Tryouts 2018-03-19T17:12:54+00:00

Soccer Tryout Overview

In 2018, MTA is holding tryouts for our Junior Boys Soccer and Junior Girls Soccer program for kids that are born between 2008 to 2011 on July 23-24, 2018 at the Academy of Holy Angles between 5:30PM and 8:30PM.  MTA Elite Academy Tryouts (including USSDA & ECNL), for kids born in 2007 and earlier (U12 and up), will be held on July 29-August 1, 2018 at the Academy of Holy Angels.

Each age group will have 2 days of tryouts, and it is recommended that players attend both days.  If for some reason you are unable to attend both days, please notify the administrators at the time of check in.

MTA Tryout Process

  • You must check-in at tryouts
  • Pre-registered tryout participants can pickup their tryout number at this time.
  • Staff members will provide and overview for each age group.
  • Verify your email and phone so we may contact you after tryouts.
  • The tryout evaluation process will span between 1-3 dates, depending on age group.
  • We recommend families discuss all of the options with your player during the evaluation process.  In the case the player does not get selected for their desired team, it is good to have a plan.
  • Invitations to join an MTA team will be sent via email/phone within 48 hours after the last tryout session for your age group.
  • Please add the mnthunderacademy.org domain to the list of safe senders within your email client (so emails don’t go to the junk folder).
  • Once a team is formed, MTA staff will post lists on the tryout results page.

Enjoy your long deserved break from summer soccer.

Why Choose MTA

  • Year-round training with the top talent in Minnesota.

  • Highly-qualified coaches with US Soccer & NSCAA accreditation.

  • Perfect for serious players who seek a high level of competition.

  • Gain visibility to collegiate scouts and national team coaches.

What Parents Say

MTA provides elite coaching and technical training other clubs cannot match. They also understand how to prepare the kids for the next level.

The kids that gravitate to MTA push each other to be better soccer players while being good people.

The coaching is consistent. It doesn’t matter who the coach is or what level—Each and every coach is teaching the players how to possess the ball and increasing their soccer IQ. We are always please with the methods.

The training, teaching of ball control and footwork, and knowledge of game strategy is hands above community clubs.

Training is great! If you want to play college soccer MTA is heads above everyone else.

As the years go by, our son is growing so much as a player and we are excited for his future with the club

Great coaching staff!


Challenging every player, at every level, thereby giving an equal opportunity to develop to anyone who wants it.

The coaching and training is excellent as well as the facilities for winter training.

MTA provides a safe and effective training environment.  They provide top level coaching for the elite teams and challenge the players to develop their skills.

MTA provides opportunities for soccer players who are very dedicated to the sport through great coaching and playing opportunities.

My son’s coach truly cares about him and every player on his team.


The Minnesota Thunder Academy was created as model for player development based on the structure of successful European and South American academies.  MTA’s model for player development has proven successful with more players advancing to play collegiately, professionally, and for national teams than any other club in the Upper Midwest.

Ages 8 through 12 are the most critical development years of a soccer player’s career. It is at these ages where the basic fundamental skills of soccer are mastered that allow players to compete and be successful as soccer players at the next level of play and where they develop a true love for the game.  This year-round program is designed for players ages 8-12 years old who have a higher level of ability, commitment, and interest level in soccer. This program helps prepare players who aspire to play in the MTA Elite Academy.

Learn more about the MTA Junior Academy >>

The Elite Academy program typically consists of two teams at each age-group (U13-U19). All teams train year-round, consistently challenge for State Cup championships, and compete against regional and national opponents.  No Minnesota club has been more successful at developing elite players and teams than MTA.

Learn more about the MTA Elite Academy >>

In 2009, the Minnesota Thunder Academy girls program was announced as an inaugural member club of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), the highest level of female youth soccer in the United States.  Minnesota Thunder Academy is proud to be the only Minnesota club selected to compete in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

Learn more about the ECNL >>

The US Soccer Development Academy (DA) is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The DA is the highest level of male youth soccer competition in the United States.

The US Soccer Development Academy’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

MTA is proud to be the only Twin Cities metro area club to have boys teams at all levels of the US Soccer Development Academy.

Learn more about the U.S. Soccer Development Academy >>

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