Danny Deakin's Journey to the MLS and Back

Javi Bautista was able to sit down with Danny Deakin, current Detroit City FC player, to talk about his journey from Sheffield Wednesday Academy U10 to being drafted by Orlando City in the 2017 MLS draft.  Danny is very candid about his journey and the ups and downs that he has experienced on his path to becoming a professional soccer player.  Hope that you guys enjoy the insight from Danny and the incredible video from Javi.  


A Letter to My Younger Self - Tony Setzer

A Letter to My Younger Self - Tony Setzer

Below Coach Tony Setzer writes a letter to his younger self. He provides wisdom that he has learned over the past 30 years in the collegiate soccer scene.  These lessons range from self-belief during the tough times and humility during the great times.  It was an honor to have coach Setzer provide this information for Tactics Corner and I hope that as you read you gain some guidance as a coach or player. 

Eric Redder - NCYSA Youth Academy

It was great to speak with Eric about player and coach development in North Carolina. We covered topics ranging from the USSF coaching education pathway to parent guidelines.  Eric is currently the full-time Assistant State Technical Director with North Carolina Youth Soccer Association since January 2017. Within NCYSA his main duties include – Overseeing the NC Youth Academy statewide program, Facilitating the NC Youth Academy Statewide Showcase (Fall/Spring) delivering Coaching Education, managing the NC Youth Academy Coach & Player Development Program, facilitating Recreational Events & Programming, as well as maintaining the social media & electronic communications.