Former Men's Soccer Standout Named Head Coach of L.A. Blues


Former Cal State Northridge men's soccer player Juan Florez has been named as the head coach of the Los Angeles Blues of the United Soccer League (USL Pro). Florez, who competed for the Matadors during the 1987 season, was also an assistant coach at CSUN before joining the professional ranks.

"Juan is very well known in the soccer community for developing youth talent to play at the highest level and he helped run our offense in 2005 when we made the NCAA Tournament," said Northridge men's soccer head coach Terry Davila. "When a former student-athlete and coach moves up in his career, it is an important accomplishment both for him personally and for our program as a whole."

At CSUN, Florez collected 30 points in his lone season with the Matadors. He scored 10 goals and added 10 assists on the year as Northridge advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship match. This season marks the 25th anniversary of that team's historic run.

The L.A. Blues, who play the majority of their home matches at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif., will host the Mexican National U-20 team on November 16th and 18th. The Blues recently completed the 2012 USL Pro season in eighth place with 30 points after a 9-12-3 campaign.

"The Cal State Northridge soccer family is both proud of and happy for Juan Florez," concluded Davila.