segunda-feira, 18 de abril de 2011

MESSIAS SOUZA...Treinador de Goleiros do Santa Rosa na California...USA...

Ele e um vencedor, trabalhamos juntos na Taca BH de juniores por duas temporadas.
Otimo preparador de goleiros de FUTEBOL e de suas maos estao sendo revelados, grandes goleiros que defendem a Selecao Nacional de Futebol Norte Americana.
Estou postando aqui tudo sobre este grande profissional e meu amigo, que esta fazendo muito sucesso nas Terras do Tio Sam.
Messias foi trabalhar no futebol do Mexico, logo apos a ultima Copa BH em que trabalhamos juntos, em 2000 e 2001.
Eramos representantes da Futbol Inteligente da Argentina, onde desenvolviamos um projeto para revelar atletas de base para o futebol Argentino, e que sou pareiro ate hoje do empresario Hugo Jose Castanheira, de Buenos Ayres.
Messias ficou conhecido pelo seu trabalho e profissionalismo e do Mexico foi convidado para trabalhar nos Estados Unidos da America, em Santa Rosa, California, onde reside a quase 10 anos.

Parabens meu amigo e irmao, pelo sucesso, luta e profissionalismo.

Postagem para que os internautas que acessam o blog, possam saber mais do trabalho deste grande profissional.

Visitem a pagina de treinamentos com videos do Santa Rosa e com Messias em acao, preparando seus goleiros.

Se alguem quiser fazer contato com Messias Souza nos USA, para clinicas de treinamentos e outros trabalhos relacionados ao FUTEBOL, o email dele e,

Devoted pupil keeps his eyes on the goal

Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat Messias Souza, the director of coaching with Atletico Santa Rosa, has coached several players who have gotten looks at the national level.


Published: Friday, April 15, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.

Last Modified: Friday, April 15, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.

How do you measure a young man's commitment to his sport? In the hours spent practicing? In the number of social events he gives up to spend time on the field? In tears of frustration or ounces of Tiger Balm applied to aching muscles?

Randell Black, left, moved with his mother from Visalia to Santa Rosa for the chance to work with Souza.

Photo courtesy of Gina La Forge

Randell Black can measure his devotion to soccer in miles: 285.

That's about how far Black and his mother, Gina La Forge, drove to work out with coach Messias Souza back in November 2008. And when they realized Souza was the man who could make Black an elite goalkeeper, it became the distance of their relocation.

La Forge and Black were living in Visalia at the time, and both were feeling that the boy's development had plateaued. La Forge began to ask around for suggestions, and at a soccer tryout in Morgan Hill, someone pointed her to Souza.

Souza, who then was working with under-12 and under-15 boys for Santa Rosa United, owned a strong reputation. He had played professionally in Brazil, his homeland, and at that point had spent 18 years in coaching. The only problem was that he lived and worked in Santa Rosa. La Forge booked a session anyway. Souza didn't expect them to show, but she and Black made a 10-hour round trip to Santa Rosa for one practice.

Souza rode Black hard that first day. The coach didn't think it was fair to have La Forge driving all that way if her son wasn't 100-percent committed. They trained for three hours, almost without stopping.

“I was waiting for him to say, ‘Coach, let's take a break. Coach, when is drink of water?'” Souza said in his Portuguese accent. “It was the opposite. The more exercise I give to him, the more he wanted. Then I told his mom after the practice, ‘I think I discover a kid who wants to be a player.'”

Two weeks later, Souza traveled to the San Joaquin Valley for a soccer camp and squeezed in another session with Black. La Forge and her son had seen enough. Within a month, they pushed in all their chips and moved to Santa Rosa on Black's 14th birthday.

“She gave up a lot of her life just for me,” Black said of his mother.

He enrolled at Piner and started meeting regularly with Souza, who moved on to Atletico Santa Rosa in 2009. The two of them worked together most days, and frequently twice a day. Souza preaches footwork, leg strength and focus, but he knows that repetition is the real secret to good goalkeeping.

“Goalkeeper is the soccer position that works more,” Souza said. “Because we have to go to the field before the team. We train with the team. And then after, if somebody wants to work on free kicks or finishing or crossing, we still have to be there.”

As director of coaching with ASR, Souza is building a strong track record in the field. Several of the club's players have recently gotten looks at the national level, including James Moberg, who participated in a CYSA Region IV Olympic Development Program camp in December; Evan Martinez, who played with the U.S. U14 boys' national team in Orlando, Fla., over Thanksgiving; and Cesar Farias, who went to Scotland and England as part of the National Selection International Tour in February.

Souza's best known prodigy is Kendall McIntosh, who is currently with the U.S. U17 men's national team. And that makes sense, because McIntosh is a goalkeeper, which remains Souza's area of greatest expertise.

He was always a goalie himself, as far back as he can remember, and he played for clubs like Sete de Setembro and Guarani in Brazil. When the meniscus in his knees gave out, Souza turned to coaching, and has never stopped.

“This is why when I got injured, it wasn't a big deal for me, the transition to coach,” Souza said. “I think I enjoy more coaching than playing.”

He is intense and emotional on the field, a style that has intimidated some parents and players. Those who can weather his outbursts usually wind up better soccer players.

“First and foremost with Messias, he's extremely passionate about the game of soccer,” said Nick Roberts, the former SR United director who is now head coach at Urbana University in Ohio. “He was always one of those guys — if you have a two-hour training session, he's going to be out there 2½ hours. It's more a labor of love for him.”

In Black, Souza found an apt pupil. Black has the instincts, and he has the size at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. More important, he can match Souza's drive and work ethic.

Black spent a week with the U.S. national team in December, and is currently serving a one-year apprenticeship with the Mexican club Santos Laguna, based in Torreon, in the center-north of the country. He got there Jan. 3.

Black showed his talent on a trip to Texas with the Santos Laguna under-17s in late March, yielding just one goal — an own-goal, at that — while playing the entirety of three exhibition games against Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids.

That was Black's first work with the club's U17s. He has been playing with the U20s, a 16-year-old boy facing down young men, but because of his age wasn't allowed to travel and compete with the older players on a recent trip to Scotland. He went to Texas instead.

Speaking via Skype recently, Black grabbed hold of his laptop, got up from his desk and walked across his dorm room to point the webcam out of his window. It focused on a modern, streamlined soccer stadium and, in the foreground, gleaming green soccer fields (three grass, two artificial turf). Santos Laguna provides all his gear, three meals a day and intensive training.

Most of the other U20 players are Mexican and don't speak a lot of English, so Black has been learning Spanish on his first trip outside the U.S. Still, he tends not to socialize a lot or, in fact, do much of anything outside of soccer. He generally trains four hours a day, six days a week.

Santos Laguna has a reciprocal relationship with Celtic, the famed Scottish Premier League club based in Glasgow. If all goes well for Black after his year in Mexico, he will land a spot with one of Celtic's developmental teams. He is also drawing interest from the Cal soccer program.
Black isn't exactly sure where all this will lead him, but he figures it will be to a goalkeeper's box somewhere. The position is fixed in his head now, just as it was in Souza's when he was 16.
“I just love saving the balls,” Black said. “It feels good to deny people scoring.”
You can reach Staff Writer Phil Barber at 521-5263 or

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