LA10 Looking Forward to Bigger Challenges in the UPSL Pro Premier Division

Crowned So-Cal North Championship Division Champions in their United Premier Soccer League debut, the players of LA 10 FC are eager to return to the pitch and pick up right where they left off—continuing undefeated in their promotion to the Pro Premier Division.

LA10 will take on LA Wolves FC this Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills. The game is scheduled to stream online at https://mycujoo.tv/video/la10fc. LA Wolves will serve as a challenging first opponent for the guys in stripes, as they finished second in the Fall 2018 SoCal North Pro Premier Division.

Team manager and senior coach Georgi Hristov appeared confident in his plan moving into more competitive opposition and predicts scoring goals in high-frequency will be more challenging this upcoming season. Said Hristov “Last year we scored a lot of goals.We managed to disallow, so our gaol differential is really positive, [but] going into the higher stage, it’ll be challenging,.” The team scored a total of 44 goals in their last season, with eight of those goals scored by top Israeli striker Shalev Asraf who helped assist three more. Humble in his success, Asraf gave his teammates proper credit for their support in making their promotion possible. “It [wouldn’t] happen without my teammates,” said Asraf. “I’m glad [to] hopefully do it next season and to take the team to the top.”

“Last year we scored a lot of goals.We managed to disallow, so our gaol differential is really positive, [but] going into the higher stage, it’ll be challenging,.” The team scored a total of 44 goals in their last season, with eight of those goals scored by top Israeli striker Shalev Asraf who helped assist three more. Humble in his success, Asraf gave his teammates proper credit for their support in making their promotion possible. “It [wouldn’t] happen without my teammates,” said Asraf. “I’m glad [to] hopefully do it next season and to take the team to the top.”

Fellow forward Maurice Morton, who the team refers to as “Mo,” said the key to continuing out-scoring the now tougher opposition is for players to raise the bar and leave their heart on the field in every game. “Everybody just has to raise their level,” said Morton, “I mean, it’s going to be a lot tougher opposition, so whenever we’re training we put in as much effort as we can… I think that’s how we’re going to be successful.” The team also counts on an immensely dedicated European standard which is what Hristov believes will set LA10 apart from the rest of the teams. “Structure, that’s what we have,” Hristov said. “That structure, honestly I don’t see it with many big teams or in the pros.”

LA10 defenders’ teamwork will be crucial, improving defense is a team priority, red-headed defender Fernando Pineda has a personal goal he’d like to execute this upcoming season. Literally.“I want to attack more,” said Pineda. “I want to score a goal from defense.”

Perhaps the team’s most significant advantage, however, is the brotherhood and the special bond they’ve created which positively impacts the chemistry in the field. Team Captain Duncan Bochicchio said becoming champions again is the ultimate goal, but is aware as a young team, expectations are held at a decent level. “Obviously playoffs are always the goal,” said Bochicchio. “We’d like to win the league, but it’s our first season so we know our expectations should be a little bit tempered.”

The owner of LA10 and CEO & Co-Founder of EDGE America Sports Jeffrey Whalen noted, “The Spring season is right around the corner, a few days from now we have our debut match; competition at this level is going to be tough, but I know that our guys are up for it.”

LA10’s First game starts at 3:00 PM and can be watched Live HERE

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