2023 College Commitment List

Samantha Aronson Boston University Patriot
Drew Bernard U of Maryland Big 10
Peyton Bernard U of Maryland Big 10
Chase Borntreger USAFA WAC
Talia Feigin U. of Houston AAC
Aranda Hurge U of Arizona PAC 12
Kaeden Koons-Perdikis Duke ACC
Giavana Liberto Vanderbilt SEC
Eleanor Maxon Wofford SOCON
Asia Mickens-Perez Howard University NEC
Dominique Popa U Miami of Ohio MAC
Yazmeen Smith Temple University AAC
Mandy Hill Shepard University PSAC
Anya Sander Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Liberty League
Dayana Rivera CCBC Essex NJCAA
Julia Lebron University of Central Lancaster, England England (Country)
Olivia Connolly Hamilton College NESCAC
Maya Soliszewska-Deng Seton Hall Big East
Oluwayomi Adamo UMBC America East
Ethan Beauman-Ansah Bradley University Missouri Valley Conf
Conrad Brady Penn State Big 10
Rory Brookhart Colgate University Patriot League
Dan Dobrin George Washington University A10
Matthew Helfrich Georgetown University Big East
Bardia Horzomi Princeton Ivy League conference
Tolu Joseph Evansville University Missouri Valley Conf
Liam Keiller Howard NEC
Cameron Lamptey Radford University Big South
Jacob Macdonald Mount St. Mary’s NEC
Mark Nakamura George Washington University Atlantic 10
Nathaniel Smith Cornell University Ivy League conference
Matthew Thissell University of Virginia ACC
Nik Avillo Washington University of St.Louis UAA
Gianluca Conte McDaniel College Centennial Conference
Charlie Emery Connecticut College NESCAC
Noah Greiff Bates College NESCAC
Keito Ishibashi Bowdoin College NESCAC
Wadhwa Kavi Rockford University NACC
Art Keys Swarthmore College Centennial Conference
Braden Kindred St. Mary’s College Coast to Coast
Drake Lechliter Roanoke ODAC
Serrano Matthew Waynesburg University ECAC
Andrew McWhinney Christopher Newport Coast to Coast
Jake Robey St. Mary’s College Coast to Coast
Parks Tolton McDaniel College Centennial Conference
Max Bean St. Andrews Univeristy Scotland (Country)
Winston Oziri University of Cumberland England (Country)

Ekkono Partnership

Bethesda Soccer Partners With Ekkono To Provide Cognitive Training BETHESDA, MD (Nov 2023) – Bethesda Soccer is pleased to announce a monumental partnership with Ekkono Academy. Ekkono will work closely with club coaches and players to provide game awareness, perception, and cognitive training. Starting this winter, clinics and programs will advance our players and coaches. Several of the clubs’ programs will incorporate this into the curriculum. These additions aim to improve our Bethesda players’ and teams’ overall decision-making and intelligence.

What is the Ekkono Method? The Ekkono Method, a well-regarded soccer training methodology, emphasizes fostering players who excel in game interpretation and decision-making. Conceived over 20 years ago by David Hernández and Carles Romagosa, it’s a cognitive soccer training approach aiming to create “smart players” capable of finding intelligent solutions during play. The core objective is to ensure players can accurately interpret the game dynamics and respond effectively, enhancing their overall on-pitch performance.

What the partnership will include:

  • Training our Coaches
    • Ekkono Coaches will work side by side, training our coaches at practices.
  • Training our Players
    • Ekkono Coaches will run clinics for our Youth Players working on spacing, perception, and decision-making.
  • Working with Bethesda Technical Staff
    • Ekkono will collaborate with our Technical Staff to develop and define training methodology.

Players that have trained under Ekkono: Christian Pulisic, Andi Sullivan, Cesc Fabregas, Jordi Alba

Clubs/Federations that have used their methodology: PSG, Pachuca, and the Japanese Federation.

About Bethesda Soccer Club:

The Bethesda Soccer Club (BSC) is committed to creating a competitive, supportive, challenging, and fun environment for all our players to reach their potential through the beautiful game of soccer. With a commitment to our goals and appreciation for the opportunity, we accept the responsibility to develop young players. Since the beginning, Bethesda Soccer Club has been at the forefront of the sport’s rapid expansion in the DMV and across the United States. More information can be found online at www.bethesdasoccer.org

Rad Orthodontics to Become Official Orthodontics Partner of Bethesda Soccer Club

September 19, 2023 – Bethesda, MD: Bethesda Soccer Club and Rad Orthodontics announced today that they have agreed that Rad Orthodontics will become the Official Orthodontics Partner of Bethesda Soccer Club. Under the agreement, the two organizations will offer best-in-class orthodontic care and membership benefits throughout the Bethesda SC community.

Bethesda SC Executive Jonathon Colton said, “We are thrilled to partner with Rad Orthodontics and their outstanding team. Our shared commitment is to provide the entire Bethesda Soccer Club community with best-in-class healthcare options and resources, and this partnership with Rad Orthodontics is a shining example of that commitment. We are so fortunate to have this outstanding team of professionals join our club and look forward to a successful future ahead.”

“As an avid soccer fan and recreational player, I’m excited for our practice to be supporting our local youth soccer programs,” said Mehdy Rad, DMD, MS. Rad Orthodontics is renowned for providing the highest quality orthodontics care to their patients, and Rad Orthodontics looks forward to extending their services the entire Bethesda Soccer community (players, staff, alumni, family and friends alike). Their best-in-class quality and extensive experience are expertly complemented by ease of scheduling and outstanding customer service to provide unparalleled value and patient experience.

About Bethesda Soccer Club:

The Bethesda Soccer Club (BSC) is committed to creating a competitive, supportive, challenging, and fun environment for all our players to reach their potential through the beautiful game of soccer. With commitment to our goals and appreciation for the opportunity, we accept the responsibility to develop young players. Since the beginning Bethesda Soccer Club has been at the forefront of the sport’s rapid expansion in the DMV and across the United States. More information can be found online at www.bethesdasoccer.org.

About Rad Orthodontics:

As a top 1% Invisalign provider, Rad Orthodontics is a standout practice in orthodontic and dentofacial treatments, offering proactive and state-of-the-art solutions for our patient’s oral health. Rad Orthodontics provides a friendly environment where patients are treated like family and providers use the highest precision systems to deliver superior orthodontic care. To experience the excellence of Rad Orthodontics, call one of the four locations or book an appointment online today. For more information, please go to www.radsmile.com.

Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates Partnership

June 27, 2023 – Bethesda, MD: Bethesda Soccer Club and Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates (PVOA) announced today that they have entered into an agreement through which PVOA will become the Official Orthopaedic Partner of Bethesda Soccer Club. Under the agreement, the two organizations will offer best-in-class orthopaedic care and membership benefits throughout the Bethesda SC community.

Bethesda SC Executive Jonathon Colton said, “We are thrilled to partner with Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates and their world-class team of physicians. Our shared goal is to provide the players, families, and staff in our club with the best-in-class healthcare options and resources available and an efficient and effective path to treatment, and we are so fortunate to have such an accomplished team of professionals join our club.”

“We are very excited that Bethesda Soccer Club has chosen CAO/PVOA to address the musculoskeletal healthcare needs of their membership,” said Rob Volk, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates. “We are eager to provide the highest quality and leading-edge orthopaedic care to not only the Bethesda Soccer player but also the staff, alumni, family, and friends alike. Our wide range of specialization and experience, combined with on-site physical therapy, radiology, and ease of scheduling, sets us apart. However, our dedication to individualized care and comprehensive approach is what defines us. We are proud to offer life-enhancing care to help our patients return to the active lifestyle required for healthy living.”

About Bethesda Soccer Club:

The Bethesda Soccer Club (BSC) is committed to creating a competitive, supportive, challenging, and fun environment for all our players to reach their potential through the beautiful game of soccer. With a commitment to our goals and appreciation for the opportunity, we accept the responsibility to develop young players. Since the beginning, Bethesda Soccer Club has been at the forefront of the sport’s rapid expansion in the DMV and across the United States. More information can be found online at www.bethesdasoccer.org.

About Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates:

For more than 45 years, Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates has provided comprehensive orthopedic care for patients of all ages in Montgomery and Howard County. We use the latest advances in orthopaedics with proven results to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate all injuries. Our team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons have extensive training and experience in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery and have served as team physicians for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), the Miami Dolphins (NFL), the Florida Panthers (NHL), and Florida International University (NCAA Div-1). With dedicated physical therapy clinics in our four locations, our physicians can work with our physical therapists to determine an evidence-based treatment plan specific to each patient’s needs or goals. For more information, please go to www.pvoac.com.

GIVING TUESDAY

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On Giving Tuesday, we ask for your help to contribute to our scholarship fund for our athletes and the community that need assistance! The V&S Foundation is continuing its support of one of Bethesda with a $15,000 dollar-for-dollar match during Giving Tuesday. 

While the club’s most recognizable moments may be its national championships and other outstanding on-field performances, its most important contributions could be the opportunities it provides its scholarship athletes every season.

Bethesda Soccer Club is pleased to offer a scholarship program to help families offset club fees.  The club has a limited number of scholarships available, and the number of players receiving aid and the amount of the scholarship will vary depending on the funds available. Scholarships are funded by contributions, camp, and tournament proceeds.

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Bob Jenkins

Jenkins is currently Head of Coach Development for Bethesda Soccer Club. Prior to Bethesda, Jenkins served in a variety of roles with the US Soccer Federation.

A former member of U.S. Soccer’s National coaching staff, Jenkins began as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. In 2002, he became a National Staff Coach (Region I), and in 2004 he was named head coach of the Under-18 MNT.

In early 2005, Bob Jenkins was named U.S. Soccer’s Director of Coaching Education and Youth Development. As the Director of Coaching Education and Youth Development, Jenkins was charged with creating a consistent philosophy in National Education Programs and communicating player development concepts and positions. Jenkins was responsible for the oversight of U.S. Soccer’s coaching curriculum and guides all aspects of coaching education, as well as oversaw National Staff Coaches on technical matters. He also served a key role in the creation of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

In 2008, Jenkins was named the Director of Coaching and Player Development for Richmond Strikers. In addition, Jenkins was a Puma/Arsenal TCC Elite coordinator in 2016, which saw him scouting for the best youth across the United States and coordinate and perform coaching education sessions at all Puma-sponsored clubs.

Before coming to U.S. Soccer, Jenkins served as the head coach at American University from 1992-1999, helping the Eagles become a force in the Patriot League. In 1997, Jenkins led the Eagles to a No. 5 national ranking and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.

Jenkins was also an assistant at Virginia from 1989-1991 with former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena.  Bob was a four-year starter from 1980-1984 at Duke University.

Jenkins holds a USSF ‘A ‘License and National Youth License.

Bruce Murray

Bethesda SC – Chief Scout

About Bruce Bruce Murray is the chief scout for both the boy’s and girl’s programs.

Murray was the all-time leader in both caps and goals for the United States National Team before being overtaken in the mid-1990s by Marcelo Balboa in caps and Eric Wynalda in goals. Between his first national team appearance in 1985 and his last in 1993, he played 85 full international games, in which he scored 21 goals.

Murray played in all of the United States’ games in the 1990 World Cup, including the 10 qualifiers in 1988 and 1989 and the three games in the finals in Italy in 1990. He scored the United States’ goal against Austria in the World Cup finals. He also played in all of the United States’ games in its victorious effort in the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as playing for the United States in the 1988 Olympic Games, the 1992 Intercontinental Cup, and the 1993 Copa America. Murray was also a member of the US Futsal National Team, which placed third, in the 1989 Futsal World Cup.

Murray also had brief spells with first-division Luzerne in Switzerland and with Millwall in England before returning stateside to play professionally with the Atlanta Ruckus.

In addition, Murray won two National Championships in 1984/1987 with Clemson University, won the Herman Trophy for Best College Soccer Player, and was inducted into the Clemson University Hall of Fame in 1993.

Murray was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.

Chelsea Cryer

Bethesda SC Head Coach

About Chelsea

Chelsea joins the BSC program after an extensive playing and coaching career. Before joining Bethesda, Chelsea was a head coach at PSA SDFC, NJ Stallions, Maroon Soccer Club, and Match Fit Academy. She was also the Junior Varsity Head Coach at Immaculate Heart Academy. She also played Division 1 soccer at the University of Southern California, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

Email: ccryer@bethesdasoccer.org

Shaun Cryer

Bethesda SC Head Coach

About Shaun

Shaun joins Bethesda after an exceptional youth soccer coaching career both nationally in the state of New Jersey. As the Girls Academy Director Shaun oversaw a program that won multiple prestigious tournaments including the Jefferson Cup, the Bethesda Premier Cup, and the Disney Showcase. In addition, his teams won multiple Region I Championship as well as a US Club Championship. In terms of recruiting, his sides saw 66 players go on to play college soccer at Division 1 and Division 3 levels.

Email: scryer@bethesdasoccer.org