PL Summer Training 3 Point Plan

Here at Penn Legacy we have worked hard over the years to offer the very best to our players in the summer months.  We have basically come up with a 3 point plan:
  1. REST - We encourage our players to take the month of June off from soccer and rest those weary limbs to allow time for healing and, in many cases, for growing.

  2. CLUB CLINICS (included in your fees) - In July we start back up with our Summer School of Xcellence which is focused on a different topic each night.  We will also have a number of "free play" days where the kids just come out and play with supervision but no actual coaching.

  3. CAMPS - As you may have heard, this summer we are hosting a week-long 
    Real Madrid Clinic.  
    We also have the second year of our goalkeeper specific camp.


For 6 nights over the month of July, we offer top class clinics based on a different topic each night.  Come to all 6, or as many as you can make.  These are a great way to get back into the swing of things after our June break, and there is always a buzz of excitement around the summer SoX sessions.  They will be held at JTL on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through July, starting on the 11th.  For the first 75 mins we will work with our u9 through u13 players, and then for the second 75 mins we bring in the u14s and older.  Each session will have different coaches at different stations and the players are rotated through so that they gave a slightly different exercise and voice each time. 
Remember these sessions are highly encouraged but optional, and ARE included in your fees.

On August 1st and 2nd, we will provide a supervised but unstructured environment where the kids arrive, they are randomly sorted into teams, and they just play pickup games.  The games are based on times and age groups that we use for Summer SoX sessions. 
We believe it is very important to provide these opportunities just to mix things up and allow the game itself to teach the kids.  The simple enjoyment of playing with new kids, with no "coaching" or expectations can be great for a kid's development, and that is the environment we are trying to create with our Play Days. 
Again, these are completely optional and no charge.

Learn more



generation adidas international, in conjunction with Penn Legacy, is proud to offer you an amazing soccer experience.  
This program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to be coached for a week by the youth coaches from one of 
the world’s greatest professional soccer clubs. Players will enjoy a week of intense training with world-class coaches.

Open to boys and girls age 8 to 17, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss!
July 31st to August 4th 
Junction Center Fields  
This camp will focus on improving every single aspect of the goalkeeping position.  Small groups will lead to personalized instruction and the camp element will provide for an intensive week that will be sure result in huge improvements for all participants.

2017 PL Golf Outing

Please join us at Foxchase Golf Club on July 17th for our inaugural Penn Legacy Golf Outing for what promises to be a great day of golf, fun, and prizes! This summer we are sending one of our teams to train and play at the famed Youth Academy of Real Madrid Football Club. All proceeds from the golf tournament will help support team members in their fundraising efforts.
We thank you in advance for your support!                                  
  • Format: 4-Person Scramble                                      
  • Where: Foxchase Golf Club                                      
  • When: July 17th, 2017                                      
  • Shotgun Start: 12:30                                      
  • Price: $85 per player includes golf, cart, range, prizes and dinner

Please contact Chip Kappesser to signup your team or for more information. Thanks!  
Phone: 717-278-6864

Three PL Players Sign with Inferno

Three former Penn Legacy players sign with the Lancaster Inferno for their 2017 season. The Inferno plays in the United Women's Soccer (UWS) national league. The UWS aspires to be true division 2 league beneath the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

Goalkeeper Brooke Myers (Penn Legacy '97 Black) signs with the Inferno after spending her red-shirt freshman season at West Virginia University, the Big 12 champions/tournament champs & NCAA College Cup Runner Up in 2016. She is transferring to West Chester University to continue her collegiate career in Fall 2017. Brooke was a 4 year starter during high school and attended both Central Regional H.S. (2 years) & Middletown Area H.S. (2 years). As a 2-year captain, Brooke received Rookie of the Year, MVP, and was named All-Star First & Second Team. Brooke was a three-year member of the Penn Legacy ’97 Black team, which ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania in 2014.

“I am incredibly grateful and humbled to be awarded a spot on Lancaster Inferno. I look forward to the opportunities this team will bring me in the future.“

Maddie Schwartz signs with the Inferno as a graduating senior standout from Hempfield High School (Landisville, Pa). Maddie was a four-year starter and captain her senior year. She was a 3-time Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1 All-Star, and was selected for the Big 11. Maddie played club soccer for Penn Legacy, and will begin her collegiate career at McDaniel College in Fall 2017.

Aubrey Suydam signs with the Inferno as a graduating senior standout from Manheim Township High School. Aubrey was a four-year starter at MTHS, where she was named a Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star for two seasons. She played youth club soccer for Penn Legacy FC and LDC United. Aubrey will enter her first collegiate season at Saint Francis University in Fall 2017.

“I’m very excited to be able to have this new opportunity and to see this help me improve going into my first college season!“

Director of Coaching, Seamus Donnelly says, "We are so proud of the Penn Legacy girls who have made the Inferno roster this season. Maddie, Brooke, and Aubrey were fantastic players for us. As a club we are so focused on the development of the players in our care, so when we see tangible results like this it is very satisfying. But make no mistake about it, these three girls deserve all the credit because of the talent they possess and how hard they have worked at improving their game. I have seen the Inferno play twice now, and that is a seriously high level of play, so it really is quite an accomplishment to make their roster. I wish them, and the team, all the best this season."

Lancaster Inferno’s Home Opener vs NY Surf is this Sunday, June 4th at 3pm (Millersville University’s Pucillo Field). As official youth club partners, Penn Legacy PLAYERS & COACHES receive FREE game admission to EVERY Inferno home match. To access your free ticket, visit link & enter code (check for club wide email with info today) / Game Admission is $5 / kids ages 5 and under are FREE

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Why Choose Real Madrid?



As you all know by now, Penn Legacy is about to host a unique sporting occasion in this area when our weeklong Real Madrid Foundation Clinic begins on June 26th.  I have fielded some excellent questions in recent weeks relating to the clinic and so I thought I would take a minute to publicly answer some questions/concerns as it may help everyone interested in signing up for the week.

Who exactly is running the Clinic?  

The Clinic is run as a joint-partnership between Penn Legacy and generation adidas international (the international youth development arm of the brand adidas).  Generation adidas provides the access to Real Madrid Foundation coaches, while both GAI and Penn Legacy handle all clinic logistics and operations.

Why is it called a Clinic and not simply a Camp?  Is there a difference?

Yes and no.  The Real Madrid Foundation use the word "Clinic" to make a clear distinction between what they do, and what is normally thought of when the word "Camp" is used.  It is set up like a summer camp in terms of hours and lunch break, but the actual content of what goes on during the week, they feel, is much different than a normal week of soccer camp. 

Will the coaches be actual coaches from Real madrid?

Absolutely.  There will be 2 Real Madrid coaches in charge of our Clinic.  They currently work in the famed Real Madrid Youth Academy in "The City of Football" and also work in The Real Madrid Foundation, which goes out into the clubs and schools of Madrid to work with kids of all ages in their football development.  So these coaches have seen it all, they operate with some of the top youth talent in the world, and also with kids who love the game but don't actually get to play in the Real Madrid Academy.

Will there be any Penn Legacy coaches present?

Yes, for sure.  Rossi and I will be there all week, along with other club coaches to assist the Real Madrid coaches.

What is the format of the Clinic?

The players will participate in an intense and demanding session with one of the Real Madrid coaches each morning and afternoon.  Before and after each of their 2 daily sessions with the Real Madrid coaches they will spend time with either Rossi or I working in a more relaxed environment where technique and other vital elements of development will be the focus.  Every day will follow the Real Madrid Methodology for Youth Development.  More details on the daily itinerary will be sent to each registrant in the form of an official newsletter from generation adidas international.

How come the entire week is not spent with the Real Madrid coaches?

This goes back to the Clinic vs Camp question.  Their belief is that it is impossible to spend 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, working in an intense, demanding environment.  There must be a break to recover and perform other soccer skills in order to maximise the intense part.  The goal is that Thursday's and Friday's sessions with the Real Madrid coaches are every bit as intense and energetic as Monday's and Tuesday's.  I think we have all seen what normally happens at soccer camp when, by Thursday, blisters, cramp, and heat exhaustion have taken over, and everyone kind of goes through the motions until the next water break.  This should not occur at this Clinic, and I think it will lead to a much more productive week of learning.

What are the plans for heat?  What about lunch breaks?

We are delighted to be working with Lanco Fieldhouse for the week where we plan on utilizing their facility for parts of each day to take a break from the heat and just to do something different.  All the logistics about this will be announced on the first day.  The fields we will be using are the ones along Lemon Street which is a short, safe walk to the Fieldhouse.  The Fieldhouse will also be available in the event of any severe weather during the week for cover and safety, and also to continue the Clinic if the weather chases us from the fields.

Is this Clinic aimed more for boys?

Absolutely not!  I know for a fact that the coaches from Madrid are very much looking forward to seeing how young American girls play and train.  Everyone around the world knows that the US lead the way on the women's side of the game, and so they are very much expecting to see plenty of girls on Monday and are also looking forward to working with them all week.

Will Cristiano Ronaldo be there?


PL & Amos Herr Park 5K Fun Run

Penn Legacy Soccer and Amos Herr Park are teaming up to raise funds for two different projects.

Penn Legacy Soccer is currently working on its first of many club sponsored player trips to Madrid Spain.  The trip gives our 13 and 14 year old players an opportunity to train and play in another part of the world.  They will experience the soccer and real world culture of another country and bring back great memories and an awesome experience.

Amos Herr Park has just completed the new Dream Park playground.  In addition to the Dream Park the township has also planned a walkway for the East side of the Park.  Penn Legacy is sharing the proceeds "50/50" with the township to help fund the project to make the walkway even longer than originally planned.

Thus the 5K Fun Run. 


  • Date:  Sunday, June 11, 2017 
  • Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Location: A Herr Park, Landisville, PA
  • Entry Fee: $30 

Help Raise Funds for Our Youth Soccer Players’ Upcoming Madrid, Spain Trip
and the Dream Park at A Herr Park in Landisville, PA

Register as an individual or a team.


Outdoor Adult Soccer League

Penn Legacy FC in partnership with LANCO Fieldhouse will be hosting several adult summer soccer leagues.

Games will be played on the beautiful grass fields located across from LANCO Fieldhouse at East Petersburg Elem (some games may be played at Junction Fields near WJTL).

Games will be played in June and July.

Players will sign up as individuals and be placed on teams.

Please note that in order to avoid some conflicts with other adult league we have switched the nights that the Over 30 women and the Over 40 Women play. As a result, the Over 30 women will play on Sundays and the Over 40 Women will play on Thursday.

  • Open Women: Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm, $85 player fee, 3 referees 
  • Over 30 Women: Sundays, afternoon, $60 player fee, 1 referee
  • Over 40 Women: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, $60 player fee, 1 referee 
  • Recently added! Over 30 Men: Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm, $60 player fee, 1 referee
  • Open Men: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, $85 player fee, 3 referees
  • Over 40 Men: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, $60 player fee, 1 referee

All games will be 11 v11, (2) 35 minute halves, 8 games. 
League will start week of 6/5 and final week will be the week of 7/31. 
All players will be supplied a team shirt and the referee fees are included in the player registration fee.

All registrations are through LANCO Fieldhouse.

You can register one of 3 ways:

  1. Online at - If registering online you will need to click on "classes" when asked to select the type of registration.
  2. By calling 717-560-0717
  3. Or in person at LANCO Fieldhouse, 1901 Miller Road, East Petersburg, PA 17520

The Magic of Madrid

As with all sports, there are certain soccer clubs that just conjure up magical images of success, drama, big games, and the world's greatest players.  Clubs such as AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Liverpool, Ajax of Amsterdam, FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid.  Clubs that are steeped in tradition.  They are the at the absolute pinnacle of the game and each one has a special aura about them.  Even their kits are stuff of legend!   In a few weeks time, barring any sensational upsets in the 2nd leg of their semi-finals, Ajax will play Manchester United in the final of the Europa League, and Juventus will face off against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Madrid are also the current holders of the Champions League trophy, and have won it an unprecedented 11 times.  They have also won La Liga 32 times, the Spanish Cup 19 times, and were voted by FIFA the best club in the world for the last century.  They have always had legendary players: Di Stefano, Butrageno, Zidane, and Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few.

It is almost surreal to say this but Real Madrid Are COMING TO LANCASTER COUNTY this summer in the form of a week long clinic with two of their top Youth Academy coaches.  Penn Legacy have been chosen as the host club and we are SO excited to offer this opportunity to our players, and indeed all local soccer players.  The attending players will be taught in the ways of their young counterparts in the famed Real Madrid Youth Academy, and our Penn Legacy coaches will also receive instruction in their youth coaching methodologies.  

All in all, it should be a fantastic week and I really cannot emphasize enough how unique an opportunity this is.  I have been told that the experience is very different to most summer soccer camps in that they (Real Madrid's) have a multi-faceted approach to teaching the game that really resonates with young players and allows for an incredibly fulfilling week.  Rossi and myself will be on-hand every day to aid and assist the coaches from Madrid, as well as many of our own PL coaches, so I can promise the excitement is building already!

Reserve your spot as soon as possible!

This program offers a once in a lifetime experience to be coached for a week by the youth coaches of one of the world's greatest professional soccer clubs. Real Madrid Foundation will be running a clinic at the Penn Legacy soccer fields in conjunction with Penn Legacy Football Club, and you will enjoy a week of intense training with world class coaches. Open to ALL boys and girls ages 8-17.

All campers will get to go through training every day with Real Madrid Foundation coaches, while also receiving a training kit and signed diploma from Real Madrid Foundation upon completion of the clinic.


Monday, June 26, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Penn Legacy Soccer Fields

1695 State Street

East Petersburg, Pennsylvania 17520



What is Commitment?



1.  the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity etc....


I think this is a good time of the year for us all to reflect on the meaning of the word "commitment".  It is certainly one that gets bandied about a lot in youth sports as in the perception that it must be meshed with pure talent and physical prowess along with a sprinkling of luck in order to achieve personal success.

To me, it is far more important.  In fact, it really has to be the starting point for any athlete, especially a youth soccer player, and doubly that for a Penn Legacy player.  

Sometimes I hear stuff like "our white teams require less commitment than our black teams, or that older age teams don't have as high a commitment expectation because those players now have jobs, or harder class schedules, or a busier social life".  What complete and utter nonsense......

If you choose to accept a spot on a Penn Legacy team (ANY Penn Legacy team) then we expect commitment to the cause; to your teammates; to your development as a footballer; to your coach and to your club.  Just like I expect commitment from our coaching staff; just like the Board of Directors expect commitment from me as the Director of Coaching and Player Development.  

This does not mean that we all can't have other interests or other significant things going on in our lives.  It also does not mean that we will never have conflicts or that we will have times when it is hard to fulfill your commitment.  It simply means that you are committed to what you signed up for, you are committed to upholding your player code of conduct, and when the chips are down, or your team is struggling, that you are there to stand up and be counted.  That you are committed to attending every team training session and game.  On and off the field, whether you are in your Penn Legacy uniform or not, that you are committed to becoming the best person and young footballer that you can be.  

 Make good decisions, lead by example, give your best effort all the time.  If we can all meet there we will be in great shape.





2017 3v3 Tournament

Penn Legacy brings you another quality tournament in July 2017!  
You are invited to join us for summer soccer action!  Lots of touches on the ball and a great opportunity to be creative defensively and offensively. 
3v3 builds skills and is a fast paced game that is fun for players and spectators!
General Information:
  • General Information:

    • Boys teams play on July 29
    • Girls teams play on July 30
    • Age Groups will be formed at: U8 through U14
    • Rec and Travel levels of play - Teams will be grouped according to age and skill level to make the most appropriate competition. 
    • Parents or coaches are welcome to organize teams
    • Maximum 6 players per team roster
    • Guaranteed minimum of 4 games
    • Length of games is 25 minutes  
    • Awards to 1st and 2nd place teams
    • Fee - $150 per team (payable by MasterCard or Visa)
    • Deadline to apply is July 17 or when age group fills
    • Location - A Herr Park, 1700 Nissley Road, Landisville, PA 17538
    • Register HERE

Easter Monday Play Day

Penn Legacy will host a free and optional opportunity to come play at our Junction Road fields this Easter Monday from 10am to 12pm.  Simply show up and members of our coaching staff will put you in age appropriate games.  No coaching, no pressure, just come out and play.  Stay for the 2 hours, come for an hour, whatever works for your schedule.  Bring a friend or sibling, bring your cousin from out of town!  We just want to provide the opportunity for kids to come play street soccer style in a safe and supervised environment.

When?  Easter Monday (April 17th).  10am-12pm

Where?  JTL Training Complex (park at the gravel car park side)

Why?  For the love of the game

Any special instructions?  Please wear a black shirt, bring a ball, and your own water.  All are welcome, you do not need to play for the club to attend.

Penn Legacy's Real Madrid Raffle

Penn Legacy in partnership with generation adidas international is sending a team of our ’02 & ’03 players to Madrid, Spain in August 2017. This trip will give our players the opportunity to train and compete within the Real Madrid Foundation, exclusive access to Real Madrid City and a chance to experience the culture & passion of the beautiful game in a whole new way!    

In an effort to raise funds, our Penn Legacy team is hosting a raffle beginning April 7th and running until the drawing on June 3, 2017!  
Raffle prizes include:   
  • $1000 in CASH OR One 2017-2018 Registration (player fee) for Penn Legacy Travel 
  • Portland Timbers Jersey signed by MLS Player & Lancaster Native, Zarek Valentin 
  • 4 Tickets with Parking Pass to a Philadelphia Union Game 
  • Group Entry (Foursome) into the Penn Legacy Golf Tournament 
  • Entry into the Running with the Bulls 5K
  • 4 Weekday Green Fees to Foxchase Golf Club
  • $50 Gift Card to Annie Bailey's Irish Pub   
Did we mention a FREE TRAVEL PLAYER FEE???  

Better yet, in order to give back and make it about more than just our team, ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA. This charity has done so much for kids, including one of our own team members, and we thought there is no better place where we can make this investment and support some kids that may not have the same opportunities.


Raffle tickets may be purchased: 
  • At any travel tryout beginning April 7, 2017  
  • From any player who will be traveling to Madrid 
  • Via email:

Ticket Costs: One for $20 or Three for $50   

Thank you in advance for your support!


PL Goalkeeper Sessions Begin April 6

Our Goalkeeping Sessions begin April 6th. The program is led by the hugely popular Adam Lewis, and assistance will be provided by Kenny Archer, Wendell Hannaford, Scott Steffen (all GK training licensed) and Emily Faust (current York College of Pennsylvania keeper and former Penn Legacy standout).

WHAT: PL Goalkeeper Training Sessions

WHEN: Every Thursday evening starting April 6th-May 25th.

6:15-7:15 - u9s and u10s, and u11s
7:15-8:15 - u12s, u13s, and u14s
8:15-9:15 - u15s and older

WHERE: Hempfield High School Quad

WHAT TO BRING: A ball, gloves, water, and GK pants/old sweatpants for diving on turf

CONFLICTS: We think that all our keepers who are dedicated to the position should put these sessions as a priority each week. If this presents a conflict with your team training then please talk things through with your coach. I am confident we can figure out the best solution for all in each situation where conflicts may arise.

Any questions on our GK program should directed to Seamus at and questions about the art of goalkeeping should be directed to any of the coaches above or specifically to Adam at

What can we learn from FC Barcelona?

As you may well have seen, FC Barcelona went into the 2nd leg of their recent Champions League tie with Paris St. Germain down 4-0 from the first leg.  As good as they are, and even with You-Know-Who in their ranks, they were pretty much written off and given no chance of turning around the tie.  After 88 minutes of the second leg they were even further out of it.  Despite leading the 2nd leg 3-1, they still needed 3 goals to advance due to the complicated "away goals" rule in European competitions.

Then a funny thing happened........Barcelona scored again in that 88th minute to make it 4-1 on the night, and almost immediately 6 minutes of stoppage time went up on the boards.  The home crowd roared them on, sensing that the unthinkable might yet happen.  Strangely, the players didn't rush to grab the ball out of the net, or even sprint back to the halfway line.  They knew PSG were a top, top team full of experienced international players.  Surely they would see out the game with what was still a 2 goal cushion.

But history will tell us that they wouldn't.  Barcelona did indeed score 2 more goals in stoppage time and it was they who ran around celebrating like crazy people at the end, not the team from Paris who had let a seemingly unassailable lead slip through their fingers.

Apart from savoring what was simply an amazing sporting occasion, the idea crept into my head that there was more to take from this game.  The players of Barcelona never stopped playing their hardest, never stopped running, never gave up.  Not only that, they didn't change tactics or panic.  They believed that they would score enough goals to win the game.  Their fans also never gave up, and never got on their players' backs.  They supported them the whole way through because they saw the commitment from the players and that was enough for them.  

As a youth soccer player, many things happen over the course of your time playing the game.  Sometimes you question your own ability.  Sometimes you wonder if this is really what you want to devote some much time, energy, and emotion to.  Sometimes you question your coach, or your teammates.  Sometimes you even question your passion for the game.

Did the Barcelona players go through some of those moments leading up to the game, knowing they were 4-0 down and hearing everyone say they had no chance?  Did they question themselves during the actual game as the minutes ticked by?  I am sure they did.  But they didn't dwell on it.  They didn't turn negative on each other, and they continued to focus on what they could control; their game plan, their determination to win every ball, their 1v1 battle against their immediate opponent.  They gave us all a lesson in how to continue to do the right thing, with utmost conviction, and to never, ever give up.

If you do all this, are you guaranteed the success and utter jubilation that the Barca players felt at the final whistle?  No, not at all.  But you are guaranteed the inner feeling of complete satisfaction that you gave your absolute all, as an individual and as a teammate, and sometimes that is all that matters.......

Ian Graham Signs for Philadelphia Union

Ian Graham signs for the Philadelphia Union!

Penn Legacy star has already impressed at the highest level



I recently sat down with Ian Graham and chatted about his new life as a Philadelphia Union Academy player. Ian, who is now 15, followed his brother into our Futures Program under Rossi at A. Herr Park at 3 years of age, and played all the way through into our travel program (a total of 12 years with our club!) until a few months ago when he started training with Gary Lewis and the Union u14 squad. Ian also played ODP and varsity as a freshman for Hempfield High School over the past 2 years.

Coach Lewis and his staff were immediately impressed with what they saw from Ian; both in his play, and how he adapted to new surroundings and new teammates. They loved his overall attitude to the game and how determined he was to seize the opportunity before him. Within a week they had made the decision to bring him into their famed Academy.  Coach Lewis had these very nice words to say about Ian and our club....."Ian has integrated very well into the Philadelphia Union 2001 group.  He is a talented soccer player with a self assuredness that has allowed him to perform at a consistent level.  Praise has to go to the outstanding program at Penn Legacy in assisting with Ian's development".

Below are excerpts from my chat with Ian and some of his answers will give you a sense of how hard-working he is and also what type of young man he has already become. Enjoy!

Seamus: How has everything been so far with your new environment?

Ian: Everything so far in Philadelphia has been an interesting process. The players at the beginning showed me around. At first things were awkward, I'd show up, play and leave. After getting to know each player, it is like everyone is related. The connection everyone has is amazing. The practices I wouldn't say they were harder, but more intense. It was difficult to get used to the intensity on the field all the time, but after a couple practices I adjusted and played the way I was taught.

S: What is the most impressive thing about the Union Academy?

I: The most impressive thing about the Union Academy would have to be their ability to produce players. The way the coaches coach at Union Academy allows each player to strive for success in the career.

S: How has playing for Penn Legacy prepared you for the jump to one of the most prominent Youth Academies in the country?

I: Penn Legacy taught and prepared me in many ways for growth. Penn Legacy teaches each player the fundamentals at a young age and the skills to start growing off of. Legacy has taught me the importance of teamwork and how to adjust to new players. This has allowed me to get to know the players at Union very well and create friends. Legacy has also taught me determination. Determination is one of the most important qualities for a player to have. Legacy has made me determined to succeed. One day you have a bad practice then the next practice you must be determined to do better. So when I started training with the Union I was determined to try my best so even if I didn't make it I would have come back knowing I had given my all.

S: Do you have any advice for our younger Penn Legacy players on how to improve their overall game so that maybe they can follow in your footsteps?

I: If you commit yourself to every training session and every game then you will always be better than the player not trying. A player who is trying his/her hardest to succeed is a player who will improve. Each player that wants to continue and succeed in his/her career is going to be the player who works the hardest, is determined to be his/her best and who wants to improve him/herself for the better.

Everyone at Penn Legacy wishes Ian all the best on his new path. He and his family have been tremendous ambassadors for our club and, in a way, he still represents us down with the Union. We will follow his continued progress very closely.


Seamus Donnelly
Director of Coaching and Player Development
Penn Legacy Football Club

Players Selected for Upcoming US Soccer Training Centers

As promised last month, we have been given the list of girls that have been selected for the upcoming US Soccer Training Centers. We are very proud of all our players, but we certainly do want to recognize players who are reaching new plateaus and inspiring our younger players.

You can read about the US Soccer Training Centers here:

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
U.S. Soccer Training Center Program. U.S. Soccer is conducting training sessions in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with Youth ...


and here is the list of girls chosen to participate at the first session at Villanova University:

Kayla Weaver
Brooke Wentz
Jaylin Berrios
Lily Heistand
Emma Toomey
Allison Burkholder
Alyson Riggle
Megan Burkholder
Ashtyn Heisey
Alyson Riggle
Delaney Minder
Elizabeth Suydam
Rilyn Saner

Seamus Donnelly
Director of Coaching and Player Development
Penn Legacy Football Club

Some well-deserved recognition for PL Players!


We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Drew Johnson of our ’00 black team (coached by Mike Seigfried and Dan Hogan) who was recently selected for Eastern PA ODP team to travel to Arizona to compete for the National Championships. Eastern Pennsylvania earned its place in the national championships by winning the Region I Championships—which features all state associations from Virginia to Maine—last June. The 2000 Boys—then Under-16—defeated New York-West in penalties after a 3-3 game..

“We are proud of the players’ efforts to reach the ODP Championships,” said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Technical Director Mike Barr. “Eastern Pennsylvania has a strong history in the event. We hope this group adds to it.” 

Drew and his boys will take on Region III (South) Champion Team Georgia in the semifinals on Friday at 5:30 PM local time. A win will clinch a spot in Sunday’s final on March 5 Iowa (Region II) plays Oregon (Region IV) in the other semifinal. 

In addition, we had 20 (!) players selected for ODP teams this year. We also have many of our girls in contention for a spot in the US Soccer Training Centers which will start up again later this month. When we receive that list we will post a separate release on that program. 

Below are the 20 PL players in our State ODP program. 

India Deck 

Matthew Russinko 

Hunter Evans 

Jack Bruggeman 

Victor Mattilio 

Ethan Smith 

Kayla Weaver 

Brandon Yang 

Drew Johnson 

Jaylin Berrios 

Samuel Hershey 

Nathan Leach 

Emma Toomey 

Brett Kreider 

Giavonna Sweeney 

Ian Lutter 

Aidan Smith 

Avery Rhine 

Benjamin Ammon 

Matthew Connolly

About the Olympic Development Program - The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching. 

About Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer - For more than 40 years, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth. Through competitions, educational programs, workshops and coaching clinics, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 130,000 youth soccer players from ages five to 19. Additional information about Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer can be found at

Final Winter SoX & Futsal of 2017

This weekend wraps up our final Winter SoX & Futsal sessions for 2017. Next up, Spring Season. Then we will be running Summer SoX & Futsal. Never-ending opportunities to play the game you love!

WSoX - Saturday, February 25th

Where: Lanco Fieldhouse (1901 Miller Rd, East Petersburg, PA 17520)

Topic: Coach's Choice

When: 9 AM - Noon 
1st hour - PTP, U9-11
2nd hour - U12-15
3rd hour - U16 & older

NOOK FUTSAL - Feb 26th

Where: Spooky Nook (75 Champ Blvd, Manheim, PA 17545)

When: 4-7 PM

1st hour - PTP, U9-11
2nd hour - U12-15
3rd hour - U16 & older

Real Madrid Foundation Clinics Registration

Penn Legacy is proud to be a part of a select group of adidas clubs invited to host Real Madrid Foundation Clinics in 2017.

This program offers a once in a lifetime experience to be coached for a week by the youth coaches of one of the world's greatest professional soccer clubs. Real Madrid Foundation will be running a clinic at the Penn Legacy soccer fields in conjunction with Penn Legacy Football Club, and you will enjoy a week of intense training with world class coaches. Open to ALL boys and girls ages 8-17.

All campers will get to go through training every day with Real Madrid Foundation coaches, while also receiving a training kit and signed diploma from Real Madrid Foundation upon completion of the clinic.


Monday, June 26, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Penn Legacy Soccer Fields

1695 State Street

East Petersburg, Pennsylvania 17520


Senior Player Council

We are delighted to announce the formation of an official Penn Legacy Senior Player Council. All high school age players are invited to apply to be on this Council (application link below).

What exactly is the Senior Player Council (SPC)?

We envision that the council will consist of approximately 12 players (freshmen through seniors), selected coaching staff and club leaders.  We hope that the Council will serve an important role in helping the club fulfill its mission statement. 

What will be the purpose of the SPC?  

While we hope the purpose of the SPC will evolve and grow into different roles that we haven't yet considered, we do see the primary purpose to be threefold: 

  1. To provide a voice to our players and to give them a seat at the leadership table.
  2. To help the club better serve the community through projects/special events.
  3. To enhance existing club programs and to create new ventures for the club through social media and the power of young people. 

How will the SPC go about this?

We plan to have tri-monthly meetings at the PL office, and then stay in regular contact through an SPC TeamSnap group.  We want the Council to work closely with Stephanie, our Social Media officer, and to form committees by reaching out to other PL players to help get projects off the ground.  

How much of a commitment will this be for Council members?

We will not ask for too much from our players as we know they are already busy.  Rather we hope that by bringing in committed and resourceful people that we will achieve wonderful things because of the positivity and energy generated by the group. 

Closing date for applicants is Tuesday February 28th
We will contact the successful applicants by March 15th, and our first official meeting will take place at the end of March.  The application does need to include a resume.   

Xbox vs Xtra Training

I think we can all agree that the game of soccer is by no means an easy one. Before we even introduce the ball you need coordination, balance, and agility. Once the ball comes in you need composure, a soft first touch, good technique, and comfort with both feet. Then we add teammates and opponents and everything gets so much more complicated as game awareness and decision-making becomes so important. Lastly we add the competitive element and now there is the pressure to execute all of the above in the frenzy of the actual game.

So how does a youth player improve? How can a coach work on all of this with only 2 practice sessions a week and many players to look out for? 

The answer, in my humble opinion, can lie in the players themselves. Ten minutes a day spent with a ball getting quality touches will add up to over 3,500 minutes a year. 15 minutes will amount to almost 5,500 a year. Juggle a tennis ball while taking a break from school work; use only your weaker foot while striking a ball against a wall; juggle with a teammate before practice starts; watch some Coerver moves/skills on YouTube and try to replicate; even work on balance and coordination exercises while watching television. In short, spend time improving your body mastery and ball mastery skills and I promise you'll be astounded at how much you'll improve at this sport. No matter what your long-term plan for your soccer career may be, surely it is worth spending 10-15 minutes a day to become the best player you can be.  

In the spirit of my previous declaration of The Year of Individual Technical Improvement, we are going to have a little competition where players can send in a short video of them juggling with a ball, or demonstrating a move. The top three entrants will receive a nice prize.

XBOX vs Xtra Challenge

TYPE OF VIDEOS: you juggling a ball or demonstrating a move

INSTAGRAM - take a video on Instagram and tag @PennLegacySoccer

FACEBOOK - post your video or share your YouTube video link to our wall on Penn Legacy’s Facebook Page

EMAIL - send your video to

HASHTAG - #PennLegacy #XBOXvsXtra

Deadline: Feb 28th, 2017