Hollywood United F.C.

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Hollywood United
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Full name Hollywood United Football Club
Founded 1988
Stadium Crossroads High School
Santa Monica, California
Ground Capacity ????
Owners England Steve Jones
Australia Anthony LaPaglia
Head Coaches Brendan Bourke (O-40s)
United States Mark Tabberner (O-30s)
United States Tom Tate (LAPL)
League Los Angeles Olympic Soccer League

Hollywood United is an American amateur football team based in Los Angeles, California, United States. Founded in 1988, the team plays in Region IV of the United States Adult Soccer Association, a network of amateur leagues at the fifth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Hollywood United was founded in the late-1980s by a group of British expatriates who frequented the Cat & Fiddle, an English-style pub on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood, California. The original team was made up of several U.S.-based British celebrities from the world of music, film and television, including Paul Cook and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury of The Cult, and Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard. Word eventually spread throughout the entertainment world about the club and its players and, before long, not only other well-known stars, but also former national team football players from around the world asked to play. From these humble beginnings 20 years ago the Hollywood United Football Club has grown into what it is today; a star-studded, world famous, and competitively successful football club.

Initially, Hollywood United basically had one team that competed in different Sunday leagues around Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Metro League and the Glendale League. It was loosely organised and comprised roughly of the same 20 players in all games.

2003-2007[edit]

By the mid-2000s, there were two Hollywood United teams: an over-30s squad that competed in the Los Angeles Premier League from 2003 to 2005, and then in the now-defunct Olympic Soccer League from 2005-2006, and a Sunday League team that of older players that did not want to compete with the younger players. The over-30s team started to be the focus of international notoriety when people such as actors Anthony LaPaglia, Dermot Mulroney, Jason Statham, Brandon Routh, Ralf Little, Donal Logue, Gilles Marini and Jimmy Jean-Louis, singers Robbie Williams and Ziggy Marley, film director Danny Cannon, Los Angeles Galaxy veteran Paul Bravo, and former international footballers Vinnie Jones, Eric Wynalda, John Harkes, Alexi Lalas, Richard Gough and Frank Leboeuf, began playing regularly for the team.

2008 U.S. Open Cup Run[edit]

Hollywood United qualified for the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by going 3-0-0 in a group with National Premier Soccer League's Santa Cruz County Breakers, San Diego United and Phoenix Banat Arsenal. They then advanced to the First Round to take on the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division. Hollywood stunned the Timbers by beating them 3-2 thanks to penalties from Matt Taylor, but were defeated 6-0 by Seattle Sounders in the second round.

Teams[edit]

Hollywood United Hitmen[edit]

The Hollywood United Hitmen were formed in early 2009 and compete in the USL Premier Development League, having acquired the franchise rights from the San Fernando Valley Quakes. They play in the "Stadium by the Sea" at Palisades Charter High School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades.

Los Angeles Premier League[edit]

Hollywood United LAPL over-30 team plays its home games at Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, California. This is the team that was formed out of the remnants of the O-30 Olympic League side that brought HUFC a considerable amount of notoriety.

Over 30s (Tabo's Army)[edit]

Tabo's Army is an over-30s side that competes in the Los Angeles Metro League at Griffith Park.

Over 40s (Dad's Army)[edit]

Dad's Army consists of most of the original Hollywood United team, and competes in the City of Los Angeles Metro Soccer League Senior Division. Over the years team has featured players such as Vinnie Jones, Steve Jones, Billy Duffy, Vivian Campbell and Paul Cook, and currently includes film director and producer Danny Cannon on the roster.

HUFC 7s[edit]

The Hollywood United 7-a-side teams compete in the Santa Monica Adult Soccer League. The men's team features players from all teams, and has recently included Anthony LaPaglia, Jason Statham, Steve Jones, Frank Leboeuf , Olivier Biaggi & Jason Harris HUFC no longer fields a 7's team.

Players[edit]

LAPL squad[edit]

as at June 22, 2010[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States DF James Ball
United States GK Brian Burdue
United States MF Santiago Cabrera
United States MF Steve Chirgwin
United States FW Derk Droze
United States FW Kevin Eagleston
United States DF Omar Elminoufi
United States DF Chad Evans
France FW Patrice Filin
United States DF Ari Friedman
United States MF Peter Gail
England MF Alex Hampson
England MF Nicky Holander
Haiti MF Jimmy Jean-Louis
England MF Jason Harris
Australia GK Anthony LaPaglia
No. Position Player
United States MF Drew Lavey
United States MF Sean Lockhart
France FW Gilles Marini
Canada DF Jason Mathot
United States DF Sean McCormick
United States FW Seth Michaels
United States DF Gilbert Montoya
United States FW Ilia Nazarov
United States DF Jose Palomares
United States MF Sergio Perreira
United States MF Dustin Peterson
United States MF Paul Revill
England MF Craig Reynolds
United States FW Matt Stein
United States DF Jamal Thomas
Canada MF Neal Yeung

2008 U.S. Open Cup roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Michael Littman (soccer)
2 United States MF L.J. Reinhart
3 United States DF Brian Dunseth
4 United States DF Cameron Dunn
5 United States MF Eddie Pinto
6 United States DF Eder Robles
7 United States MF Jason Boyce
8 United States MF Alex Bengard
9 United States FW Ilia Nazorov
10 United States DF Raul Palomares
11 England FW Earl Alexander
12 United States MF Mike Munoz
13 Greece DF Nas Koubouras
No. Position Player
14 United States DF Craig Reynolds
15 United States MF Derk Droze
16 United States MF Steve Chirgwin
18 United States DF Sean Lockhart
19 United States FW Matt Taylor
20 United States DF Nathan Reeves
21 United States GK Brandon Avery
22 United States GK Javier Barragan
United States GK Brian Burdue
United States MF Omar Elminoufi
United States DF Kyle Firebaugh
United States FW Spencer Frankenberger

Charity work[edit]

Some of Hollywood United's recent charity events include:

  • Los Angeles Galaxy v. Hollywood United, November 4, 2007. Following the string of devastating wildfires in Southern California, the LA Galaxy, Hollywood United F.C. and the Herbalife Family Foundation joined together to host a special charity match. All proceeds from the match, including donations collected on the day of the game, went towards the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to aid in their efforts to assist those affected by the wild fires. Players for Hollywood in this game included, in addition to their usual celebrities, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Joe-Max Moore, Jorge Campos and Yari Allnutt.[4]
  • Match to Benefit Survivors of Torture, July 22, 2007. Proceeds from the event benefited PTV, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing free medical care, psychological evaluation and other essential social services to alleviate the suffering and health consequences of torture victims living in Los Angeles. Funds raised at the event also benefited the Hollywood United Youth Soccer Association (HUYSA), an organisation dedicated to supporting youth football programmes.

Sponsors[edit]

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