Read below what fans and All-Americans had to say about our event.


I can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort you put into this event. My husband Glenn sent you an email and we both left Birmingham saying, “WOW.” The amount of planning and preparation from before the kids arrived, is unfathomable. I appreciate the over communication, the level of detail in the planning, the inclusiveness that was extended to parents, and on and on and on. You made the kids feel welcome but also the parents. The dinner on Saturday night was wonderful and loved the idea to include parents. This will be one of those experiences Connor will never forget. Thank you to you and your staff for hosting!
— Rossana White
 
I wanted to thank you for letting me be part of this unbelievable event. It was truly an honor for me. To be around these great players and coaches was extremely special and a memory I will always carry with me. High School soccer is in a difficult time with the Academy, but through your hard work and dedication you help keep high school soccer special and offer opportunities like this to showcase the game of high school soccer. I know there is no event related to soccer for kids this age that can compare to the High School All American game. The quality of players at this event was incredible and it showed in both the training and the game itself. Its been hard to concentrate since being back at work just thinking back on the fun we had and the players and coaches I met. I seriously can’t thank you enough. And for you to provide the coaches with gear, food, hotel rooms was awesome. Nothing will beat that signed jersey though!!!
— Coach Steve Lawrence - Marquette Jesuit
 
I want to thank you and all of the coaches for your time and effort in coordinating the All-American game. Michael was excited to be part of this event. He enjoyed meeting several new boys and he was honored to play with such a talented group. I can not think of a more perfect way for him to end his high school soccer career. This was an experience he will never forget. Keep up the great work and rest assured that your efforts are appreciated!
— Frank Panarisi
 
I wanted to let you know I sent an email thanking Jason, Grant, Durward, Jack and Chris for their involvement in the event. Additionally, I just wanted to say thank you for hosting the Boys Soccer All-American Game. Thank you for investing in the lives of the young men who participated in the game. The event was first-class; you have an incredible gift for catalyzing fantastic experiences for young men. Thanks again for your involvement and investment in High School Soccer!
— Coach Scott Reitnour - Wesleyan Christian
As a parent, I cannot thank you enough for all the dedication and hard work it took of you to put a game together of this magnitude. Our family is thankful, and I am quite certain that we speak for many others. My son had a fantastic time at the game, and the off the field activities were tremendous. We wish you and all future players nothing but more success moving forward!
— Carin Gabarra--National Soccer Hall of Fame Member
I just want to thank you again for giving Wes such an amazing opportunity to play in the All-American Game. That gave Penn St. a chance too look at him and now he is so happy he committed there!

When I first thanked you it was because we all had such a great time and it was so fun to watch and experience the All-American game. You put so much time and energy into the weekend and we greatly appreciated it! I never thought I would be sending a second thank you for this news. I’m not really sure how to put it into words.....simply THANK YOU.....doesn’t seem enough.
— Ruth Bergevin
I wanted to send you a note to thank you, both for including me in the All American game, and for all of your efforts that you put in to make the game happen.

As you can imagine, I was incredibly upset after my injury, but your insistence on including me in the game helped lift my spirits. My inclusion meant so much to me, and has bolstered my enthusiasm in rehab and working to get back on the field.

Of course I would have liked to be on the field helping the East team, but it was great meeting and hanging with such a great group of girls. I hope to keep in touch with many of them.
— Jenny Haskel
I just wanted to thank you for the experience of a lifetime. My entire family loved every second of it. I wish I could start it all over again. So, again, thank you for selecting me to have the opportunity to participate in the game. Having the opportunity to play with and against some of the best girls in the country has allowed me to learn so much in such a short period of time, and I am certain it will serve me well in college next year.

I would also like to thank my coaches I had, as well as all of the coaches, for the time and effort they gave as well as teaching each of us something we could walk away with in only a few days.

It was so much fun!
— Shannon McGinnis
First of all, a huge THANK YOU to you and your staff for a memorable event! To to get that many kids and coaches together in a day, produce an enjoyable and competitive game, was nothing short of amazing!!

For Lauren, “ that was so much fun”!, said it all! Sadly, sometimes for these girls, the game they love has become a source of stress to perform, be recruited, and win, win, win!! This game and the weekend really seemed to give her a much needed boost of why she is out there in the first place, to have fun!
— Diane Nemeroff
 
The All-American Game cannot be described with words, footage, and social media posts. Practicing with the best players in the country and playing a game with them, not just any game, one of the most beautiful games, can only be described with the feeling inside of you. It is a very humbling experience to be considered among the country’s best and to be given such an opportunity. I had so much fun practicing and playing during the short weekend. I honestly felt like a kid again. I made lasting friendships, some of these guys I will play against in the following months in the club season and others when I’m in college. The organization is great and the coaching staff are very friendly and know the game. Many years from now I will look back to that weekend, and remember all the players, the game under the lights, and that feeling within!
— Brandon Medina
 
I want to thank you for allowing me to participate in the High School Soccer All-American Game this past weekend. I really did not know what to expect when I agreed to accept your invitation. I thought it would be a good event because I had an idea of other events you have promoted. However, let me say that this event was better than I could have ever imagined. Your organization is second to none, and your ability to attract such terrific coaches and players is truly amazing. I was pleased to meet several fine coaches I hadn’t known before, and was very pleased to reassociate with coaches that I already knew such as Mike Gauvain, and of course Matt Longo and Mike McLaughlin who played here at Quincy for me. And to top that off I got to visit with Schellas Hyndman, a colleague I watched rise from a good college player, to a terrific college coach/NSCAA administrator, and then on to world renowned professional coach. I tell you, I really get a kick out of watching MLS games featuring FC Dallas and catching glimpses of Schellas on the sidelines directing his team. It was good to chat with him and find out that even though he has soared so high with all his accomplishments that he is still the same genuine guy he always was!
— Coach Jack Mackenzie - Quincy University
 
Just wanted to thank you, and all you efforts to pull this off. Dakota has not stopped talking about how great of a time he had. And how awesome you treated him. This will be something he will remember for the rest of his life. Definitely worth the 2 game suspension!
— Debi Edwards
 
I wanted to thank you for your fantastic communication with us(Parents) and the boys! I also appreciate you answering all my questions in such quick manner. All I can say about the weekend was-AMAZING! Every detail down to the socks was fantastic. Brandt had a great time and so did my family. My Parents traveled down from Pennsylvania to see the game. We all were amazed at the talent and maturity of all the boys. The game was very exciting and great to watch! This was a once in a lifetime experience and I hope each player stopped to takein some memories over the weekend! The uniforms we also really fantastic. I think some of the boys have made some definite friends from this weekend !!
— Alison Bronico
 
I would also like to thank you for an incredible experience for Dewey, his mom and I at the All American game. The entire program was top notch. The environment that you were able to create to bring these young men together was awesome! The guys bonded so quickly that it turned what I expected to be a boring one on one “me game” into some beautiful soccer. What a joy to watch.Special kids, special organization, special coaching…… special weekend.Thanks again Eric for all you did and giving us the opportunity to be a part of it!
— Dan Lewis
First of all, I’ll like to say thanks to Eric Stratman for organizing this event. Playing in the All-American game was an extraordinary opportunity. It was a goal that I’ve had for myself for as long as I can remember. This was an accomplishment that I will definitely remember for the rest of my life. However, when I look back on this game years from now, I doubt that I will remember if I had a good or bad game, or if I made big plays or not. I will remember that moment after 90 minutes, when were all standing on the field taking pictures, talking and laughing. I had the opportunity to play against a few guys from the East team during my four years in high school. For four years, not one day did I say their names or their schools without hoping their loss will be my victory, or their bad day will be my good day. But there I was, the last moment of my high school soccer career having an amazing time with them. The same players who I’d visualize so much negativity about their playing style. This moment is what separates the beautiful game from all the other games. It doesn’t matter if you are Black, White, Asian, or attend South Kent School or Berkshire School, at the end of the day, this game is about us all coming together as one.
— Mickey Watson--South Kent School
I just wanted to thank you and all the coaches for hosting the All-American game in Cary, NC. I know a great deal of time went into coordinating the AA game, the NCAA playoffs, hotel arrangements, the banquet, practices, uniforms, and all the communication between players and their parents. It is a very humbling that a group of people would host such an event for the benefit of others. I am genuinely grateful.

It was such an honor to play with talented players from across the country, and it was a tremendous experience that I will never forget. I look forward to playing against several of these players in the coming months and following these guys as they progress over the next four years.

Thank you again for such an incredible experience.
— Kyle Kenagy
Thank you for offering Emily the opportunity to play in the 2014 High School All American game. It was an honor and an experience that neither one of us will ever forget.

I also want to commend you for the “spirit” of the whole weekend. From the very beginning, you set a great tone. It was truly a pleasure meeting you and the other coaches.

One moment that stands out in my mind is when during your opening meeting, you reminded everyone that this weekend was about the players. So, even though one girl was injured, she was going to get into the game—-even if only for a minute. That was pretty cool. When Emily got sick, the coaches were just as supportive. Thank you!

I wish you all the best in the future and will do what I can from afar to help support this event.
— Colleen Powers and Emily Heslin
I would like to take this time sir to thank you and your colleagues for such a fantastic experience. Although my son Bruce Jeter could not play because of his injury, you made it possible to include him in on everything. He has been talking about the festivities and kicking the ball out of bounds since the game, as well as friendships made. The families were all so nice. It was definitely an experience that will be with us forever. Keep up the good work. JOB WELL DONE!
— Dineen
Thanks for making this an awesome experience for me and all of the other all Americans. I’ve been to a lot of tournaments, showcases, camps, and this is one of my all time favorite experiences! I look forward to contributing / supporting this event once I start to make my own money :). Best of luck in the future games!
— Luc Barbé
 
I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to be involved with this year’s Sr. High School All-American game in Birmingham, Al. I was very excited to have been involved with my friend and mentor Coach Jack Mackenzie. The thing that really surprised me was that he still continues to defeat me in soccer games, !!! What really surprised me was the quality of the young men who were competing in the game.You do a great job of making this event happen and you have a fan for life!
— Schellas Hyndman
 
First off want to thank you and your whole committee for putting on an exceptional weekend for everyone involved and especially the boys. It was definitely a first class event and I met a lot of people by just being around. Eric Lynch is the player that I was honored with coaching the last 4 years and for a kid that does not show his emotion much if at all after the game I think that’s the most I have seen him smile in the whole 4 years.!
— Coach Kevin Terrell - Bellbrook Soccer
 
I just wanted to relay to you that Sam Bascom (Madeira High School; Cincinnati, OH) received the Gatorade Player of the Year award for boys soccer in Ohio, and it wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t extended the opportunity for him to play in your All-American game. Sam is only the 2nd Cincinnati player and the 2nd player from outside the big school division to win the award (given out since 1986). I know his participation and MVP recognition at your game was a difference maker for him. Btw, Gatorade refers to your game as “the High School All-American Game” in their official write-up about Sam, so I think recognition is growing. Anyways, Sam had a blast both on and off the field with the game, and we really appreciate everything you’ve done to create this!
— John Unger - Madeira High Coach
 
The 2012 High School All- American game was a great experience due to the quality of coaches and players that were at the event. The opportunity to play at UAB under the lights is a once in a lifetime experience that I was glad to be apart of. Due to the quality of players the game was physical and fast paced, creating a great environment for creative soccer. The games atmosphere brought out the best skills of each player as seen with the amount of goals that were scored. Overall I am very pleased to have participated in this game as many of my other teammates did as well.
— Michael Galullo
 
Thank you again for inviting me to play in the All American game. It was such an amazing experience an honor. It was a great way to end my high school career. Being able to play with all of those amazing girls was great and I will remember it forever!
— Megan Niebuhr - St. Ursula (2013)
Young athletes who are trying to master ‘the beautiful game’ often face a wrenching choice in high school: Play Club soccer or play for your high school team. Although Club soccer provides superior training, competition and a surer route to that college roster spot, there is nothing that compares to the pride, energy and loyalty of a high school sports team. It is a uniquely American experience. In spirit (if not skill), high school soccer is more akin to the college game — where once again you will don the jersey colors of your school, fiercely defend its (possibly funky) mascot and storm the field with your classmates — than Club soccer will ever be. The High School All-American Soccer Game honors and celebrates elite players who play for both Club and school. By so doing, it encourages youth players to participate in both settings and to keep high school soccer a vibrant sport in America. Bravo and thank you!
— Lisa Natanson
I wanted to send you a note to let you know how much we (Paige Davis, myself, my wife) all appreciate everything you did to make the High School All American game happen. Such an amazing event, and what a great way for players across the country to meet each other, play against each other and celebrate all of their hard work.

Paige’s coach and entire high school team were watching the live stream, along with her grandparents and friends. This was an experience of a lifetime for her.

Paige’s younger sister, who will be a senior next fall was so excited she has set her goal to become a High School All American like her sister. They’ve played together since they were 3 and you’ve also help motivate her sister Hailey like I’ve never seen.

Thank you again for everything. It was truly amazing and you touched a lot of lives.
— Greg Davis
Thank you so much for all the work you put into last weekend. It was truly a remarkable experience for me. I was very impressed with the level of competition you brought down there. It allowed everyone to challenge each other at the training sessions and made for a really fun game! After all, soccer is most fun at high speeds with the best players. I really enjoyed talking to other players and coaches and made the most of my time with them. I am so excited to see some of these girls on the field in college! Thank you for the opportunity. Best of luck with the game next year and in the future!
— Caroline Dreher
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for all of the time and effort that you put into this event! Everything was fantastic, the communication and information that you provided, the hotel accommodations, the field and facilities, the programs, the boys uniforms, and what a great game - even the weather was perfect :) Our son had such a great experience, it was a wonderful way to close out his high school career, and we cannot thank you enough for your part in that.
— Kathy MacKinnon (Derek MacKinnon - East)