MTA Goalkeeper Program

Goalkeepers are often the overlooked individual in the team. Minnesota Thunder Academy has put a goalkeeping program in place to produce our vision of the complete goalkeeper. Goalkeeping is a crucial and privileged playing position. Our objective is to provide the foundation goalkeepers need to improve their technical skills to succeed. We expect our goalkeepers to serve as our team’s last line of defense and first line of offense.

Ages: Boys & Girls (U11 – U19)
Frequency: 1-2 training sessions per week

MTA Staff

Terry LeiendeckerDirector, MTA Goalkeeper Program

Terry Leiendecker is a former goalkeeper for Minnesota Thunder men’s professional soccer team, and for MN Strikers professional team. He played for Team USA at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan. Terry was a boys high school Varsity soccer coach at Chaska H.S. and St Louis Park H.S. (15 years). He played college as a 4-year started and captain at St. John’s University, and was a McDonald’s NSCAA All-American. Terry holds NCAA and MIAC Goalkeeping records.

Terry holds a USSF B License and NSCAA Goalkeeping (Level 1, 2,3).

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.

MTA Players Have Represented