U15 and U16 Beachside Academy Teams Argentina Trip

Beachside’s U15 and U16 Academy teams experienced the trip of a lifetime when they visited Buenos Aires, Argentina over their recent Spring Break (April 7th to April 15th). The trip was led by the Argentine-based, Futbol America Tours. During the week in Argentina, our Academy teams had the opportunity to train and play versus perennial South American power clubs Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo, and Ferro Club. The teams were not only able to play against these clubs, they were also able to learn from their coaches and hear about how these South American players train and prepare for their life of soccer. In between matches and training, the Beachside teams saw the city of Buenos Aires up close and attended a South American Cup game at San Lorenzo Stadium. Our Academy teams trained in Ferro’s indoor and outdoor facility; experienced futsol training on San Lorenzo’sgrounds; and toured the majestical “La Bombonera” (Boca Juniors home stadium). A week that will never be forgotten by our Beachside U15 and U16 teams!

“The passion and commitment on the field from the Argentinian players was truly inspiring. Their style, identity, and club culture were all apparent from the first minute to the last. The players were all very fit, professional, and were there to take care of business in every moment of the game. It was truly a joy to watch from a coach’s standpoint. You learn very quickly that to create such a culture, you have to have a club and staff who are willing to put in the same amount of work, if not more, every single day, and that not one player is bigger than the club.

This trip is something I would highly recommend we do every year as a club for our kids!”

-Shane Recklet, U16 Academy Coach

“The week in Argentina was an amazing soccer learning experience for our players, coaches, as well as the parents that travelled.  The games against Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo, and Ferro CO brought our players up to another level of playing and that will accelerate their development moving forward.”

–Brian Quinn, U15 Academy Coach

“Football America and Beachside soccer gave my teammates and I a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Argentina and play some of the best teams in the world. Although we weren’t victorious, both my teammates and I took many lessons and techniques that will improve our game.”

–Finn Callahan, U16s

“This experience was one that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and would recommend for Beachside to keep doing these because they are truly fantastic.”

–Connor Lawlor, U15s

“An absolutely phenomenal trip! Futbol America Tours did a tremendous job in terms of organization; competitive matches; training facilities; meals; and sight-seeing. Our boys experienced first-hand what it is like to play high-level South American football. It has made a lasting impression and will hopefully benefit our boys as they play in our US Academy league going forward. My hope is that Beachside will continue to send future teams over to Argentina. It is truly an invaluable experience!”

–Matt Lawlor (U15 Academy Team Manager)