SANTA CLARITA, CA - The defending West Conference champion and 2017 National Finalist Santa Clarita Blue Heat proudly announce Ali Khosroshahin has joined the organization as Technical Advisor for their 2018 season in United Women's Soccer (UWS). Khosroshahin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Blue Heat, not to include an impressive resume.
"Ali is a excellent addition to the Blue Heat," said Blue Heat Owner and Technical Director Carlos Marroquin. "He's a great friend, very passionate and we welcome him to the team. He has done a lot for the women's game in Southern California."
"I would like to thank Mr. Marroquin for the opportunity to share my passion and knowledge with the Blue Heat," said Khosroshahin. "He has always had my respect for the way he runs the Santa Clarita Blue Heat, with passion and professionalism towards the game. I look forward to working closely with Carlos in the upcoming UWS season."
In 2007, Khosroshahin led USC to the first NCAA title for the PAC-10, and he was named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year as he earned a career-best win total (20-3-2) that year. Ali coached the USC Trojans for seven years (2007-13). In 2008, Khosroshahin was the assistant coach of the U-17 Mexican National Team, and later coached Mexico at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2008 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Before USC, Khosroshahin spent six years (2001-2006) as the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. While coaching the Titans, he was honored as the Big West Coach of the Year three times and guided the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Ali was an assistant for Mexico during the 1999 World Cup and was on the staff of the Mexican U-19 WNT in 2004 and the U-20 team in 2005.
Santa Clarita kicks off their 2018 season on the road in Utah as they face the Real Salt Lake Women on May 18. The Blue Heat return home for their home opener versus UWS newcomer LA Galaxy OC on May 26 at the Master's College. For the latest news, signings and updates, go to the team's official website at SCBlueHeat.com or “Like” the Santa Clarita Blue Heat on Facebook and Twitter.
About United Women's Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.