Regions and help them develop their base was a no brainer” said Lancaster


With the announcement of Tryouts in December the turnout of players was tremendous and led to the formation of 10 new AYSO Teams which will compete in Cal South sanction Coast Soccer League. United Central will enter teams from 2007 through 2003 in both the boys and girl’s division


“CSL provides a great platform for our United teams to compete, we understand as a new club we will have to earn our way up the divisions, however from early indications in watching these teams is that the AYSO Core and Extra environment will be validated as the right environment to develop for any player” said David Thomas


Lancaster has assembled a quality coaching staff including former national team players, ex-professionals and ‘A’ Licensed Coaches. Not only are the United coaches responsible for the development plan of the United teams, they will also offer free clinics to the core and extra players.


“A duty of the United program is to help our supporting regions in building their player based and develop players. Tom and his staff will work with players and coaches to ensure that the AYSO pathway is connected and complete” (David Thomas)


Lancaster’s staff consists of Tom Taylor, a USSF A licensed coach and serves as a development coach for United bringing a wealth of experience from his playing days in the UK and the US with the Portland Timbers. Along-side Taylor is Iar Davoren a former professional player in Ireland (Sligo Rovers), Ali Porumiri (former Iranian National Team Player).


“Some outside people have the wrong impression on what the United club is, I would put my staff up against any club out there, our commitment is not just to United players we understand the importance of supporting our core regions”


As United continues to attract coaches of a high standard Tom also believes in bringing through quality Extra Coaches to complement his staff. “We are always looking to add quality coaches to our club, some of my staff have coached in the extra program and hold high USSF licensing, if you can develop players and represent the badge to a high standard we will bring you into our team” (Lancaster)


With the fall season around the corner and the United teams begin their development over the summer it will be exciting to see how the Central club competes, however one thing is for sure this program is here to stay give the AYSO Players a new home for Club soccer.