San Carlos soccer leagues turn over roster info 

A San Carlos soccer group has agreed to hand over its rosters dating back to 2000 to prove the residency of its players after a Belmont soccer league, denied access to local athletic fields, subpoenaed all of San Carlos’ soccer leagues.

San Andreas Youth Soccer Organization, based in Belmont, filed suit in federal court last May after San Carlos refused to allow the league to play on its fields because they are already deteriorating from overuse. To protect fields, San Carlos denies access to any nonlocal team whose players are predominantly from other cities.

San Carlos has filed a motion for summary judgment asking a federal judge to dismiss the case, a motion that will be heard May 8. The city, which has already spent more than $75,000 on the case, plans to fight the lawsuit in court, City Attorney Bob Lanzone said.

"There’s no room for give on field use; we’re turning down San Carlos people," Lanzone said. "It’s unreasonable for SAYSO to push this and cost the city money on a very clear legal issue."

SAYSO’s attorneys subpoenaed rosters for all of San Carlos’ soccer leagues, including Kids Love Soccer, San Carlos AYSO and San Carlos United. While the first two handed over their full rosters, San Carlos United initially resisted, saying the subpoena violated the privacy of its players, United Director Dan Robinson said.

"They will get information regarding the cities our players come from, and that’s probably it," Robinson said. "If this is all they’re looking for, then hopefully it’ll be OK. If they fight us, it’s going to cost us."

However, SAYSO director Michael Lundeberg speculated that San Carlos United was hiding its roster because it, like other San Carlos leagues, might have more non-San Carlos players than they’re letting on.

"We know there are teams in San Carlos that have a minority of San Carlos residents," Lundeberg said. "All we’re doing with these subpoenas is proving that."

Playing fields are at a premium in San Carlos, where their overuse and deterioration led to a yearlong analysis of what should be done to improve existing fields and add new ones. The city is exploring whether to renovate a field at Heather Middle School, potentially with synthetic turf.

Five youth leagues currently play in San Carlos, including SCU, AYSO, Kids Love Soccer and two instructional leagues, said Jennifer Moore, the city’s athletics coordinator.

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