2021-2022 Boys Team Expectations2021-06-27T17:42:03-05:00
Mark Yueill
Mark YueillBoys Director & Boys Juniors Director
  • Coaching at MTA since 2009
  • 9 years USSDA coach
  • 35+ Years Club Coach
  • 14 Years High School Coach (6 The Breck School, 4 SPA, 4 Jefferson)
  • ECNL National Runners-up 2012 (Champions Flight)
  • 8 Time Minnesota State Cup Champions
  • 2016 Regional Semi-Finalist
  • Has coached:
    • Over 200+ Division 1 Collegiate Players
    • 2 HS All-Americans
    • 8 US Youth National Team Players
    • 4 Professional Players
  • Playing history:
    • 4 Years for University of MN Gophers (Club),
    • 2 Years St Paul Blackhawks
    • 14 Years St Paul Cougars
    • 1 Year MN Men’s Select Team
    • 1 Year MN Strikers Reserve
    • MVP Thunder Bay Invitational Tournament
Terry Leiendecker
Terry LeiendeckerFormer Pro player / Goalkeeping Director
  • Former professional Goalkeeper for MN Strikers.
  • Former GK Coach for MN Thunder professional team.
  • Played for Team USA at the World University Games in Japan
  • 4 year starter & captain at St John's University
  • McDonald's NSCAA All-American
  • Holds NSCAA & MIAC goalkeeping records
  • 15 yr Boys HS Varsity Coach
  • USSF B License
  • NSCAA GK (Levels I, II & III)
Register now for 2021-2022 Tryouts!
2021-2022 Tryouts Schedule
Our Coaching Staff
Boys Minnesota NPL / Elite
Boys Juniors

Info & Fees

Tryout FAQs

MTA continues to raise the bar in Minnesota in terms of player development, team performance, college recruitment and national exposure.  12 years ago we embarked on a new journey to ensure stronger competition and a more direct path to collegiate soccer for our players, and MTA was one of the founding members of the Girls ECNL. That success story has proven itself every year since.  We joined the Boys ECNL for the 2019-2020 season, which was canceled by Covid-19, but made us the only club in the state to offer such a national platform for players to excel.

In 2020-21, we joined TCSL in re-defining the local landscape in Minnesota by joining the new National Premier League with our Girls Elite Teams (13U-19U).  This is the obvious next step for us to align with our goal of continuing to be the leader in high level soccer not only in Minnesota, but nationally.

MTA is ‘All In’ with US Club Soccer

  • Girls and Boys ECNL – will continue to compete in the ECNL Midwest Conference regionally, and in ECNL Showcase events and Playoffs nationally. This will allow for earlier tryouts, more focus on ECNL level competition, and allow time to compete at Puma Cup U17 Elite at Gothia Cup in Sweden(Girls), additional College Showcases, and other high level events.

  • Girls Minnesota NPL – will compete in the TCSL Minnesota NPL.  The NPL is a national competition platform created to elevate and change the soccer landscape through development, meaningful competition and identification platforms culminating in the NPL finals. This league will have 14-20 games November through June, and emphasizes calendar decongestion, appropriate training-to-match ratios, and club-driven scheduling. TCSL will provide a college recruiting platform, ID camp and Showcase events for 15U+ age groups.  MTA also hosts a Girls College Showcase for our NPL players.

  • Boys Minnesota NPL & Elite teams– will compete in the TCSL Minnesota NPL, and boys elite teams will continue to play TCSL. In time, all teams in the Boys’ Elite Program will join the Minnesota NPL.

  • Juniors Boys & Girls – will continue to compete in TCSL’s National or Regional levels.

MTA – Raising the Bar

As part of our comprehensive player development approach, MTA continues to offer services and benefits that cannot be found anywhere else in Minnesota.

    • College Exposure and Recruiting to DI, DII and DIII Programs – MTA has trained more collegiate and professional athletes than all other soccer clubs in MN combined! Other clubs may say this, but MTA can prove it –  check out the details on our website

    • Proven MTA Development Path  – MTA has developed a path to success. From our ThunderBolts programming to NPL and ECNL, from expert, high level coaches to Elite Club Benefits we provide a holistic approach to development, identification & competition that completes the player.

    • Top Players Play Here – The athletes awarded Mr and/or Ms Minnesota have been MTA players for the last 20 years. Athletes come to MTA from all over the state to play on teams where all players are dedicated to soccer, and are working together to get to the next level.

    • Elite Club Benefits

      • State of the art turf and dome facilities – designed and developed to ensure proper ball performance, optimal safety and energy return for players
      • Innovative technologies to enhance player performance (Veo Camera system, Normatec athlete recovery pants)
      • Strategic Partnerships – to enhance the player experiences and performance, continue to educate our coaches (Twin Cities Orthopedics and Training HAUS powered by TCO, Restore Wellness)
      • Byga Comprehensive Club Management System – from player evaluations to registrations, MTA is committed to the highest level of communication and excellence.

(Billed by MTA in Registration)

  • Applicable league fees
  • Referee Fees
  • Outdoor Training/Game Fields & Equipment
  • Indoor Training/Game Domes/Facility Rental/Equipment
  • Goalkeeper Training
  • Coach Fees/Coach Education
  • Club Operations/Administration/Insurance

(Collected by Team Manager)

  • Tournaments & Game Travel/Player & Coach Expenses (Estimate includes: player flight &/or bus and hotel)
  • Scrimmages
  • Add’l Team Fees/Activities
  • Some Team Fees may be collected by the MTA Office
  • Uniforms
  • Winter League Fee (to be billed separately)
  • National Championships/Playoffs (to be billed separately)
  • ECNL Showcase events
How many teams will be formed at each age?2021-06-27T17:39:59-05:00

We expect to form two teams at each age group, U13 and up.  

  • Girls: 1 ECNL team & 1 NPL team.
  • Boys: 1 ECNL team & 1 NPL or Elite team (TCSL). 

An ECNL team will be formed for both Boys & Girls at birthyears 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004/2003.

Please explain the different U13+ tryouts?2021-03-17T14:24:49-05:00

Girls: The majority of our ECNL rosters will be formed after ECNL ID tryouts on July 13 & 14.

Boys: The majority of our ECNL rosters will be formed after ECNL ID tryouts on July 11 & 12.

The July 25 & 26 tryouts are for players that were unable to attend the earlier ECNL ID tryouts or are interested in playing Girls Minnesota NPL or Boys Minnesota NPL or Elite (TCSL). All NPL teams and Elite teams will be formed at these tryouts and any remaining ECNL roster spots will be filled. If you attend ECNL Tryouts and are not offered a roster spot, please return for the NPL/Elite Tryouts at the end of the month to see if you might still make an ECNL team or an NPL or Elite team. Your registration fee covers you for either or both tryouts. You do not need to register twice.

When will players be notified of a team offer?2021-03-17T14:25:04-05:00

ECNL: Players will be emailed a roster offer within 24 hours after the second ECNL tryout.
NPL/Elite: Players will be notified as soon as possible after the end of Tryouts, the week of July 25.

What other clubs are in Minnesota NPL?2021-03-17T14:24:08-05:00

Minnesota NPL was new for the 2020-2021 season. In addition to Minnesota Thunder Academy, teams accepted for the 2020-21 season were: Blaine, Edina, Eden Prairie, Eagan Wave, Lakeville, NSSA, Prior Lake, Blackhawks, STMA United, Salvo, St Croix and Tonka United.

For further info, visit the TCSL website >>

How often do ECNL teams travel?2021-03-17T14:25:12-05:00

ECNL schedules for the upcoming season are not yet set, but we should be able to provide a good idea of the travel requirements at tryouts. Depending on the age group, teams will have 1-3 National Events and 4-6 Away fixture weekends. Some teams also have additional travel with College showcases, and possible Playoffs and Championships.

Refer to the team expectations that will be posted on the website, as well as the Season plan handouts at tryouts.

Is travel chaperoned or are families responsible?2021-03-17T14:22:42-05:00

As we do not yet know how Covid-19 will continue to affect the upcoming season, the answer to this question may be adjusted over time.
In general, families are always welcome to travel with the team. In past seasons, teams traveled with chaperones, and players stayed in rooms with other players. During the 2020-21 season with the pandemic, it was necessary to have players staying with parents instead of in all players rooms for the safety of everyone. We’re getting used to adjusting on the fly! 

How long do training sessions run in the winter?2021-03-17T14:25:26-05:00

All teams are provided 3 training sessions in the dome with 60-90 min on field, with the exception of any adjustments needing to be made for state health regulations.  There is often extra fitness time added, and many teams have additional events outside of their scheduled training sessions.

What will the ECNL season look like?2021-03-17T14:25:32-05:00

Handouts detailing each team’s expected Season Plans will be available at tryouts. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will not be any parent meetings at the fields this year at tryouts. Plans were discussed on the webinar and will be available at tryout time. Teams will play 10-14 Midwest ECNL games. 

2021-2022 Boys Team Expectations

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Tentative season plans, revised 6/26/21. This is a work in progress and will be updated as details are finalized. 

Our Leagues

Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) .  The Boys ECNL provides a top level, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players, with conference competition in six age groups (U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19) and collegiate exposure through multiple Boys ECNL National Events. In addition to the competition platform, the Boys ECNL offers player identification and development opportunities for top players, as well as unique coaching education and club development programs. Top teams from every Boys ECNL conference qualify for the post-season ENPL Playoffs, along with top teams from US Club Soccer’s NPL.

Learn more about ECNL here

MTA was accepted into TCSL’s Minnesota NPL for the inaugural 2020-21 season.  The league runs Fall-Winter-Summer for U13/U14 and Winter-Summer for U15-U19.  It provides post-season play-off competition for top teams across the country, with the possibility of advancing to NPL Nationals in Colorado.

Twin Cities Soccer Leagues (TCSL) aims to provide the highest quality soccer league experience in Minnesota.

Levels: Three levels of play at 9U & 10U (Red, White, Blue) and four levels of play at 11U-14U (National, Regional, State, Cities).

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