2017 Table

Summer 2017 Teams of Excellence

Minnesota TwinStars Academy Teams Excel in Tournaments & Leagues

TSW1B12--AmusuThe Summer of 2017 has brought hours of outstanding play to Minnesota and the Minnesota TwinStars Academy teams as they have out-performed others in their league play and on the tournament pitch.

The 2005 players, playing as TSW12 Boys, coached by Pedro Amusu with Steve & Janet Leonard, brought home the Championship title from the 2017 Minnesota US Club Cup over Memorial Day Weekend.  They will represent Minnesota in the 2017 US Club Soccer National Cup XVI Midwest Regional Play-offs in Waukegan/Libertyville, IL, June 23-26, 2017.


The 2003 players, playing as TSW14 Boys, coached by Alex Bunbury, captured the Championship title in the Minnesota US Club Cup over Memorial Day weekend, and will join the 2005 players in the 2017 US Club Soccer National Cup XVI Midwest Regional Play-offs in Waukegan/Libertyville, IL, June 23-26, 2017. But, prior to their Region II play-offs, they concluded their National Premier League-Midwest Development League regular-season play in a position that advanced them to the NPL-MDL National Qualifiers in Loves Park, IL, where they narrowly missed the opportunity to represent the 2004 teams of our region at the National Finals.  These players continue to sit comfortably atop their MYSA Summer Competitive League District, a position that will earn them a promotion to "Premier" status for the coming 2017-2018 MYSA Season.


The 2002 players, TSW15 Boys, coached by Alex Bunbury, suffered a loss in the Semi-Finals round of the Minnesota State Cup, when rain-out rescheduling forced the team into conflict with family commitments that won over, leaving the team short on the pitch,  but their performance in their MYSA Summer Competitive League play has them towering over their competition, easily winning every game with full depth of the bench involved in each match.  In NPL-MDL play, the team finished regular season play without a loss, only one draw, and the first-place finisher refused to meet them on the pitch prior to the Regional Play-offs in Loves Park, IL.  Undaunted, the TSW15 Boys faced each National Qualifier contender with equal ease, grabbing the title and moving on to the National Premier League National Championships in Westfield, IN, on July 13-17. But, these young men are not sitting by to wait for opportunities to come to them, they will be competing in the 2017 US Club Soccer National Cup XVI Midwest Regional Play-offs in Waukegan/Libertyville, IL, June 23-26, 2017. 


The 2001 Boys, TSW16, coached by Youssef Darbaki with Chad Ogle, continues their reign of their age group this season.  The changes in birth year rules this 2016-2017 season forced the previously formidable team to split and become the TwinStars Academy 2001 & 2000 teams this season.  The 2001 team chose to play the Midwest Regional League, while the 2000 team accepted the MYSA Premier status earned by the teams.

The 2001 Boys finished in first place in their Midwest Regional League play, a finish that would have earned them a place in the US Youth Soccer Region II Play-offs, but they had already secured one of those seats with their 2017 MN State Cup Championship.  They will be representing Minnesota at the 2017 USYS Region II Play-offs in Sioux Fall, SD, June 23-28, 2017.  In the interim, this team finished their regular-season National Premier League-Midwest Developmental League play with a trip to the National Qualifiers where they finished as the next-in-line.


Meanwhile, the 2000 Boys began their 2016-2017 season with several members suffering serious injuries during their high schools' seasons, leaving the team to literally hobble along without full talent. Injured, though the team may be this season, they have not been left out of the competition in the State or the Region.  Over Memorial Day Weekend, the TSW17 Boys triumphed over the other Minnesota teams in the 2017 Minnesota US Club Cup, and will join the other Minnesota TwinStars Academy teams at the 2017 US Club Soccer National Cup XVI Midwest Regional Play-offs in Waukegan/Libertyville, IL, June 23-26.


The birth year changes for the 2016-2017 season had the harshest effect on the older teams, as teammates were suddenly leap-frogged from U16 & U17 players last year, to U18, U19, and U20 players this season. The TwinStars Academy teams were especially hard hit and the players found themselves competing as a U19 team this year. Despite the scramble, the TSW19 Boys have found their footing with new teammates, and will be the fifth Minnesota TwinStars Academy team representing their State and age group at the 2017 US Club Soccer National Cup XVI Midwest Regional Play-offs in Waukegan/Libertyville, IL, June 23-26.


Youth Program Overview

What is the Academy Program?

The Academy Program is structured with a professional athletic style system that runs all year round.  MinnesotaTwinStars Academy (TSA) incorporates a “collegiate-style” daily schedule for student-athletes that consist of classroom sports academics coupled with sports training/competition.

The Mission Statement for the Academy:

"Provide the highest standards of Sports education to players and educators (coaches) through a continuous educational methodology from youth to professional level."

At TSA, academic enrichment and athletic skill development represent only a portion of the training that student-athletes receive. We instill the confidence that allows our student-athletes to aspire to anything that their mind can imagine, while providing the tools to help them reach those goals.

The academy will ultimately consist of the following sports disciplines:

  • Soccer – Boys & Girls
  • Futsol – Boys & Girls
  • Basketball – Boys & Girls
  • Volleyball – Girls
  • Lacrosse – Boys & Girls
  • Football – Boys
  • Classroom Training

TSA provides both a challenging and supportive environment that brings out the best in athletes. Through a classroom setting, TSA provides encouragement of creativity and discussion, and one-on-one instruction. The classroom approach provides professional athletic instructions used by professional sports franchises today. Our classes are structured to include the following:

  • History of the Game
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Sociology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Physiology
  • Technical Development
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Technical Concepts
  • Sports Medicine


TSA currently features two sport programs (Soccer and Futsol) as well as Athletic and Personal Development disciplines that facilitate improvement in areas like strength, speed, leadership, nutrition and more. With top coaches, professional-quality facilities, cutting-edge technology and customized training programs, TSA’s vision is that the Academy’s athletes will dominate competition at every level as well as provide its students with an advantage within University Sports Scholarship programs around the United States..

Character Development

We strive to develop student-athletes who are leaders and role models in the community. We encourage extra school activities and roles like Student Government and Clubs, as well as, Community Outreach. TSA encourages responsibility and time management. By ingraining accountability and a strong moral compass, our student-athletes are well-prepared for life’s challenges after graduating from High School and moving into the Higher Education environment.

Academy Affiliations

All Educators/Coaches in the Academy are trained to be an expert in implementing our philosophy. Within the Soccer and Futsal environments we incorporate the methodology of our Brazilian Partner BFUT.

BFUT is an educational institute preparing educators and players to understand the why, when and how of each soccer concept.  BFUT is the only Brazilian educational institution with a methodology from youth to professional level. Through-out the years, Brazil has become the most successful soccer institution in the world with 5 World Championships, its U15, U17, and U20 programs are World Champions, the top International Soccer Clubs are represented by Brazilian Players.

BFUT Instituto Brasileiro de Futebol...

was founded in North America to teach players and coaches the simple, exciting, and winning Brazilian football philosophy, adapted to each individual’s cultural, social and personal needs. The objective is to build a football philosophy by focusing not only on player's ability but also on the individual's personal development.
BFUT has analyzed, corrected, and applied its educational philosophy since 1991 through its methodology.

The BFUT Methodology for players is divided into three departments:

  • The Development Department (U7 to U11- Boys/Girls) through our lesson plans curriculum.
  • The Competitive Department (U12 to U17- Boys/Girls) through our educational tactical software-Futebol Made in Brazil.
  • The High Performance Department (U17 to U23- Men/Women) Final step to prepare players to accomplish their goals as a professional or college player.

The BFUT Methodology for educators is divided into four levels:

  • Level 4 – BFUT Seminar - Introduction level of the Brazilian philosophy, recommended for coaches (educators) from U7 to U13.
  • Level 3 – National Symposium - Intermediate level of the Brazilian philosophy recommended for coaches (educators) from U14 to College level.
  • Level 2 – BFUT International Symposium – Advanced level of the Brazilian philosophy. Offered only in Brazil, recommended for coaches (educators) from U15 to professional level.
  • Level 1 – BFUT Apprenticeship Program – It is the highest educational level at BFUT Institution. It provides the education and the opportunity to work at the Professional or University level.

Since 1991 more than 9,000 educators (coaches) and 42,000 players around the world have been using the BFUT philosophy and methodology. The BFUT portfolio consists of programs for players, coaches (educators) and teams. For each player, coach (educator) or team there is a cycle of education. The cycle of education dictates a vertical integration with an educational progression for each individual.

TSA is the only BFUT-sanctioned Academy within the United States.

Our Soccer Staff is certified by BFUT. With a cycle of education, Coaches are able to benefit in different ways:

  • Progressive Education – Educators evolve accordingly by acquiring BFUT’s Licenses.
  • Certification – The BFUT License program is certified by the Instituto Brasileiro de Futebol, establishing a Brazilian Coaching License.
  • Efficiency – With the application of the BFUT Philosophy through the BFUT Methodology:
    • Our vertical integration is consistent, very educational from U7-U11 (development department) fun – development – FIFA recommendation: U12 to U17 (competitive department) fun – development and success – FIFA recommendation: U18 to U23 (High performance department – professional and college).
    • The Brazilian philosophy has been developed through many years of experience, detailed analyses, and continued evolution.

BFUT applies the Brazilian philosophy through the BFUT methodology

Each age group (category) has its specific educational curriculum. The 12-month program (macrocycle) is subdivided into 4 cycles of 12 weeks (mesocycle). Each week of educational contents is vertically integrated from simple to complex aspects.

Players are analyzed during the first week. After analysis, an individual meeting with the players and parents (guardians) is arranged. In the following 10 weeks, the concepts will be introduced, developed and applied. During the last week of the cycle (week 12), a player assessment will be conducted to measure the progress and necessary recommendations for the next 12-week cycle.

Our programs use unique physical, technical, tactical, and psychological Brazilian football concepts, which have proven to be very effective in powering international players and coaches (educators) with a very unpredictable style of game applying a much faster speed of thought on the field.

We develop athletes and human beings-preparing great leaders on and off the field.