Glendale Football Club (GFC) Mission Statement:
GFC is committed to provide each player the opportunity to play soccer in a supportive and rewarding environment that emphasizes fun, enjoyment and skill learning at a level that fits his/her interest and ability, and to create a challenging environment for talented elite players who aspire to reach their full potential.
We hold these above all else as our core values:
Respect, Integrity, Leadership, and Sportsmanship.
- Develop self-confidence.
- Demonstrate the value of sportsmanship and humility.
- Teach the value of hard work and perseverance.
- Promote leadership and taking responsibility for one’s actions.
- Teach respect for mentors and elders as well as opponents.
- Promote academic education and school study.
Soccer Specific Skills
- Teach individual technique and develop a comfort level with the ball.
- Develop 1v1 skills that allow players to dominate opponents and win individual duels.
- Develop tactical problem-solving skills.
- Develop creativity, versatility, and adaptability.
- Develop the ability to operate on various playing systems.
- Develop a self-reliant player who can make his/her own decisions on the field
Fitness and Health
- Develop a progressive program for long-term fitness.
- Develop the core soccer fitness needs of speed, agility, strength, and stamina.
- Teach and promote a healthy lifestyle with proper balance.
- Develop a lifetime commitment to healthy living.
- Teach nutrition and self-care.
Levon Ishtoyan is a legendary Armenian soccer hero. After playing for many years in Gyumri’s youth soccer organization, Ishtoyan was invited to join the Ararat National Professional Soccer Team, a renowned soccer club in Yerevan, Armenia. Ishtoyan’s professional career began in 1968 when he made his soccer debut at the age of 21 representing his country. During his time with Ararat, the team won Silver and Gold Medals in the Soviet Union Championship Games in 1971 and 1973 respectively and won two Soviet Union Cups in 1973 and 1975. The Gold Medal in 1973 was the first Soviet Union Championship victory for Armenia in the history of Armenian Soccer. Furthermore, Ishtoyan was the player who scored both of the goals against the strongest soccer club in Europe and the Soviet Union, Dinamo Kiev, and led the Armenian team toward the long-awaited victory. This soccer team’s achievement went down in the Armenian history books and the name Ishtoyan not only became a household name but resonated in the hearts of Armenian people as a heroic figure.
Also, Ishtoyan was invited to play for former Soviet Union Selection team, played there for over three years and participated in World Cup qualification games, European qualification games as well as in Olympic games. During his career he also played in Champions League and Europa League with Ararat Yerevan.
Yura Movsisyan is an Armenian footballer who currently plays forward for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer. He represents Armenia internationally. He has played 35 international games with Armenia scoring 10 goals.
- Early life
- Club career
- Kansas City Wizards
- Real Salt Lake
- Randers FC
- Spartak Moscow
- Return to Real Salt Lake
- International career
Artur Aghasyan is an Armenian youth international, having represented his country at U-19 and U-21 level. He played four games for the Armenia U-19 team at the European U-19 Championships in 2006. Aghasyan played for the youth side Banants, with whom he won the Armenian U-16 and U-17 National Championships in 2003 and 2004, before signing his first professional contract with Pyunik in 2005. He was the top scorer in the Armenian First League in 2005, scoring 16 goals in 25 appearances. He went on to play three games for Pyunik in 2007, and spent time on loan at Ulysses, before leaving the club at the end of the season.
Aghasyan signed to play with the USL Premier Development League club Ventura County Fusion. He spent two seasons with Fusion, helping the team to the 2009 USL PDL championship. He was signed by Real Salt Lake and made his MLS debut on 4 June as a late substitute in a 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Galindo signed with Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division in 2005 but struggled through injuries during his two seasons there. He then signed with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer prior to the 2007 season and became a regular starter for Chivas. On April 21, 2007, Galindo scored two goals in the first ten minutes of the match in a 4–0 win over Real Salt Lake. He remained with the club through the 2010 season, though he was briefly loaned to FC Tampa Bay of the USSF Division 2 Professional League in 2010.
A new regime hired by Chivas USA before the 2011 season deemed Galindo expendable and his contract option was declined on January 21, 2011. He spent the 2011 preseason training with FC Dallas though Chivas USA still held his rights. FC Dallas finally traded a Supplemental draft pick for his rights and signed him on April 1, 2011.
- 1990-2008 Goalie at Football Club Shirak (Armenia)
- 1998 Iran Premier League
- 2005 Football Club Yerevan United (Armenia)
- UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Cup
- 2x Armenian Champion
- 5x Armenian Premier League 2nd Place
- 3x Armenian Premier League 3rd Place
- Winner of Armenian Super Cup
- 265 Games in Premier League of Armenia Master for Sport (Armenia)
- 6+ Years Goalie Coach (USA)
Gevorg Ghazaryan is an Armenian football player who mainly plays as an attacking midfielder and can also play up front. He plays for the Armenian national team and currently plays in the Primeira Liga for C.S. Marítimo. Ghazaryan has participated in 52 international matches, scoring 10 goals since his debut on 14 January 2007. He previously played for Greek Super League clubs Olympiacos and Kerkyra, and earlier for Pyunik F.C. and the youth systems of Pyunik. Ghazaryan is one of the prominent football players of Armenian origin.
- Club career
- Metalurh Donetsk
- International career
Richard “Richie” Guillermo Menjivar Peraza (born October 31, 1990) is a Salvadoran international footballer currently playing for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.
Michael Lahoud was drafted in the first round (9th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA. He made his professional debut on 21 March 2009, in Chivas’s first game of the 2009 MLS season against Colorado Rapids. He played in 16 games (nine starts) with one goal and one assist. His first MLS goal was on Oct. 25, 2009 vs Houston in the 59th minute. Scored his first goal as a profession in the SuperLiga match on June 20, 2009 against Tigres UANL. On September 14, 2010 Chivas USA beat CD Guadalajara and won the ChivaClásico Trophy following a penalty kick shootout after both sides ended scoreless in regulation. Michael Lahoud buried the final penalty to give the American Red-and-Whites a 4-2 victory. He was awarded the MVP Trophy.
On May 17, 2012, Lahoud was traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Danny Califf.
On January 12, 2016, Lahoud joined NASL side New York Cosmos on a season-long loan. Lahoud’s loan was cut short on May 24, 2016, when he was sold to NASL side Miami FC for a reported $300,000.
On January 13, 2011, Farfan was drafted in the second round (23rd overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union. He made his professional debut on April 6, 2011 in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game against D.C. United and scored his first professional goal – a 25-yard drive from outside the box – on May 21, 2011 in a 2–1 win over Chicago Fire. He was part of the MLS Team of Week 10 for this performance.
After three seasons in Philadelphia, Farfan was sold to Cruz Azul of Liga MX ahead of the 2014 Clasura. He scored in his debut with Cruz Azul against Pachuca.
Farfan was signed by D.C. United on February 10, 2015.
Farfan signed with Seattle Sounders FC on January 20, 2016.
Glendale FC holds “open tryouts” for any dedicated player that wants to continue to pursue their soccer education.
Some teams have open spots please REGISTER for tryouts.