Tomorrow is the day. Another date with destiny.
After two weeks of solid preparation, Doxa head to Seattle to play the Sounders U23 team in round #1 of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. It has been a year of highs for this Doxa team, who went into Regional qualifiers on a 12 month unbeaten streak. An unbeaten CSL season coupled with a run to the final of the CSL cup had an air of confidence in the squad. Thanks to a solid 2-1 win over Cal FC and a dominating 7-0 win over San Fransisco FC, Doxa secured a spot in the prestigious tournament.
Of the starting squad that played in Doxa’s only previous US Open cup game (in 2011 vs Ventura County Fusion), 9 players are still involved in the current 22 man squad. Bryan Byrne was the goal scorer on that day, and he currently leads the team in goals for the 2013 season with 28 in 17 games and got both goals in the vital win vs Cal FC.
“What separates us from other amateur teams is our ability to play as a unit. We don’t have a stand out player, it is simply a combination that sticks together and works for each other.” said Byrne. “We have been given the unique opportunity to again play in the US Open Cup and you really don’t if you will ever get that again – it is win or go home time!” Byrne is the one player currently on the squad with US Open Cup experience, having been part of the New England Revolution that won the tournament in 2007.
Sounders FC U-23 (PDL) vs Doxa Italia (USASA) 7pm at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium. Those interested in updates, we will have them on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
The fixture list for the 2012/13 CSL season has just been released, as double Champions, Doxa Italia, look to retain both titles from this past season. Kicking things off, Doxa will play one of the leagues newest teams, Cal FC.
The first home game of the season will take place at Manhattan Village on Saturday, September 29th. Click on the image for larger text.
The final of the Angels Confrontational league takes place tomorrow at Carver middle School, with a 6pm kick-off. Doxa will take on San Nicholas in the inaugural league final. All support is welcome!
This weekend, Doxa take on PSA Elite in what will be the first ever CSL Charity Shield game. Both teams did fantastically well in the National Championship this summer and it will be a battle between two of the best amateur teams in the country!
All support is very much welcomed – we hope to see you all there!
Anyone interested in Doxa Italia will want to check out the busy schedule for this weekend!
It all starts tomorrow night Friday November 18th at 8pm, when Doxa take on top placed Zicuiran F.C in the Angels Confrontational league.Sure to be a cracking game!
On Sunday November 19th at 3pm, Doxa take on FC Takwaba, a new team that just joined the CSL. The game is away, at Azuza Pacific University and will be a battle of the new vs old.
The weekend ends with a very exciting game vs the LA Galaxy Academy team on Monday November 20th at 8pm, a game that will actually be played in the stadium field at the Home Depot center. With MLS Final 2011 taking place on Sunday, the field is open to the academy to use and they promptly invited Doxa to play what will be a very competitive fixture.
Please leave a comment below if you want more information on game location, all fans are welcome over the weekend!
Doxa continued their good form in the Angels Confrontational league with a solid 6-3 win over Salinas Tires.
Steve Chirgwin got things rolling with a neat finish on the back post, after Derk Droze jumped to nod a cross back across goal. The second was a cracking finish, with Chirgwin chipping the keeper from outside the box, the ball looped in just underneath the post. The third came from Johnny Alcaraz as he grabbed his 4th goal in 2 games, this time Droze drilled a shot from the top of the box that the keep could only parry into Alcaraz path. The score at half was 3-1.
Doxa continued good form in the second, and having gone interchanged goals before finishing with a fine 6-3 win. Justin Commins, playing in the second half, won then lost, then won the yellow jersey for this week. He gave away a penalty, then saved it, before scuffing a back-pass into the forwards path right before the end of the game! Well deserved Justin!
#1 – Steve Chirgwin (Derk Droze)
#2 – Steve Chirgwin
#3 – Johnny Alcaraz (Derk Droze)
#4 – Bryan Byrne (Johnny Alcaraz)
#5 – Steve Merker (Steve Chirgwin)
#6 – Bryan Byrne (Gugo Adzemian)
1. Aaron Perez
2. Richie Million
3. Kevin Gallaugher
4. Devin Toohey
5. Ilia Nazarov
6. Andrew Marinez
7. Steve Chirgwin
8. Johnny Alcaraz
9. Bryan Byrne
10. Eric Meister
11. Derk Droze
12. Ryan Loza
13. Vardan Adzemian
14. Gugo Adzemian
15. Steve Merker
16. Justin Cummins
Coast Soccer League
Saturday – 8pm at Manhattan Village
vs. Stars United FC
Angels Confrontational League
Sunday – 5pm at 4410 McKinley Avenue. Los Angeles CA 90011
vs. Centro Americano
This weekends game has been switched from an away to home game.
Doxa will now take on Pateadores at Manhattan Village with an 8pm kick-off time, Saturday October 1st.