The Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy has become a standout program in regards to youth development within Major League Soccer. To have blossomed to these great heights so quickly is a testament to the tremendous coaching and business staff assembled and the world-class facilities available to the teams at Grande Sports Academy.
The RSL-AZ Academy will continue to draw some of this country’s most talented young soccer players, and any young man that wants to play professionally—in the U.S. National Team system or collegiately—should know that he will have more chances to be scouted by some of America’s top coaches while at the RSL-AZ Academy than anywhere else in the country.
General Manager/Senior Vice President of Soccer Operations, Real Salt Lake
Derrik is still at your camp, just wanted to let you know he is having an awesome time! He loves everything about it: training, food, hotel, all of it! He takes photos of the food and sends it to me back home and tells me how good it is! Many thanks for a great camp!
It’s easier to come out and train. It’s easier to recover. It’s comfortable and it gives us the opportunity to be a team with the distractions out of the way.
Head Coach, Seattle Sounders FC
On behalf of the players, coaches and parents, thank you for the great weekend at the “Grande”. This was a first class experience.
Your teams (U-15/16 and U-17/18) played outstanding games and I believe our players learned a lot by watching them. The speed of play was notable. I have taken my son to many professional and national team games and his comment was that “the U-17/18s play like pros.” I think he noticed that the speed and effort was at a different level.
Also, the training that Martin, Freddy and the entire staff provided was exceptional. The coaches and I talked after the training and we definitely have things we need to work on with our players and we picked up a couple new training techniques as well that we will incorporate into our training.
Picking my son up from the airport today and seeing how he is becoming a confident young man has helped us to believe that we made the right decision in sending him to Grande Sports Academy. Thanks to all of you for creating a safe, nurturing, and competitive environment that gives these young men an atmosphere that can help them make their dreams come true.
Thank you for not only providing a wonderful soccer environment for my son and the other boys, but for making an effort to provide a fully enriching environment. Really above and beyond. We have never seen him happier. He loves living there!
Coming to Grande Sports Academy after residency in Bradenton, Florida was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I improved technically, physically and got stronger. Academy Coach Freddy Juarez does a good job with the players, he’s one of the best and most influential coaches I have ever had. Even when I would go home I would always speak highly of Grande Sports Academy. I just let people know that this is the best place in the U.S.
Defender/Midfielder, Real Salt Lake
Joining Grande Sports Academy was one of the best and most influential decisions in my life to this day. Everyone at the Grande was so helpful with everything. They for sure have the best academy coaches in the country. The coaches prepare you physically, tactically, technically, and most importantly mentally for the next level. To this day I use a lot of things I learned or heard at the academy. There is no place like the Grande. You literally sleep, eat, and play soccer. I will never stop speaking highly about the Grande because I had the best academy experience.
Midfielder, Real Monarchs
You have everything you need right here in-house. The Academy’s part of our family: we’re able to be around them and have them around us. These are great facilities, great fields and a great place to concentrate, not a ton of distraction outside the game so that’s really positive.
Head Coach, Real Salt Lake
Thank you for giving me an amazing soccer experience. The coaching staff and facilities made me feel as if I was a professional soccer player. I also feel that I made lifelong friends and that my soccer skills have improved greatly.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you at Grande Sports Academy because this has been a wonderful year for Andres and Martin. They arrived in Casa Grande last July with the expectation of having a nice summer camp but those two weeks became a whole year full of wonderful experiences for them. These almost ten months away from home gave them the opportunity to grow as students, athletes and as people. They enjoyed every moment of playing soccer and sharing their time with people from different countries. Andres and Martin will remember all of you, the Academy and the time they spent with you.
Camp was an amazing experience for Talon and he has changed his entire perspective on future soccer accomplishments and goals. Once we returned home, he decided to search for a more competitive club to pursue. He had a tryout for a U-13 Division 1 club and has been asked to join the team.
I truly feel as though the time at your facility and your coaching staff helped Talon move mentally and skillfully in the direction he needed to go in order to move to the next level. His attitude about full time soccer is no longer a ‘dream,’ but rather a platform to work toward. His confidence has been enlightened since being challenged at your facility. The evaluation sheet will be motivation for Talon to improve his current standing and work harder to increase his noticeability.
We are grateful for the opportunity to attend the camp and look forward to coming in the future.
This is our second preseason here, I can’t describe how great it’s been. It’s brought us together not only as far as preseason training, athletic training, but also as a retreat: staying together in the hotel, having great meals and the facilities and soccer fields are first class. We’re just very lucky and fortunate to be able to be here.
Head Coach, GCU Men’s Soccer
I wanted to take this time to thank you for taking such good care of Kyle while he was a resident at Grande Sports Academy this past year.
This has been one of the greatest experiences for Kyle and we will never forget it. I could only dream of having an opportunity like this one growing up as a child and this is just another dream come true for Kyle.
Kyle has become a much better soccer player, student and most importantly is growing into a fantastic young man. I attribute this to the discipline and the programs that you have at the Grande but also to the space and freedom that was offered to the boys.
Again, I want to personally thank you for taking an interest in my son’s life and wanting him to exceed and to excel at a higher level. You have accomplished your goals!
I had the pleasure of spending nearly two weeks at the Grande Sports World complex, along with Vancouver Whitecaps FC players and other technical staff, and I highly recommend this facility to any professional club.
The training facilities, including fields and fully equipped gymnasium, are first-rate, as are the living quarters and restaurant. Everything is in close proximity, which is very convenient.
The sports complex can accommodate multiple teams, with each team enjoying the use of their own private training areas, locker room, gymnasium, showers, treatment room, classrooms, video screening room and laundry facilities. In addition, the entire staff at Grande Sports World are professional and very accommodating.
Another highlight is the climate. We were there in early February and the weather was ideal for training and playing. Many MLS teams choose to train in the area, which also means quality opponents that are readily available for matches.
Head Coach, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved in making my son’s recent experience at Grande Sports Academy a great one. Thomas enjoyed everything about his week long stay and is already talking about wanting to return again next year and staying for two weeks. Thank you so much to everyone that made it such a positive and memorable experience. See you next year!
I would like to thank you and your staff for the opportunity to use your facility last weekend. The meals were great and your kitchen staff was great to work with. The games you set up for us were excellent, the competition was good for our boys. The heat was an adjustment for our boys but they adjusted well. We also want to say thanks to Tony Bruce, it was a pleasure to work with him and his boys, they were great on the field and off. My son Braden and I enjoyed coming back to your facility once again. We hope to arrange some more games for us to come down again in the near future. Thanks again for everything!
Assistant Coach, UWinnipeg Men’s Soccer
Jacob had an amazing time at camp. He is already asking about a multiple week camp in the summer as well as the same in December next year. You will certainly see us again in the near future. Everything was top notch! Thanks for everything.
Real Salt Lake’s senior team has already reaped the benefits of the outstanding progress taking place at the Real Salt Lake- Arizona Academy, even after just one season of operation. The high level of instruction provided by the RSL-AZ coaching staff has taught these talented youngsters how to play in RSL’s demanding system, in turn allowing us to seamlessly call up players for opportunities in MLS Reserve League contests.
Real Salt Lake’s long-term success on many fronts depends on how we develop our young talent on and off the field, and with the RSL-AZ Academy serving as the focal point of our youth development system, we are confident this vision will succeed.
Head Coach, Real Salt Lake
Playing college soccer has always been one of my goals as it’s a step to becoming a professional soccer player. I am thankful for everything Grande Sports Academy provided me with. The coaching staff, academic staff, hotel staff and everyone else at the Grande helped make memories that I will cherish throughout my life. Without Grande Sports Academy I would have never gotten exposure to college coaches. Grande Sports Academy is the place to be if you want to reach your goals in soccer.
This is a hidden gem. I walked in here and see Keiser equipment, the allocation of space and the way its laid out, its just perfect for training a group of guys. We have 35 guys and being able to train that many guys in this space, it’s a luxury, it really is.
Strength/Conditioning Coach, Grand Canyon University