2023 SoCal Premier Preseason Survey

Another summer concludes to give way for the fall season of soccer in the Inland Empire. I contacted as many teams as possible during this preseason to get their thoughts for the upcoming season. The season has yet to be released, but the teams are confirmed with new and old faces in the 1st division.

Unlike last season, the groups are more geographically accurate with an Inland Empire group, with some familiar IE faces like Fontana Legacy, IEFC, and Union Amaya. Southwest SC, another IE team from the UPSL, joins the 1st division in their first appearance in the league. Other teams in the group include newly promoted La Familia, who dominated the 2nd division without a loss, Desert FC reserves, who had struggles finding stability within NISA Nation, and sports agency Ocelot FC II, with another team to branch their spider web of players. 

With the seven teams confirmed, I contacted our four IE teams for their thoughts, and three filled out the survey. Here are their thoughts on the 2023 season. 

Fontana Legacy FC

Under the leadership of the ambitious Angel Rodriguez, he started the club to promote civic pride with the beautiful game and one day reach the ranks of professionalism with the team. Off the field, Legacy has initiated club branding and outreach, such as having a YouTube series and attending city functions to meet civic leaders like Mayor Acquanetta Warren of Fontana.  

In their 2nd calendar year as a club, the fountain city club finished 6th in the 2nd division with four wins. The closest milestone they can achieve is the club’s 10th win in competitive play (SoCal open spring, 2nd division & RB Cup). Here is what FLFC owner Angel Rodriguez had to say. 

What are your goals for the season?

Compete with the best clubs in the area while helping young talent reach their potential as players.

What are some improvements that you want to implement from last season?

Team chemistry and an increase in soccer IQ 

What are some positives from last season that you want to continue?

Playing with passion and enjoying the worlds biggest sport, always. 

Who is one team that you’ll pay extra attention to?

I believe all the teams in the SWPL first division should be treated with equal respect and paid the same attention to. Looking forward to a great season.

IEFC

A club nearing a decade old and one of the older and still operating clubs in the IE, coach Ozzie has the club afloat following the transition out of the UPSL. The club started during the league’s inception in 2015, and only after COVID did they jump ship to the SoCal Premier League. 

With nearly 70 club wins in competitive play, the 2023 season will be the club’s second in the SoCal Prem. Last season, they finished 5th in the 1st division with six wins, including a notable smashing of Capo FC 6-1 back in February. Here is what Coach Ozzie had to say. 

What are your goals for the season? 

Our goals is to keep pushing ourselves to the end 

What are some improvements that you want to implement from last season?

Our improvements as a team is to get better organized as we make our transition to Nisa Nation next season

What are some positives from last season that you want to continue?

There aren’t so many positives honestly but our organization as a club will help us on the transition 

Who is one team you’ll pay extra attention to?

Honestly, I know all of them as we played them on U23 however I like to see how La Familia will keep their momentum going.  

Union Amaya 

Another post-COVID expansion to the IE soccer landscape, Union Amaya, under the leadership of coach Pedro Lamounir, debuted in the UPSL and finished that season with six wins in that calendar year. With the attitude of testing the waters before committing to a particular league early in the club’s history, UA fielded a team in the SoCal Premier open spring division earlier this year, placing 2nd in their group with six wins. 

In the 1st division this season, coach Pedro Lamounir will field a team here and in the newly announced ASL that will start before the SoCal premier. The litmus test continues for the boys in yellow, and here is what Pedro has to say about the 2023 season. 

What are your goals for the season?

Having a team organized in its game system and competitive on the field. 

What are some improvements that you want to implement from last season?

more training

What are some positives from last season that you want to continue?

Young players playing with the adult team.

Who is one team that you’ll pay extra attention to?

To all 

Southwest FC has not responded at the time of this writing.  

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