"The All-American Game cannot be described with words, footage, and social media posts. Practicing with the best players in the country and playing a game with them, not just any game, one of the most beautiful games, can only be described with the feeling inside of you. It is a very humbling experience to be considered among the country's best and to be given such an opportunity. I had so much fun practicing and playing during the short weekend. I honestly felt like a kid again. I made lasting friendships, some of these guys I will play against in the following months in the club season and others when I'm in college. The organization is great and the coaching staff are very friendly and know the game. Many years from now I will look back to that weekend, and remember all the players, the game under the lights, and that feeling within!"
Brandon Medina (Chicago St. Ignatius)
Read below what some of the people had to say about our event.
" I just wanted to relay to you that Sam Bascom (Madeira High School; Cincinnati, OH) received the Gatorade Player of the Year award for boys soccer in Ohio, and it wouldn't have happened if you hadn't extended the opportunity for him to play in your All-American game. Sam is only the 2nd Cincinnati player and the 2nd player from outside the big school division to win the award (given out since 1986). I know his participation and MVP recognition at your game was a difference maker for him. Btw, Gatorade refers to your game as "the High School All-American Game" in their official write-up about Sam, so I think recognition is growing. Anyways, Sam had a blast both on and off the field with the game, and we really appreciate everything you've done to create this!"
John Unger - Madeira High Coach
"I want to thank you and all of the coaches for your time and effort in coordinating the All-American game. Michael was excited to be part of this event. He enjoyed meeting several new boys and he was honored to play with such a talented group. I can not think of a more perfect way for him to end his high school soccer career. This was an experience he will never forget. Keep up the great work and rest assured that your efforts are appreciated!"
"I wanted to thank you for your fantastic communication with us(Parents) and the boys! I also appreciate you answering all my questions in such quick manner. All I can say about the weekend was-AMAZING! Every detail down to the socks was fantastic. Brandt had a great time and so did my family. My Parents traveled down from Pennsylvania to see the game. We all were amazed at the talent and maturity of all the boys. The game was very exciting and great to watch! This was a once in a lifetime experience and I hope each player stopped to takein some memories over the weekend! The uniforms we also really fantastic. I think some of the boys have made some definite friends from this weekend !!"
"The 2012 High School All- American game was a great experience due to the quality of coaches and players that were at the event. The opportunity to play at UAB under the lights is a once in a lifetime experience that I was glad to be apart of. Due to the quality of players the game was physical and fast paced, creating a great environment for creative soccer. The games atmosphere brought out the best skills of each player as seen with the amount of goals that were scored. Overall I am very pleased to have participated in this game as many of my other teamates did as well. !"
"I wanted to let you know I sent an email thanking Jason, Grant, Durward, Jack and Chris for their involvement in the event. Additionally, I just wanted to say thank you for hosting the Boys Soccer All-American Game. Thank you for investing in the lives of the young men who participated in the game. The event was first-class; you have an incredible gift for catalyzing fantastic experiences for young men. Thanks again for your involvement and investment in High School Soccer!"
Coach Scott Reitnour - Wesleyan Christian
"I would also like to thank you for an incredible experience for Dewey, his mom and I at the All American game. The entire program was top notch. The environment that you were able to create to bring these young men together was awesome! The guys bonded so quickly that it turned what I expected to be a boring one on one "me game" into some beautiful soccer. What a joy to watch.Special kids, special organization, special coaching…… special weekend.Thanks again Eric for all you did and giving us the opportunity to be a part of it!"
"The All-American Game experience will certainly remain with me forever. The game itself was an absolute blast and training with some of the best players in the country was very humbling. The whole weekend displayed how truly beautiful the game of soccer is: The fact that we all arrive on Thursday as strangers, and leave on Sunday as friends is a testament to how the beautiful game brings people together as well as evidence of the hard work of the individuals that made such an amazing event happen. The success of the weekend also results from the coaches, parents, and players, who come from all different backgrounds to create a friendly atmosphere. The whole experience was one of a kind and I would advise anyone with the opportunity to play in the game to attend the event as it is well worth it.!"
Danny Jarosz - Marquette Jesuit High (2013)
"The 2013 First Annual All-American game was an absolutely wonderful event. Not only did I make friends with girls from across the country, but also I got to compete against the top players in the nation. The Un1tus uniforms and sweatsuits we received looked sharp, fit comfortably, and represented the highest quality material. Also, my family and friends from all over the nation enjoyed the privilege of watching me play and listening to the commentators analysis via the online video streaming. The hotel accommodations were extremely pleasant for everyone. Simply put, the overall organization of the event was fantastic. Every detail was considered and created a truly unique and memorable experience!"
Rachel Wheeler - Issaquah High (2013)
"We just wanted to let you know what an amazing weekend our son, Michael, had at the All-American game. Considering the circumstances of his senior season in high school with hernia surgery then being kicked in the mouth and breaking both his palates, the All-American game brought him full circle and allowed him to get back to the game he loves. The game was his first game since his mouth injury and the coaches were incredible along with the caliper of the players participating. Michael will never forget the kindness and support he received over the weekend and the fact that you allowed him to play in a full face mask I am sure it was a first for the program. After the snow filled game (an unforgettably fun event in itself) Michael was beaming for the first time in two months. This memorable life event for Michael was truly such an honor to participate in for him. Word are not enough to express our thanks to you, the coaching staff, the sponsors and NSCAA. He proudly wears his All-American gear every day. Thank you.!"
Sue and Pat Dichlian (2013)
"Thank you again for inviting me to play in the All American game. It was such an amazing experience an honor. It was a great way to end my high school career. Being able to play with all of those amazing girls was great and I will remember it forever!"
Megan Niebuhr - St. Ursula (2013)
"My name is Michael Longo and I have been attending the All American Game for three years with my dad Matt Longo. He has been a coach for the East/West Team for the last three years. This year I was coming to Philadelphia just to train with the best senior soccer players in the country. Due to forecasted bad weather a player had to withdraw at the last minute. Eric Stratman, who is the organizer of the event, came to my hotel room on Wednesday night and asked me if I wanted to fill this spot. Of course I said yes without hesitation. What an opportunity of a lifetime to play with some of the most elite players in the country. No the weather conditions were not the best but even in those conditions the level of play was top notch. So…….Thank You Eric for the opportunity and DARN we had FUN!"
Michael Longo - Quincy Sr. High (2013)