TOURNAMENT HOST - EXPRESS SOCCER CLUB

Express Soccer Club is a community-based club serving over 1800 athletes from kindergarten thru high school.  We have over 700 competitive players competing on 52 teams that participate in the following leagues: National Premier League (NPL), Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL), San Diego Development Academy (SDDA), and Presidio.  Founded in 1977, Express Soccer Club has been proudly serving the communities of Encinitas and South Carlsbad for over 40 years.

MAYOR'S WELCOME

"Welcome to Encinitas!  We're thrilled to have you join us here in our beach town.  Please check out our lovely beaches, vibrant downtown and delicious restaurants while you're here.  Encinitas is known for its welcoming, friendly vibe.  We're happy that you've joined us for the weekend and hope you enjoy yourself."

-Mayor Catherine S. Blakespear

Tournament Director

Elio Bello 

Elio Bello brings 30 years of coaching experience to Express and has played at all levels - youth, college and professional.  He has over 15 years of management experience serving as the Director of Operations at Express for the last four years, the Director of Coaching for San Diego United for 4 years,  and at East County Alliance Soccer as DOC for 8 years.  For the past 12 years, he has been the Girl's Varsity Soccer coach at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon.  Elio was born in Italy and played extensively in Europe before coming to the US to play with various professional clubs including the San Diego Sockers.  Elio has been instrumental in developing the Express Cup and expanding the tournament to 200+ teams.


SOCCER SCHOLARSHIPS

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Los Angelitos de Encinitas ("Little Angels") organization and its mission of helping the economically disadvantaged youth in the community.  Encinitas Express partners with Los Angelitos to provide financial aid scholarships for recreational soccer players.  By participating in our tournament, you are helping us increase the amount of financial aid scholarships that we can provide to the recreational soccer players in our community.   Los Angelitos can also use the proceeds as they determine, for example to support their swim instruction program, which is vitally important for members of our beach community.  Thank  you!