AVYSL is honored to have served as the club of choice for many rising stars in the world of soccer.
Now on the rosters of professional soccer teams, Division 1 college teams and beyond, learn about some amazing individuals, their AVYSL experience and how thier hard work and dedication has truly paid off!
Defender, Vancouver Whitecaps
Iranian National Team
Steven Beitashour, proud alum of Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League (AVYSL), was born and raised right here in Almaden Valley, until he attended college at SDSU where he majored in Communications while appearing in 57 games for the SDSU Aztecs.
Beitashour was drafted in the 2nd round of the MLS SuperDraft to join the SJ Earthquakes where he has played since 2010. Steven represented the Iranian National Team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and currently plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Beitashour generously remains connected to AVYSL and his hometown community. Just recently, in the spring of 2013, Beitashour came out to support AVYSL for a "meet-and-greet", signing autographs and taking pictures with our AVYSL spring recreational players . Thank you, Steven!
2013 NSCAA National Championship team: West Virginia Tech
Sebastian Cousins came to the United States as a foresign exchange student from Ecuador and came to play with our AVYSL competitive team - Newcastle United - during his U-15 to U-17 years.
Cousins was a huge part of the team's chemistry with his never-quit attitude. "Sebas" is an excellent example of showcasing a possessional game with his creative moves and quality distribution, not to mention his finishing with a deadly accurate cannon of a left leg.
It's that kind of drive and determination that saw Sebastian and his teammates from West Virginia Tech take it all the way to the 2013 NSCAA National Championships!
Division 1 Penn State forward: IMG Adademy bound!
AVYSL alum and Almaden Valley native, Mikey Minutillo, will head to Bradenton, Florida this summer where he will train at the IMG Academy: residency camp for the U.S. National soccer team. Only the best athletes from the U.S. and 80 countries around the world will have the opportunity to train at the IMG Academy.
Mikey played for the AVYSL starting at just 4 years old and through U16, literally winning every major tournament in Northern California including State Cup and Cal Cup while playing for the AVYSL.
At U16, Mikey went to a US Soccer Development Academy team but his most memorable experiences were from his time with AVYSL.
Minutillo, is now in his junior year and a starting forward for Division 1 Penn State University, which won the Big 10 Championship this past spring of 2013 under noted coach Bob Warming.
Mikey credits not only his current Penn State coach, but his time and training with AVYSL for his college success.
We couldn’t be prouder, Mikey. Congraulations!