Los Angeles Blues News Release -- www.labluesprosoccer.com
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. – The Los Angeles Blues are pleased to announce they have secured the services of former Cal State Fullerton and Hollywood United Hitmen standout Shay Spitz. The 24-year-old with dual citizenship of both New Zealand and the U.S. joins the club after most recently plying his trade for the PDL's Hitmen and Australian second division outfit Rockdale City Suns.
“We first developed an interest in Shay after seeing clips of him from his Hollywood days,” Blues Associate Head Coach Shayon Jalayer said. “He’s a strong left-sided player who gives us more flexibility since we can play him at left back or at left midfielder. He has the tenacity and grit to be a good outside defender, but we think he’s very capable of joining the attack too. While he’s quick and athletic, he’s also very technical and possesses an astute left foot. We believe Shay will be a tremendous asset for us in 2012.”
Given Spitz’s extensive background in Southern California soccer, the Blues coaches had access to a great number of reliable scouting reports and felt comfortable making a decision on him without ever seeing him play in person. Similarly, the man himself based his latest career move on phone conversations and internet research.
“When I signed, I was still in Australia and hadn’t even been in camp with the Blues,” he offered. “That said, I could tell how professionally the club is run just from the constant updates on their website and from talking to their staff. It seemed like they had a clear strategy in place off the field and were on top of things all the time. I was very excited when they approached me and even more excited when I got the contract offer.”
Since arriving in Fullerton, Spitz has not regretted putting pen to paper.
“Just looking at the training facilities and the coaching, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” he said. “The coaches do a very good job of interacting with the players and explaining what they want from us. That’s crucial because it means there’s no confusion about what we need to do to earn a spot. They’re also extremely passionate about winning and pay great attention to detail.”
The admiration is mutual, with Jalayer not only stressing his newest player’s on-field qualities but his team-oriented and approachable personality as well. Following a 2011 campaign in which tension caused by a small group of players arguably affected the team’s performance, this time around the coaches are placing particular emphasis on the right character traits.
“Moving forward, it’s very important for us to have guys that we can have true dialogue with to get their view and also give them some coaching points and objectives that will be appreciated and taken to heart,” Jalayer said. “Shay is that kind of guy. We know he will be a great professional and do the things we ask of him.”
Spitz is eagerly anticipating the upcoming USL PRO campaign and is upbeat about the team’s chances in 2012.
“With the players we have in camp right now, it seems like the sky is the limit,” he said. “The goal for us has to be to win the championship. All the guys out here are very good at playing simple passes and keeping the ball to break other teams down. I’m optimistic that we’ll win a lot of games and do so by playing an attractive style.
“For me, that’s the ideal scenario and I enjoy being a part of it tremendously. Now I just have to make sure I get as fit as I can be and continue progressing so I can give myself the best shot at seeing a lot of playing time.”