Cantera Director signed as Assistant Coach for Professional Team
As of August 1st, our very own Cantera Director signed as Assistant Coach for the Professional team, U.D. San Lorenzo of the Spanish 3rd Division. Coach Alex will take up the role as 2nd Coach, assisting the manager with all aspects, including day to day session preparation, performance development and match analysis.
Coach Alex has become one of few American coaches to be working in one of Spain's professional leagues under 30 years old. For team updates, follow UD San Lorenzo on Twitter and Facebook.
Cantera Selects Capelli Sports As New Official Partner and Sponsor!
Cantera Fútbol USA is excited to announce our new athletic sponsor, Capelli Sports. Capelli is one of the leading Sports Apparel companies worldwide, including ownership of several professional soccer teams both domestically and internationally.
“We are excited to showcase Capelli products and grow their presence on Long Island. For us, it was the perfect decision to choose Capelli due to their great products, quality, and company values” - Alex Mendolia (Co-Founder)
As of July 2018, Capelli will be the official apparel and training equipment sponsor of Cantera Fútbol USA. To view the Capelli Sport products, visit their website at
Our very own, Alex Mendolia will move to Spain in late January to pursue a coaching position inside the Academy of EF SD Huesca as well as an Assistant Coach for CD Sarinena. CD Sarinena is a professional team based in the Aragon region of Spain, who compete in La Liga's Third Division. While working in Huesca, Coach Alex will continue his coaching education through the Spanish Soccer Federation in addition to observing from various clubs nationwide.
This is a unique opportunity, and we wish Coach Alex the very best. He will return in the summer to partake in our La Masia Clinics and La Liga Camps.
To keep up with updates, follow him on Instagram (@mendinho9) and Twitter (@AlexMendolia).
Apex Training Partnership
As of this month, CF USA has just partnered with a well experienced and certified Sports Performance Organization, Apex Training. Apex is run by former college soccer player Matt Tennie, who is one of the select few who is well certified in athletic performance and injury prevention training.
Matt has over 10 years of soccer coaching experience ranging from youth to the collegiate level (Farmingdale State & Five Towns College). He is currently earning his Masters Degree from Ohio University in Soccer Coaching Education and Sports Pedagogy. Matt was a 4-year collegiate soccer player at Farmingdale State where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Sports Management.
Matt is the owner and head strength & conditioning coach of Apex Training and specializes in Athlete Performance. Working with predominantly soccer players, he has worked with athletes from all levels ranging from youth to, D 1, 2, and 3 collegiate players too, professional, and national level players. Matt’s certifications include: Youth Fitness Specialist, Speed & Agility Specialist, Speed & Agility Coach, Youth Athlete Assessment Specialist, High School Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Injury Prevention Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1.
We are excited to have Apex as our newest affiliation, which will provide a greater experience to soccer players seeking to achieve more.
To follow daily trainings, follow Apex on Instagram @apextraining
Cantera Futbol is excited to announce their newest and latest partnership with one of soccer's best Sports Psychologists, Amanda Ferranti. Amanda has partnered with Cantera to provide players, coaches, and parents with a unique service of mental skill training. The psychological component of the game is crucial for one's success.
Amanda is the director and founder of Ferranti Empowerment where she has firmly established herself as a mental skills consultant for youth athletes, teams, and coaches. Amanda has an M.A. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, a B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University, and years of experience working with athletes and coaches in various sports, ages, and levels. She has achieved a great deal of athletic success herself, having played soccer for HBC Fury (7 x State Champions, 3x Regional Champions, 3x National Finalists), Princeton University (Ivy League Champions, NCAA Final Four semi-finalist), and the Long Island Rough Riders (Northeast Division Champions). Amanda also has a diverse background competing in multiple sports, including swim, basketball, lacrosse, and dance.
An advocate of mental skills training from personal experiences, Amanda understands the importance of mental toughness and uses her innovation and unique knowledge-base specifically for youth populations. Additionally, she is a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and continually contributes to the growing literature on mental skills training and performance enhancement.
Cantera Alum Jake Barros makes move to Portugal's 1st division side Rio Ave!
After a successful year with Atletico Dos Arcos in the North of Portugal, Jake Barros has decided to elevate his career to the next level. Since being recognized for his impact with Arcos, interest from many clubs from the top divisions offered a new opportunity. After a week of trails, Jake's agent and the club's president came to terms, announcing Jake with Rio Ave.
Rio Ave is one of the top teams in Portugal's 1st Division, competing against clubs such as Porto, Braga, and Benefica. We wish Jake great success in his new journey.
Intense passion for soccer lands Tyler Arnold big opportunity in Spain
Cantera Futbol and FC Santos Player makes The Columbus Dispatch, a newspaper available everywhere in the Columbus Ohio area. Tyler continues to prepare for his experience in Spain through countless hours of technical, physical and psychological training. He will leave for Spain mid-August and play with the U18 EF SD Huesca Academy team. We wish him the very best!
Cantera Futbol USA and Beyond Pulse Official Partnership
Cantera Futbol Directors are proud to announce their partnership with the newest sports technology company, Beyond Pulse. Beyond Pulse is a sports technology company empowering soccer coaches with critical health data, such as Heart Rate, Exertion, and Activity, resulting in better training, improved player health and performance.
“Having been immersed in professional and grassroots soccer for more than 20 years, we identified a significant lack of data preventing clubs from deploying the most efficient and effective programs for player and coach development. DOC's & coaches struggle to accurately identify how healthy, fit, or fast their players are, or how active they are at practice. Beyond Pulse provides the hardware, technology, training information and education to develop healthier, better equipped young soccer players who love the game!” ~ The Beyond Pulse Founders
Later this year, Cantera Futbol players and coaches will have access to using the excellent products of Beyond Pulse for further development and improvement on and off the field.
Former Cantera player Jake Barros shines in Portugal
Jake Barros, striker of Atletico Dos Arcos in Portugal, has reached Promotion to the second division this past Sunday.
Atletico won their final match to keep them in first place by a point. Jake had an incredible first year, scoring many crucial goals and contributing to the team’s offensive threat on and off the ball. You can watch Jake in action on our homepage!
Best of luck at the next level!
The Amazing Olive becomes first official sponsor of Cantera Futbol USA!
As of May 2017, the Amazing Olive has become our first official sponsor. The Amazing Olive is an independently owned and operated family business that opened in the Village of Port Jefferson in 2012. They are located at 230 East Main Street, right next door to Pasta Pasta and by Toast Coffee House.
In 2016, their second location opened in Patchogue Village at 35 East Main Street. The new shop is located by the Patchogue Theater in-between Blum's and Roast Coffee on bustling East Main Street.
“We take pride in offering the freshest Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars from award-winning producers around the world. At the Amazing Olive, you are able to sample your favorite flavors and have them bottled and sealed fresh for you. Presently we have over 60 flavors, and new flavors are always arriving, so be sure to stop in and discover what's new.”
Three Cantera Players will continue their playing career in Spain this Fall.
Cantera Futbol is excited to announce that three Cantera players have been selected to play for the academy teams of EF SD Huesca in Spain. All three players have accepted their invitation for the Fall 2017 and will begin their pre-season in August. The photo below includes Sean McKnight (U16), Malcolm Swett (U18) and Jacob Merlo (U16). We wish them all the very best!
La Liga Camp to be hosted at Northport Stacks!
We are proud to announce that La Liga Camp will be back at Northport this Summer. Four professional coaches from Spain will travel to Long Island in August to share their training methodologies with all players. Last year’s coaches included Atletico Madrid, Getafe CF, EF SD Huesca and Villarreal CF.
There are currently 3 Cantera Futbol Players (2 from New York and 1 from Ohio) training at our affiliate, EF SD Huesca Academy in Spain. As the others, they will spend two weeks training with the U18 Academy team and receiving personal/individual trainings, which is specific to their game. Below you will see a photo of Sunny, Tyler and James after a night training session at Parque San Jorge in Huesca.
The 3 players who traveled to Spain for trials at EF SD Huesca Academy, arrived home safely this past weekend. All 3 had an excellent experience and trained with the Academy's top teams and coaches. We will continue to keep you updated on their progress moving forward.
Coach Alex was also in Spain, visiting top youth academies, so that we continue to improve our training methods for our players. Coach Alex visited the following clubs to observe professional team and youth academy training. We want to extend our thanks to these La Liga clubs:
Real Zaragoza EF SD Huesca
Rayo Vallecano CF Getafe
CF Villarreal Real Madrid
Lastly, we are proud to announce that Mickey Kydes, the Technical Director of Beachside Soccer Club (CT) and US Developmental Academy Head Coach, has joined our technical advisory board. It is truly a pleasure to have Mickey assist us with continuing our mission towards player development. Mickey has many years experience as a player at the Professional level and as a youth development coach for the US Soccer Federation.