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Los Angeles Misioneros Futbol Club


 

Los Angeles Misioneros is an American soccer team based in Los Angeles, California, United States. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.

The team plays its home games in the stadium at George Washington Carver Middle School, where they have played since 2012. The team's colors are blue and white. The team has a sister organization, the Los Angeles Legends Women, who play in the women's USL

After acquiring the PDL franchise rights the Springfield Storm franchise that used to play in the PDL out of Springfield, Missouri, the team began life as Los Angeles Storm under head coach Chris Volk, and made their debut in PDL competition in 2006, one of several teams joining the Southwest division as it expanded to nine teams. Playing at Citrus Stadium on the campus of Citrus College in Glendora, California, Storm made an inauspicious start, tying 1-1 with the San Fernando Valley Quakes, but quickly recovered to register impressive back-to-back victories over Fresno Fuego and Bakersfield Brigade. However, Storm's mid-season form proved to be their downfall, as the team slumped to five defeats in six games (including a humiliating 0-4 to the eventual divisional champions Southern California Seahorses), ending their first season playoff hopes. A morale-boosting 5-0 win over Bakersfield Brigade in their penultimate game was a positive, but eventually they finished sixth in the table. David Niemeyer was the Storm's top scorer in their freshman year, scoring 7 goals in his 15 games, while MLS-bound Mexican midfielder Erasmo Solorzano was the assist king with 3. Goalkeeper Lance Friesz was also a standout - so much so, that he was drafted by Los Angeles Galaxy in the offseason.

During the 2009-2010 offseason the Legends were bought out by the owners of the long-standing Los Angeles-based amateur side LA Blues, and re-branded themselves as the Los Angeles Azul Legends. The team's new logo was unveiled on their new website in April 2010.

During the 2010-2011 offseason the team re-branded themselves again, this time as the Los Angeles Misioneros. The team's new logo was unveiled on their new website in January 2011.


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