AYSO United Shines in PSC Showcase in Arizona
AYSO United Pacific Director of Coaching and Development Phase Leader Conor Ward takes us through the most recent events from AYSO United’s newest program.
Introduced in March, the Development Phase Program was created to support AYSO United’s High School age players (14U-18U), as they prepare for their careers after Club soccer. The program has two branches that support our student-athletes looking for their next pathway – College+ and Pro+. After a successful college showcase in Orange County, CA on March 7, we began the plans for a professional showcase for our talented AYSO United players. Conor shares the experience below.
As the Development Phase Leader, it is my goal to ensure that AYSO United players receive the best opportunities to continue on their player pathways. With the help of our friends at Pro Soccer Consulting (PSC), a soccer academy with over 100 events across America and 300 professional contracts, trials and offers from professional clubs across the globe, we would soon be able to open more doors for our players.
Alongside PSC’s Director Tom Taylor, former Portland Timbers player and first team coach for USL Championship’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC, we successfully delivered our first opportunity for AYSO United players to shine on the professional platform.
The weekend of June 20th would be the first major event for the Pro + branch of the program. The PSC squad went out to Arizona for a showcase training camp that featured two games against a full-time men’s professional team. This was a recruiting opportunity for eight AYSO United Arizona players involved with the PSC program to showcase their skills in front of the coaches and scouts in attendance.
As Development Phase Leader, I am regularly in contact with our players in Arizona and saw them play in Southern California in the Orange County College Showcase back in March. I felt this was a great opportunity to bring our AYSO United Arizona players into a high level, professional environment.
The 8 players in total invited to train and play over the two-day camp:
- Zishim Bawa
- Tagang Bawa
- Tabat Bawa
- Skene Black
- Gage White
- Julian Ramirez
- Jonathon Alegria
- Edgar Sanchez
These players were given information packs in the week building up to the event and were fully versed on the expectations, playing styles and all roles responsibilities required during the games. This was a big test for the players and they were a credit to our club.
“The AYSO United players who took part in the camp showed great professionalism on and off the field. It was a step for them from youth soccer and an important learning curve to see the difference in level, competitiveness and respect,” said PSC Director Tom Taylor. “They clearly prepared in the right manner, stepping in and contributing to the team over the weekend. This is hopefully their first step as they look to develop themselves as players and characters.”
The partnership with PSC has paid off already as one player has been offered trials in Europe with professional clubs in Sweden (Division 2) & Malta (Premier League). It is our hope that he will be able to attend his trials towards the end of July – more details will be released once confirmed.
We also saw success on the college side as four AYSO United players were scouted by a recruiter in attendance and invited to apply for scholarships to a 4-year NAIA school in Florida.
The opportunities offered by scouts from our opening weekend proves that the Development Phase Program can lead players into both the collegiate level and professional level. We look forward to many more announcements of success like this. I’m very excited about the Development Phase and the future of our club and I am looking forward to helping our players across the nation over the coming years.
How can Pro Soccer Consulting help AYSO United players?
Benefits to AYSO United Players.
The first and most exclusive benefit of this partnership for AYSO United players is discounted entry fees to all PSC Pro Try-out events. As mentioned, PSC’s try-outs have resulted in over 475 professional player placements including the placement of many young players in European academies, even as high as the English Premier League, for those that prove capable. This discount offer is only available to AYSO United players and no other youth club in USA receives these generous discounts.
The level is always high and it offers an excellent development opportunity and experience for our players.
All players will receive:
- 3 Days of elite professional coaching and showcasing
- The opportunity to be scouted for professional trial of contracts OR College Placement
- 11 v 11 Games • Detailed individual player evaluations from attending professional coaching staff
You can see PSC’s upcoming try-outs in Atlanta, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Ohio here
PSC try-outs cost $409 however AYSO United players will receive a 30% discount and can sign up for a total cost of $280. Players can register for this 30% discount at THIS LINK HERE. Please note, the discount links are available for limited times only. Pro try-outs are in high demand and always sell out.