May 6, 2013AX Management and BW Gottschee Connect to form Player Development Partnership.
U.S. Soccer is constantly evolving, and we at AX Management believe that the best opportunities for American players to develop often lie abroad. By partnering with AX Management, the players of BW Gottschee will not only have the chance to play in the U.S., but will also get to showcase their talents internationally, with the ultimate goal of playing professionally in Europe. BW Gottschee is a charter member of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Program, and for over 60 years has trained and developed youth talent from the metropolitan area.
All BW Gottschee players will be scouted directly by our professional staff, and players who impress will be given opportunities to prove themselves with top Professional European Clubs. These professional opportunities are reserved for the very best players at the club, and BW Gottschee was selected based on the talent that they have a strong reputation of developing. BW Gottschee will be the exclusive club in New York State with a direct link to AX Management.
“BW Gottschee is home to some of the most talented players in the United States, boasting several US National Team players across various age groups. We look forward to this partnership so we can help the players of BW Gottschee achieve their goals and get international exposure at the highest levels possible.”
Alex Grendi-AX Management, Managing Director
AX Management was founded on the principles that the best way to maximize a player's growth, development, and potential is by exposing them to the highest levels of European competition. Using our extensive contacts within the professional game we are able to bridge the gap between the United States and Europe and give individual players and teams the opportunity to prove themselves in front of and against some of the best professional teams in the world.
In 2012, AX Management saw 30 of our players signed or offered trials in the USA and Europe from our last 10 Men's Pro Soccer Combines. In addition, several of our youth players have had training stints with the likes of Aston Villa (English Premier League), Birmingham City (English Championship), and Fredrikstad FK (Norwegian Premier League).
Players on MLS Academy clubs can one-day dream of playing in the MLS for the one specific club that owns their rights. Through this partnership, the best players on BW Gottschee will get the chance to develop in Europe every summer, and have a greater opportunity of one day plying their craft in some of the best leagues in Europe.
“We are delighted to partner with AX Management. The landscape in Europe is a lot different than it is in the US. The MLS clubs do not give 17 and 18 year old academy products the opportunity to become a professional players. In Europe it's encouraged.
Through this partnership we now can offer our players the opportunity to pursue their dream of being a professional soccer player. Most of our players have been with us since five years old and we have now covered all bases, offering opportunities in both the college and professional game.”
Ben Boehm- BW Gottschee Youth Coordinator
More details at BW Gottschee Press Release
April 4, 2013Agency player Chuck Chijindu heads to Malaysia on trial with Super League Club Negeri Sembilan FA.
Chuck was first noticed at our 2011 San Diego Pro Soccer Combine in Chula Vista. After impressing our staff, Chuck attended our 2012 Turkey European Showcase where he recieved interest from clubs in China, Turkey, and Iceland.
After a successful season in Iceland, helping Por Akureri gain promotion to the Premier League, Chuck is looking forward to a bigger challenge in a bigger league.
We wish Chuck the best of luck in Malaysia.
(Chuck Chijindu holding off two defenders while playing for Por Akureri in Icleand)
March 27, 2013AX Soccer Tours Youth European Showcase Select Team shows that the USA can keep up with top English Professional Academies.
Over the course of the 10 day European Showcase our U17 select team played against Birmingham City FC, Manchester City FC, and Lichfield City FC.
After a tough defeat to Birmingham City FC, our select team was eager to prove what they could do. They bounced back quickly with an impressive 3-3 draw with EPL side Manchester City FC.
(AX European Showcase Select Team with Manchester City FC of the English Premier League after a 3-3 draw at Carrington Training Center.)
March 8, 2013Wilmington Hammerheads sign Jamel Wallace after seeing him at our Winter 2012 Pro Soccer Combine in San Diego, California from December 19-21, 2012.
Over the course of the 3 day Pro Soccer Combine Jamel received offers from all three USL PRO clubs in attendance; LA Blues, Phoenix Wolves, and the Wilmington Hammerheads.
After weighing all options, Jamel ultimately decided to sign with Wilmington based on numerous conversations with coach Irving and his clear intentions to help move him on to a bigger club with a successful USL season.
(Jamel Wallace training with the Seattle Sounders of MLS)
More Details at Wallace Joins Hammerheads
February 26, 2013VSI Tampa Flames sign Troy Cole after seeing him at our Winter 2012 Pro Soccer Combine in Auburndale, Florida from November 26-28, 2012.
Troy had a very strong performance at the combine and his play only reconfirmed the professional coaching staff's thoughts on his level and ability.
With interest from Orlando City, VSI Tampa Flames, and Icelandic Clubs; Troy made the decision to join the first year USL Franchise VSI Tampa Flames.
(Troy Cole playing with AC St. Louis formerly of the NASL)
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January 13, 2013VSI Tampa Flames sign Alex Horwath after seeing him at our Winter 2012 Pro Soccer Combine in Auburndale, Florida from November 26-28, 2012.
From day 1 Alex made it clear that he was the top keeper at the combine, and he was rewarded with offers from VSI Tampa Flames and Orlando City.
Alex was 1 of 14 players who was signed or offered a trial or contract from our 2012 Winter Professional Soccer Tryouts
(Alex Horwath playing for the New York Red Bulls against FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on September 17, 2011 in Frisco, Texas.)
More Details at VSI Tampa Bay Adds Horwath
November 15, 2012Agency player Shawn Nicklaw is called up by the Guam Men's National Team.
Shawn was identified at our 2011 San Diego Pro Soccer Combine when he displayed raw speed, power, and good technical ability.
Shawn signed his first professional contract in Denmark after our 2012 Turkey European Showcase, and his play with Danish 2nd League club HB Koge certainly got the attention of the National Team Staff.
(Shawn Nicklaw playing against English Premier League side Fulham FC in a pre season friendly)
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October 9, 2012Agency player Luke Mulholland is selected to the 2012 NASL Best XI Team.
More Details at NASL announces 2012 Best XI
August 24, 2012Agency player with our UK Partners, Tim Jakobsson signs a two year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers of the English Championship.
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August 3, 2012AX Soccer Tours and Youth European Showcase participant Nick Porter highlighted in the news.
Porter was selected at our San Diego Soccer ID Camp by guest coach Phil Robinson (Aston Villa head of Youth ID). Porter was one of the top performers over the 4 days despite being only 15 years old.
(Nick Porter facing off against HB Koge of the Danish 2nd League. HB Koge proved to be a very strong opposition beating our U17 team 4-1.)
More Details at Soccer: Fairview's Nick Porter crossing the pond
August 1, 2012Agency player Chuck Chijindu signs short term deal with Por Akureyri of the Icelandic 2nd League.
Chuck has been released by the Wilmington Hammerheads to join Akureyri for the remainder of the 2012 season in effort to get them promoted back to the Premier League.
(Chuck Chijindu while playing for Chivas USA of MLS)
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April 19, 2012Agency player Michael Reed signs with the 2011 NASL Champions the Minnesota Stars FC.
(Michael Reed while on trial with the Minnesota Stars FC of the NASL)
More Details at Midfielder Michael Reed Signs With Stars
March 7, 2012Agency player Shawn Nicklaw signs with Danish Super Ligaen outfit HB Koge.
A 2-year contract has been agreed from 1 July 2012 after the Danish side saw Nicklaw in action with AX Soccer Tours USA Select Team during their 2012 Turkey European Showcase Tour.
Our select team consisted of numerous out of contract players from the USA and HB Koge’s Head Coach Tommy Moller Nielsen and Sporting Director Per Rud were very impressed with what they saw.
Negotiations between HB Koge and the player’s agent Mark Taylor have taken place over the subsequent weeks and a two-year contract has now been signed.
(Shawn Nicklaw after signing with HB Koge of the Danish 2nd League)
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February 18, 2012Agency player Brian Shriver signs with NASL club the Carolina Railhawks.
(Brian Shriver playing with Carolina against the New York Red Bulls of MLS)
More Details at Brian Shriver Acquired from Strikers
January 27, 2012Agency player Mike Palacio signs with NASL club the Carolina Railhawks.
(Mike Palacio while playing the Ft Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL)
More Details at Railhawks Add Dynamic Midfielders for 2012
January 24, 2012 Agency player Luke Mulholland signs with NASL club the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
(Luke Mulholland playing with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL)
More Details at Rowdies Sign Mulholland | North American Soccer League
January 6, 20122010 European Showcase player Johnny Borrajo Signs with the New York Red Bulls.
Johnny was a apart of our 2010 Turkey tour and as a result trialed with Walsall FC in England before signing a contract with Ham Kam in Norway. His successful two years at Ham Kam have resulted in NY Red Bulls signing him this January.
(Johnny Borrajo with Erik Soler former GM of the New York Red Bulls of MLS)
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