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California Storm


Owner/Head Coach: Jerry Zanelli
Associate Coach: Mo Whitney
Director: Bailey Rippley
Event Manager: Amber Lee
Media Coordinator: Eira Castillo
Field Operations: John Haines
Team Chiropractor: George Sponsel

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El Camino High School
4300 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
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Sissi Returns to Califoria Storm for 2015 Season

Storm brings back the Brazilian superstar with expanded role

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Storm will once again have Brazilian playemaker Sissi to bolster and strengthen its roster. The team is also excited to announce that Sissi will take on coaching duties this year. 

The experienced veteran will assist head coach Jerry Zanelli with overall coaching tasks, from working with the girls individually to participating in scrimmages with them. Sissi has been very involved all preseason, getting to know and helping guide the newcomers that have joined Storm so far this year. She has participated in preseason games, and has already been doing some coaching during tryouts. Sissi will also continue her role as a player in Storm's midfield. 

Sissi began playing soccer at the age of seven, and at the age of 14 she left her home in the small town of Esplanada to play professionally in Salvador, Brazil. At the age of 16 she played for the first time with the Brazilian National Team. Her extensive international career has helped boost her to worldwide recognition in the women’s game, and her name is synonymous with Brazil’s success on the world stage. She received the FIFA Golden Boot and Silver Ball during the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Brazilian midfielder has played all over Northern California. Along with California Storm, Sissi also played for the San Jose CyberRays and FC Gold Pride. While at FC Gold Pride, Sissi also served as an assistant coach. 

When she is not with Storm, Sissi coaches for Walnut Creek Soccer Club and serves as a FIFA Ambassador.


2014 Season in Review: California Storm

Despite a great season, California Storm end their run in regionals

For the second year in a row, California Storm has their season end in regionals to the eventual WPSL Championship winner.

Storm was undefeated throughout most of their regular season, holding a comfortable advantage over division rivals San Francisco and North Bay Wave. Storm won seven of their ten regular season games, tied two, and lost one. Storm also recorded five shutouts. Storm’s most dominant game of the season was against Sacramento rival Primero de Mayo, winning 7-0 as visitors.

Storm’s only regular season loss came when Storm visited North Bay Eave in the last game Pacific-North Division. Even with the loss, Storm won the Pacific-North Division with 26 points, four points ahead of second-placed North Bay.

In the Western regional semifinal, Storm faced off against the Northwest Division winner Issaquah Soccer Club. Storm did a great job of controlling the flow of the game, winning 3-1. In the final, Storm went up against eventual WPSL Champion, Beach Futbol Club from the Pacific-South Division. Despite putting up a fight, Storm fell to Beach 4-0, ending their season once again in regionals, and recording their second and worst loss of the 2014 WPSL season.   

Although the team’s season ended at regionals, Storm had one important event left: the team’s annual Take the World by Storm soccer clinic. The event is a joint effort between the California Storm; Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla, D-Concord; and the city of Walnut Creek. The event was a success, attracting hundreds of kids, and a great way for Storm to end their season on a high note. 


About the Coaching:

The California Storm coach is Jerry Zanelli, he has led the League since it started 22 years agoVisit to learn more about our coaching staff and front office!


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Type of Players:

The California Storm welcomes back returning players. Forty six year old, Brazilian star, Sissi (named the 3rd best women’s soccer player to play the game by FIFA), continues to play at the highest level. Sissi has been an incredible asset to the California Storm. Meghan Maiwald returns as the Storm goalkeeper. Last year, Maiwald won the gold medal with the United States Deaf Soccer Team. Rachael Ritchey, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Tracy Hamm, a graduate of UC Berkeley and coach of Santa Rosa City College, will anchor as the team’s backline. Angie Martinez has been a long time player in the WPSL. Other returning players are Sacramento State graduate Vicki Ramirez. Caroline Grecco, from Sonoma State, and Cat Barnekow will join the team again this year. 
 The team will also welcome an influx of college players starting May 1st. The Storm also has commitments from Cara and Lauren Curtin (Sonoma State), Mariah Cameron (Washington State), Kelsey Dickerson (UC Berkeley), Hannah Diaz, (Saint Mary’s College), Maddy Schiffel (University of San Francisco), Casi Lynch (Saint Mary’s College), and Hannah Farr (Stanford), Casi Lynch (Saint Marys).

Local Colleges:

Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, Stanford, San Jose State, Fresno State, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara, CSU Hayward, U of Pacific, Sonoma State, UC Davis, UNLV, Univ. of San Francisco, Pepperdine, Cal State Stanislaus, and Nevada/Reno.

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Please contact Jerry Zanelli (Head Coach) about trying out! Include your detailed player bio and resume.



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