Alec McKinley, a midfielder on last season’s U17 Palm Beach Soccer Academy (PBSA) team, recently signed with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer (MLS). The current defending MLS champions plan to assign McKinley first to the club’s U18 Academy team. He will move to Portland and report to pre-season camp in early August. McKinley has played with PBSA since he was a U10 player. His father Ivan, a PBSA staff coach and former MLS player himself, has been instrumental in the development of his son’s youth training and preparation.
Ivan plans to remain in Palm Beach County and coach the PBSA U16 (2001) and U14/13 (2003/2004) age groups for the coming 2016-17 season.
At Signing Night on Tuesday, PBSA Director of Coaching Laurie Calloway and his staff made adjustments to the coaching assignments for next season.
- U8 (2009), U9 (2008), U10 (2007) Thadeu Goncalves, Marcelo Reis, assisted by five Brazilian U19 players
- U12/U11 (2005/2006) Juha Latinen
- U14/U13 (2003/2004) Ivan McKinley, assisted by Jake Fifer
- U15 (2002) Ian Graham
- U16 (2001) Ivan McKinley
- U17 (2000) Marcelo Reis
- U18 (1999) Thadeu Goncalves
- U19 (1998) Nelly Palage
- U20 (1997) TBD
Congratulations to those who earned roster spots. Although not being selected for a team can be disappointing, it can also be a wonderful incentive to improve. Citing a classic case from another sport, Michael Jordan did not make the varsity basketball team as a high-school sophomore.
Keep checking the Palm Beach Soccer Academy website for announcements about summer training opportunities that will be open to everyone looking to improve.
For those who have been accepted into the club, Signing Night is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the IMG/Honda Classic Office (3300 PGA Blvd., Suite 800, Palm Beach Gardens). Details about what to bring are included in the acceptance email.
(Update: Change in schedule for girls with second girls tryout on Sunday, rather than Saturday as originally scheduled)
PBSA is pleased to announce great turnouts in its tryouts this week. With final tryouts on Sunday, we are looking forward to many new teams and exciting times ahead for the club’s members.
All the proceeds go to need-based financial aid for Palm Beach Soccer Academy players.
Laurie Calloway, Palm Beach Soccer Academy’s director of coaching, will also serve as an assistant coach for Palm Beach Suns F.C. during the team’s upcoming season. The Premier Development League (PDL) team features players who are being groomed to move up the professional ranks eventually to the Major League Soccer (MLS) level. About 200 current MLS players have PDL experience. Running from May into July, the team’s schedule includes seven home games at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach. The Suns’ season and home opener will be Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. against FC Miami City. Tickets ($10 adults/$5 students) are available at the team’s website or by calling 561-929-5488.
Official Palm Beach Cup Mobile App
Remember to download the official Palm Beach Cup app for your iPhone or Android device. The official app for players, coaches and parents participating in the Palm Beach Cup youth soccer tournament. The app features maps to the fields, schedules, scores and standings, as well as information on places to stay, places to eat and fun things to do in the area.