The Santa Clarita Storm – Futbol Club Santa Clarita’s professional men’s soccer team – announced Wednesday it has signed four more players to its 2012 roster, pending league approval.
Coming farthest is Cedrique Nguimzon, a 22-year-old forward from Bapaussam, Cameroon. The other three are from the Los Angeles area: 31-year-old defender Alan Benavente of Chatsworth; 23-year-old forward Jorge Hernandez of Los Angeles; and 26-year-old forward Roman Ramero of Van Nuys.
Here’s what FCSC says about them:
Cedrique Nguimzon – Forward
Cedrique Nguimzon is a 22 year old forward who originates from Cameroon, came to the United States in 2008 along with his mother and siblings to live with their father Jean-Claude Nguimzon (Who he has lived for the past five years in Palmdale, California). Cedrique started his career in soccer at a very young age in Cameroon playing in the Centre Sportif for five years then transferred to Cape Foot, a third division Futbol club, and helped his team to a championship in 2006. In 2007 he transferred again to Barssieries Du Cameroun a preparation Futbol club, which is where the majority of the Cameroon Mens International team comes from.
Jorge Hernandez – Forward
Jorge Hernandez is a forward but can also double as a right side midfielder. Hernandez is a very versatile player, not only being able to play multiple positions, but also Hernandez also having the ability to play with both right and left feet. Jorge brings several personal accomplishments to the team with a Golden Boot award leading in scoring for his high school team in 06 and 07, he also received player of the year honors. Hernandez has had the honor of playing against several competitive teams in several leagues such as the Coast Soccer League with the Santa Monica United and playing in the Balboa League for Pumas. Hernandez also helped F.C. Kaiser to a division Championship in the Mustang League.
Alan Benavente – Defender
Alan Benavente is a 6foot 1 inch center defender who at the age of 31 brings the experience The Storm needs in the back line. Benavente has experience with Hollywood Way soccer Club, as well as semi-Professional team Makina, Alan helped his team to two three league championships from 2007-2010 & looks to bring a solid addition to the Storms defense pairing up with new comer Mathew Shaxton.
Roman Ramero – Defender
Roman Ramero, a local Van Nuys player who will be joining the Storm has a defender and stands 5ft. 8″ and will be playing left back. He comes to the Storm with O.D.P. (Olympic Development Program) experience at the age of 15 and played at Victor valley college.
In total, The Storm have also signed three defenders; Mathew Shaxton, Alan Benauente and Roman Ramero; three forwards – Martin Galvan, Cedrique Nguimzon and Jorge Hernandez – and two midfielders, Richard Galvan and Tyler Coomes.
Santa Clarita Storm will now prepare for the Five Star Winter Classic tournament Feb. 25 and 26 in Santa Clarita Central Park.
The following weekend, March 4, the Storm will travel to University of California Irvine to take on the Anteaters in a friendly match. This will be the finial tune up before beginning The U.S. Open Cup Qualifying on March 10.
The Cup Qualifier is a set of games spanning over the month of March in a single elimination for the opportunity to compete in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup, One of the biggest and oldest tournaments in the United States including teams from almost every adult league in the country, There are teams from the USASA, NPSL, USL as well as pro leagues like the USL Pro, NASL, and MLS.
This will be followed April 7 by the opening of the NPSL season. For more information visit www.fcscprosoccer.com. The 2012 schedule will be released soon.