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

Flash Clinics in February 2017



Seamus is holding flash clinics on Saturday, Feb 11th, Friday Feb 17th, and Monday, February 20th (Presidents' Day). The focus of each session will be on the weaker foot, first touch, brain-centered training, and basic footskills.

It is a simple concept; go to the link below to sign up, (there is room for 24 kids each hour in the designated age groups). Bring $5 along to the clinic which will take place at LANCO Fieldhouse on the far end of Field 1. 

Bring a ball, water bottle, and appropriate soccer footwear.  

For any questions, contact Seamus Donnelly.


FEB 11 & 17







College Prep Session on Feb 11th


FREE Penn Legacy College Prep Mini Sessions will be held on Saturdays at Lanco Fieldhouse on the following dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, and 2/18. All sessions run 10:30am-10:50am and is for parents & players U16 and older. The topic for Saturday 2/11 is "The Best Ways To Be Seen By A College Coach."

Penn Legacy FC is holding several College Prep Mini Training Sessions along with several College Recruiting Q & A sessions in conjunction with the WSOX sessions. These sessions are all optional and will be held just before the WSOX Older Age Group training which start Saturdays at 11am which will allow the players to also attend WSOX. The Mini Sessions will be at LANCO Fieldhouse and will start at 10:30am and end at 10:50am. The sessions will cover a variety of topics that relate to college prep and recruiting. This will allow the players to come to WSOX 30 minutes early and be exposed to important college recruiting information, get answers to their questions, and then train at WSOX. Any questions please contact Mike Logan at

PL Speed & Agility Training Begins 2/21

Our Speed and Agility program is proving to be a smash hit.  This upcoming session will be the last one of this off-season as it will take us into the actual outdoor soccer season.  Take advantage of this special club offer and give yourself the best possible preparation for the spring season.   

The importance of speed and agility training in the sport of soccer is that it is a fundamental element in everything a player needs to do. When it comes to technical expertise and comfort on the ball, we must backtrack to the player's first touch. Before that is their balance and footwork before the ball even arrives. The same can be said of what happens as soon as the player has the ball. Speed and explosiveness is the great separator. it is with all this mind that we came up with a soccer action specific training program in conjunction with the experts at The Nook. It will work on conditioning for sure, plus injury prevention, but it will also focus on change of direction, foot speed, agility, balance, coordination, and posture. Included in the sessions will be pre and post testing so that improvements can be measured and quantified. All in all, it should prove to be an excellent program for all our players who attend.

Where? The Nook

When? Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4-7pm

Feb 21st (pre-testing day), 23rd, 28th,

Mar 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th,

Apr 4th (post-testing day).

4-5pm - u16 though u19
5-6pm - u13 through u15
6-7pm - u9 through u12
Cost? $89 for 12 sessions plus post-testing.

Be sure to type "Penn Legacy" into search box when registering.


Penn Legacy Selected to Host Real Madrid Foundation Clinic in June 2017

Penn Legacy recently announced our first ever club trip to Real Madrid this August. At the end of that message it was mentioned that there was more exciting news to come.
Well we are now DELIGHTED to announce that Penn Legacy has been selected as host of an Official Adidas Real Madrid Foundation Clinic in June 2017. From June 26th to 30th we will be hosting an OFFICIAL Real Madrid Foundation Clinic with OFFICIAL Real Madrid Foundation coaches, selected by the Real Madrid C.F. Academy Director.  
The @Real Madrid Foundation Clinics U.S.A. details and registration information will be announced soon, but for now,
Save the Dates - June 26th-30th, 2017
-Seamus Donnelly, Director of Coaching & Player Development