Local Club… Nationally Recognized!
The Maui United Soccer Club is a not-for-profit youth soccer mentoring program that was founded in 1992. Since its inception, the primary mission of the club has been to provide top level development and opportunity for the youth of Maui, with the intent of improving soccer and life-skills. Maui United Soccer Club provides soccer learning opportunities for all ages and abilities and looks “to create a clear path of development.” Along the way, Maui United Soccer Club teams have won 30+ Hawaiian State Cup titles and helped hundreds of young players reach the next level in their game and develop a life-long love for soccer! With our professional staff of coaches, led by Brent Nunes (Director of Coaching) and Paul Holocher (Technical Advisor) Maui United Soccer Club has earned national recognition for player development.
Vertical Integration- A Clear Path to Development
At Maui United Soccer Club we believe success comes through a well-planned, systematic, and long-term approach to player development. Each of our programs, Keiki Academy (ages 4-7) Foundation (ages 8-10) Development Academy (ages 11-13), and up to our Advanced Academy/College-Prep (ages 14-18) have a specific age-appropriate curriculum and clear developmental goals. As the young Maui United Soccer Club player graduates from one program to the next, their previous training has guided them clearly into the next phase of their overall development. At MUSC we believe the technical and tactical are equally important and are combined daily in our training. We believe that part of the beauty of soccer is the problem-solving through possession and positioning and for this reason we coach thinking as much as we coach running. Our vertically integrated training programs are building blocks of development that ensure that each player who graduates from one program to the next will receive consistently high-levels of both technical and tactical development.
Club Accomplishments— Tradition of Success
Player Development: MUSC is a club that looks to provide playing opportunity and promotion for the most motivated players in the state of Hawaii. Our consistent goal is to help each player grow through specific Individual Development Plans (IDPs).
MUSC players have consistently been selected to play on Hawaii State ODP teams, and subsequently been named into US Region IV (West) regional teams and pools. These ODP region IV players have had the the opportunity to travel and play internationally in Costa Rica, Czech Republic, and Argentina. In 2012, two MUSC players were called into the the US National Team camps, the highest recognition in the nation for youth players. In 2012, four MUSC players were selected to be part of the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA (MLS youth academy) and relocated to continue their development. Ten MUSC players have been named MIL “Player of the Year” and eight have earned first team All-State honors. Many more have gone on to successful high-school and collegiate soccer playing experiences with many more to come. The goal to create positive memories, camaraderie and a life-long love for the game!
Team and Club Success: 30+ State Championships!
In 2015, both the 99 Boys and 01 Boys won the US Club Soccer Hawaii State Cup Titles and the 99 Boys and 02 Boys won the US Youth Soccer Hawaii State Cup Titles while the 01 Boys won the Hawaii State Futsal Championship as well. In 2014, both the 02 Boys and the 00 Girls teams won the Hawaii State Cup titles. Four other teams (01G, 00B, 99B and 01B) made it to the semi-final rounds in 2014, once again providing a consistent approach to player and team development.
Maui United Soccer Club teams have also competed in 36 regional tournaments and won a US Club Soccer West Regional championship to earn a berth in the 2007 National Cup in North Carolina. Over that span, MUSC teams have competed in Arizona, Northern and Southern California, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and North Carolina. With our “partnership clubs” in the mainland, like nationally-acclaimed Albion Soccer Club (San Diego), motivated and talented MUSC players are provided special developmental opportunities to play on keep growing in the game in top competitions and with top clubs.
College Placement—Developing the Student-Athlete
Over the last five years alone, over 25 MUSC players have gone on to play college soccer. Many have gone on to play at such NCAA D1 programs as Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, Gonzaga, UC Irvine, Air Force Academy, San Jose State, Sacramento State, and Pacific, with other have gone on to other quality colleges such as Colorado College, Hawaii-Pacific, Chaminade University, BYU Hawaii, College of Notre Dame, Vanguard, Menlo, Western Oregon, Colorado State-Pueblo, Lenoir-Rhyme, and San Francisco State. Many others still have continued on their love for playing the sport of soccer while attending top-level junior col-leges, including Santa Rosa, Santa Monica, De Anza, Yuba, Herkemeier of New Jersey and City of San Francisco. At MUSC we are excited about helping our young players through the process of development, preparation and placement into college soccer as a student-athlete.
Coaches Education— Partners in Continuing Education
Maui United Soccer Club believes in consistent and on-going coaches education that look to help each MUSC Staff Coach to continue to grow in their knowledge and ability to teach the game. Our mainland club partnerships allow MUSC coaches to learn from the educational resources of some of the top youth soccer organizations in the country, like Albion Soccer Club (San Diego) De Anza Force Academy (San Jose) and 3Four3 (Los Angeles). Both Brent Nunes and Paul Holocher have traveled as coaches as students of the game to observe, learn and find inspiration from FC Barcelona (Spain) and AJAX of Amsterdam (Netherlands) in helping develop the club-wide philosophy in teaching the game for the young players of Maui United Soccer Club.
Maui United Soccer Club: Professional Connections
MUSC has direct playing experiences with the highest levels of professional soccer both in the USA and abroad. MUSC’s Technical Advisor, Paul Holocher, played in the first ever MLS (Major League Soccer)game with San Jose Clash and was also coached by Bob Bradley when with the Chicago Fire. Paul also played in profession-ally in the first division in Europe with Admira Wacker of Vienna, Austrian Bundesliga. Former MUSC Director of Coaching, Ted Eck has coached with the LA Galaxy and is currently the Assistant Coach for MLS team, Real Salt Lake. Several Maui United players have been identified by the LA Galaxy Academy (Angelo Deloso Flocco and Noah Harrison) and are now part of their MLS Academy.