December 6, 2007
American Youth Soccer Organization players flipped the switch on $150,000 worth of lighting at Lincoln Athletic Center in Corona del Mar last week. The AYSO region 57 board donated the lighting funds to help fix an increasing competition for field space from lacrosse and soccer leagues. Region 57 offered to donate the money to light the field in April, but had to gain approval from neighbors, officials at the state and city level, and also work in coordination with Lincoln Elementary School and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
June 3, 2007
Newport Beach native Michael "Mike" Wade was elected as the new American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) National President. He was named by the voting delegates and leaders of the 650,000 player organization in New Orleans during the National annual business meeting on May 27. In his many years as a volunteer with the organization, Wade has established an impressive resume, holding positions varying from Regional Commissioner in Corona Del...
August 5, 2004
Jeff Benson Richard Morse and Douglas Root were both known for their unwavering compassion and their participation in Newport-Mesa youth sports circles, but the similarities don't end there. The two died six days apart and at relatively young ages. Morse, 48, died in his sleep at his Costa Mesa home July 26. He served as a soccer coach for Carden Hall, as a coach for community basketball teams and was a longtime volunteer referee for Costa Mesa's American Youth Soccer Organization.
June 9, 2002
Kirk McIntosh had a dream of bringing together all of the students from all of the schools in Newport-Mesa for one common cause -- to be the reigning champs of youth soccer. The dream has been mostly realized. McIntosh and others have successfully resurrected the former Lions Cup soccer tourney and renamed it the Daily Pilot Cup, drawing about 1,450 contestants this year alone, a hike of about 45% compared to last year. Last weekend, those soccer warriors converged on the fields of the Costa Mesa Farm Soccer Complex for a battle royale that will be seared into their memories.
January 16, 2008
A new coalition of local parents and soccer organizations wants to level the playing field when it comes to team sports. “There’s 1,000 kids playing baseball and 4,000 kids playing soccer,” said Phillip Greenberg, regional commissioner of American Youth Soccer Organization 57. “We’re hoping the city will work with us to make a better place to play.” The new group, Soccer Families 4 Newport Fields, wants Newport Beach to turn its latest park project — Sunset Ridge Park, at Superior Avenue and West Coast Highway — into an active sports park with more soccer fields.
March 13, 2004
Lolita Harper A pretrial hearing for a former AYSO commissioner accused of embezzling from the nonprofit group was postponed Friday, because the amount of money that he is accused of stealing is still up for debate, a judge decided. Anthony Leon Anish, the former American Youth Soccer Organization regional commissioner who pleaded not guilty in October to charges of embezzling $108,000, was in court Friday morning to set a trial date. He carried with him a packet of photocopies of canceled checks and other documents.
September 14, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Soccer players at the Farm Sports Complex may enjoy the sound of fans cheering them on, but some neighboring residents say they don't want to hear it. "We keep all our doors and windows shut and we still can hear it in the house," said Mike Dilsisian, who lives on Lorenzo Avenue directly behind the park with his wife, Betsy, and their two children, 3-year-old Benjamin and 11-month-old Julia....
August 27, 2004
Deepa Bharath A youth soccer leader, accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from the local youth soccer league, settled a civil lawsuit filed against him by the league early this month. Anthony Leon Anish, former American Youth Soccer Organization regional commissioner, agreed to pay $70,000 to the soccer league in three payments, court documents show. Orange County Superior Court Judge William M. Monroe awarded the judgment in favor of AYSO on Aug. 4. Anish's pretrial hearing on a criminal case filed by the Orange County district attorney is scheduled to be held today at Harbor Justice Center.
August 13, 2002
Lolita Harper The Planning Commission unanimously agreed Monday to uphold previous conditions of approval for the Farm Sports Complex that limit tournament play on the popular soccer fields to four weekends per year but voted to allow tournaments to start earlier on Sundays. Planning commissioners decided there was no need for more than four special events per year at the farm complex, which was opened in 1998 to accommodate youth soccer. Commissioners acknowledged that during those periodic special events, Sunday games could start earlier than regularly allowed to accommodate tournament schedules.
July 8, 2002
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- They don't know it, but the cleat-wearing children seen huffing and puffing their way across the soccer fields at the Farm Sports Complex could be in for some changes as a result of tonight's Planning Commission meeting. While youth soccer revolves around the kids who play their little hearts out on any given weekend, the future of their playing time is in the hands of adults, as coaches, parents and city officials will decide once and for all what times weekend tournaments can be played and how often.