PESC & KSC Create Partnership

Miami, June 5, 2007 - The Plantation Eagles SC and the Kendall Soccer Coalition youth soccer clubs, two of South Florida’s largest competitive youth soccer organizations, announced today that they will be entering into a partnership that will enhance the services they offer their members.
The two groups are partnering to make available supplemental fitness training, nutritional counseling, sports psychology, and basic sports therapy services to their members in addition to the core soccer instruction, training, and competition they each provide to their respective members and teams. The two clubs will also field joint squads in select high-level national and international competitions that neither club may be currently participating in, and players from Plantation teams will participate on Kendall SC Super Y-League teams.

"This is an exciting venture for soccer in south Florida. We are looking forward to working with Kendall Soccer Coalition and sharing soccer philosophies and objectives. I believe that the affiliation between PESC and KSC will be great representation of South Florida soccer,” said John Ramos, Plantation Eagles SC Director of Coaching and Player Development. “We will be able to share player development concepts, structure and organization that will push our players to the next level. The relationship will provide a great service to all soccer players involved and will finally provide our players with what they deserve - a professional atmosphere with a professional staff that will help our players reach their soccer goals and take advantage of the opportunities that this new entity will provide for our youth."

Both organizations will operate under the same structure for player development, training, and codes of conduct that stress preparation of student-athletes for college-level competition under the tutelage of professional coaches. At least a dozen of the Eagles’ graduating seniors this year have already signed to play collegiate soccer and well over 50 Kendall SC members have advanced to play in college over the past two years at institutions throughout the United States.
“We plan to work closely with John and his coaching staff to ensure that all our members are receiving the proper training and enjoy the best support structure to maximize their potential. We measure success every time one of our members moves on to play soccer at the collegiate level,” indicated Victor Pastora, Kendall SC Director of Coaches. “Ideally we would like to expand this relationship to include other youth soccer organizations that share the same vision, as we have seen happen recently in other parts of Florida.”

Plantation SC may be best known in South Florida for hosting the Thanksgiving Holiday Classic tournament which was first established in 1987 and every year draws more than 200 teams from across Florida to the competition. The club fielded more than 25 girls and boys teams during the 2006-2007 season, and had three teams reach the Round of 16 of the FYSA State Cup, with the U14 girls advancing to the Final Four.

“We are very pleased to have entered into a relationship with Plantation Eagles SC,” said Marcos Fernandez, Director of Operations of Kendall SC. “They have a rich tradition of youth soccer in South Florida and we share a core operating philosophy that will make it easy for us to work together for the benefit of our members. I am especially pleased about how the relationship can help us continue developing our girls program.”

For its part Kendall SC crowned two state champions this past season and another team advanced to the state final; that, in addition to having the Super Y-League U-20 North American Champions from last season and two North American semifinalists. The club’s stature as one of the premier boys soccer programs in Florida is reflected in the fact that it placed eight boys teams in the State Cup Round of 16, the most of any club in the state. Since the beginning of 2007, four club members also joined the professional soccer ranks with Cagliari, DC United and Miami FC.

“I believe our clubs complement each other well and have a proven track record,” stated Mike Rowan, Plantation Eagles Board Director. “By leveraging the strengths and resources of both organizations, we can advance the development of all our players and identify opportunities for growth.” “There is nothing better than to see professionals like John Ramos and Victor Pastora working together to do what is best for the development of our young soccer players. This partnership is a strong sign that youth soccer can thrive in South Florida as it does in other major markets like Los Angeles, Dallas and New York,” said Juan Carlos Michia, USSF Region III Staff Coach. “As a representative of US Soccer, I will do everything in my power to help Kendall SC and Plantation Eagles continue advancing the interests of the sport in this area.”