After an unpredictable season, the MLS Next Cup kick off’s with the nation’s top boys clubs congregating to Texas to see who will be crowd MLS Next Cup Champion.
The MLS Next Cup will run a “Playoff & Showcase” format event. The top 32 teams in the country for each age group: U15 – U19, based by points per game from this Spring Season, will participate in a Playoff, single round elimination tournament.
Beachside proudly has two teams qualified for the MLS Next Cup Playoffs.
U16 (2005) & U19 (2002-03)
The U17 (2004) missed the playoffs by one point
"To have two teams qualify for the playoffs in the MLS Next platform’s inaugural season is a fantastic accomplishment for our club. The MLS Next platform is the highest level of youth soccer our country has to offer. It has provided our players a developmental model where hard work, dedication, determination, sacrifice and discipline must be shown on a consistent basis to compete. Through the rigors of competition, our players have the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons which we hope last them a lifetime."
Mickey Kydes, Technical Director & Founder
Beachside Soccer Club is the only club in Southern Connecticut and Westchester County to have any teams qualify for the Playoffs. With the NCAA dead period being lifted, the MLS Next Cup is the best opportunity for any player to be recruited to college, and progress to the next level of their soccer career. At Beachside, on average, 85 – 90% of our graduating seniors commit to play soccer at the college level.
Due to the hard work of our Parents, Players, and Coaching Staff, Beachside has navigated through the ever changing COVID pandemic, and has come out stronger than before.
“The MLS Next Cup is exactly what our teams needed at this point in the year. The boys have been competing all year long, dealing with adversity, sticking together, and representing Beachside on a regional level. Now they have an opportunity to showcase their individual and collective talents on the national stage, and I know they’ll make the club proud."
Phineas (aka Finn) has been a Beachside player for years, a current member of our U19 MLS Next team, and has committed to Dartmouth. Read on to learn a bit more.
How would you describe your experience at Beachside? My time at Beachside has been incredibly rewarding. Every hour I put into training was matched by the Beachside Coaches and managers. The care and thought that went into any session or instruction allowed me to flourish on the field. I will take the friendships I’ve made and the skills I’ve learned with me wherever I go.
What are some of your best memories at the Club? One of my favorite memories at Beachside was going to Argentina with my U16 team. I experienced life in an incredible South American country with some of my best friends and we had the chance to compete against some of the best players in the world. Another was with my U17 team when we had a must-win double header away match in Pennsylvania. We heroically won both and slotted ourselves a spot in the playoffs. So much fun.
What’s something you had to overcome while at Beachside and what advice would you give the younger teams/players? I was 13 years old when I first arrived at Beachside and I didn’t really play. I sat on the bench. As a newcomer, I didn’t really understand why Beachside did things a certain way and I didn’t fit into their style of play. What it took for me to improve was to really listen to my Coaches and ask a lot of questions. You need to be a curious soccer player, especially at Beachside. My best advice to younger players would be to always be thinking about ways to improve your game and work hard to get there.
How was the college recruitment process for you & recommendations to players going through it now? My recruitment process involved me making a realistic list, emailing coaches before showcases, and going to camps. College recruiting will always be at least a little stressful. My best advice would be to do your research early, specifically on the environment of different schools. Size and location can certainly affect an environment and don’t forget about your academic performance because it matters to the process.
Favorite Soccer Team: Liverpool
Favorite Food: Pasta
Pre-Game Rituals: Taping my wrist
“I’ve had the privilege to coach Finn for a number of years in Beachside. Finn’s hard work has allowed him to excel on and off the field. What I appreciate most of Finn is his great personality off the field, accompanied by his competitive sprint and leadership on the field. Finn is a great role model for all younger players to look up to. I thank him for his years of hard work, the great memories we’ve made, and for trusting the process. Keep up the great work!”
–Paul Melitsanopoulos Coach & MLS Next Director
THANKS, FINN, AND WE WISH YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS AT DARTMOUTH!
The Elite Academy League (EA League) expands with addition of the Northeast Conference comprised of Founding Members Clubs from the MLS Elite Youth Platform.
Launched by founding member clubs of the new MLS Elite Youth Platform (former USSF DA clubs), the EA League will serve the player needs of clubs by maintaining the standards and structure consistent with enhanced elite player development. The EA League launched last month and will be sanctioned on the national level by US Youth Soccer (USYS).
The Elite Academy League is a supplemental league to the MLS Elite Youth Platform and is committed to developing top players across the platform. The league is built off the former USSF DA standards and will mirror the new MLS Elite Youth Platform structures thus continuing best in class development with seamless interaction and transition to the MLS Elite Youth Platform.
THE IDEA IS TO MIRROR THE MLS’ PLATFORM STANDARDS AND OFFER A CONSISTENT, PROGRESSIVE PATHWAY FOR PLAYERS TO DEVELOP AND ADVANCE.
The Elite Academy League inside the Northeast Conference is composed of Founding Member clubs from the new MLS Elite Youth Platform and consist of: BW Gottschee Academy, Metoval, TSF Academy, Cedar Stars Academy – Bergen, Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth, FC Westchester, Beachside Soccer Club of CT, New York Soccer Club, and Empire United.
These clubs will be participating with boys teams in the U12-U19 age groups. The U12 age groups inside the Elite Academy League will be the top teams in their respected clubs and will be preparing to move into the MLS EYDP league at U13, while U13-19 teams will be providing enhanced player development and exposure as well as seamless interaction and transition for players into the MLS Elite Youth Platform.
The new EA league allows the member clubs of the MLS Elite Youth Platform to work together to promote the highest standards in competitive soccer and integrate both leagues with this common goal and direction. Unifying clubs from within the conferences helps maintain the defining standards of the former USSDA, along with the new, enhanced standards of MLS Elite Youth Platform.
This integration further presents long-needed flexibility in two key areas:
1. Permission for all players to participate in High School Soccer and,
2. Revising the substitution rules to encourage clubs to better utilize their player pools, especially when showcasing their players to pro scouts and college coaches.
The Elite Academy League will start in Fall 2020.
“We are very excited to announce the expansion of the EA League with the addition of the Northeast conference consisting of MLS Elite Academy Clubs. This national platform is structured to increasing elite player development and opportunities.” Noah Gins, EA League Chair
Read what the directors of the founding clubs say:
We would like to thank everyone involved with the Capelli Sport organization, especially President George Altirs, who has been so gracious with his time and energy to make our transition to Capelli Sport as smooth as possible.
Beachside Soccer Club was able to customize our entire uniform package, from the color combinations to the positioning of our Beachside crest, no details were overlooked.
“The ability to customize our uniforms, and provide great quality products at affordable prices was the biggest draw for me. When dealing with Capelli, you do not feel like just a number, you feel like family. The response from our parents, players, coaches, and opposition is proof that we made the right choice with Capelli, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.”
–Mickey Kydes, Technical Director & Founder
The design for our uniforms was started from a simple sketch, progressing to an elaborate customization process, and now brought to life.
We appreciate the patience our Beachside families have shown, as with any new relationship requiring customization and online ordering systems with specific deadlines, there will always be growing pains.
We are confident that as our relationship continues, Beachside and Capelli will improve in all areas to provide a seamless ordering process for years to come. We look forward to promoting the Capelli Sport brand, as we compete locally, regionally & nationally at the highest level of youth soccer in our country.
Giovanni Calderon has continued to impress the Puerto Rican Men’s Soccer Federation and was recently called up to play two games with the señor national team. The first friendly was on September 5th versus Honduras and Giovanni was thrust straight into the starting line up becoming the youngest player at 17 years old to debut for Puerto Rico. Five days later they went on to face Guatemala where Giovanni came in as a substitute where he continued to gain some valuable game experience. Not only did Giovanni become the youngest player to debut but he also got the opportunity to play with his older brother Joshua Calderon. Giovanni said, “I never thought I would be able to compete alongside my older brother” , “It was a dream come true that we will never forget”.
Giovanni is now back with his U19 Beachside family and looking forward to the upcoming season. When asked how the Beachside environment helped with his debut with Puerto Rico he said, “At Beachside, you always need to be prepared and professional. Bags lined up, balls in a pile, shirts always tucked in. You’re expected to be ready mentally and physically to compete every time you step on the pitch.” I also asked Giovanni what advice would you give to the younger players in our program and he said “Success is a choice you make every day. You need to put in the extra work on your own to reach your full potential and to play with passion”. He was also excited to announce that he has verbally committed to the University of Hartford where he will continue his soccer career while also furthering his education. The club is extremely proud of Giovanni as a soccer player and even more as a person. We wish Giovanni and his teammates all the best.
Beachside has just concluded an exhaustive review of its philosophy, structure, operations, and culture by Double Pass.
Double Pass, based in Belgium, is an international consulting firm that works with professional clubs around the world to evaluate and improve player development effectiveness for their youth academies.
US Soccer selected Beachside to undergo the same assessment process that Double Pass uses with European clubs such as Manchester City and Liverpool. Double Pass consultants spent many hours interviewing club management, coaches and players, as well as observing games and training sessions.
“We are very appreciative of the time, effort and energy the Double Pass staff have shown us during our assessment process. Having the opportunity to share our methodology, philosophy and club culture, while being exposed to best practices of other top youth academies of the world allows us to make both immediate and longer-term improvements within Beachside. We are in a continual state of learning, adapting and implementing while maintaining our Beachside club standards which have been instrumental in our long term development approach for the last 26 years. ” said Academy Director, Paul Melitsanopoulos.
“This is the second time over the past three years we have been through the Double Pass assessment process,” said Technical Director Mickey Kydes, “It has helped us immensely in focusing and sharpening development planning throughout our club.”
Beachside and Oakwood Soccer Club are the only clubs in Connecticut that work with Double Pass.
Beachside’s Noah Radecki, a 2003 Boys Academy Team Member, has been invited to US Soccer’s Youth National Team Futures Camp. Beginning May 26, 2017, U.S. Soccer will be hosting its third annual Youth National Team Futures Camp at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Youth National Team Futures Camp provides an opportunity for the most talented players in the 2002 and 2003 birth years, with the goal of identifying and closely monitoring the progress of later maturing players who have demonstrated exceptional technical and athletic qualities.
“We are all extremely proud of Noah’s invitation to the Youth National Team Futures Camp. Noah has been with Beachside since he was 6 years old, and has worked continually to improve his game on and off the field. I’m excited for Noah’s opportunity, and the opportunities this US Soccer program will offer for other players in our club”, said club Technical Director and Founder Mickey Kydes.
Announcement by Club President Carl McNair following Beachside’s Club-wide meeting on Monday on September 19:
Thank you to all who were able to attend our club wide meeting last night; it was a record crowd.
For those of you who could not attend the meeting, Below is a summary of the announcement of Beachside Soccer Park. Since this project is so critical to Beachside and its players, I wanted to provide you with details regarding the efforts of the Board to make Beachside Soccer Park a reality.
Last Friday, we entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement to buy 11.3 acres near Independence Drive in Monroe, Connecticut. The Agreement provides us with 120 days to complete our due diligence regarding this property, and we are already working on a title search and an environmental site assessment. The Agreement also provides a 180 day contingency period for: (i) Beachside to confirm it has enough money to close on the land and build the Soccer Park; and (ii) the Seller to obtain all necessary approvals for fields, clubhouse, lights and parking. Assuming all contingencies are satisfied over the next 180 days, we will purchase the land in May 2017.
We are in the early stages of planning, but this 11.3-acre parcel will include two full-sided turf fields with lights and an area for goalkeeping and small-sided training. In addition, the complex will include a 10,000 SF clubhouse and training facility that will be used for regenerative training, yoga, strength and agility training, an internet-connected study area, meeting rooms for coaches and players, offices for support staff, coaches and club officials and a common area for parents to relax when they drop off for practice. In addition, there will be locker rooms and facilities for both home and visiting teams….girls and boys.
As Mickey said last night, our announcement of Beachside Soccer Park will be a “game-changer” for our club.
I will be in regular communication with all of you over the next several months about this exciting opportunity for our club. Thank you for all of your support of Beachside, and feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.
Congratulations to the GU17 team for reaching the Regional Semi-finals after winning 3 preliminary games over the holiday weekend (5-1, 4-3, 4-0) with an impressive 13 Goals For. The cup champions of 15 states from Virginia to Maine are competing in Barboursville, WV, to advance to the National Finals.
“It’s so rewarding to see the work they have put in these last three years pay off.” Says Coach Fellipe Ribeiro.
“What has kept me going is not winning, but the search for reaching potential in myself and as a player. Although this journey we have traveled together is coming to end the memories will stay with me forever” Co-Captain Natalie Druehl
“The people and environment at Beachside has shaped who I am today. Both failure and success has lead us on this path to regional semi finals, I wouldn’t do anything differently to end off on such a positive note.” – Co-Captain Lydia Shaw
“By making it to the semi finals in the regional championship, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending for this amazing team and our beachside careers.” – Co-Captain Kelly McClymonds
The team plays in the Semi-Finals vs the 2015 Defending Champions Beadling Bulldogs (PA) at 3pm on July 4th.
This is the second year in a row a Beachside team has made the national playoffs. The team, which had clinched the berth 3 games before the end of the league season, has a challenging draw for the playoffs — facing 2 MLS teams and a top Florida team.
“MLS clubs typically draw from massive metropolitan areas. Nevertheless Beachside regularly gets good results against them, and we are excited to work hard and compete at this level” says Mickey
Kydes, Beachside’s Technical Director
USSDA Playoff Schedule:
June 22, Philadelphia Union (MLS)
June 24 Kendall Soccer
June 26 Chicago Fire (MLS)