South Valley Chivas Academy


2019/2020 Competitive Teams Tryouts – Visalia

Apr 17th, 2019 by admin | 0

South Valley Chivas Competitive Teams from Visalia will be hosting open tryouts for the 2019/2020 Season.

All players born between 2001 and 2012 players are welcome.

Teams will participate in the NorCal Premier Soccer League and will compete in youth soccer tournaments throughout the year. Elite players will have the opportunity to be recommended to elite programs like Player Development Program (PDP) and Olympic Development Program (ODP).

Boys & Girls born between 2006 and 2012
Monday May 6 and Tuesday May 7,2019 5-8pm Field #3
Monday May 20 and Tuesday May 21, 2019 5-8pm Field #3
Boys & Girls born between 2001 and 2005
Monday May 20 and Tuesday May 21, 2019 5-8 pm Field #1 and #2
Riverway Sportspark in Visalia CA
Informational Meeting on May 6 and May 20 at 5pm right before tryouts begin
All players must bring a copy of birth certificate, a soccer ball and must wear a white jersey/shirt and shin guards.
A parent must be present to sign any necessary paperwork.

For more information call (559) 303-2541.

UPDATED: Tryouts scheduled for Girls 2003 and 2004 Teams

May 31st, 2018 by admin | 0

Update: Location has been changed to Plaza Park, 700 S Plaza Drive, Visalia CA.

South Valley Chivas will be hosting tryouts for two newly formed girls teams in the 2003 and 2004 age groups.  Teams will be based out of Visalia and will compete in the NorCal Premier Soccer League.

Girls born in 2003,2004, 2005 are invited to attend tryouts.

Tryouts are tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 11 at 6pm at the Riverway Sports Park in Visalia.

For more information please call (559) 303-2541.


Girls born 2003, 2004, 2005
Mon June 11, 2018 6-8pm
Plaza Park, 700 S Plaza Drive, Visalia CA
Please arrive early to register for tryout
All players must bring a copy of birth certificate, a soccer ball and must wear a white jersey/shirt and shin guards.
A parent must be present to sign any necessary paperwork.

Our visit with the Mexican National Soccer Team

May 30th, 2018 by admin | 0

On May 26, 2018 we were very fortunate to have been invited to meet with a soccer friend of ours, Dennis Te Kloese who now serves as the Mexican National Teams Director. Dennis was in the Los Angeles area ahead of the Mexico vs Wales game scheduled for Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Just a little bit of history of our friendship with Dennnis. We first met Dennis in the early 2000’s when he was serving as the Academy Director for all official Chivas USA affiliated soccer academies. At the time he had just left Chivas Guadalajara and had been hired to spear head the Chivas academy system here in the states. While at Chivas USA we were in constant dialogue with Dennis being that we were always recommending players to the main Chivas academy in Carson. A couple years later Dennis would leave Chivas USA and would take up a position in Monterrey, Mexico with Tigres UANL of the Mexican first division. During his time in Tigres UANL, we had a number of academy players who would tryout for their fuerza basicas teams and we would also host a couple of tryouts here in the states for Tigres UANL. In the next couple of years Dennis would eventually get hired to head the Mexican Federation Youth National Teams and would later return to Chivas Guadalajara in a more administrative position as Sporting Director where he spent a season until coming back to the Mexican Federation as Mexican National Team Director.

Back to us meeting with Dennis. While waiting for Dennis to finish up with a prior engagement at the Beverly Hills luxury hotel where the Mexican National team was staying, we were very fortunate to see a number of the Mexican National Team players roaming the hotel lobby. Just to name a few Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes and Jesus Corona.

Being that Dennis is a very busy person we were very fortunate to have spent close to an hour talking to him of many soccer related topics and issues which we are faced with here in the US. That same evening Dennis was scheduled to appear on the Mens In Blazers show (a English sports show which was touring the US) and because of it was unable to accompany us to the “closed session” practice which the Mexican National Team was scheduled to have that evening on the UCLA campus. As it turned out there were only a handful of people invited to watch the practice and a group of special needs children and their parents.

Mexican National coach Juan Carlos Osorio used the training session to work on team tactical movements with and without the ball and worked a lot on building out from the back. In all the training session lasted close to 1 hour and 45 minutes.

In ending we would like to personally thank Dennis for taking away from his busy schedule to meet with us and for allowing us to attend the close session practice at UCLA.

South Valley Chivas Academy Directors
Esmaldo and Gilbert Hernandez

The following are a number of images from our meeting with Dennis Te Kloese and the Mexican National Team practice at UCLA.

Chivas 06G win LA Galaxy Conejo Valley Memorial Tournament

May 30th, 2018 by admin | 0

The South Valley Chivas 06G were crowned champions of the LA Galaxy Conejo Valley Tournament of Champions held over the Memorial Day weekend. The team participated in the Girls 2006 – Gold Division.

During group play they beat LA Galaxy Conejo Valley G06 White team 7-0 and then faced Real SoCal Blue who went quickly up 2-0 only to have Chivas fight back to equalize at half 2-2 and win 3-2.

In the final against a tough LA Galaxy Conejo Valley G06 Red team, Chivas kept a clean sheet but couldn’t score until 30 seconds from the whistle when Jayme Gomez broke through on the left with a square cross to the back post upon which Morgan Phillipe charged, outpacing the defender and slotted one in for the winner.

They South Valley Chivas 06G coached by Matt Bahr and Chris Gilbert finished their Spring season winning all 4 tournament they participated in.

Information submitted by Matt Bahr.

Chivas players invited to the US Soccer Federation Training Center

Apr 29th, 2018 by admin | Comments Off on Chivas players invited to the US Soccer Federation Training Center

South Valley Chivas 05G players Abby McKean and Gianni Simoes have been invited to train at the US Soccer Federation Training Center in northern California. Abby and Gianni are players on the South Valley Chivas 05G team which is coached by Hermin Morin and Jackie Gonzales.

Both Abby and Gianni will join fellow South Valley Chivas 06G player Ellie Gilbert who has already been training at the Training Center.

Ellie Gilbert

U.S. Soccer staff conducts training sessions at the Training Centers which are invitation only and are used to identify players with Youth National Team potential. Girls’ Training Centers (TC) are designed to improve player identification, player development, and coach development. TC’s are setup to provide high-level training for players in a motivating and challenging environment. Only elite players with national team potential are invited to attend the training sessions at the TC.

Chivas 06G win Visalia tournament

Apr 27th, 2018 by admin | 0

Chivas 2006 Girls won a Visalia tournament beating Culter/Porterville, Tulare Force and Central Valley Premier before clinching the Gold coming back from down 0-1 to beat Atwater Nighthawks 2-1. Congratulations Chivas Girls.

Chivas 06G win 2018 San Luis Obispo Junior Classic

Apr 10th, 2018 by admin | 0

Congratulations to Chivas 2006 Girls for another tournament victory. The Girls won the SLO Junior Classic 2018 Premier Division going undefeated with a stingy defense that allowed only 1 goal from the field during the entire tournament. After a tough first round beating Monterey Bay Sharks 2-0 and home town SLO Storm 2-1 they faced the second place team from the other pool, Arsenal FC Central Coast, who beat Fresno Odyssey (Lomelli) 1-0 to advance. Going down 0-1 to a cheap penalty, Chivas rallied scoring 3 goals to move into the finals. In the Championship game the Chivas faced Kickers SC who beat the Chivas last year in the same tournament in the Semi-finals on PKs. This year they met in the finals. A tough battle ensued with full-time and 10 minute overtime ending in 0-0. Chivas keeper Jaclynn Martin blocked several shots and Jazmine Casteneda slotted home the winner on the 7th PK. Congratulations lady Chivas on your victory.

Courtesy of Matt Bahr

Chivas 06G win Morgan Hill tournament

Apr 8th, 2018 by admin | 0

Congratulations to Chivas 2006 girls as they return to Morgan Hill and will the Gold Division tournament.