Guerreros Announce Reserve Team
The Oxnard Guerreros are proud to announce for the first time in club history there will be a reserve team. The Guerreros Dos will compete in the Gran Liga to begin with, and over time will find itself in the United Professional Soccer League, the 5th tier of soccer in the United States.
The announcement was followed by the hiring of a familiar face in the Oxnard area. Javier Figueroa has been given to keys to the “B” team and will look to not only lead them to glory, but also help develop the next Guerreros stars.
Figueroa talked a little about what he expects from a player if they are to come and try out for the team, “First and foremost effort. If the guys are committed and they give consistent amount of effort then you can build off of that.”
Figueroa has found much success when it came to developing talent. He is a key figure for Oxnard United and has built youth teams that have left their mark not only in Southern California, but on a nationwide scale. One of Figueroa’s stand out accomplishments was being a part of the 2017 SCIAC championship staff at Cal Lutheran. He played an integral part in the development of the young players at the university, and was rewarded coaching staff of the year honors when it was all said and done. He also spent time as the Junior Varsity coach at Cal Lutheran and in his time there was able to build a foundation that has allowed the JV program to improve each and every year since his departure.
As a player Figueroa played for So Cal United and was a standout player, which then allowed him to get the opportunity to play collegiate soccer at UCLA, a prominent division 1 program. After graduation he began coaching and has been coaching ever since. He is looking to build upon an already improving Oxnard Guerreros Football Club
“If I get a good group of guys who are always here and working hard then you are going to start to see a difference” Figueroa said.
The developmental team will have its first test this coming Thursday against UPSL side Rebels FC, who sit fourth in the standings of their respective UPSL division. The game will take place at Royal high school and the Guerreros developmental side will look to start their existence off with a win. The side will field players ranging from 15 to 28 and it will give the Guerreros staff an opportunity to find hidden gems that could possibly make the jump and play for the first team in the future.
By: Gabriel Naudin