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    Mackenzee Vance Named 2018 All-American

    United Soccer Alliance Girls Development Academy player Mackenzee Vance has been named 2018 Youth All-American by the United Soccer Coaches of America. The award is the most prestigious honor handed out to youth soccer players in the United States and Mack was the only player from a Florida youth club to be named. “It is a well deserved award and a credit to how hard Mackenzee has worked over the years. She is one of the best players I’ve ever coached and she continually strives to get better every day, we here at United Soccer Alliance are all incredibly proud of Mack.” Said Mackenzee’s coach and Academy Director Luis Torres.

    Mackenzee is a standout forward and midfielder on the U19 GDA team and has been part of the US U-17 National Team/Pool for 3 years. Vance has also committed to playing for UCLA when she graduates in 2020. Congrats Mackenzee!

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    Reed Davis - Gatorade Player of the Year

    Congratulations to CCSC’s Reed Davis for becoming the FIRST EVER back-to-back winner of the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Soccer Award AND The Florida Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year! This is just one of Reed’s many accomplishments in 2018, others include winning the Clay County Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and the U.S.M.C. Distinguished Athlete Award. To top all of this off, Reed will be playing Soccer at Jacksonville University in the Fall.

    Reed is a home-grown example of hard work paying off!

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    Clay County Soccer Club is proud to announce three more College Signings!

    Albert Cooper - Murray State University (NCAA D1)
    Bryan Salzman - Mars Hill University (NCAA D2)
    Taylor Harvey - North Greenville University (NCAA D2)

    2018 has been a record year! Clay County Soccer Club has over 29 players graduating its programming and transitioning to play Collegiate Soccer.

    From Executive Director, Matt Hollyoak; “I am very proud of our graduating seniors, they have worked extremely hard to get to where they are. 2018 is an incredible year for CCSC, graduating 29 NCAA collegiate players in one class is very impressive. I look forward to watching all of our players competing on the Collegiate stage. I would also like to thank our Coaching Staff who consistently go the extra mile to help players realize their dreams”.

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    Reed Davis Player of the Year

    Congratulations to CCSC player Reed Davis, who made history in becoming the first ever back-to-back winner of the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Soccer Award. Reed has played at Clay County Soccer Club for over a Decade and we could not be happier for him!

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  • College Insight with Marcus Murphy

    Marcus Murphy played Club Soccer at CCSC from the age of 6 and like many young players, he always aspired to play Collegiate and Professional Soccer. Marcus committed to the University of South Florida and graduated from Fleming Island High School 6 months early to fulfill his dream on the Collegiate stage. 

    The University of South Florida is widely regarded as one of the best soccer programs in the Nation. The Bulls currently compete in the American Athletic Conference and are coached by Bob Butehorn. 

    Having just completed his Spring season, playing and starting against Major League Soccer and Professional teams that include New York Red Bull’s, Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union and the Tampa Bay Rowdies, we recently touched base with Marcus, asking him several questions, to get an insight on his experience. 

    What made you pick The University of South Florida?
    "I looked at a lot of schools and had a lot of strong offers, however, ultimately USF always stood out to me. I wanted to be at a big program that invests a lot of resources into its soccer program. USF has a very strong track record and I was excited to make a name for myself in a bigger and tougher crowd. "

    How was the transition from club to college?
    "It is a big jump, but it is manageable. The consistency of quality and demand in training is hard work, the coaches expect perfection. It is like playing in a tough game every day. The school work is also challenging, you are constantly busy - there is no down time! "

    How did CCSC prepare you for college?
    "I have always admired the professionalism of CCSC coaches. They are very organized, our trips, our training sessions, our preparation and the attention to detail. The training sessions are very intense and always pushed me. I was always recruited by professional clubs and academies, but the level of training, guidance for college and professionalism I received at CCSC provided everything I need."

    What is your advice for young players?
    "Stay competitive, stay hungry and don’t let the fire go out! Never be content finishing second. Trust the club and staff. "

    What was it like playing against professionals this season?
    "The speed of play is unbelievable. It is not just what they do on the ball, but off the ball also -they were always a step ahead. They had so much experience and were always thinking. Obviously their size, strength and speed was unreal. I loved every minute."

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