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, San Jose Earthquakes
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.
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!
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!