The PBSA Girls U16 (2001) squad, coached by Nick Downarowicz, traveled to Jacksonville this weekend. Competing against clubs from Florida and Georgia, the team finished 2nd in the top division of the Florida Elite Soccer Academy Invitational. The players endured August temperatures in the upper 90s.
PBSA Director of Coaching Laurie Calloway is hosting an optional extra individual training minicamp this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (August 10-12) from 9 a.m. to noon. Players can attend as many or as few sessions as they choose. The cost per day is $20. There’s no need to register. Just show up at 9 a.m. ready to train. The soccer mini-camp will be at the private “Highbury” training ground: 11050 Monet Woods
Club parents are invited to a “Meet and Greet” on Monday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Honda Classic Headquarters near the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. (3300 PGA Blvd., Suite 800). Thank you to the law firm of Wyland and Tadros for sponsoring the food and beverages.
Please RSVP to the TeamSnap invitation.
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.