A soccer team based in Los Angeles, California, the L.A. Wolves currently compete in the Western Division of the United Premier Soccer League. They take their name from the legendary Los Angeles Wolves who played for the United Soccer Association back in 1967. At the time, their broadcasts were covered by legendary Los Angeles Lakers play by play announcer, the late Chick Hearn.
Previously guided by manager Eric Wynalda during the 2017 season, the Wolves recently appointed Felipe Bernal as head coach for the 2018 campaign. Bernal was a former amateur soccer player and Assistant Coach at Cerritos College.
In addition to their UPSL team, the Wolves also have a reserve team and manage the L.A. Wolves FC Youth Program, cultivating young talent from U-8-U-19. They also house a L.A. Wolves FC Women’s Team that competes in the Women’s United Premier Soccer League.
Wolves On the Prowl
Success has been no stranger to the Wolves; they are regular participants in the annual Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, having recently qualified 3 consecutive seasons. Their aim is to create a professional training environment to develop and nurture players to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their skills to play at the highest level whether locally in the MLS or internationally.
The Wolves place a lot of emphasis on their coaching staff, stressing that proper training is key to unlocking the potentials of aspiring soccer players. A proper financial infrastructure ensures that the appropriate venues and equipment are sufficiently available for the team. This infrastructure is the key to young L.A. Wolves players unlocking their potential.
Having qualified for the playoffs in 4 consecutive seasons, the Wolves have found success on the pitch. They were crowned the national champions during the 2017 spring season in which they were only defeated twice, and were 6th place finishers in the fall season with a 7-3-3 record.
They took home both the USASA Region IV Amateur Cup as well as the Cal South Adult State Cup in 2017, and were the Western Conference Championships in 2015 and 2016, going undefeated in 2015 and suffering only one loss in the 2016 season.
The team is guided by L.A. Wolves FC President and General Manager Yan Skwara, a former professional himself. He is also currently the Commissioner of the UPSL, and he strives to bring players into the limelight and provide them with the development tools they need to achieve success at the professional level.
As one of 13 local qualifiers, the Wolves will be vying for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup starting May 9th. The competition features 94 total teams with their eyes on the cup and the $300,000 prize money. Having been run annually since 1914 and named after Lamar Hunt who was a pivotal figure in promoting soccer in the US, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will enable competition across varying levels of skill, including amateurs and professionals.
The L.A. Wolves are starting 2018 on a strong note, scoring a 5-1 win over Long Beach FC in the 1st round of the 2018 CalSouth Adult State Cup.
Follow up on all the action at the L.A. Wolves FC official site.
The L.A. Wolves are members of the UPSL, U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
L.A. Wolves: Representing The City of The Angels
The L.A. Wolves are proud to represent the local soccer scene in Los Angeles and currently play at the Toyota Sports Complex located at 555 Maple Avenue in the heart of Torrance, California. The 6.2-acre facility features state of the art features such as high-quality synthetic turf and energy-efficient sports lighting to accommodate sports and activities year round.
One of the largest metropolitan cities in the world, the diverse and expansive area of Los Angeles is home to nearly 4 million, spanning an area of 465 square miles. Originally, L.A. was home to the Chumash and Tongva Native American tribes and was initially founded on September 4, 1781, by a group of settlers who migrated north of present day Mexico. The initial settlement of the area was originally named ““The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula”, and is now commonly referred to as the City of Angels. Los Angeles means “the angels” in Spanish.
How Your Efforts Fuel the Wolves
The Wolves are advocates of giving back to the community. They provide an opportunity for community members to get inspired and involved with community activities to promote good will and activities to get others stepping forward.
The Wolves bring a sense of pride to the local fans, which reinforces community outreach and gives them a source to direct their energies and efforts towards.
One of the most important roles the Wolves play is to serve as an inspiration for inner city youth and underprivileged children to stay away from offensive and undisciplined behavior. As professional athletes and role models, the Wolves show them how far hard work and dedication can take them.
Their regularly hosted tryouts give children a chance to stand in the spotlight and test their mettle, with the potential of opening up doors down the road. This gives the youth a goal to work for, something tangible that they can pursue alongside to completing a proper education.
By giving kids a chance to volunteer, it sets them up with the right mindset for success and instills in them the value of contributing to the community. These are lessons they can incorporate for the rest of their lives as they continue chasing their dreams.
Your support of the Wolves goes a long way towards their success. Join the pack in improving the community and providing the Wolves with the tools needed to continue representing the proud soccer fan base of Los Angeles.