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Luis Mendoza to direct the Real Madrid Select team for the 6th year.


TSF Academy player invited to Racing Club ( Argentina)

Ibrahim Abukwaik, player for TSF Academy U17 Boys Blue, was recently invited to train and play with Racing Club in Argentina. The invite came off the recent trip Ibrahim and TSF Academy had taken to Brazil in August last year where he was identified from his performances in games against Fluminense, Tigre and Botafogo.

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Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza commented "It is a real honor to have one of our players identified and invited to a prestigious club such as Racing. The opportunity and experience not just Ibrahim has experienced there is priceless to TSF Academy and further goes to how the quality and depth of our programs and teams.

We will continue to try and expose all our players to clubs both domestically and internationally and offer them these unique experiences. Our goal is to continue to stay true to our philosophy and develop players that are both confident and comfortable on the ball so when they do play at the highest level they have nothing to fear and know they can compete.

I would like to extend my gratitude to Sergio Neveleff, our international representative who has continued to help our relationships in South America and make opportunities like this a reality to our players."

TSF Academy will once again be travelling internationally in 2014 with our U11-U16 Boys teams visiting Brazil and England, and our U15 Girls team travelling to Madrid in the summer.

About Racing Club de Avellaneda

Racing Club currently play in the Argentine Primera División, the top division of the Argentine professional leagues. Racing has won the Primera División 16 times (with a record 7 consecutive championships during the amateur era), apart from winning many domestic competitions such as five Copa Ibarguren, four Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires and one Copa de Honor Adrián Beccar Varela. Due to those achievements the team was nicknamed "La Academia" ("The Academy of Football") which still identifies the club and its supporters.

On the international stage, the club won in 1967 both the Copa Libertadores, the first edition of the Supercopa Sudamericana in 1988 and the Intercontinental Cup, therefore being the second Argentine team to become South American champion, and the first to become club world champion. During the amateur era Racing also won two Copa Aldao and one Copa de Honor Cousenier, both tournaments organized by AFA and AUF together.


TSF Academy brilliant in Brazil
TSF Academy recently had the great priviledge and honor to form a team (combining players from our U15 and U16 TSF Academy teams) and travel to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil accompanied by TSF Academy Director of coaching, Luis Mendoza and rising U16/U17 Boys Head coach Derek Ogden.

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The nine-day trip included three games against some of the most renowned and prestigious teams in Brazil, including Fluminense and Botafogo. The team spent two days training alongside the players and coaches from Fluminense at their training complex in Xeren. The training sessions allowed the players to experience the passionate soccer environment that the youth players and teams in Brazil are exposed to on a daily basis with technical and tactical training.

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After the first two days of training, TSF Academy played their opening game of the trip against Tigres do Brazil (recently relegated from the Brazililan first division) and TSF were quick to realize the importance of being disciplined and organized against a team that had been together for 3 years with great technique and skill. The final score ended, 3-0 in the hosts favor with two goals coming from set-pieces and the third coming from a well worked goal. Tigres do Brazil Director of Coaching, Ederlei Pereira commented afterwards how impressed he was with what he had seen from TSF Academy team and players, considering the limited amount of preparation they had had prior to the game.

2After reviewing the previous performance, TSF Academy returned even more determined and focussed at practice to continue to work hard on their team shape and understanding of what is needed to play, compete and beat teams of this level. Two days on from the Tigres game, TSF Academy would come up against one of the most famous names in Brazilian soccer, Botafogo at the Old Botafogo Stadium in Literoi. The game proved to be a day to remember for the rest of the players lives, as TSF Academy ran out 2-1 winners after another solid and dependable defensive display and goals coming from U16 Boys 'X' player Ritchie Barry and rising U17 Boys 'White' forward Eric Reyes.

TSF Academy have travelled to Brazil a couple of times before, however this was the first victory a TSF team had ever experienced victory on Brazilian soil.

The boys then continued to enjoy their achievement, rest and relax at the famous Copa Cabana beach prior to their final game the following day against Fluminense. This game would potentially be the the toughest challenge of the trip and with the energy and enthusiasm of the boys already high from their previous success. TSF continued to work together as a team and keep the game very even thoughout, only to concede to lose the game 1-0 but leave the field in extremely high spirits and very proud of their achievements.

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Director of Coaching Luis Mendoza commented on their return "The opportunity to spend so much time immersed in the culture, passion and soccer environment of such a great club as Fluminense and then play against Botafogo and Tigres will be something the boys will never forget. Brazil is a country that is extremely well respected all around the world, not just with the success they have achieved at all levels with their national teams but the style and philsophy of their soccer.

"It was excellent for the players to get some extremely positive results, but we can't stress how important this trip was for helping the players develop off-the-field and learn life lessons and experience the culture of such great people and country.

The improvement of the players, and the team in such a short period of time was tremendous to see and shows how much respect these players have for our club and each other. I can't express enough how priviledged we feel to have been involved with a club of such history and culture as Fluminese and they treated us very well and we made some very good friends during our time here."


TSF Academy D.O.C. Luis Mendoza Leads Real Madrid Select
TSF Academy Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza will once again be leading the Real Madrid Select Program this summer, for the sixth consecutive year. Luis, along with a team of Real Madrid coaches, will oversee a 9-day training program, welcoming 36 elite youth soccer players to Real Madrid CF’s state of the art training facility.

Videos and further details can be found here.

The Program:
The program is by invitation only, with players submitting their soccer resume along with a full video of a recent game in which they played. This is then reviewed by a team of scouts and coaches to determine the best 36 candidates. 

Once there, players wil undergo an intense training schedule including advanced individual technical and tactical training; team tactical development training; on-field problem solving; individual performance evaluations; pre-season preparation.

Players will be split into two training squads upon arrival, who will train twice daily at Real Madrid CF's Academy facilities. They will then stay in these teams for the two planned fixtures, each taking on Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid, Cadete and Juvenil teams.

As well as being given the opportunity to train with and play against some of the best talent Spain has to offer, players will be given the chance to attend two Spanish professional games, seeing both Real Madrid and Barcelona in action. 

Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza commented, "It gives them a little taste of what life is like for a professional soccer player and they have the chance to be seen by so many important coaches and scouts. The competition is defintnely of the highest level."

TSF Academy:
TSF Academy are delighted to be providing 6 of the 36 attendants. Kenny Gwon, Kenny Santos, Alex Soto, Ritchie Barry, Ryan Rubizhevsky and Calvin Carbajal of the U16 'X' will be joining Coach Luis in Madrid.

With the U16 'X' currently ranked number 3 in the country, 1st in New Jersey, it is no surprise to see them involved in such a presitigious occasion; however to be providing four players is a real achievement.

Luis Mendoza added, "It's a huge achievement for any player to be selected to take part in this program. However for TSF to have six players selected really highlights the level of soccer being played at the academy. Our coaches are working hard to improve each and every player and the future really does look bright."


TSF Academy player selected to U15 USA MNT Training Camp

TSF Academy U15 Boys 'X' player Alex Soto has been selected to participate in the USA U15 Mens National Team (MNT) Training Camp held at the USSF National Training Center in Carson California.

The training camp held from July 21 - 28, 2013 brings together the best players at that age group from across the country. The players have been selected from a vast scouting network, watching games throughout the season and at multiple regional national training centers across the States.

Alex has had a hectic last couple of weeks, helping his team prepare and attending the US Club Regional event in Colorada from July 18 - 21, and then flying directly to Los Angeles to meet up for the national team camp.

Director of Coaching Luis Mendoza stated "Our goal at TSF Academy is to help each and every player reach their maximum potential, and to be invited and selected to attend national team camps is a great honor and priviledge for Alex. It's not just a honor for Alex, but for his teammates at TSF Academy who have helped him reach this level. 

" Alex is starting to mature and build confidence in his ability, and his level of play all season has been exceptional and we will continue to support and push him so he can fulfill his dreams of playing professional soccer."

We would like to congratulate Alex on his continued involvement with the U.S. National Team and wish him all the best in his soccer career.


TSF Academy U15 Boys 'X' Ranked #2 in the USA

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TSF Academy U15 Boys 'X' claimed the Championship at Bethesda this past weekend, meaning they are now ranked #2 in the country according to GotSoccer.  TSF Academy 'X' set the standard with some excellent defensive displays keeping four clean sheets and winning 3 games after drawing the opening game 0-0.  In the opening game, TSF Academy 'X' played against Lower Merion SC Magic (PAE) with TSF creating plenty of chances but unable to finish them off but showed plenty of promise for the rest of the weekend ahead with some good possession play.  In the next game, a single goal from Alex Soto provided the 'X' with a 1-0 victory over Downtown United SC (NYE) to set the boys up well for Sunday.

On Sunday, 'X' came out flying with a 3-0 victory over BFC Barca Elite (VA), goals coming from Ritchie Barry (2) and Alex Soto to secure a place in the Championship game against Arlington Impact Red (VA), who 'X' had previously been beaten by in the final at Potomac, Memorial Day Weekend.  With the team already being very aware of opposing team that play 4-3-3 and attack with a lot of purpose and intent, TSF Academy 'X' changed their 4-3-3 system from the previous games to a 4-4-1-1 system to neutralize the key players from Arlington.  In the 26th minute, Alex Soto calmly slotted a penalty away after some positive play from Ritchie Barry being brought down in the penalty area to provide the only goal of the game to claim the Championship on the Stadium Field.

Head Coach Luis Mendoza said "I cannot highlight any one player over the weekend, the whole team performed excellent and gave 100% to the team.  I have the luxury with this team that every player is of a very high level so even if we need to change like we did in the final, the level of the team never goes down."   


TSF Academy U11 Boys travel to Spain

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TSF Academy U11 Boys will travel to Madrid from August 31st to September 9th, where they will have the opportunity to train at world class facilities, such as the Las Matas complex and play against two first division youth teams, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid CF. The team will have the opportunity to watch Real Madrid in La Liga action against Granada, tour the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and enjoy the culture and sights of the city in-between training twice a day and the friendly games scheduled.

TSF Academy Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza who will be accompanying the boys alongside Head Coach Paul Kenworthy said "The most important thing about this trip is the experience that the kids are going to gain from both the soccer and the culture in Europe. For the european kids, soccer is number one and it is important that our players experience this passion for the game to help in their development for the future. We are very lucky to go to Spain at this time, with them being number one in the world and have the opportunity to learn and play against the best. I am sure the players will come back with better knowledge and a greater love for the game."

Head Coach Paul Kenworthy added "It's a pleasure to have this opportunity to travel with the boys and Luis and help the players enjoy and learn from this experience. Real Madrid is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world and to be part of this will be a lifetime experience. I know the boys will really enjoy the challenges ahead and learn a great deal from the trip."

We look forward to hearing our the boys enjoy their experience on their return in a couple of weeks.


TSF Academy Director of Coaching attending International Education Workshop in Madrid

TSF Academy Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza will be joining an elite select group of coaches and club directors next week invited to a USSF International Educational workshop in Madrid, Spain.

The workshop includes presentations and lectures from coaches at prestigious Spanish clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Espanyol, Villareal and Barcelona.  The presentations and lectures are used to discuss the different Academy structures and methodologies the club's use to develop their youth players.

The coaches in attendance will have the opportunity to observe training sessions with the Youth Academy teams from Espanyol, Villareal and Barcelona as well as watch two La Liga games including the two current best teams in Spanish soccer Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona against Malaga CF and Granada CF respectively.

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Daily Schedule for Workshop

Saturday, March 17
• Arrival Madrid
• Check-in City of Fútbol Hotel (Las Rozas)
• Lunch City of Fútbol Hotel
• Afternoon Welcome meeting (coaches soccer game)
• Dinner City of Fútbol Hotel
Sunday, March 18
• Breakfast City of Fútbol Hotel
• 10am-12pm Real Madrid CF / Academy games observation
• Lunch Real Madrid Café
• 2-4pm Real Madrid’s Stadium Tour Santiago Bernabéu
• 6pm Dinner at the City of Fútbol Hotel
• 9:30pm La Liga game: Real Madrid CF vs. Málaga CF
Monday, March 19
• Breakfast City of Fútbol Hotel
• 10am-12pm Presentation at Atlético Madrid CF Academy (Academy structure)
• Lunch City of Fútbol Hotel
• 3-6pm Presentations RFEF (Miguel Ángel España, Javier Miñano, and Juan
Carlos Gomez
• Dinner City of Fútbol Hotel
Tuesday, March 20
• Breakfast City of Fútbol Hotel
• 10am Presentation Real Madrid CF (Rafael Giraldez- Academy structure)
• 2pm Departure to Barcelona
• 4pm Check in at Barcelona hotel
• 9pm La Liga game: FC Barcelona vs. Granada CF
Wednesday, March 21
• Breakfast Hotel
• 10am Presentation Espanyol (Academy work methodology)
• Lunch Hotel
• 5-7pm Espanyol Academy training observation
• Dinner Hotel
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Thursday, March 22
• Breakfast Hotel
• 10am Presentation FC Barcelona (Victor Sánchez and/or Joan Vila)
• Lunch Hotel
• 4pm FC Barcelona Academy training observation
• Dinner Hotel
Friday, March 23
• Breakfast Hotel
• 7am Departure to Villarreal
• 10am Presentation Villarreal (Academy work methodology)
• 1pm Lunch at Villarreal Complex
• 4pm Villarreal Academy training observation
• 6pm Departure to Barcelona
• Dinner Farewell dinner in downtown Barcelona
Saturday, March 24

• Breakfast Hotel check-out/Departure to airport

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann covers a variety of topics related to player development and shares his vision for the National Team program

U.S. Soccer is pleased to offer you the opportunity to view and share an in-depth interview featuring U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. During this extended interview, Klinsmann shares his vision for the program by discussing topics such as player development, team building and performance testing.
Watch the interview on ussoccer.com - Entire Interview | Individual Topics
Watch the interview on YouTube - Entire Interview | Individual Topics
After six months in the position, Klinsmann forges ahead with instilling new ideas and building a team that will have a style of play that reflects the very best that the United States has to offer. To accomplish his goals, he continues to reach out to all members of the soccer community so that all voices will be heard.
"This process does not only belong to the National Team," said Klinsmann. "I deeply believe that is critical we engage all the soccer constituents in this country, from coaches to fans to members of the media. After all, this team belongs to all of us! By continually exchanging ideas, we ensure that no stone is unturned in our effort to develop a team that represents what America is all about. More importantly, we are all inspired to continue to grow the game in the United States as best we can."

TSF Academy Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza commented, "It was the best decision to have Jurgen Klinsmann as a coach of the US National team, he is a real soccer guy and if they give him the time, he will change the whole structure and it will be very beneficial for soccer in the United States."

Watch the interview on ussoccer.com - Entire Interview | Individual Topics
Watch the interview on YouTube - Entire Interview | Individual Topics


TSF Academy U14 Boys 'X':
NJYS National Championship State Champions


TSF Academy U14 Boys 'X' claimed the New Jersey State Championship for the second successive year with a 3-0 victory over Stronghold Spartans.  The U14 Boys 'X' controlled the game from beginning to end but were unable to finish chances during regular time due to a solid defensive display by Stronghold.  However, as the teams entered into overtime - TSF Academy 'X' took full control three minutes into the first period with a stunning individual goal by Kevin Patino taking on three defenders and finishing low into the bottom corner.  After the first goal, there was only going to be one winner - Stronghold started to push forward in search of an equalizer but in turn left more space for the 'X' to exploit and very shortly afterwards it was 2-0 with another goal from Kevin Patino.  Patino, won the ball in a race with a Stronghold defender for a 50/50 ball and stayed composed and calm to capitalize.  At half-time in overtime, the 'X' were directed by Head Coach and TSF Academy Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza to continue to attack and not allow the opposition back into the game and continued to respect the philosophy of the team as an attacking force.  TSF Academy U14 Boys 'X' pressed and were rewarded with a third and final goal by Nicholas Henao and send the parents and players into massive celebrations on the sideline.


Head coach Luis Mendoza said afterwards "We fully deserved the victory and I am very happy with how the boys played throughout the competition.  We controlled the game from the start and I knew even after the first 70 minutes going into extra-time that we would score.  We prepared very well with the team going to Brazil in August playing against teams like Flamengo, Fluminense and Botafogo - similar to what we did last year when we took the boys to Spain to play Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.  The boys knew exactly what they needed to do and were ready because they knew how to play under pressure against the best teams."  Coach Mendoza added "Teamwork was the most important part of this moment, each player gave 100% throughout the whole season to make it to this achievement."

We wish the TSF Academy U14 Boys 'X' the very best for the Regionals in 2012 and are currently planning a trip to Holland to play against teams such as Ajax and PSV Eindhoven to help further prepare them for the challenges ahead.


Congratulations to former SSA trainee Christopher Lema added onto US-U17 team roster in Spain

Lema trained with the Soccer School Academy for 3 years and now has been
added to the U17 roster at 15 years old.
Congratulations Chris

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U.S. U-17 Travels to Spain to Face Mexico, U.A.E., Russia and Spain


TSF Academy U12 Boys return from Madrid with 2-1 record
TSF Academy U12 Boys returned from their September trip to Madrid, Spain with a 2-1 record beating a team from one of the best clubs in the world, Real Madrid, 1-0. TSF Academy Director of Coaching Luis Mendoza said, "TSF Academy keeps offering its' players international experience which improves the level of TSF teams and its' players." Watch the video below to see some of the highlights these players enjoyed...


TSF Academy U14X Boys gain experience in Brazil
TSF Academy U14 Boys 'X' prepared for the new 2011-12 season ahead with an organized trip to Brazil this past week and played against some of the most renowned names in South American Soccer.
This team has already played in Madrid, Spain last year against Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Rayo Majadahonda. This trip they played against Fluminense, Flamengo and Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro. This is a tremendous experience that TSF has given to these players it gives players a lesson in soccer and in other cultures.


Luis Mendoza returns from U.S. Soccer Educational Workshop in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TSF Academy Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza, recently returned from the U.S. Soccer Federation Educational Workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
U.S. Soccer conducts these international educational workshops as with the aim to expose U.S. coaches to other federations and clubs to help them develop their coaches and players.
Luis Mendoza had the opportunity to interact directly with top-level coaches from Tigres, Botafoga, Flamengo and Fluminese. This year, the attendees had the great pleasure of hearing from Brazilian soccer player Zico.
Further information on these educational coaching workshops can be found at www.ussoccer.com.
“We began offering these types of educational trips so our coaches could see first-hand how the rest of world is developing its players and coaches,” explains Technical Advisor Juan Carlos Michia. “It is not very often a coach has the chance to visit a top club and spend a day watching different age groups train and then speak with their coaches and listen to lectures on how they develop players.” The workshop also offers a unique perspective as Brazil prepare to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
While in Rio de Janeiro, Luis Mendoza took part in educational lectures with various professional coaches, visited with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and attended professional training sessions and games. Since its inception in March 2009, more than 110 coaches have traveled internationally with US Soccer to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain.

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TSF Academy U13 Boys Return from Real Madrid
The TSF Academy U13 Boys returned from a great experience in Spain where they had the honor to train and play against the best.


TSF Academy U13 Boys Prepare for Real Madrid Challenge
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The TSF Academy U13 Boys will depart for Spain on Saturday, September 4th for the total soccer experience and visit one of the most illustrious clubs in world soccer, Real Madrid. The select group, coached by TSF Academy Director of Coaching Luis Mendoza, will spend 8 days in Europe training at some of the best facilities in the world, play three games including a game against a premier Real Madrid youth team. The group will also have the time to rest and take in the sites and of Madrid itself, tour the Santiago Bernabeu stadium (home of Real Madrid) and visit the world heritage city of Toledo.
Trip Itinerary.


Mendoza Travels to Colombia and Argentina
Luis Mendoza, DOC for TSF Academy in NJ, spent time observing professional teams in Colombia and Argentina.

In Colombia, he did a stage with Deportivo Cali. During his stay in Argentina he was with Estudiantes de la Plata.
Luis said: “This was a great experience. As I observed their techniques I learned how they prepare their youth and professional teams for the next season.”
After this trip Luis will be going to Spain with a TSF U12 boys. They are going to play against Real Madrid on September 8.



Luis Mendoza Joins TSF Academy as Director of Coaching

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TSF Management: Mark White(General Manager), Dan Christian(Academy Manager), John Saunders(Youth Development), Luis Mendoza(Director of Coaching)

TSF Academy is pleased to announce that Luis Mendoza has joined the club as the Director of Coaching. Luis has gained a number of high-level qualifications from around the world, including the USSF National A License and certification from The European University of Madrid, Spain. A former Venezuelan National Team player, Luis has attended Coaching Clinics in Italy, Argentina, his native Venezuela, and is a scout for both Castel Di Sangro (Italy) and Real Madrid (Spain).

"Luis is a tremendous addition to the TSF Academy Staff." General Manager Mark White said. "He has vast experience, extremely well-qualified, and has an excellent reputation for developing youth soccer players."

"I am excited to be part of TSF Academy" Luis stated. " I believe that TSF is one of the top clubs in New Jersey, they are extremely professional and well organized. The program they have in place is arguably one of the best in the State. I am looking forward to start working with TSF Academy players and staff."

Luis will be joining TSF Academy full-time this summer after he completes his current coaching obligations.


Luis Mendoza to attend U.S. Soccer's CoachesNet Educational Trip
to Madrid, Spain March 18-25th, 2010

This trip is open to all coaches. It was arranged it similarly to the CoachesNet trip taken this past March to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The focus will once again be on youth development and they plan to take advantage of the various clubs in and around Madrid. Our goal is to offer coaches an opportunity to learn from the professional teams we visit, from youth on up to the first team.”

“Thanks to the U.S. Soccer Federation for this opportunity. I am looking forward to learning all that I can.” - Luis Mendoza, “A” license coach .

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Real Madrid C.F. Select Training Program
- Individual Player Program BOYS 1993 - 94


This invitation only program is designed for individual soccer players (Boys 93's and 94's) who aspire to maximize their soccer potential and want to live out the training regimen of one of the best soccer clubs in the world: Real Madrid C.F.

This program will take place in Madrid (Spain) from August 22nd through 29th 2010, and only the best 50 soccer players (divided in two groups) will be admitted.

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Please send your resume' to Luis Mendoza at soccersa@optonline.net

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