Cal South held its 35th Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon and Awards Ceremony last Saturday afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach to honor the top teams, coaches, players, referees and administrators throughout Southern California.
Over 400 guests came together at the Bixby Ballroom to pay tribute to those that excelled in their respective positions throughout the 2016 season. Among the invitees, US Youth Soccer Director of Event Management Angie Eliason and Region IV Chair Ric Listella joined Cal South to celebrate its honorees.
This year, Cal South inducted former Treasurer Ken Goldman, as well as former MLS and US Men’s National Team player Landon Donovan into the 2017 Cal South Hall of Fame. The two now join a list of Hall of Famers that include Amy Rodriguez, Carlos Bocanegra, Eric Wynalda and Marcelo Balboa.
Another former US Men’s National Team player Paul Caligiuri was also honored on Saturday night, being awarded with the President’s Award by Derek Barraza. All coaches who won a National President’s Cup title or National Championship were also present along with their teams, with coaches being awarded the Excellence in Coaching Award.
The following is a full list of the honorees:
President’s Award: Paul Caligiuri, Gary Sparks
Youth Male Player of the Year: Diego Caballero
Youth Female Player of the Year: Ashley Sanchez
Adult Team of the Year: La Maquina FC
District 1: Manny Neves
District 2: Ryan Gold, Brad Ackles, Traci Trask, Skye O’Grady
District 3: James Harmon, Shreene Walter, Peter Carey
District 4: Robert Friedland
District 5: Cathy Reynosa, Graham Holmes
District 6: Andrew Kendall
District 7: West Valley Soccer League, Santa Barbara Soccer Club
TOPSoccer Coach of the Year: Jean-Marie Barbara
TOPSoccer Volunteers of the Year: Petra Azar, Doug Lange
Excellence in Coaching Award: Carl Higham, James Murphy, Randy Dodge, Robert Friedland, Charles Gordon, Leo Ledezma, Carlos Basso, Rudy Ybarra
Male Youth Referee of the Year: Matthew J Schumacher
Female Youth Referee of the Year: Maria Cruz
Male Adult Referee of the Year: Osvaldo Delgado-Landeros
Female Adult Referee of the Year: Samantha Martinez
Class of 2017 Cal South Hall of Fame inductees: Landon Donovan, Ken Goldman