Last July, LA Galaxy San Diego coach Carl Higham was lifting the US Youth Soccer National Championship with his 1999 Girls Team. Eight months later, coach Higham is having the same success, this time with his 2003 Girls Team and lifting the Cal South National Cup Championship trophy.

The journey was not easy for the former Carlsbad United FC club. Matching up against some of the strongest competition in Southern California, LA Galaxy San Diego had their eyes on the prize since the start, and with a coach like theirs, the bar was set high.

“It’s something that we spoke about a few weeks ago,” coach Higham said. “We knew we had a good vibe going into National Cup and we knew it would be a four or five game if we could win we’d end up in the final, and anything could happen.

“They work so hard for me, off the field and practice times. Because of our hard work, for them to get the just reward, which is a National Cup Championship and win it, we can see it all pays off. It’s so pleasing,” he added.

Now, the LA Galaxy San Diego 2003s will have to work twice as hard as they prepare to head to Seattle this June to compete in the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals. Should the team have a great performance, coach Higham will return to a stage he’s quite familiar with, the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas.

“Every game is going to be an absolute final,” the LA Galaxy San Diego coach said. “I’m new to the age group, so I’m really excited to go out there and play different teams. That’s one thing I’ll be looking forward to. The preparation starts now to get us ready for June in Seattle and looking forward to it.”
National Cup Finals - March 18-19, 2017