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L.A. Wolves FCs Philip Hephzibah Selected for Tryout with The New Saints FC in England

L.A. Wolves FC Forward Will Spend 10 Days on a Tryout in England
Published Jul 31, 2020

July 31, 2020 – Los Angeles – L.A. Wolves FC is excited to announce that Philip Hephzibah has been selected for a tryout with The New Saints FC of Oswestry Town & Llandantffraid Football Club.

Hephzibah, who dominated as the starting striker for the L.A. Spartan Wolves FC during the UPSL Youth Division 2019 Fall Season, has been invited for a 10-day tryout at the New Saints FC, which represents Oswestry in Shropshire, England, and Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain in Powys, Wales, two communities separated by 8 miles.

L.A. Wolves FC President Yan Skwara said, "Congratulations to Philip on being chosen by the New Saints FC in England for a tryout. Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, and Philip has the skills and talent to allow him the chance at a professional football career. Eventually, Philip will return to play for L.A. Wolves FC and it will be great to see him wear the badge. We wish him the very best in his upcoming professional tryout."

L.A. Wolves FC General Manager and Head Coach Mike Asfall said, "Philip has been with us the last two years, since he was in 10th grade, and he's helped the Spartans Wolves program. He's very strong, very fast, and he's a smart player. He's very smart. He doesn't go into tackle half-(hearted). He has a very high soccer IQ."

Hephzibah, 18, was born in England but is a long-time resident of Los Angeles, CA, and recent graduate of Inglewood, CA's Animo Leadership. He has played with L.A. Spartan Wolves FC for more than two years, and was a CIF-Southern Section Boys Division V All-Star Game selection in 2019.

L.A. Wolves FC Forward Philip Hephzibah said, "It was really mind-blowing actually because once I got the text saying I got a call from The New Saints FC in England, and that was one of my biggest dreams, to play in England, so once I got that message heart soared and I really didn't know how to reach. I hope to achieve something and that I make the team. I want to show that I can be a part of that level. I've been training hard and so I need to show I'm ready for the next level. I'd like to thank L.A. Wolves FC and Club President Yan Skwara and General Manager Mike Asfall for the opportunity to play for L.A. Wolves."

A dual national, Hephzibah recently attended a tryout in Washington, DC, for D.C. United (MLS), and was reportedly spotted by The New Saints FC scouts there.

The New Saints FC is the champions of the top professional division in Wales, the Cyrmu Premier. The club has won the last eight consecutive seasons titles, and have claimed a record 13 championships overall.

Hephzibah plans to return and play for L.A. Wolves FC during the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) 2021 Spring Season.

L.A. Wolves FC

L.A. Wolves FC is an American Soccer club based in Los Angeles, California. We are named after the Los Angeles Wolves, who played in the United Soccer Association in 1967 and the North American Soccer League in 1968.

L.A. Wolves FC are a charter member for the UPSL (United Premier Soccer League) and has qualified for the First Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three consecutive years (2016-'18). The club also manages a reserve squad and oversees L.A. Wolves FC Youth Soccer Program.

In addition, L.A. Wolves FC participates in the qualifying round for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

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