In a conference call this morning, he told the tale of his team:
"The way this all happened is a long story, so I’ll keep it short. As some of you might know, I was employed to work in Mexico as a scouting, recruit, search and discover project to find Mexican-American kids living in southern California. I used the Grand Liga, for lack of a better phrase, to platform these guys and put them on a tryout scenario. And it was just a revolving door, there would be players coming in from all over the place, all over the state and sometimes out of state—some kids came in from Arizona and Texas on a few occasions.
"About three months ago, it had just gotten to the point where it was just too much fun. We had a list that we felt would really be a pretty cool representation of the project, and the next challenge was to try to get everybody in the same place at the same time. We kind of built a team around what we felt was the guys that would fit the roles and positions that we were looking for—this is late April when we were finally able to get them together—and we played a couple of games in the Grand Liga and we played some practice matches against college teams, and that was just to prepare for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. So we made the decision about mid-February that we really wanted to see if we could put them in a competition that they could play as a team, and not just in league play. . . May 5 obviously was the qualification process, so it’s been pretty amazing to see the group come together the way they have.
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"The other thing I realized yesterday is that we really haven’t changed the lineup at all. The same guys have virtually played in every game outside of the game in Wilmington when Pablo Cruz was coming back from a calf strain, so we made one change. But outside of that, it’s the same group, the same 11 who have pretty much participated in every game, starting wise."