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Santa Clarita Blue Heat Women's Soccer Team Has New Coach

khts_sportsThe Santa Clarita Blue Heat FC women’s soccer team has a new coach. Charles Martinez has been selected as the coach of the team and takes over for Fabian Sandoval, who was a coach of the year candidate in the United Soccer League W-League in 2011.

Martinez played professionally for the Deportivo Cuenca in Ecuador and was an assistant under Sandoval on last year’s Blue Heat team.

“Being part of the Blue Heat organization in winning the Western Conference last season was an amazing experience and it could not have been accomplished without the dedication and drive of everyone involved,” Martinez said in a release. “This is a fantastic opportunity to continue working with the core of talent from last year, in addition to the accomplished players who will join us this season. My priorities include instilling the highest levels of professionalism, commitment and cohesiveness to develop the best possible team for 2012.”

Martinez was a member of the Ecuador’s U17 national team and played on the Universidad Cuenca team in college.

Santa Clarita Blue Heat owner Carlos Marroquin said he is confident in Martinez’s abilities as coach.

“Charles has tremendous passion and knowledge of both the game and tactical player development,” said Marroquin. “His work ethic will be inspirational to the returning and new players as well as for the Blue Heat organization; I look forward to a positively productive season for the team and the Santa Clarita community.”

The Santa Clarita Blue Heat open the USL W-League season against the Pali Blues at Valencia High School on May 20.

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