The Kicking System has joined forces with Inter Tribal Sports (ITS) to put on a youth soccer camp on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at the Barona Recreation Center from 10-12pm.
" We are looking to have a fun filled day learning the game of soccer," said TKS Owner, John Matich. "By helping ITS and its vision to unify tribal youth and communities through structured athletic programs, TKS continues to develop opportunities for youth soccer programs. This year we have TKS student Donald Casey, All-CIF soccer selection from San Diego HS, providing leadership and coaching at this camp. Donald is a proud member of the Chickasaw nation. We are looking forward to building our relationship with the tribal community."
For more infomation: http://www.intertribalsports.org/ or kickingsystem.com
Over the course of the summer, Roman Martin, from La Jolla Country Day School (San Diego, CA), and formerly of Wake Forest has signed to play for the UCLA Bruins for the fall of 2017.
This is a great accomplishment for Roman and being a TKS student of over 5 years, shows how much TKS can help students if put on a program early in their career. "I always thought Roman was special, and signing at UCLA was just a great fit for his skills. I expect him to make a big impact right away for the Bruins," said his personal soccer coach John Matich. "Roman could kick for their football team as well, huge leg in High School," he went on to say.
Look for more coming this fall.
San Diego County Field Goal/Punting Stat Leaders 2017: Week 1 TKS Blue Chip Kicking Report #BCKR #TKS
See full article: http://bit.ly/2xNdqob
As a renewed effort to include specialists (kickers/punters) into the spotlight in San Diego county. The Kicking System is establishing a weekly blog to capture: stats, news, articles and much more.
This week TKS kicker, Blake Khaleghi from La Jolla Country Day School (San Diego, CA) went 2 for 2 on field goals and kicked 2 extra points for 8 total points and 2 touch backs. This also earned him TKS Kicker of the week honors. Erik Duarte from Olympian HS, also booted 2 field goals and kicking the longest field goal of the week at 41 yards.
As for the punting game, strong combo specialists Matt Araiza, from Rancho Bernardo HS, and Ryan Sanborn, from Francis Parker HS, lead the charge with a 46.8 and 42.0 yard per punt average. Ryan a former TKS student comes with a extensive kicking pedigree, being a All-American as a eighth grader and played in the 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. Matt Araiza, has broken almost every San Diego section CIF kicking record already is primed for playing on Saturday afternoons.
Lets see how these kickers produce over the course of the season. Look for another update next week. Send comments, article, stats to firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to label your social media posts with #BCKR or #TKS or tag @KickingSystem on Instagram or Twitter.
Currently, Southern California’s Donald Casey, who was a San Diego ALL-CIF soccer team selection, is on trial with the U19 Junior GNK Dinamo Zagreb team and is training in at the Nogomenta Skola Dinamo at their Maksimir training facility.
GNK Dinamo currently a Europa League team and recently of the UEFA Champions League, is regarded as the best soccer club for developing players. Players such as Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka, and Mateo Kovacic have all come out of the famous Academy, which was recently ranked in the top 5 academies of Europe (LINK).
Casey a 6-2, 180 lbs, center forward, was named to the 2016 San Diego ALL-CIF team as a junior at San Diego High School. He recorded 16 goals and nine (9) assists and earning Eastern League MVP. Also, Casey is two-time San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team Member and holds a 4.2 GPA.
At the beginning of August, Dinamo’s U19 team earned third place at the German Oberndorf international tournament and was second at their own Mladen Rumlack tournament later in the month. Donald has a chance to compare himself to some of the best talents in all of Europe, with Real Madrid, Eintract Fankfurt, and NK Rijeka all competing in the Zagreb based Mladen Rumlack tournament.
During his trial, Casey has been able to train extensively with former Dinamo star, Marko Mlinaric, the most capped player in Dinamo history (613). “Donald has a nose for the goal, hard worker and great team player. He is a game changer for any college coach,” said Dinamo coach Mlinaric, “With his work and experience here at Dinamo, he will be an asset for any college team,” he went on to say.
Leading up to his journey overseas, Casey has been working with John Matich of The Kicking System, a San Diego based soccer academy. Coach Matich, a former youth national team player at the U17 and U20 levels also played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings as a field goal kicker. “Donald is a true goal scorer with great vision. For him to travel half way around the world and step into a new team at the world’s highest level says a lot about the caliber of player that he is.”
Casey has had the opportunity to watch Dinamo Europe league games and HNL League games, most notably versus HNK Hajduk split. “The experience of living in Zagreb, playing with the top talent in the Europe, and being in a positive and learning environment has opened my eyes on how soccer should be played, I can't describe how thankful I am to Coach Matich setting up this trail for me,” Casey said.
Later this summer Casey plans to return to the United States to continue his High School career at San Diego HS, in California.
Growing up a Cal South youth soccer player, Donald Casey has always excelled on and off the field.
Staff Writer, Carelton J. Brown
NFL and US Youth National Team Soccer Player, John Matich, is the director at The Kicking System, a football/soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA.
Coach Matich played for the U17/U20 youth soccer national teams as well as earning a scholarship from Boston College from Mira Mesa HS in San Diego, CA.
Matich trains kickers/soccer players in his kicking academy year round in Southern California. From age 6 to 21 young players progress through a rigorous player development program. #TKS targets moving players from every age to making the next step and eventually into the professional level.
Thus far, results have been excellent with 60+ players earning a college scholarships.
Since its inception in 2004, Matich has developed a reputation at #TKS as being a positive but yet demanding coach with a prolific network of college and pro coaches. When asked about his experience with the Minnnesota Vikings, Matich said, "Minnesota was a special team at the time, and I had an opportunity to learn from Gary Anderson, the leagues (NFL) best kicker at the time. I am looking to pass on my knowledge on to our students."