TOVO Pathways: From TOVO to NWSL
TOVO Academy Barcelona is excited to share another success story. Claire Winter has signed a pro contract with the Houston Dash. Having participated in the TOVO Train Abroad Program, Claire stayed on to play one season with Espanyol in Barcelona. She has returned to the States to realize her dream of playing in the NWSL.
“Claire has earned the reward of a pro contract at Houston Dash. Her journey included an intense training program with TOVO paving a pathway to join the pro club Espanyol in Barcelona. She has a fighting spirit and a passion for the game. Claire is TOVO family and always will be. We wish her all the best in Texas and beyond,” shares Todd Beane.
“It has been over a year now since I attended the winter semester at TOVO and I am still implementing everything Todd has taught me. I see the game in a whole new way which has recently been noticed back in the US. After starting my professional career in Spain, playing for Espanyol, I just signed a contract with the Houston Dash in the NWSL. I could not be more thankful for the opportunity I received and I know TOVO was a huge part of my success. I always knew that I wanted to come back to play professionally in the states. TOVO prepared me for the speed of play in the professional league and has largely improved my decision making on and off the ball. TOVO has increased my soccer intelligence level in ways I never thought possible.” reflects Claire.
Bradley Bordner and Joey Carol
TOVO Pathways: From TOVO to DA
TOVO Academy Barcelona has become a sensational springboard for footballers. There are moments in a player’s development where a change of environment leads to remarkable leaps forward. These fine young men only needed to play more intelligently and to understand the game more profoundly. With that new game intelligence, they both have returned home better athletes.
“Joey has demonstrated that full commitment pays off in so many ways. Bradley learned that controlling one’s success is a direct result of controlling one’s own performance. We are so proud of both Joey and Bradley for earning DA spots in North Carolina. They deserve this reward,” comments Todd Beane.
“Six months at TOVO did wonders for me, not only as a soccer player but also as a person. TOVO helped shape me into the player and person that I am today, and arguably is a significant reason why I’ve been accepted onto the Charlotte Independence U16/17 Developmental Academy team. Now, this is in part due to how TOVO trained me to be a player that perceives and conceives of options before even receiving the ball, using my brain to simplify even further an already simple game. This was crucial to excelling at tryouts, putting myself above even those who may have more technical ability than I do. Just as important as my play, is my actions outside of the run of play, actions that drew specific attention on the part of the coaches. Actions of kindness, generosity, and support even of those against whom I was competing, actions TOVO helped me realize are what will get one far in life. Above all else, I will forever be thankful to TOVO and my time in Sitges, for helping me to appreciate and reinforce some of the life-long habits that successful people apply to all aspects of life.” Joey went on to say after his acceptance into the Charlotte Independence DA.
Bradley said “For me TOVO wasn’t about playing over on the Mediterranean Sea in beautiful Sitges, Spain, although it was a big plus. It was about learning a different more capable style of football, that would allow me to play with incredible awareness and intellect. TOVO instilled a completely different view of football in me, that I plan to use the rest of my soccer career. Todd and the rest of the TOVO staff are like an extended family to me, one that will continue to guide me along the way to achieving my football goals.”
TOVO Pro Pathways: New Zealand Style
TOVO’s Train Abroad program continues to inspire remarkable success in teenagers from around the globe. Today, we would like to congratulate Jago Godden who returned to New Zealand from Barcelona to earn a spot in the Wellington Phoenix FC Pro Academy. The commitment required a move from his hometown near Christchurch to pursue his dream.
“Jago is a popular young man at TOVO, having been to train with us several times. In addition to being a wonderfully respectful young man, Jago is a skillful player. Jago is a lean player with little physical advantage in his favor as of today. He will mature physically, of course, in time. Thus, we worked with him on exploiting space quickly with vision and precision and to his credit he has become a unique playmaker. Wellington has made a fine choice in selecting him and we trust that Jago will excel in New Zealand,” comments Todd Beane.
“TOVO taught me to think beyond the basics of football and gave me the ability to become a better overall player. I learned to scan and think faster which gave me extra time to play on the ball.” said Jago regarding his time at TOVO.
From TOVO to the Ivy League
We are proud to announce yet another TOVO player has paved a remarkable pathway forward as a student-athlete. Sandor Pelle, recently named the ECNL Southwest Conference Player of the Year, is committed to Yale University of the Ivy League.
“Sandor came to TOVO eager to learn. He trained diligently and was open to every idea we presented. He has applied the TOVO Principles of Play back home with great success. He is an excellent example of the pathway options open to ambitious student-athletes. We are so proud of him and wish him well at Yale,” comments Todd Beane.
“Todd Beane and the TOVO Academy completely redesigned my way of thinking on and off the pitch. I learned how to make the smartest, most efficient decisions and gained the confidence to make those decisions without hesitation. I learned how best to maximize my physical and mental strengths in order to combat and improve my weaknesses. Above all, I made lifelong friends, family, and connections that I wouldn’t trade for the world. The TOVO Academy provides anyone and everyone with the amazing experience that is essential in reaching their next level. Still, 2 years later, I step on the field with Beane’s voice in my head and try to hold myself to the standards of Total Football.” reflects Sandor.
TOVO Academy GAP Year as a Springboard to College Soccer
Like most high school seniors Jack Caldwell was mapping out his future. While others chose to sign for colleges, Jack signed for TOVO Academy Barcelona where he would spend a post-graduate gap year training and preparing for college life.
That decision proved to be a fruitful one. We are pleased to announce that Jack Caldwell has signed to attend Loyola University Maryland to play D1 Soccer for the Patriot League Regular Season Champions.
“Jack is a wonderful young man. He responded well to the demands of TOVO Training and left Barcelona a more intelligent player and a more mature leader. We are delighted to see him advance to the collegiate level. His decision to immerse himself in a foreign culture will support his development through university and beyond,” comments Todd Beane.
Dan Caldwell, Jack’s father adds, “Jack is very excited for this opportunity and appreciative of his year of training and fine-tuning at TOVO Academy.”
TOVO Academy Barcelona offers a transformational Train Abroad Program for ambitious and dedicated teenagers eager to play the game with vision and precision. While not all players will make it to a D1 university like Jack, we do believe that all players can play intelligently and become inspired global citizens.
Journey to Extraordinary Series: Pathway to Europe
Jack Herman is a determined young man.
Jack wanted more and decided to challenge himself beyond the DA system. He opted to attend our Train Abroad Program in order to dig deeper into an innovative training methodology.
“So many kids dream of training in Europe. We set up TOVO Academy as a private “Masia” for those players. To test yourself in Barcelona takes courage and Jack has been rewarded greatly for that ambition,” comments Todd Beane.
Jack trained intensively in a way that very few players ever will. He was exposed to a manner of training that challenged him to understand the game profoundly and to execute his decisions flawlessly. He studied Spanish daily and coupled that language program with an online high school program from the United States.
“For the six months that I trained with TOVO my level of play raised exponentially. Todd has become my close mentor and demanded only the best of me. TOVO gave me the opportunity to start my dream to play in Europe!” Jack comments on his experience at TOVO Academy.
During his time in Spain Jack trained with two top clubs in Barcelona and both were impressed. He now knows what the standard is and looks forward to return to train with CF Gava. We wish him well on his journey to extraordinary Catalan style.
TOVO Academy Barcelona offers a transformational Train Abroad Program for ambitious teenagers eager to play the game with vision and precision. While not all players will transition to European clubs, all players will play more intelligently and become inspired global citizens.
Journey to Extraordinary Series: Train Abroad Program to Pro Soccer
We are proud to announce that Hayden Sargis has signed a professional academy contract with the Sacramento Republic of the USL Championship. Hayden joined us from California as an ambitious teenager looking to hone his skills and expand his understanding of the game. To his credit, he has trained hard to deserve this honor as a teenager.
“We enjoyed Hayden so much here at TOVO as he demonstrated a competitive spirit and a willingness to learn. We are so proud of him and are confident that he will step up to meet the demands of a professional soccer program,” shares Todd Beane, founder of TOVO Academy Barcelona.
Hayden, in reflecting about his train abroad program states, “The whole TOVO staff was amazing. The program was a great learning experience and helped mold me into the player that I am today.”
TOVO Academy Barcelona offers a transformational Train Abroad Program for ambitious and dedicated teenagers eager to play the game with vision and precision. While not all players will make it to the professional ranks like Hayden, we do believe that all players can play intelligently and become inspired global citizens.
Residence Player to Join Pro Club
We are proud to announce that Johnny Reynolds will be signing with ADO Den Haag in Holland. Johnny joined us from Seattle and spent six months training at TOVO Academy Barcelona. As a result of his commitment to learning and his passion for the game, Johnny has earned a remarkable opportunity to play professional football in Europe.
“Of course I am proud of what Johnny has accomplished on the pitch, but if I am honest, I am more delighted with the way he matured as a young man while living with us,” comments Todd Beane.
“I am excited for the next step. I’m the one who needs to thank you Todd because without your guidance and support, not to mention how much you have taught me about the game, I wouldn’t be in the situation I am, playing the game we both love,” Johnny shares.
We look forward to sharing more program details with you.