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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
After 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
Daily Schedule for Workshop
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.
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."
TSF Academy U14 Boys 'X':
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
TSF Academy U12 Boys return from Madrid with 2-1 record
TSF Academy U14X Boys gain experience in Brazil
Luis Mendoza returns from U.S. Soccer Educational Workshop in
TSF Academy Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza, recently returned from the U.S. Soccer Federation Educational Workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
TSF Academy U13 Boys Return from Real Madrid
TSF Academy U13 Boys Prepare for Real Madrid Challenge
Mendoza Travels to 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 Mendoza Joins TSF Academy as Director of Coaching
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 Mendoza to attend U.S. Soccer's CoachesNet
Real Madrid C.F. Select Training Program
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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.
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