Hollywood United Hitmen

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Hollywood United Hitmen
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Full name Hollywood United FC Hitmen
Nickname(s) The Hitmen
Founded 2009
Stadium Crenshaw High School
Crenshaw, California
Ground Capacity 4,000
Owners Australia Anthony LaPaglia
United States Donal Logue
Canada Jason Mathot
Head Coach United States Jose Botello
League National Premier Soccer League
2010 (PDL) 2nd, Southwest
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
Home colors
Away colors
Current season

Hollywood United Hitmen is an American soccer team based in Los Angeles, California, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northwest Division, having switched from the USL Premier Development League at the end of the 2010 season.

The team plays its home games in Cougar Stadium at Crenshaw High School in nearby Crenshaw, California, where they have played since 2011. The team's colors are black, gold and white.

History[edit]

Hollywood United Hitmen was formed as a result of a collaboration between the 2008 USL W-League champions Pali Blues and the Hollywood United organization, who acquired the franchise right from the San Fernando Valley Quakes in 2009.[1]

Hollywood United is an internationally famous Los Angeles-based amateur team which has, for many years, competed in local amateur leagues. Over the years, celebrity players such as actors Anthony LaPaglia, Dermot Mulroney, Brandon Routh, Gilles Marini, Ralf Little, Donal Logue, and Jimmy Jean-Louis, musicians Steve Jones, Robbie Williams, Christian Olde Wolbers and Ziggy Marley, film director Danny Cannon, MLS veteran Paul Bravo, and former international soccer players Vinnie Jones, Eric Wynalda, John Harkes, Alexi Lalas, Richard Gough and Frank Leboeuf have played for the "senior" Hollywood United team.

The Hitmen played their first official PDL game on May 1, 2009, a 1-0 victory over the Fresno Fuego.,[2] with the first goal in franchise history being scored by Armando Ochoa. The first half of the season continued spectacularly for the Hitmen, winning their next four games on the bounce, demolishing Ventura County Fusion and Bakersfield Brigade 4-0 each, and not conceding a goal until their topsy-turvy 4-3 victory over Ogden Outlaws in mid-May. During the early part of the season, Hollywood negotiated a deal with Los Angeles Galaxy whereby some of the MLS team's fringe players would join the Hitmen on loan to keep up their match fitness levels, following the demise of the MLS Reserve Division; Tristan Bowen, Leonard Griffin, Kyle Patterson and Israel Sesay all contributed to the Hollywood cause with several goals and assists during their spells. They suffered their first defeat 1-0 away to BYU Cougars, and endured a rocky spell in June when they went three games without a win, but bounced back to demolish Ogden 7-3 at home thanks to a brace from striker Jaime Chavez. Half way through the season head coach Michael Erush left the team to take up a coaching position with the US national soccer team competing at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel; his position as head coach was taken over by his assistant, Mat Herold. Despite being involved in an astonishing 0-0 tie with the Los Angeles Legends in early July in which seven players were shown red cards, Hollywood wrapped up the Southwest Division title with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Southern California Seahorses, and secured a bye to the final of the divisional playoffs. Unfortunately, the Hitmen were unexpectedly dropped 3-1 by Ventura County Fusion in extra time, and had to be content with nothing more than the divisional title in their first year in PDL competition. Jaime Chavez was Hollywood's top scorer, with 10 goals, while both Nick Kohlschreiber and Armando Ochoa contributed three assists each.

Hollywood began 2010 with the introduction of a new head coach - former Los Angeles Galaxy forward Jose Botello - and a cache of new internationals including former Bayern Munich midfielder Emanuel Bentil, El Salvador international Edwin Miranda, and Mutala Mohammed, a Ghanaian youth international with CAF Champions League experience. Despite the wealth of talent, Hollywood stuttered through their opening games; a promising 3-0 opening day victory on the road against Fresno Fuego[3] was followed by a pair of demoralizing losses to the Southern California Seahorses and the Los Angeles Azul Legends, and a 3-3 tie at home against Fresno which saw the Hitmen throw away a 2-goal lead and concede an 88th minute equalizer.[4] The tide turned following a 3-1 victory over national champions Ventura County Fusion in late May, and from then on Hollywood became a free-scoring goal machine, losing just one of their next 11 games. Mutala Mohammed and Shay Spitz both scored twice in a 6-3 victory over the Lancaster Rattlers,[5] they beat Ventura for a second time with a convincing 3-0 win in June, Jaime Chavez bagged a brace in 6-2 win on the road against the Ogden Outlaws,[6] and Brent Whitfield scored twice on his debut in the 4-1 win in the return fixture against Ogden[7] on the final day of the regular season. Finishing second in the division behind Ventura, Hollywood traveled to Bremerton, Washington for the Western Conference playoffs, where they played Northwest Division champs Portland Timbers U23's. Despite taking an early lead, Hollywood lost 2-1 to the eventual national champions.[8] Jaime Chavez was the top marksman for the Hitmen, with 11 goals and 7 assists.

Players[edit]

2011 roster[edit]

Source: [1]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Raul Calderon
2 Mexico DF Leo Alvarez
3 Guatemala DF Oscar Sims
4 United States DF Carlos Morales[disambiguation needed]
5 Mexico FW Jose Miranda
6 United States DF Marcus Watson
7 Mexico MF Emmanuel Rodriguez
8 United States FW Brent Whitfield
9 Mexico FW Esaul Mendoza[9]
10 Ghana MF Emanuel Bentil
11 Mexico DF Jose de Anda
11 United States MF Gerardo Espinoza
No. Position Player
13 United States MF Jorge Becerra
14 United States DF Antonio Meza
15 United States MF Nick Blanco
16 United States FW Estuardo Sanchez
17 United States MF Rene Corona
18 Guatemala FW Edwin Acevedo
19 United States MF Andy Contreras
20 El Salvador FW Arturo Albarrán
21 Honduras FW Jesus Flores
22 El Salvador DF Carlos Carrillo
23 United States MF Gerardo Martinez
32 United States GK Luis Romero

Notable former players[edit]

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Staff[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2009 4 USL PDL 1st, Southwest Divisional Finals Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southwest Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2011 4 NPSL 1st, Northwest Finals 1st Round

Honors[edit]

  • NPSL Western Conference Champions 2011
  • NPSL Northwest Division Champions 2011
  • USL PDL Southwest Division Champions 2009

Head coaches[edit]

Stadia[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 2009: 113
  • 2010: 145

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