Soccer Locker supplies casual, seasoned, and new soccer players with all the equipment and apparel necessary to practice at home, scrimmage during practice, or play a game. Browse gear from Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, and other top-flight brands that keep players looking professional on the field. In addition to its apparel, Soccer Locker stocks replica jerseys and shorts from several international football clubs, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and the U.S. National team. You’ll also find essential equipment, from duffel bags and nets to shin guards and goalkeeper gloves that protect players during heated games of patty-cake.
At Downtown Soccer Miami's two outdoor mini fields, players of all ages can practice and show off their skills with youth and adult leagues, training, pick-up games, and tournaments. The brightly lit, grassy pitches accommodate up to two matches at once, hosting after-work pick-up games. Corporate leagues help co-workers build cohesion and office-supply-punting skills.
Gábor Pásztor has always loved sports, his passion and athleticism leading him to compete in international track-and-field meets on behalf of his home country, Hungary. Today, he brings his speed, endurance, and coordination skills to the United States to help a new generation of soccer and track-and-field stars hone their natural abilities at Citius Athletic Club Miami. At his club, he helms US Soccer Federation–registered soccer teams in competitive play against other local organizations. And he's serious about the sport: He holds practice with four different age groups of students—ranging ages 3–13—three times a week.
In addition to prepping youths for league play, he and his coaches lead fundamentals classes for beginning soccer players. The fundamentals classes cover the same skills and techniques as the competitive practices, but students aren't required to compete in games or maintain perfect pitch during the "National Anthem."
Led by veteran players Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Carlos Bocanegra, the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team faces off against CONCACAF rival Honduras. Holding an 11-3-3 series advantage against the Central American team dating back to 1965, the U.S. team will attempt to kick its way to victory like a kangaroo escaping the circus. With both teams angling for World Cup berths in 2014, the international friendly match will offer players and coaches a chance to size each other up in the vast Sun Life Stadium, which ensconces spectators in a patriotic red and blue color scheme. Today's deal also includes an American flag, allowing fans to excitedly wave banners during dazzling plays or to carefully examine stars to ensure that Hawaii is, in fact, a state.
Fernando Nicolas "Nico" Clavijo knows a thing or two about soccer. The son of former USA World Cup player and National Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo, Nico was exposed to world-class play from a very young age. He grew up to start a successful career of his own, playing for C.A. Atenas in Uruguay, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and currently, a professional beach team that competes internationally in front of pods of vuvuzela-blowing whales.
Nico pools all of that experience into Clavijo Soccer Academy, where he dribbles wisdom into open ears during private and group lessons. He uses the facility to school young players, especially, in an effort to bolster the USA soccer presence amongst global powers such as Brazil, Spain, and Argentina.
Discipline is better when it comes with a field trip to the beach. Kendall Dynamic Center's summer camps teach children respect, courage, and responsibility through martial arts, while at the same time engaging them through crafts, entertainment, and camaraderie. Rafael Ramos founded the facility, and as a longtime student and instructor of martial arts, he sets the scene for an encouraging space where kids can enjoy themselves both indoors and on fun outings while building character. After learning how to use traditional weapons, break boards, and deal responsibly with bullies in the morning's tae kwon do class, kids channel their creativity through art and kick back for a session of video games or sports, perhaps heading out later to play in the ocean or spar with a water-park fountain. The center also holds after-school programs where kids of all ages can learn martial arts in a safe and guided environment.