2007 Girls - Aztecs / Sporting
Matt grew up playing youth soccer for Swansea City and Bristol Rovers and was a member of the Welsh Schools regional and national champions team in 2010 and 2011. He played collegiate soccer for four years at Northwood University and was names NAIA Academic All American in 2015. He has extensive coaching experience in the United States and Wales and holds a Welsh Football Association Level 3 NVQ Coaching Qualification.
“My focus is to create an atmosphere that encourages soccer players to learn and develop in a fun and challenging environment, allowing each player to reach their full potential.”
2007 Girls Sporting / 2009 Boys Galaxy / 2004 Boys Revolution
Kevin grew up in Kilmarnock, Scotland and played for several professional youth Academies including Celtic, Rangers and Ayr United. As a high school player, he was capped five times for the Scotland School Boys U18 team. After leaving high school, Kevin played for several years at Ayr United before receiving a scholarship to play with Palm Beach Atlantic University men's soccer team. Kevin holds Scottish Football Association (SFA) Level 1 and Level 2 children's coaching badges, as well as Level 1 and Level 2 SFA youth coaching badges. In addition to coaching with Jupiter United, Kevin is a member of Boca Raton FC and plays in the National Premier Soccer League.
"I create an environment in which the emphasis is placed on technical development, while at the same time instilling hard work and a positive attitude. This allows players to challenge themselves and get better every day."
2008 Boys Rapids / 2005 Girls Thorns
Liam was a winner of the prestigious Scottish high school national championship while playing for Greenwood Academy. He went on to become a distinguished four-year collegiate soccer player at Northwood University and was an NAIA Academic All-American in 2014 and 2015. Liam has coaching experience both in the U.S. and throughout Scotland and holds a Scottish Football Association Level 2 Youth Coaching Badge. His experience in advanced European youth academies has influenced his approach to training elite youth players and he believes that a strong technical foundation is necessary to advance in the sport.
"I focus on nurturing and improving technical ability, while also challenging the players to think about and visualize the game, thus improving their overall play. I also like to create a positive team environment in which the players encourage & motivate each other, which ensures they have an understanding of what it means to be a good teammate."
Super Eagles / 2007 Boys Scorpions / 2003 Boys Crew
Thadeu Goncalves grew up playing soccer in Brazil for Sao Paolo FC and played professionally for Paulista FC for several years. After studying Physical Education in Brazil, he completed a Masters degree in Human Movement-Coaching, Teaching and Sports Medicine at Boston University. He is an accomplished youth coach and established the Instituto Brasileiro de Futebol where he developed BFut methodology to teach the Brazilian style of soccer to children of all ages. Thadeu holds a USSF A coaching license.
"In the youngest age groups, I believe in building a strong technical foundation and a love for the game. In older players, my approach is to develop player intelligence - being able to identify the best decision technically, tactically, physically and physiologically when under pressure. I educate players to become unpredictable."
2010 Girls Fire / 2009 Girls Dynamo
Neil McKay is a professional soccer coach with 11 years of experience working with semi professional teams, as well as working in schools and with youth soccer clubs all over the world. After gaining a degree in Sports Coaching in the UK, Neil coached in the UK and Australia before moving to the USA, where he worked with Chicago Fire Juniors and more recently at Palm Beach Gardens Predators. Neil has multiple coaching licenses from the English FA including Soccer Coaching Level 2, Advanced Goalkeeping Level 2 and he is a certified Personal Trainer.
"I create a training environment in which players strive to be better than they were yesterday. I combine demonstration-based technical training and game time applications, with mental training to improve reading of the game, decision making and tactical understanding."