Locals Take to the Pitch to Compete in 40+ LA City Soccer League

Larchmont United Football Club – (from l. to r.) Front row: Chris Casamassima, Chris Toronyi, Mitch Kamin*, Steve Atlee* Back row: Victor Pinon*, Andy Genewick*, Gene Straub*, Jordon Kruse, Richard Bronshvag*, Matt Stuecken*, Carl Moor*, Kevin Lapp* and Dirk Smits* (asterisk indicates player is on the actual LUFC/City League Roster)

There’s a local team in town we think you should get to know…the Larchmont United Football Club (LUFC). LUFC is a group of 40+ year-old men who met while attending their kids’ AYSO games – a mix of coaches, dads and their friends. They came together a couple of years ago to continue playing soccer as adults rather than channeling their soccer ambitions through their kids.

The guys play in the LA City League on Wednesday nights at Griffith Park and practice very early on Sunday mornings at Liechty Middle School (7th and Union) from 6a-9a.

I spent an early Sunday watching LUFC play and I have to say I was impressed. They are competitive! There are more than enough guys to field two teams – the team that makes up the official LUFC roster that plays in the LA City League; and the practice team, with players ready to work out the official team and challenge for a slot in the future.

LUFC team member Steve Atlee shared the enthusiasm that exists among the players with the Buzz. “It’s amazing that we manage to get so many guys playing soccer at 6a on Sunday mornings,” Atlee said. “That’s a pretty strong indication of how much fun we’re having.”

Larchmont United Football Club recently signed on two sponsors who will help the team as they compete for the league championship – Champagne Roederer and Keller Williams Realty. LUFC has created a very cool logo – perfectly depicting how they all feel after 90 minutes of competition! Between the champagne and the bicycling donkey, the LUFC jerseys are sure to look pretty sharp.

 

 

 

The 2012 Summer/Fall adult soccer league starts Wednesday, July 18th and takes place at the Griffith Park fields. Be sure to check in with the Larchmont Buzz calendar for exact dates, time and locations of matches. The games are typically at 7p or 8:50p and the team gathers at a local haunt afterwards – someplace with good beer and good eats!

Larchmont United Football Club after a win at the John Ferraro Fields in Griffith Park!

Larchmont United Football Club – (from l. to r.) Front row: Charlie Gilman, Jason Rowlett, John Lanza, David Sobel, Victor Pinon, Steve Atlee, Martin Shirley Back row: Teodoro Morris, Gene Straub, Mike Martinez, Kevin Lapp, Chris Donovan, Russell Milton, Luke Kim, Mitch Kamin, Benny Bohm

Some pictures from a recent Sunday morning scrimmage…

Windsor Square’s Steve Atlee Defends
Jason Rowlett, being chased by Chris Casamassima
Matt Stuecken pushes forward

 

 

About Mary

Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years – including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life – but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended family…at one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love – built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.

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