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From Street Soccer to IMG Academy to MLS and USA Men’s National Soccer, Santino Quaranta discusses his soccer Journey

What an awesome opportunity to host Santino Quaranta a former USA U17, U20, and Men’s National Team member. Santino did not hold anything back. He really went deep into his journey and shared with us the important things that helped him succeed. Santino Quaranta grew up in the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. Those same streets are the foundation that helped build a tenacious soccer player. Santino credits those streets with helping him develop the skills to excel at the next level. He also praises his father and uncle whom he looked up to growing up.

Santino Quaranta shared several stories regarding his player development years. From playing small sided games on the streets of Baltimore until sundown, to playing with some of the nation’s top players at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FLA. His development continued throughout his career as he played alongside and against some top international players.

One of the things that stuck out most to me was the environment that Santino keeps mentioning. How his mother has stated that he started playing soccer when he could walk, it was part of his Italian roots. Santino was emulating his father and uncle whom also played. Those streets of Baltimore created many elite players, and Santino thinks that it was due to all those games they played on the street. He learned how to play against older kids. Winning didn’t matter there, it was all fun. What they didn’t realize was that all the fun was creating elite talent.

I hope you enjoy this great interview, it’s not everyday we get to learn from National team players.




http://pipelinesoccerclub.com/ – Santino is a founding member of the Pipeline Soccer Club

Twitter –    @santinoquaranta                  @PipelineSC



YSE4: Jake Gillengerten: How Youth Soccer Player Development has changed in the past 20 years

In Episode 4 of the Youth Soccer Evolution Podcast (which you can listen to below), we welcome Jake Gillengerten, former PDL assistant coach for the Kalamazoo Outrage. Jake takes us on his journey through his youth development in travel soccer and later at Tri State University (where he was an All American). He explains how the soccer environment that his father created, helped Jake fall in love with soccer and helped him develop as a player. Jake’s soccer environment was so nurturing, that it also influenced him into coaching.

He recalls watching world cup games, and then going out to play, with no pressure, just friends having a good time. How great support from his parents helped him overcome his lowest point as a soccer player.

Jake explains why coaches need to encourage players to play all positions, how dedication and commitment will maximize development and success, how learning tactics can improve development, how to network with other coaches, and how long travel can turn into a stressful experience.

You can reach Jake Gillengerten at