Thoughts on clubs (LA Galaxy San Diego, Surf, Albion)

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Which club do you recommend?

  1. Surf

    62.1%
  2. LA Galaxy San Diego

    24.1%
  3. Albion

    13.8%
  1. Jlb

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    I am not familiar with the girls DA clubs out there. Can anyone offer feedback on the clubs mentioned, coaching styles, club politics, styles of play, etc...

    If we were looking to play for one versus the other, anything that would be important to know?
     
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    That is quite the loaded question. The bulk of my kid's experience is in the '05 age group so I will keep my response limited to that.
    All three have very good coaches, and nothing against the other coaches, but from what we have observed the Surf coach is excellent. My kid will tell you that there is a different style of play at each with Albion & LAGSD being the most direct.
    Historically Surf was the strongest with ECNL. Last year Surf had DA & ECNL which gave them a dominant position. Surf lost ECNL this year and has placed it's 2nd teams into DPL, like Albion & LAGSD. I believe that going forward this will level the playing field between the clubs. We know kids that have had great, and not so great, experiences at each club. If your kid has their choice, then you probably can't go wrong with any of the three. Find the right coach for your kid.

    PS If you want additional information about the '05 group PM me. There are some things that don't need to be aired publicly.
     
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    Priorities:
    1. Player
    2. Coach
    3. Team
    4. Team Parents
    5. Club
     
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    At Surf 05 are you speaking of BW?
     
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    Yes
     
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    It all depends on what you and your DD want. You have to consider as well the time spent in the car as all 3 are fairly away from each other. The Carlsbad club has the least amount of drama, or at least known publicly. There is always something about Surf, but that comes mostly from disgruntled parents. Albion well they don't do a good job screening their coaches, did anyone remember about TS. Go check all 3 them out and make your decision on what best fits your needs based on your own experience.
     
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    Thank you, yes, that's my stress with this, finding the area to live, club to play soccer, and the right schools, all without having to sit in traffic for hours. Not an easy task!
     
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    Forget Albion. Pick a location near I-5, somewhere between Carlsbad and Del Mar and you can move as needed between the two clubs and lots of good schools. Pick the best coach and team for your player, not the club. For what it is worth, we had a good experience at Carlsbad Lightning/Carlsbad United/LAGSD and not such a great experience at Surf. I am sure there are others who had the opposite experience.
     
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    If you can afford Carlsbad, that's a no brainer.
     
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    I have not yet seen his squad play at 05. Very interested. I do think CB who passed this team on is an excellent coach.
     
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    The posters who have responded are all from SD and know the clubs well. Definitely share the age group with them if PMing...
     
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    My DDs had a great experience at Surf. CB their favorite coach there. That would be my choice, good soccer.

    There's good, ok, and bad coaches at all clubs. I'd put Carlsbad at two and Albion at three but your DD will now what coach she likes best and that's generally the best way to approach it unless you notice any red flags.

    Good luck and enjoy the area, we miss it.
     
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    If you are looking at public schools, then Samy and the others are right. Carlsbad is a simple decision. It narrows your club choices to two which makes things simpler. And that choice might be made even easier based on the team that your DD makes.

    If you are thinking private schools, then my suggestion is Francis Parker (school), Mission Hills (community), and Albion.
     
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    The top public schools in San Diego run along HWY 56, start there before picking a soccer club!
     
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    It fascinates me that this even needs to be said but, I know that it does....
     
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    Perhaps, but all the cool people live in Carlsbad. By that I mean, all the cool people and me.
     
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    Just to bring some facts into the discussion. The top school in the county is the Preuss School UCSD.
    San Diego Schools:
    https://www.usnews.com/education/be...h?district-id=107425&state-urlname=california
    https://www.usnews.com/education/be...ity-or-zip=San Diego&state-urlname=california
    Eight schools in the top 200 for California
    Carlsbad Schools:
    https://www.usnews.com/education/be...city-or-zip=carlsbad&state-urlname=california
    Sage Creek is nationally recognized but not ranked. No other schools are ranked at all
     
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    Anyone know if Earl Warren Middle and Torrey Pines High Schools are good? Those are ones that some people told us about and we were looking at those areas. I’ll check out those Carlsbad schools too, thanks for the recommendations on those. We would be coming in from out of state.
     
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    Why would you based your decision on where to relocate your family based on soccer? That is very short sighted. Find a neighborhood in your price range, within easy commuting distance and condusive to your families needs in general. Do you want to be close to the beach, have a larger plot of land, ok with a cookie cutter home, want a walkable community etc.?

    This school talk is way over-rated. There are good schools in all parts of San Diego regardless of ratings. My only real concern would be the safety of the school location. Otherwise as long as the school has AP or IB classes which generally have the teachers that care, the quality of the education will be about the same and not impact learning or the ability to get in a good college.
     
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