DSC is a CalSouth affiliated competitive soccer club serving downtown Los Angeles and surrounding neighborhoods, Boyle Heights, Pico Union, Westlake, Echo Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington, Silverlake, South LA, Glendale, Hollywood, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire. In addition to those neighborhoods, players seeking top-level competitive soccer come to DSC from Alhambra, Bell, Bell Gardens, Beverly Hills, Carson, Downey, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, South Gate, Whittier, and other communities throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
All coaches and trainers at DSC are licensed by the USSF and operate under the supervision of a USSF “A” licensed Director of Coaching. Each year, DSC coaches complete compulsory course work, attending clinics, learning the latest techniques and upgrading their licenses.
The mission of the Downtown Soccer Club is to provide children an equal opportunity to develop physically and emotionally through soccer, without regard to national origin or financial circumstances. DSC was established to provide a place where each child could strive to achieve his or her maximum potential without organizational constraints on development. Our objective is to develop children into active community-focused young adults.
Downtown Soccer Club fields teams for boy and girls ages 6-18. Most teams compete in the Southern California Developmental Soccer League. Games and training are held at parks and schools near downtown Los Angeles and in the Mid-City neighborhoods of Los Angeles, including Pecan Recreation Center, Mendez Learning Center, Belmont High School, Miguel Contreras Learning Center, Sotomayor Learning Center, Helen Bernstein High School and Virgil Middle School.
Downtown Soccer Club was formed in 2007 as the Los Angeles Cosmos Soccer Club to serve immigrant neighborhoods immediately west of downtown Los Angeles (Pico-Union and Westlake). In 2011, the club expanded to serve the neighborhoods immediately east of downtown Los Angeles (Pico Aliso and Boyle Heights) and renamed itself, Downtown Soccer Club. In addition to those neighborhoods, current members of Downtown Soccer Club come from all over the Los Angeles metropolitan area, including Hollywood, Silverlake, Echo Park, Lincoln Heights, South Los Angeles, Bell Gardens, Lynwood and Long Beach. In 2013, in collaboration with Mid-City United, DSC expanded its offerings to younger players by adding boys and girls teams based in Beverly Hills and the Hancock Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire districts of Los Angeles. Those teams will continue to practice in those neighborhoods.
In the 2011-2012 Season, the first season Downtown Soccer Club competed as an CalSouth affiliated club, Downtown Soccer Club teams were Coast Soccer League bracket champions in BU11, BU13 and BU14 divisions and a finalist in a Coast Soccer League BU10 bracket. Four DSC teams are expected to be promoted to a higher bracket for the 2012-2013 Season. Additionally, during the 2011-2012 Season, Downtown Soccer Club’s BU13 team finished the CalSouth State Cup Competition as a finalist in the Governor’s Division. Among other competitions won by DSC during the 2011-2012 Season were the 2011 Spartan’s Summer League (BU13), 2011 Chivas USA Cup (GU17), 2012 California Cup (GU17) and 2012 Orange Mayor’s Cup (BU12). DSC teams also finished as a finalist in the following competitions: 2011 Cerritos Premier Cup (BU13), 2011 Spartans FC Cup (BU13) and 2011 Orange County Tournament of Champions (BU11). Other awards received by Downtown Soccer Club include the 2012 CalSouth Parent of the Year Award.
Downtown Soccer Club is a non-profit organization managed by a board of directors and staff of professional soccer coaches and administrators.