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SIMA: Goalkeeper Factory

By SIMA, 07/20/22, 10:00AM EDT


SIMA's Goalkeepers led by Coach Christian Neira and Coach Diego Da Silva are popping up in top college and professional teams

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SIMA is producing great student athletes on and off the field and the Goalkeeper program is no exception to that. Goalkeeper Director Christian Neira Bravo states " we believe in developing the human side first, where they focus on the values and identity as a program. Second, we strive to be the best in the academic side. Finally, we focus on the athlete and their uniqueness that allow us to develop their abilities to the fullest based on our Holistic approach and methodology." Following SIMA's values of person then student then player, the Goalkeepers have been no exception.  Student-athletes from the SIMA Goalkeeper program have volunteered over the years to help in goalkeeping specific sessions of SIMA Pre-Academy (ages 5-12). Since the start of the Pre-Academy program, 5 different students-athletes have transitioned into SIMA directly from SIMA Pre Academy:

  • Dustin Estep
  • Dax Pierce
  • Rylan Pierce
  • Raj Vieria de Andrade
  • Kenzo Tanaka Aranda

SIMA offers incredible exposure and opportunities to play in front of college coaches, professional scouts and teams for recruitment purposes at all levels. The Goalkeeper program provides daily training sessions with small groups to enhance performance with the coaches. The program also includes video analysis from both training and games to help the student athlete on their performance.

The SIMA Goalkeeper program has been able to develop goalkeepers from all levels and ages over the years and has been able to help many student athletes make the transition to the next level. These are the names that have made it through the ranks of the SIMA Goalkeeper program and where they were able to move onto in life after SIMA: 

  • Joseph Andema 22’ Clemson University DI
  • Alekzander Bates 22’ Wofford University DI
  • Rodrigo Gutierrez 22’ Hanover College DIII
  • Marc Kouadio 20’ East Tennessee State University DI / U17 Canada National team / U17 World Cup Brazil 2019
  • Weston King 19’ Louisville University DI / The Village USL 2
  • Joao Freire 19’ Knox College DIII
  • Felipe Valente PG Francis Marion University DII
  • Christopher Jensen 19’ University of Indianapolis DII
  • Gabe Sitler 19’ Marshall University DI
  • Nikolas Hartmann 18’ Temple University DI / SD Portmany (PRO / Third division Spain)
  • Matt Douglas 18’ UCF DI (Prefect)
  • Enrique Facusse 17’ University of Kentucky DI / Honduras National Team
  • Chase Vosvick 17’ Loyola University DI / PRO Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
  • Federico Barrios 15’ University of Dayton / (PRO Botev Vrasta – Belguim)
  • Gabi Gjergji PG Butler University DI 

Coach Christian and Coach Diego are creating something special with these student athletes as we see more Goalkeeper alumni popping up at the next level.