PBSA U16 Girls Capture Runner-Up Finish in Jacksonville

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.

The PBSA Girls U16 team poses with their runner-up medals from the 2016 Florida Elite Soccer Academy Invitational in Jacksonville.

The PBSA Girls U16 team poses with their runner-up medals from the 2016 Florida Elite Soccer Academy Invitational in Jacksonville.

Coach Calloway hosts ‘Mini-Camp’

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 Road, Palm Beach Gardens.

PBSA Director of Coaching Laurie Calloway holds the distinction of coaching in the very first Major League Soccer game in 1996.

PBSA Director of Coaching Laurie Calloway holds the distinction of coaching in the very first Major League Soccer game in 1996.

Final tryout date set for July 31

After a pair of successful midsummer tryouts earlier in the month, Palm Beach Soccer Academy is offering one final tryout session on Sunday, July 31, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Mirasol Park in Palm Beach Gardens. A few slots are still open in each of the various age groups. Already committed PBSA players for next season are also STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend. It will be an early chance to train with the assigned coaches and meet any new teammates. Official training starts in August.
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PBSA PLAYER SIGNS TO PLAY FOR MLS ACADEMY TEAM

Alec McKinley receives the Dan Borislow Award from Shelly Borislow at the 2016 Palm Beach Cup in May. The annual award honors the most outstanding male and female players at the tournament.

Alec McKinley receives the Dan Borislow Award from Shelly Borislow at the 2016 Palm Beach Cup in May. The annual award honors the most outstanding player at the tournament.

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.

2016-17 Coaching Assignments Update

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
Ivan McKinley watches his team during warm-ups at Mirasol Park.

Ivan McKinley watches his team during warm-ups at Mirasol Park.

 

Signing Night set for Tuesday, June 7

GoalkeeperEmails have been sent to notify players of the tryout results. Please email pbsanomads@gmail.com if you did not receive any notification.

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.