MINNESOTA THUNDER ACADEMY

The Minnesota Thunder Academy has proven itself as the Club for player development. In addition to the numerous team successes, MTA continues to develop players that compete at the highest levels of the game. All of these players spent time honing their skills within the top Club in Minnesota.

       

The pinnacle for any soccer player is to make it to the professional ranks. These players have worked hard to acheive greatness playing in MLS and abroad.

Cody Cropper
Ipswich Town (2010-current) – English League Championship

Sasha Gotsmanov
Colorado Rapids (2005-2006) – Major League Soccer

Abdus Ibrahim
Toronto FC (2008-current) – Major League Soccer
FC Dallas (2007-2008) – Major League Soccer

Tom Presthus
Columbus Crew (1997-2000) – Major League Soccer
DC United (2000-2002) – Major League Soccer

Kyle Singer
New England Revolution (2002-2005) – Major League Soccer


The following players have been part of a United States Soccer Federation team or pool training group. Very few players get to represent their countries, yet these players were recognized by the U.S.National Team Staff for their high-level of play. For more information on the US National Team and Youth Nathion Teams, please click the logo above.

Mukwalle Akale
U14 Boys National Team Pool (2010)

Sophie Babo
U14 Girl’s National Team Pool (2010)

Phil Berger
U17 Men’s National Team (2007)
U15 Boy’s National Team (2006)
U14 Boy’s National Team (2005)

Cody Cropper
U20 Men’s National Team (2010)

Madison Gaffney
U14 Girl’s National Team Pool (2010)

Amber Greeley
U14 Girl’s National Team Pool (2010)

Keegan Gunderson
U17 Men’s National Team (2007)
U16 Boy’s National Team (2006)
U15 Boy’s National Team (2005)

Abdus Ibrahim
U20 Men’s National Team (2010)
U17 Men’s National Team (2006)
U17 Men’s National Team (2005)

Isaac Kanneh 
U18 Men's National Team (2011)

Eric Miller 
U18 Men’s National Team (2011)

Lauren Miller
U15 Girl’s National Team Pool (2010)
U14 Girl’s National Team Pool (2009)

Tom Presthus
Men’s National Team (1999)

Kylie Schwarz
U15 Girl’s National Team Pool (2010)
U14 Girl’s National Team Pool (2009)

Kyle Singer
U17 Men’s National Team (1997)

Maximiliano Steigwardt
U14 Boys National Team Pool (2010)

Jackson Yueill
U14 Boys National Team Pool (2010)
 

"The NSCAA administers an outstanding awards and recognition program which includes Coach of the Year, All-America, long-term service and special recognition awards designed to recognize excellence in soccer, academics and service to the game." For more information on the NSCAA, please click the logo above.

NSCAA Collegiate All-American

Bobby Kroog
Gustavus Adolphus College (2003, 2004, 2005)

Caroline Smith
University of Kansas (2004)

NSCAA High School All-American

Megan Almanzo (1998)

Chad Gilmer (2008)

Kelsey Hans (2003)

Katherine Krambeer (2002)

Krista Lundgren (2007)

Julie Rezak (2006)

Dana Tripp (2005)

Brianna Westlund (2007)

Each year the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association recognizes the best players in boys and girls soccer. Starting in 2005 they began selecting the top boy and girl in each class (A & AA). For more information on the MSHSSCA, please click the logo above.

MSHSSCA Mr. Soccer and Ms. Soccer

2010
Eric Miller (Boys AA)
Adam Osman (Boys A)

2009
Maddie Job (Girls A)

2008
Stephanie Brandt (Girls AA)
Whitney Browne (Boys AA)

2007
Krista Lundgren (Girls AA)
Megan Gallivan (Girls A)
Colin Monestario (Boys AA)
Keido Poure (Boys A)

2006
Tippy Jordan (Girls A)
Abe Gibbons (Boys AA)
Paul Grandstand (Boys A)

2005
Dana Tripp (Girls AA)
Chelsea Turner (Girls A)
Ryan Vint (Boys AA)

2004
Jon Stillwell (Boys)

2003
Kelsey Hans (Girls)

2002
Katherine Krambeer (Girls)

2001
Caroline Smith (Girls)
Chris Glinski (Boys)