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  • UPSL Game at CCSC Saturday May 12

    CCSC invites you to the inaugural United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) home opener this Saturday, May 12. Join us for the 7:00pm kick-off at the Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex followed by a team meet and greet. Admission is FREE for everyone, so bring the whole family for live music, concessions, and a great match!

    This Saturday, May 12
    7:00pm Kick-Off

    The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) represents the community’s commitment to achieving the highest semi-professional level of soccer. The league’s competitive environment raises the standards of soccer by bringing a professional level of discipline and competition to our players and clubs.

    The team consists of CCSC College-bound Players, Collegiate Players, Former-Professionals and recently graduated Collegiate Athletes who are pursuing a professional career.

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    U12 Girls win Adidas Cup Club Challenge

    Congratulations to the 2006 Girls Sol White team for their win at the Adidas Cup Challenge in Tampa, Florida, May 4-6. Team scored 12 goals in 4 games and only allowed 2 goals in the entire tournament!

    CCSC players pictured Mia, Mikayla, Kate, Savannah, Reese, Kirra, Brook, Sophia, Agnes, Sawyer, Ayla, Macy, Hallie, and Peyton with Coach Tony Bartel

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    Clay County SC joins United Premier Soccer League with Men’s Semi-Pro Franchise

    The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) represents the community’s commitment to achieving the highest semi-professional level of soccer. The league’s competitive environment raises the standards of soccer by bringing a professional level of discipline and competition to our players and clubs.

    UPSL provides future professional athletes an environment in which they can consistently train with intensity, to advance both mentally and physically in their athletic careers. UPSL is committed to developing unity and strength in the community, while providing an enjoyable entertaining atmosphere for soccer fans.

    Clay County Soccer Club (CCSC) will be playing its HOME OPENER on:
    - May 12th at the Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex.
    - Kick-Off is 7:00 pm. Entry fees will be FREE!

    The team consists of CCSC College-bound Players, Collegiate Players, Former-Professionals and recently graduated Collegiate Athletes who are pursuing a professional career.

    CCSC Executive Director, Matt Hollyoak said; “This is an outstanding progression for our club. UPSL is a very professional organization that shares our vision in offering Semi-Professional Soccer in Jacksonville. I am very excited to have previous CCSC College players return as they will act as fantastic role models for future stars! We are now the only Club in Jacksonville that has a pathway beyond the youth game for both Men and Women.”

    CCSC President, Al Cruz shares; “This is a very exciting time for our club and community! Our members now have a path to join the ranks of several accomplished athletes, while developing skills and sharing soccer experiences at the next level. I am very proud of the UPSL Organization for this opportunity and look forward to a strong partnership and a thrilling inaugural season! GO RANGERS !!”

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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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    Alia Skinner to represent the US in Italy

    It was 2010 and Alia Skinner was 8 years old when I first ran into her on the Clay County soccer fields. I had just started as director of coaching at the club and I remember this little girl coming up to me and saying “hey coach, I want to be a goalkeeper”, I looked at her and said “nope, you’re too young”. I don’t think she was too happy with my response so I made her a deal, I told her that If she played half the time on the field and half the time as a keeper I would be okay with it, she said okay.

    At the time we were pretty short handed and didn’t have a dedicated goalkeeper coach so I started training her myself once a week. I quickly noticed how driven she was, and that she had the qualities that make great goalkeepers. She was self-motivated, hard working, competitive, a bit mean, a little crazy and a bit stubborn “it only took 5 years to get her to wear her hair up”. I remember training her together with a boy named Eric and she would get so upset if he did anything better than her that it drove her to work even harder.

    The following year we hired Lauren Church as the clubs goalkeeper director and coach who I really believe is largely responsible for Alia’s skill and passion for the position. Lauren was one of the top college goalkeepers in her time at the University of Georgia, which was a big feat for someone barely 5ft, 5 inches tall. Having a short keeper coach was probably the best thing for Alia as for Lauren it meant that she would just have to work harder. Even so, we kept looking at her parents and wondering how tall “or short” Alia would eventually be. Well, we’re not exactly sure how it happened but Alia is now almost 5ft 9” tall which is a very good height for a goalkeeper.

    Alia Skinner is now considered one of the top young goalkeepers in the United States and has been a part of the 2002 US National Team for 3 years. She be representing the United States in the International Women’s Tournament of Gradisca in Northern Italy from April 18-30. Alia has also committed to play D1 soccer at Virginia Tech starting in 2020.

    I’m sure that Alia would credit her teammates or “Brothers” on the U-17 DA team and the many coaches that have helped her along the way including; Grant Hauth, Wale Leyimu, Matt Urbano, Kylie Wilson, Chris Barrocas, Philip Pooley and of course the great Tony DiCicco who who brought his yearly SoccerPlus goalkeeper camps to Clay County six years ago.

    I can’t even begin to express how proud I am of the player and the person Alia has become. She is still hyper competitive, a bit mean and crazy but all of the great ones are. I am extremely blessed to have her on my side.

    Congrats and good luck in Italy Alia, Go USA!

  • 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."

  • 2001 Boys Jet-Setting

    This summer, the Clay County Soccer Club’s 2001 boys will be heading to Brighton, England for their Pre-Season. The team will be staying with the English Premier League Club for 10 days, playing and training against their Academy teams. 

    Furthermore, the boys will spend the majority of their time at Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s new state-of-the-art training and teaching facility which is a Category One status training centre under the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan. 

    The facility includes 11 full and half size natural grass and artificial pitches, plus a half size covered indoor pitch, ensuring playing facilities are accessible and playable throughout the seasons. 

    The distinctive Y-shaped building provides secure accommodation wings for the club’s professional squads and academy youth teams, plus a separate wing for common recreation, medical treatment and media facilities and gymnasium. 

    Here is what Executive Director, Matt Hollyoak had to say about the trip; “This is a fantastic opportunity for both players and coaches. We will be working closely with the Brighton sta. and players to create a very special event for everyone”, “This opportunity came about through our key partners WeGotSoccer and Nike and this trip is like a dry run for us. If it goes as well as we expect, we will be expanding the opportunity club-wide to all CCSC players”. 

    It will not be all work for the boys. They will be watching several Premier League games and exploring the best England has to offer. Safe travels Gentlemen!

    If you are interesting to attending this trip - please contact Matt Hollyoak, 904-316-5950, matt@unitedsocceralliance.org

  • Jefferson Cup Recap

    This past weekend, the Clay County Soccer Club 99 and 01 boys attended the prestigious Jefferson Cup Showcase. Jefferson Cup takes place in Richmond, Virginia, and it encompasses some of the best competition from U.S. and International Clubs. It is widely considered one of the best showcases in the Country. 

    Each team had different objectives prior to the event, for the 99 boys it was maintenance with 12 players already committed to playing college soccer. The 2001 boy’s main objective was exposure to collegiate coaches, and they got just that with over 65 colleges watching them play over the course of the weekend. 

    Head Coach and Executive Director Matt Hollyoak said, “Jefferson Cup was an awesome experience for our Boys. Obviously for our 99 boys, the goal was to stay sharp and get the lastcouple of players that have not signed a good look, and I think we achieved that; I think we willround off the 2018 class in the coming weeks”. When asked about the 01 Boys, Hollyoakstated “They are an incredible group, I think they have the potential of being one of our best recruiting classes in our area’s history”. 

    Clay County Soccer Club has a rich history in collegiate placement that is unmatched in theSouth East. This year the following players will be graduating from CCSC to compete at the collegiate level: 

    Marcus Murphy - The University of South Florida
    Reed Davis - Jacksonville University
    Alex Salvador - Jacksonville University
    Carson Sapp - Jacksonville University
    Andrew Henderson - Stetson University
    Zach Robbins - Asbury University
    Evan Parks - Brewton-Parker College
    Lucas Hauth - Davidson College
    Robbie Fugett - Coast Guard Academy
    Dante Desantis - Florida Gulf Coast University
    Bryan Salzman - Mars Hill University

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