Naimo (left) will be the head coach of the Los Angeles Blues of USL-Pro (Photo courtesy of LA Blues)..
Charlie Naimo is back in this exclusive post for Resolution Sports, breaking down a two-day span that saw one team fall and another one born. Come take a look at it from Charlie's first-eye view, telling it like only he can.
The bittersweet week... On Monday I got the news that CRS was folding, and Tuesday morning a new team was born, the Los Angeles Blues USL PRO team. When you do a few things at once (all the time), you begin to realize that the law of averages will eventually sneak up on you. I used to see it as a club coach when I would be at even with my teams- one minute, one group gets a huge win and plays fantastic soccer; the next, the other group can’t keep the ball against an inferior opponent. I never could explain it, it was not from a lack of focus, it would just happen.
In the past year, I saw two WPS franchises that I was a part of fold while the Blues organization has remained the only consistency I have had in my career world. That said, how hard was it for me to make the decision to accept the Blues’ offer to run the men's team. Great ownership that has been extremely loyal to me (and Tracy) and runs a very organized ship. Admittedly, I was a bit torn about walking away from a very good offer in WPS to pursue the professional game on the other side, but staying with the Blues is what is best for me and a new challenge is exactly what I need. The Pali Blues will continue to thrive, so I will still be heavily involved in women’s soccer, as we will shoot for the double every year while we continue to place players in higher leagues. No W-League franchise has come close to having better representation than Pali in the WPS, and our goal is for our men to mirror that in leagues around the WORLD.
Tuesday was a great day to finally have some fans out at an event with our first three players, staff and ownership. It all feels real now, but the reality of the off the field challenges of selling the team is upon us, and the work is mounting. It will get done. Our goal is to truly have a top to bottom club that features a youth component to compliment the elite/professional men’s and women’s teams at the top of our pyramid.
It will take time, but we will get there. One day at a time. Until then , we will be building both teams every day on our quest for greatness.
For more about the launch of the Los Angeles Blues, click here.