Former Johnson High School Player Headed To Mexico For Pro Tryouts.

Courtesy Johnson Jaguars Men’s Soccer Facebook Media Relations

San Antonio, Texas. – Jonathan (Gordinho) Rexroat, a three year varsity player and a 2013 graduate of Johnson High School., will head to Mexico for tryouts with professional teams, UNAM Pumas, and Club Leon. Leon is currently the Mexican league champions of the Jornada Primera of Clausura 2014.

In November of 2013 two pro Mexican scouts were in San Antonio and saw Rexroat playing with his semipro team at Star Soccer Complex. The scouts were impressed with his talents and invited him to Mexico and tryout with their respective reserve pro teams. A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Rexroat, is the first Johnson player ever to be invited for a professional soccer tryout abroad. Continue reading

Dalglish to Depart Aztex, Lonestar

Contribution from Austin Aztex Media Relations and Lonestar Soccer Club

AUSTIN, Texas (January 8, 2014)  — The Austin Aztex announced today that Paul Dalglish will join the coaching staff of Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake, winners of the 2009 MLS Cup and finalists in 2013. Dalglish will serve as an assistant coach under new head coach, Jeff Cassar.  Dalglish also served as a coach for the Lonestar Soccer Club.

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Next CAYSA President Faces Challenges, Needs Vision

As Art Brown’s time as CAYSA president comes to an end, CAYSA membership would do well to reflect on the changes that CAYSA has undergone, the challenges facing the organization, and how it can assure itself of continuing relevance in the soccer community.  Art has shepherded CAYSA through a time of change.  Now CAYSA must act on that change.

Twenty years ago, CAYSA was a dominant force in Western District and STYSA soccer.  All Centex clubs registered all their players through CAYSA and represented the organization throughout the state and often into regional play.  CAYSA tournaments were well attended, annual events sometimes drawing teams from Mexico.  Every winter, the CAYSA convention offered clinics, workshops and help in the nuts and bolts of running a soccer organization.  Everyone from the U6 crowd to the D1 only clubs with *gasp* paid coaching directors were united under the CAYSA banner.  As the organization neared 20,000 players, land was acquired, fields were built and all seemed rosy for CAYSA’s future.

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Samba FC Super20 Team Posts Tryout Dates

1-Samba-Super20-facebookSan Antonio, TX — Samba F.C., will host the first of four scheduled tryouts for their 2014 USL Super-20 Men\’s team on Saturday November 30th at McAllister Park. Tryouts are scheduled to run from 10:30AM to 12:30PM on the Anderson Fields. Player registration and check-in will be from 9:30AM to 10:30AM. There is a $10.00 tryout fee and only cash payment will be accepted at the tryout site.

Players must bring a valid photo ID, a copy of birth certificate or passport, soccer ball, shinguards and water. Players under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during the tryouts.

Our Samba FC Super-20 team will play in the Mid South South Division and will serve San Antonio’s North/East side. The team will hold a 22 man roster from high school, college-bound and also active college players who are interested and looking to compete at a high level during the off season.

The USL Super 20 League is a national league run by the United Soccer League and gives players another outlet to play soccer at the highest level over the summer. Players will train 2-3 times a week and play around 6 to 8 league games (not counting preseason games) on weekends and will travel on away games to the cities of Laredo, Brownsville, Eagle Pass and the Westside of San Antonio. Super-20 division champions will have the opportunity to play at Nationals in Bradenton Florida (Home of US U17 National Residency Program) in front of hundreds of college coaches.

Strength and conditioning sessions will start in April and will run for two weeks followed by preseason practices and scrimmages. Players who were personally contacted by a member of our coaching staff, are not required to attend the November 30th tryouts at McAllister Park. However, they will be required to attend the tryouts scheduled in December at Star Soccer Complex. The time and date will be announced soon.

If you have any questions about the Samba Super-20 team. Please email Samba FC Super-20 Director, Alejandro Escalante, sasuper20team@gmail.com

What’s Better: Paid or Volunteer Coaches?

Courtesy Mike Slatton

Paid vs. Volunteer Coaches

From the street or parking lot, club soccer looks like a well structured, purposeful machine that is busy developing the future of American soccer. From the sidelines and the clubhouse though, it’s obvious that club soccer has no real direction at all.  Over the last couple of decades, clubs have started PAYING their volunteers and treating youth soccer like a franchise. Soccer clubs are acting like publicly traded companies, putting revenue ahead of everything else, most importantly: player development. The youth players of the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s are now all trying to make a living in the game that they love. The predominant reason for the MASSIVE increase in youth soccer club fees over the last few years is that soccer clubs all around the country have started paying their volunteers.  From the top to the bottom, EVERYONE is getting paid (see the article: Where does all the money go? (Youth Soccer Fees).   This means that most youth soccer clubs have moved past the role of community (oriented) service provider to just service provider.  The service, of course, is to provide a safe, controlled environment for children to play soccer.  The PURPOSE of youth soccer clubs has nothing to do with training or development.   There are however a few hold-outs; there is a minority percentage of clubs that are still community oriented and have volunteer coaches, administrators and facility maintenance, and charge fees that are a small fraction of clubs that are just in the business of service soccer clubs.   This therefore leads to the question, “Which is better: Paid or Volunteer coaches?

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