Beachside Forms 5 New Domestic & International Strategic Partnerships

Beachside Soccer Club is excited to announce that we’ve solidified strategic partnerships with the following five clubs!

–MLS: Sporting KC
–MLS: Toronto FC
–HB Koge of Denmark
–MSV Duisburg of Germany
–Estudiantes de la Plata Club-Argentina

The purpose and objective of these relationships are to continue working and developing together, with the ultimate goal of maximizing player development.

The areas of common interest to work and develop together are, but not limited to:

–Potential Player Placement
–Hosting Teams
–Coaches Education Exchange
–Management Tools Information Exchange
–Scouting Education Exchange

Beachside Soccer Club continues to strive to create the best possible player development environment & opportunities for all of our Beachside Soccer Club members. Each partnership brings something special to our club and offers a wealth of knowledge, experience, and opportunity for all of our club members to benefit from.

“Having a healthy balance of domestic and international affiliations only broadens the horizons for Beachside Soccer Club. I feel passionate about making Beachside Soccer Club the best it can be. Establishing and strengthening these strategic partnerships is a big step in the right direction, which will leave immediate and long-lasting impressions on our club.”

–Mickey Kydes, Technical Director & Founder

About our Strategic Partners:


Sporting KC CrestMLS – Sporting KC
Sporting KC is recognized as one of the top MLS Professional Organizations & Youth Academies in the country. MLS Head Coach & Technical Director Peter Vermes, as well as Academy Director John Perry, have been friends of Beachside Soccer Club for years, and solidifying our partnership guarantees our cooperation for years to come. Peter Vermes also sits on our Beachside Advisory Board.

–Gianluca Armellino successfully transitioned to Sporting KC from Beachside and is currently playing on their U15 USSDA Academy Team. We wish him well!



Toronto FC CrestMLS – Toronto FC
We are excited to formulate an official relationship with the 2017 MLS Cup winners Toronto FC. MLS Club President Billy Manning has assisted Beachside as a member of our Advisory Board, and we appreciate all the time and effort he continues to provide to our club. Toronto FC has been gracious in offering our elite Beachside Academy players an opportunity to be evaluated with their 1st Team in training. The most recent player was Austin DaSilva, who is currently rostered with the University of Albany, Division 1 Men’s Soccer Program.



HB Koge Crest Meidericher SVHB Koge – Denmark & MSV Duisburg – Germany
By joining the Capelli Sport family, we have expanded our network of international partnerships and are very excited about what the future holds with working with HB Koge & MSV Duisburg.

Phineas Callahan took advantage of an opportunity to train with HB Koge over the summer, and we look forward to extending those opportunities to other players in the future. MSV Duisburg was rated as a Category 3 by world-renowned soccer consulting firm Double Pass. That is the highest rating awarded to youth club by their standards in the world.



Estudiantes CrestEstudiantes de la Plata Club–Argentina
Each year for the last 3 years, our Beachside Soccer Club’s U15 Academy & Premier teams have had the experience of a lifetime by traveling to Argentina to play Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo & Estudiantes during April break. We were so humbled and impressed with the talent level and dedication to player development witness in Argentina, we plan to continue this experience every year. We are extremely grateful for the hospitality of each club, and the open door policy granted to us by Estudiantes. Over the summer, several Beachside players were hosted by Estudiantes, and now we’ve made our partnership official.




2018-2019 Q & A with Technical Director Mickey Kydes

BSC vs NE RevHow Do You Measure Success?
There are so many little signs of success all across the program but for Beachside it all revolves around our culture. Our culture remains strong and that is what has allowed us to sustain and grow throughout the last 26 years.

How Do We Evaluate Culture?
What we call our ‘Culture Triangle’ is the key, that consists of three main components: Players, Parents, and Coaches. All three are the driving force to creating a positive and patient environment where young people can grow and develop both on and off the field. We are at a point where we not only have the players we want; we have the parents and coaches we want.

Boys Academy Update
2018-2019 academy season has been our most successful year since we entered in 2013-2014. Not because of wins and losses which overall was very good, but because of the way our teams played and competed against the best clubs in the country. The other obvious improvement has been in our training sessions where all the hard work of the players and coaches takes place. I am very happy with the improvement I have observed at our training sessions; we continue to get closer and closer to being on the same page with every team and coach, which is not the easiest of tasks.

Boys Premier Update
Two years ago, we discussed raising the level of our premier teams and we have, but there is still more work to do. And we will focus on that going forward. We have added players for next year’s teams, as some premier players have made the jump to Academy which is always a good sign. I think the biggest misconception is that we focus more on the Academy, that is not true. We offer the same level of commitment, methods and coaching at the Premier level as we do in Academy. What I think really needs to change is how our premier families and players accept what we do and how we do it, and that the only way they can benefit is by being fully committed, fall, winter, and spring. I get the sense some times that our premier families think it’s ok not to show up, take the winter off, not line up your bags, or not tuck in your shirts. The biggest change with our premier program will be to reinforce our Beachside standards and hold our players accountable.   

Pro Pathway and Relationships
We are a college placement soccer club. 90% of our players get placed, which continues to be one of the highest percentages in the country. This remains one of our top objectives. Saying this, we do have relationships all across the country with MLS clubs, in Spain and now in Argentina, for the small percentage of players who may have pro potential. When there is a player in our club who may have that potential, has physically matured & socially ready we will always help and do what is right for that player and family.   

Trip to Argentina
Our 2004 (U15) Academy and Premier teams had a fantastic experience both on and off the field. As coaches, we learned a lot and I will personally implement some new standards taken from the Argentine way of developing players. We are also working with Estudiantes Club and will be creating partnership initiatives that will benefit both. This trip, for our U15 teams, will be an annual event.    

End of Season
All of our teams have finished and our U15 Academy team is headed to US Soccer Academy Showcase in San Diego to play Vadar (central), LA United (southwest), Crossfire (northwest). Our U17 team made the Academy Playoffs will also be playing in San Diego in a bracket of four, with De Anza (southwest), Chicago Sockers (central), Carolina Rapids (southeast). We are looking forward to these games.

Final Comments
I wanted to thank the Beachside families for all their commitment, hard work, and discipline and wanted to wish them a relaxing and enjoyable summer. Players take some time off. I am very excited to get back to work with our staff to continue to improve on everything that makes this club so unique.

Beachside U15 teams travel to Argentina

For the second consecutive year, Beachside’s U15 Academy and Premier teams traveled to Buenos Aires during their Spring Break to immerse themselves in the soccer-crazed culture of Argentina and to test themselves against teams from the youth academies of some of the country’s greatest professional clubs.

After spectating at the fierce Argentine derby of San Lorenzo versus Huracán, during the week, the Beachside teams played teams from San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Estudiantes. The visits to the youth campuses and facilities of the Argentine clubs were eye-opening as each club featured a different environment – from the relaxed country club vibe of Estudiantes to the hyper-intense professional atmosphere of Boca Juniors. Playing teams of such high quality with lineups likely featuring several future professionals was a great learning experience for the boys.

In addition to the games, the Beachside teams participated in a technical session with the coaches from Estudiantes emphasizing speed of play and transition through various 2v1, 2v2 and 3v2 drills. Beachside Director of Coaching, Mickey Kydes, and coaches, Shane Recklet and Javier Miraballes, took in the session and exchanged coaching philosophies on fitness and playing style with their Argentine counterparts.

In their free time between games, the players had the chance to visit the great stadiums such as River Plate’s Monumental and Boca Juniors La Bombonero and come to better understand the history and love of the sport in Argentina.

Both teams returned home looking forwarding to implementing what they learned in Argentina into their upcoming games and showcases.

Beachside would like to THANK Sergio Neveleff and his organization for making this experience a trip of a lifetime.    

“Argentina is #1 in the world at producing top young players. Having the opportunity to play against these top teams and youth players is something our players will benefit from and never forget.  The hospitality and openness from these clubs to share information was priceless.  We look forward to building on these relationships moving forward.”
Mickey Kydes (Beachside Technical Director)

“It was a wonderful trip and the perfect mix of soccer and Argentine culture. It was especially amazing to witness the passion of the fans in San Lorenzo for the game we all love.”
Michael Ryan (Parent)

“The Club’s initiative to send its Academy and Premier players to train and play abroad is a fantastic step forward. The trip tightened the bonds between teammates, improved their technical skills and tactical awareness, and exposed our coaches to new ways of preparing our players that are already being implemented.”
– Jay Radecki (Parent)

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Beachside Soccer Club’s U17 Academy Boys member Giovanni Calderon invited to play with Puerto Rico’s U17 National Team

Beachside’s Giovanni Calderon is currently in Puerto Rico, competing with their U17 National Team. Gio’s has been in contact with the club and is loving his experience playing at the national level.

“ Having known Gio for the time I have, the one word that comes to mind is determined. Gio has been working very hard to improve his game, so it isn’t surprising to me for him to get this call up to the National Team. We all wish Gio well and look forward to his return to our team.
Beachside USSDA Academy Director, Paul Melitsanopoulos

Gio wishes all of his teammates well and is looking forward to his arrival back with his teammates to help their U17 Academy team make the USSDA Academy Playoffs.

Beachside Soccer Club’s U14 Academy Boys member Kellan Grace invited to US Youth National Teams Talent ID Mini Camp

Beachside’s Kellan Grace will have the opportunity to compete in US Soccer New Youth National Team U14 Talent Identification Program in the upcoming week. Kellan is a current member of our Beachside’s U14 Academy boys team. Kellan will be in attendance with 78 other players selected, who will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front on Youth National Team Scouts in attendance.

“Kellan exemplifies everything it means to be a Beachside player. He is technical, has a very smart soccer IQ, discipline, motivated, and above all, a very hard working & humble young man. I’ve had the opportunity to coach Kellan for multiple years now, and I couldn’t be happier for his opportunity.”
Beachside U14 Boys Academy Coach, Gabe Stan

To read more about US Soccer New Youth National Team Talent ID Program, please click here.



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Beachside Soccer Club’s former player Kyle Zajec with Red Bulls II

Beachside Soccer Club’s Former Player Kyle Zajec Signs His First Professional Contract with Red Bulls II.

“I am very excited for the next chapter of my soccer career. The Westport soccer and Beachside family gave me the foundation in my early soccer years that helped me build my soccer career. I had some great coaches that made development easy and enjoyable. My advice would be… Whatever journey you are on, there are two important things to remember; sort out your priorities and don’t forget to have fun.”
Kyle Zajec

Beachside Soccer club is very pleased to Congratulate Kyle Zajec on signing his first professional contract.

“I’ve known Kyle since he participated in our Westport Rec Program at 5 years old, and to see him progress to the professional game gives me great joy. Kyle knows that if there is anything he ever needs from myself and our Beachside Family, we are only a phone call away.”
Beachside Technical Director, Mickey Kydes.

Beachside players on to MLS Academies:
14 – NYCFC (last 2.5 years, all age groups U12-U19)
6 – Red Bulls (last 6 years, 1 per year, after U14 only)
2 – DC United (last 2 years, U16 and U19 Only)
1 – San Jose Earthquakes (fall 2014-U15)
1 – Orlando City (spring 2018, U15)
1 – KC Sporting (fall 2018, U14)

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Beachside Soccer Club and Capelli Sport Announce Partnership

—Custom uniform, training gear and apparel to be prepared for 2019-2020 season—

Beachside and Capelli SportNorwalk, Connecticut – Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club (Beachside Soccer Club), one of two U.S. Soccer Development Academy soccer programs in CT focused on serving highly motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic athletes on and off the field, are thrilled to announce a partnership with Capelli Sport, the international sportswear and team wear brand.

Per the terms of the agreement, Capelli Sport will become the official uniform, training gear and apparel supplier for the Beachside Soccer Club athletes, coaches and staff as the club prepares to take the field for the 2019-2020 season.

Beachside Soccer Club, since its foundation in 1994, has remained unique by aligning with its original core values created by Founder and Technical Director, Mickey Kydes. Beachside Soccer Club prides itself on integrity, and in turn, maintains high, professional standards in addition to emphasizing a flexible, technical and attractive style of play that allows for the development of personal values, growth and soccer talent.

Throughout its history, Beachside Soccer Club has utilized the lessons in both success and defeat to form a consistent, positive environment that inspires and creates proven player development initiatives on both the regional and national levels. Beachside prides itself on its proven track record of alumni: current & former NCAA Division I, II and III athletes, U.S. Youth and Senior National Team members, Major League Soccer (MLS) and European professionals, and most importantly, successful, hardworking, and respected members of their communities.

“Forming a long-lasting partnership with George Altirs and Capelli Sport was a no brainer for me,” Beachside Soccer Club Founder and Techincal Director Mickey Kydes said. “Their values, work ethic, integrity and passion for the game was evident from our first conversation. We look forward to working with everyone involved with Capelli Sport, and having our Beachside Soccer Club families benefit from the quality and customer service which Capelli Sport will provide.”

Capelli Sport was founded in 2011 by President George Altirs, with the mission to provide quality, functionality, and design for high-level performance on the field. Altirs’ more than 30 years in the apparel, fashion and accessory business with parent company GMA Accessories led to the creation of Capelli Sport. The brand’s innovative, world-class training gear, equipment, and uniforms have yielded many global recreational, youth, club, collegiate, semi-professional and professional sports partnerships.

“I have a great appreciation for Mickey Kydes, his staff at Beachside Soccer Club and the standard for youth soccer they have worked to develop in Connecticut,” Capelli Sport President George Altirs said. “This is an incredible opportunity for Capelli Sport to provide its world-class training gear, apparel, and equipment, as well as the resources within our network, to help this decorated program continue its growth on and off the field.”

In eight years of operation, Capelli Sport has become the partner of, and the official outfitter for, a number of internationally recognized sporting organizations, professional clubs, and international teams. Currently, Capelli Sport distributes its world-class training gear and apparel in more than 25 countries worldwide.

About Capelli Sport

Capelli Sport is an innovative sportswear and team wear brand focusing on design of the highest quality, latest fabric technology and design functionality for world-class performance on the field.  For more information on Capelli Sport, current partners, and how to join the team SHOP CAPELLI SPORT, visit the ONLINE CATALOG PAGES at, follow them on Twitter (@capellisport) and Instagram (CapelliSport), or visit the Capelli Sport Facebook page.

About Beachside Soccer

Learn more about the historic program by visiting their website or stopping by their Facebook (BeachsideSoccerClub), Twitter (@BeachsideSC) and Instagram (@beachsidesoccerclubct) accounts.

50 Most Influential People of Soccer in New England: Mickey Kydes

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noun | 1. the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

Mickey Kydes, Technical DirectorTHEY ARE movers and shakers. They are head honchos and power players. They are team owners and youth coaches and World Cup performers.

They find and develop talent. They set agendas and drive discussion.

They are — in a word — influential.

The people we have chosen to highlight in these pages are the people who shape soccer in New England — the players we look up to and want to emulate, the executives who decide the fates of teams and organizations, the coaches who mold young players, the commentators who inform and analyze, the businessmen who chart the future of our sport, and even a pair of living legends.

These are the 50 most influential people in New England soccer.

Read Full article here.
(Excerpt taken from New England Soccer Journal)

EDP Spring Cup Win

EDP Win2004 Premier Team, won the EDP Spring Cup at Tuckahoe Farms in New Jersey. The team won all 3 games in their group—beating GPS South (ranked #1 in RI) 3-2, PDA (ranked #8 in NJ) 5-1, FC USA (ranked #4 in MD) 2-1. They went on to beat another PDA team (ranked #3 in NJ) 2-1 in the finals on pk’s to become champions. Congrats Boys!