Waltham, MA, May 28th, 2019: Global Premier Soccer is pleased to unveil a new logo for all of the club’s programming in Europe, currently operating under the moniker GPS International.
Established in 2016 as an extension of Global Premier Soccer, one of the largest and most successful youth clubs in North America, GPS International comprises GPS Spain, GPS United Kingdom, GPS South East Europe (Greece/Cyprus/Bulgaria) and GPS Portugal.
Some recent developments around the International programs include:
- GPS UK launch Girls Academy to be based at Portsmouth College for Fall 2019 to add to the Boys Academy, hosted at Bracknell Town FC.
- Continued placement success of players from the GPS Academy in Valencia with players joining Spanish professional clubs and US College Programs
- Announcement of new partnership in Coimbra for the launch of GPS Portugal
- Tournament expansion in Spain and Greece with participation from top brands including Valencia CF, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Arsenal
The new GPS International logo maintains many elements of the existing GPS International crest however, there are some notable changes:
- The Globe is now placed at the heart of the badge continuing to reflect the global reach of the organization
- The two-tone background colors are consistent with previous logo adding and reflect the dual mission of the club to develop players and people
- The sweeping white lines cradle the ball invoking an arms-aloft celebration reflecting expectations of success
“The GPS footprint continues to grow in Europe and we look forward to continuing the forward trajectory under a new logo,” said GPS International Director, Tommaso Trevisan. “We are excited to welcome a number of players to summer camps in the UK and Spain as well as a new incoming class to our academies in Portsmouth, Bracknell and Valencia this fall as continue to deliver elite soccer development in conjunction with unique cultural experiences,” added Trevisan.
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May 22nd , 2019, Lousa, Portugal; Global Premier Soccer (GPS) are pleased to announce a partnership with CD Lousanense, the primary Portuguese football club from Lousa formed in 1945, to establish a GPS Portugal club side that will develop quality players and produce teams that can compete locally, nationally and internationally.
The partnership includes collaboration with Valencia CF who will become International Technical Partners to GPS Portugal in line with their existing partnerships with GPS in South East Europe and the United Kingdom.
The agreement will see GPS and Valencia CF International staff provide year round influence, opportunities, experience and pathways for CD Lousanense players, coaches and teams not just in Portugal but also in Valencia and internationally. As a result CD Lousanense will expand their club programs on offer.
CD Lousanense will carry the branding of both GPS Portugal and Valencia CF with effect from July 1st, 2019.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with GPS and to become the first GPS Portugal club side”, commented CD Lousanense Vice President, Armando Santos. “We are excited about the opportunities GPS can provide for everyone at the club”, beamed Santos.
“We are delighted to continue our expansion throughout Europe, in partnership with Valencia CF. This will assist us in providing opportunities for coaches and players at CD Lousanense and would like to thank Armando and GPS International Business Development Manager, Francisco Baptista, for making this happen”, commented GPS International Director, Tommaso Trevisan.
Through this exciting partnership, CD Lousanense will have access to the Valencia CF methodology, technical support for their coaches and players and the possibility to attend Valencia CF Elite Camps. It will open up opportunities for international collaborations with GPS franchises throughout the world. Players from CD Lousanense will be eligible to enter the pathway for US Colleges as well.
Valencia CF International Soccer Programs Technical Coordinator, Toni Navarro, commented, “GPS have proved to be excellent partners over the last 2 years in working extremely hard with our staff to develop players, improve coaches and provide opportunities. They have embraced the Valencia way and are a very professional organization whom we are proud to work alongside.”
Additionally, GPS Portugal recently announced the partnership with Associação Académica de Coimbra, who play in the Liga Pro to form the GPS International Academy in nearby Coimbra.
For more information on GPS Portugal, please contact Tommaso Trevisan on firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrés Vasquez has had a long journey from the beginning of his career to where he is today. The Pennsylvania native is a quality goalkeeper that was troubled throughout his high school career with injuries that ultimately prevented him from gaining exposure to college scouts. His lack of exposure forced him to question whether or not he should continue playing soccer altogether. After a great deal of thought, he decided to give his dream of playing college soccer another shot by attending the GPS Spain Academy in Valencia in hopes to get the exposure he deserved.
After playing many games and getting the right amount of exposure and interest from colleges, he finally found a home in the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Division I school. Vasquez gives a large amount of credit to the GPS Scholarships program in a quote describing his story which can be found here:
“College recruitment for me was a long, difficult process that required patience and perseverance more than anything. I missed the majority of my high school career due to injury, and by the end of senior year I was left with little options and was close to quitting soccer entirely. Instead of giving up, I decided to fight for a second chance at GPS Spain, where I played many games and improved exponentially. I generated interest from a few schools, but it still took several months to find the right fit for me. I finally received a great opportunity with coach Sean Phillips at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I committed in March. It took a long time, but seeing all of the hard work paying off in the end was totally worth the wait. Utilizing Global Premier Scholarships and the Staff here at the Academy made the process much easier for me.”
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For many young American soccer talents growing up, getting into a professional academy at an early age is a dream. For Antonio Pugliese, it has become a reality. The eighteen year old from Vermont recently signed with CD Castellon, whose first team play in the third tier of Spanish football. After starting 4 of the 5 last matches and helping the team into form with three straight wins, Pugliese was officially called up to play in the first team for Castellon. The United States – born player spent three years at the FC Barcelona Academy in Arizona, before moving to the GPS Spain International Academy last September.
Arriving at the Spain International Academy, Pugliese started out the season with the Club La Vall U19’s, where he was considered one of the team’s top players. Unfortunately, due to injury, he was not able to truly showcase his talent until December, but he made an immediate impact when he returned to the squad, and options started to arise. That is when he was approached by CD Castellon, who he then trialled with and was quickly signed shortly after.
Listen to Antonio Pugliese’s experience in the GPS Spain International academy and how it helped him sign with CD Castellon as well as some advice on what it takes to get noticed by an international club!
Thank you to all who followed along with us on social media during a tremendous Memorial Day Tournament! We appreciate everyone who shared their favorite moments with us with the #GPSMemorialDay and #GPSTournaments hashtags and we hope you will continue to follow along year after year. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for photos, news, event updates, and more!
Special shoutout to the winners of our GPS Memorial Day giveaways. Lauren Gravlin won a 32 GB iPad and Julia Liu won a Playstation 4 with FIFA 18. They received the most votes among five finalists for our photo contest. Congrats Lauren and Julia, and thank you for sharing your GPS Memorial Day experience with us!
When asked what the most fun part of the tournament is, GPS South Coast U18 players Tori Shields and Erin Daniel replied, “Winning, it’s fun to win.” That’s exactly what they did on Monday when they won their division in penalty kicks to take home the trophy.
They didn’t get to the finals by accident though. Both girls said their team improved a lot over the course of the season and throughout the weekend as well. “We’ve all grown a lot as a team, which is good,” Daniel said. “We’ve developed more skills.” They were also happy to see so many college coaches watching their games. Shields said, “It’s definitely good to see coaches actually coming out and looking at the teams.”
The Fortis FC U19 team said it was a learning experience for them because it was their first time playing alongside many of their teammates. They were able to gel with their new teammates enough to reach the finals, where they were defeated by the FC Stars. “From the first game to now we’ve definitely improved a lot at reading each other’s plays,” they said.
U19 Bayside FC player Georgia Teixeira, who will be playing at Southern Connecticut State University in the Fall, preached the importance of showcase events like the Memorial Day Tournament. “We’ve always been in the top brackets so that’s good for competition and good for college coaches to watch,” she said. Although she’s committed to college already, she’s still looking to make improvements and said her focus for this particular event was on improving her communication on the field.
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Everybody comes to the Memorial Day Tournament to play highly competitive soccer games, but everyone has unique goals they seek to accomplish during the weekend. Some players are seeing big improvements in their game, some are connecting with college coaches, and others simply have their eyes on winning a championship in the final go-round with their spring soccer club.
“We’re improving as a team, just our playing style against better teams,” said Devan Jessop, who plays for NEFC’s U17 team alongside his twin brother Dylan. “Winning would be a nice way to end the season.”
Declan Ryan, a U17 player with AFC was happy for the opportunity to sharpen his skills against different competition than he faces in his high school league. “There are a lot of teams that really challenged us that we might not get in our high school league. It’s always good to come up here and test ourselves,” he said. “You’re looking to get better, and if a college coach sees you that’s an extra bonus.”
The Shoreline FC Sounders U18 team won at last year’s event and they went into Monday’s games with the goal of defending their title. “The high school season built everyone up, and now we’re back with our team with great improvement from everyone,” said Ben Demaio, who came to the tournament with hopes of both winning the event with his teammates and impressing college scouts by doing his part for the team. “This event has a lot of teams and a lot of players, so I like it much more than other events I’ve been to. The level of competition is better,” he said.
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Players have traveled hours from home to compete at the Memorial Day Tournament, but GPS Coach Joao Barata is much further from home than most. Barata has come all the way from Portugal to gain experience coaching in the United States and the Memorial Day Tournament was a great opportunity for him to learn more about soccer in the United States.
Barata came to the U.S. to experience coaching in another country. GPS gives Barata a chance to learn more about the American soccer culture and make an impact on his players’ development in the short time he’s here. He explained that there are very few opportunities to be a full-time coach in his home country of Portugal, so he’s come to the U.S. to experience coaching in another country. GPS gives Barata a chance to learn more about the American soccer culture and make an impact on his players’ development in the short time he’s here.
This weekend Barata was coaching 08 GPS-Massachusetts, but he enjoys coaching players at all ages in different stages of their development. “I coach in Portugal between U9 and U17, so I was very fortunate to have the experience to work with different age groups,” he said. “What I like most is the development of the kids and seeing them improve.”
We asked Barata if he’s seen improvement in his team throughout Memorial Day Weekend. “Yes, of course. They work hard, which is the most important thing. They can always have fun playing soccer, but they still need to try their hardest to improve and that’s the most important aspect in my opinion. It’s a good experience for them.”
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