La Jolla-based Nomads Soccer Club changes its play field

By Ashley Mackin

The Nomads competitive soccer club’s current team. Courtesy

The Nomads Soccer Club has moved from its longtime home at Allen Field to Hickman Youth Complex in Clairemont; has formed a new partnership with the Jewish Community Center to start a no-experience-necessary recreational league; and is seeking alumni to act as mentors to incoming players.

“We’re looking for kids who went through the program who might want to come back and be like a big brother,” said Mary Kaliff, Nomads general administrator.

Kaliff explained that the Nomads is a competitive soccer club eager to get the word out that it has simply moved, and not gone out of business nor been replaced by another club.

That rumor was brought to Kaliff’s attention at a pediatrician’s office in La Jolla, where another person in the waiting room told her that La Jolla Impact Youth Soccer had absorbed the Nomads Club into its program. Kaliff worried that Nomads’ alumni might erroneously think the same thing.

“It’s a shame that after 30 years of coaching youth soccer, with most of those years here in our La Jolla community that we are a very big part of, our alumni might think we are no longer around,” she said.

Nomads Head Coach Derek Armstrong said the intensive Nomads Soccer Club is one of the 81 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams created in the United States by the U.S. Soccer Federation. A national team program oversees the training curriculum. Players train three to four times a week and play games on weekends.

“This is not the program where kids come for eight weeks and play with the volunteer dads … we train year-round,” Kaliff said.

Since 1988, the Nomads have won 32 championship titles and have had Nomads alumni participate in every World Cup since 1986, Kaliff pointed out.

Nomads head coach Derek Armstrong advises a player. Courtesy

Several former players have been drafted to Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. Current MLS Men’s National Team members Joe Corona and Steve Cherundolo are both Nomads alums. Brothers Michael and Gabriel Farfan currently play for the Philadelphia Union soccer team. Danny Delgado, another Nomads alumnus, was recently drafted to the San Jose Earthquakes team.

“I don’t think there’s any club that puts kids on the national teams as much as we have,” Kaliff said.

The Nomads also operate a “community school” that is a stepping-stone toward making the Nomads teams. Coaches train the players to help them “develop to their fullest potential,” Kaliff said.

Contact The Nomads

■ For information about the teams and training levels, which start at age 5, or to become a mentor, visit nomadssoccer.org

Related posts:

  1. La Jolla High boys basketball squeak past Scripps Ranch, 46-41, in defensive struggle
  2. Music, art and dining should bring PGA visitors to Haute La Jolla Nights, Jan. 24-26 during Farmers Insurance Open
  3. Western League Water Polo season gets underway for La Jolla high school teams
  4. New Zealand basketball team defeats The Bishop’s School in La Jolla for a tough 67-63 win
  5. Torrey Pines Rotarian completes cross-country bike ride

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=101382

Posted by Ashley Mackin on Feb 6, 2013. Filed under Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Del Mar Thoroughbred Club releases statement concerning turf course July 27, 2014
    “Del Mar is deeply saddened by the loss of Thoroughbred lives we have experienced at the track since the start of our season. Four of those losses have come on our new turf course. Despite that, we continue to have the utmost confidence in the course, as do our partners in this race meet — the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Tr […]
  • Carmel Valley Library to host piano trio in concert July 27, 2014
    The 45-minute program will include music by Debussy, Schubert, and Dvorak. […]
  • Del Mar residents back from Sports Chalet trip July 27, 2014
    The grand prize included round-trip airfare for two to Kahului Airport, accommodations at the Lumeria Maui, and tickets to OluKai’s annual Ho’olaulea’a concert. […]