Out of Orange County, California in the City of Yorba Linda coaches Roger Jimenez with assistant coach/team manager Marcos Higareda built this dynamic 2005 Team.
After winning several tournaments during the 2017 season, we were invited to participate in the first-ever U12 World Challenge U.S. Qualifiers. The winner of this prestigious qualifier would receive an all-inclusive trip and entry into the U12 Junior Soccer World Challenge Final in Tokyo, Japan and the opportunity to face some of the best Division 1 Academy teams in the world – Barcelona FC, Arsenal, A.C. Milan, Liverpool etc..
Our Pateadores PYL-BLK Team accepted the invitation to the qualifier believing in our boys and knowing they had the ability to compete against the top (USSDA) US Academy Teams that would attending the U.S. Qualifier – LAFC, LA GALAXY, ALBION, SURF, STRIKERS, TFA, etc.. After 5 extremely competitive matches, we defeated SD Surf USSDA in the final. It took a dramatic penalty shootout for us to take the title as Champions of the, first ever, U12 World Challenge U.S. Qualifiers. It was such an exciting and emotional tournament. Our boys were in such disbelief that we were heading to Tokyo, Japan!
Our experience in Japan was life-changing. Creating unforgettable memories for our boys and their families. New culture, language, foods, transportation, acclimating to the weather, the time change, incredible competition and so many other things made this an amazing experience for the boys.
We learned and bonded as a team. We went to Japan to compete in a sport that unites us all, without borders, no color or race, just a ball that brings out the love and passion for the game. This experience will live in the hearts of our players for the rest of their lives! We are truly grateful to the World Challenge Staff and their leaders for providing this incredible opportunity and a life experience that will live beyond memory.
We went to Japan to compete in a sport that unites us all, without borders, no color or race, just a ball that brings out the love and passion for the game. This experience will live in the hearts of our players for the rest of their lives!