"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 can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort you put into this event. My husband Glenn sent you an email and we both left Birmingham saying, “WOW.” The amount of planning and preparation from before the kids arrived, is unfathomable. I appreciate the over communication, the level of detail in the planning, the inclusiveness that was extended to parents, and on and on and on. You made the kids feel welcome but also the parents. The dinner on Saturday night was wonderful and loved the idea to include parents. This will be one of those experiences Connor will never forget. Thank you to you and your staff for hosting.!"
"I wanted to thank you for letting me be part of this unbelievable event. It was truly an honor for me. To be around these great players and coaches was extremely special and a memory I will always carry with me. High School soccer is in a difficult time with the Academy, but through your hard work and dedication you help keep high school soccer special and offer opportunities like this to showcase the game of high school soccer. I know there is no event related to soccer for kids this age that can compare to the High School All American game. The quality of players at this event was incredible and it showed in both the training and the game itself. Its been hard to concentrate since being back at work just thinking back on the fun we had and the players and coaches I met. I seriously can’t thank you enough. And for you to provide the coaches with gear, food, hotel rooms was awesome. Nothing will beat that signed jersey though!!!"
Coach Steve Lawrence - Marquette Jesuit
"I want to thank you for allowing me to participate in the High School Soccer All-American Game this past weekend. I really did not know what to expect when I agreed to accept your invitation. I thought it would be a good event because I had an idea of other events you have promoted. However, let me say that this event was better than I could have ever imagined. Your organization is second to none, and your ability to attract such terrific coaches and players is truly amazing. I was pleased to meet several fine coaches I hadn't known before, and was very pleased to reassociate with coaches that I already knew such as Mike Gauvain, and of course Matt Longo and Mike McLaughlin who played here at Quincy for me. And to top that off I got to visit with Schellas Hyndman, a colleague I watched rise from a good college player, to a terrific college coach/NSCAA administrator, and then on to world renown professional coach. I tell you, I really get a kick out of watching MLS games featuring FC Dallas and catching glimpses of Schellas on the sidelines directing his team. It was good to chat with him and find out that even though he has soared so high with all his accomplishments that he is still the same genuine guy he always was!"
Coach Jack Mackenzie - Quimcy University
"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.!"
"I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to be involved with this year’s Sr. High School All-American game in Birmingham, Al. I was very excited to have been involved with my friend and mentor Coach Jack Mackenzie. The thing that really surprised me was that he still continues to defeat me in soccer games, !!! What really surprised me was the quality of the young men who were competing in the game.You do a great job of making this event happen and you have a fan for life!"
Shellas Hyndman - F.C. Dallas Head Coach
"First off want to thank you and your whole committee for putting on an exceptional weekend for everyone involved and especially the boys. It was definitely a first class event and I met a lot of people by just being around. Eric Lynch is the player that I was honored with coaching the last 4 years and for a kid that does not show his emotion much if at all after the game I think that's the most I have seen him smile in the whole 4 years.!"
Coach Kevin Terrell - Bellbrook Soccer
"Just wanted to thank you, and all you efforts to pull this off. Dakota has not stopped talking about how great of a time he had. And how awsome you treated him. This will be something he will remember for the rest of his life. Deffentily worth the 2 game suspension!"
"Thanks Eric for the opportunity to be part of this event. It was awesome and that comes from many years of experience and seeing many players and games over the years. There was some incredible talent in these young players and there are some very promising futures in them. It was great to be with the coaches, who were all great guys and I very much enjoyed spending time with them and chatting it up. You did a fantastic job , from start to finish, in bringing this together and you deserve a ton of credit for your effort and your
expertise. I wish all the players the very best in their careers. They were great kids to be with and they certainly played the game at a very high level. Thanks again for this great memory!"
Coach Terry Michler
"We had a tremendous weekend. Jared said the quality of coaches and training was exceptional. And in my ten-plus years of attending youth soccer games, the game featured the most talent I've seen in one place. As you mentioned, they were also a great group of young men."
"Thank-you for all your effort and organization that went into planning this great and fun event . We could not come to the came since I teach, and I had to prepare my student for exams. I appreciate all you did for Schillo; he means a great deal to us and I love how you supported him. "
"Thanks again for a great weekend. Paul Rose said it best when he stated that this was one of the best soccer weekends of his life -- I agree. Really glad I got to meet you and discover first hand what others have told me about you -- that you are one of the very good ones in the game, and one who is truly in it for the kids. Thanks for the opportunity to be around so many talented players and to connect with the other coaches. It was a real honor to interact with the great group of coaches you assembled."
Coach Mike McLaughlin
"Wow is right!!! What a great event you put together even with a lot of variables ...National League, Academy etc ...you made it work. THANK YOU! If you would like a quote I definitely have one for you. Brad, " that was one of the most fun games I've ever played in! " and it takes a lot to get Brad excited. The caliber of all of the players, the program, the apparel, the attention to the small details were all impressive."
"The competition was great and it was the best soccer game I ever played in!"
"THANK YOU for the amazing effort you threw at this event! We had a blast and just wish we could have been more of a part of the "team" events and "hanging out" over the weekend. I wish you success in the coming years as your LOVE OF THE GAME is very evident!!! Thanks again for inviting Jacob Scearce! We had a blast!"
"Just want to thank you again for the experience and for being such a great host. Jeff and I had a load of fun and what a great experience for the kids on all levels. You not only pulled this event off... but from the outside it looked like a seamless effort. I know you had issues and challenges but you handled them flawlessly!"
Coach Paul Rose
"As a coach and as an administrator I can say that your organization and communication were superb! Thanks for your efforts and I enjoyed watching online...I spoke with Femi and he said it was an AMAZING few days!"
Hank Willems - Bethany Christian Coach
"Thank you, Eric, for organizing this wonderful event. Ben was truly honored to be a part of it. It was a very special weekend, indeed. Though I couldn't be there, it was awesome to be able to watch it live on the computer. I will anxiously await details on how to purchase the DVD. Thanks again for all your hard work in pulling together this very special event!"
"My son, Ryan Gross, had a fabulous weekend. Not only did he love getting to play, but he said everything was well organized and professionally done. Hopefully this will be the first of many All American games!"
"It was nice to meet you over the weekend. I would like to thank you for your countless hours of work on this match. Your efforts were appreciated by the players, fans and coaches. I hope that you will be able to see this game grow over the next few years into a premier All-American sanctioned event. Best of luck as you move on with this endeavor!"
Marvin Ridge Coach Ray Fumo
"Thanks so much for your hard work in making last weekend very special indeed! Femi reports that he really enjoyed being with the other guys, and appreciated very much the opportunity of playing with such a talented group of high school soccer players. It was wonderful to have this be connected to the College Cup, so that our family could take in that event for the first time. Thanks too for your hard work in making this experience affordable financially- that really made a difference in terms of our family’s ability to participate!"