Hollywood United Hitmen News Release - www.hollywoodutd.com
Friday, April 24, 2009
HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Having successfully merged with fellow local side the LA Blues, the famous Hollywood United F.C. will for the first time be competing in the Premier Development League following their acquisition of the franchise rights held by the San Fernando Valley Quakes. The team will compete as the Hollywood United Hitmen.
“Both teams have been successful within the Los Angeles Coast Soccer League so merging and forming a new entity was an easy choice for the clubs,” said Actor Anthony LaPaglia, star of the CBS drama Without a Trace. “Great things can happen when winning organizations come together and we expect that to be the case with Hollywood United Hitmen.”
Hollywood United F.C. caught the attention of many in 2008 when they defeated the USL First Division Portland Timbers in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Fellow USL-1 side and 2007 tournament semifinalists Seattle Sounders knocked the Cinderella side out the following round. The LA Blues are the men’s side of the Pali Blues soccer club, which captured the 2008 USL W-League championship.
“We are thrilled to welcome Hollywood United to the USL family,” said USL Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt. “We have been in discussions with the club for a few years on joining USL and were pleased to see their US Open Cup success last year, albeit at the expense of one of our current clubs at the time. We are glad that they have been able to join the PDL for this season and look forward to what we expect will be a marquee addition to USL.”
Hollywood United has several teams within the club broken down by age groups, including adult sides featuring original members of the team, which formed in the mid 1980’s.
The Hollywood United Hitmen will play at the Pacific Palisades High School, home of the Pali Blues. The PDL team will also be one of four sides in the league competing under professional status.
Since the beginning, HUFC has had some pretty famous faces pull on the black jersey. Players such as Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Ian Astbury (The Cult), Richard Gough (Scottish International), Frank LeBoeuf (French International), Youri Djorkaeff (French International), Ray Winstone (Actor), Vinnie Jones (former pro/Actor), Jason Statham (Actor), Brandon Routh (Actor), Gilles Marini (Actor), Donal Logue (Actor) Alexi Lalas and of course, HUFC’s owner, Anthony LaPaglia have all played or still play for HUFC.
In addition to providing local celebrities a team to play for in their free time, the club also brings them together in philanthropic efforts. Among the recent events was the opening of a medical facility in Haiti.
Paul Haggis, Diane Lane, Josh Brolin, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Madeleine Stowe, Maria Bello, Michael Stahl-David and former US Senator John Edwards celebrated the opening with Haitian children and their families. The new facility, Kay Ste Germaine will provide care for special needs children as part of Saint Damien, the only free pediatric hospital in Haiti, built and funded by Italian non-profit NPH (Our Little Brothers).
The Hitmen will be looking to make a big impression as a semi-pro outfit this year and going by the success of the club’s charity events throughout the country, every game is sure to be electric.