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Testimonials


Geaton Caltabiano

"I contacted coach Caltabiano (Geaton) to help prepare my daughter for her upcoming season.  From their first session, I could see that Geaton bridges the gap between player and coach.  His sessions were challenging, effective and fun and were geared for her at her tempo and allowed her fine tune her game.  His coaching extended beyond the field as he also kept an eye out for her at a camp that he (as coach) and she (as camper) both attended even though she wasn’t in his group.  That really impressed me.  He really cares about helping and developing a player to reach their potential." 


"Our son had the opportunity to train one on one with Geaton during the Summer of 2017.  Not only was it truly thrilling for a young player to train with a professional soccer star, the benefits were immediately evident.  The slight change to technique increased my son's shooting power and the footwork drills forced him to make faster, more accurate passes.  The one on one environment encouraged my son to push himself and make mistakes without having to worry about what his peers would say.  The most important aspect of the training was Geaton's mentorship and guidance on taking care of yourself as a high level athlete.  My son now thinks about how his bedtime and diet will affect his play the next day.  As my son progresses in soccer, training with Geaton will be an important part of it."


"My son has been trained and coached by Mamadou and Geaton.  What they’ve provided my son is not only coaching but personal mentorship in the spirit of growing as a soccer player and a young person.  What they bring that’s special is their relavence both by recently competing professionally and understanding the demands of today’s student athlete.  Both Mamadou and Geaton have extraordinary talent development qualities;  Mamadou is extremely detail oriented and has the tremendous ability to obtain excellence from his players while Geaton’s tactical and technical knowledge that has been passed down from generations is a differentiator.   The combined effort and the trust they have for each other makes this partnership different from the classic “money” hungry self proclaimed soccer experts.  Home Grown Soccer was not established to claim their share of the soccer community’s dollar however they're here to truly DEVELOP TALENT and to help our young people maximize their potential on and off the field."

- Alex Allen


Mamadou Kansaye

"Coach Mamadou truly embodies the ideal coach. He strives to teach every player the essence of being part of a team to reach a common goal. He teaches his players to have a genuine care and respect for themselves and for others on and off the field. 

He is dynamic, creative, and innovative in developing his players with his customized coaching methodologies. Coach Mamadou utilizes his intuition to adjust to the player’s abilities to help them reach their personal potential."


"My son has been trained and coached by Mamadou and Geaton.  What they’ve provided my son is not only coaching but personal mentorship in the spirit of growing as a soccer player and a young person.  What they bring that’s special is their relavence both by recently competing professionally and understanding the demands of today’s student athlete.  Both Mamadou and Geaton have extraordinary talent development qualities;  Mamadou is extremely detail oriented and has the tremendous ability to obtain excellence from his players while Geaton’s tactical and technical knowledge that has been passed down from generations is a differentiator.   The combined effort and the trust they have for each other makes this partnership different from the classic “money” hungry self proclaimed soccer experts.  Home Grown Soccer was not established to claim their share of the soccer community’s dollar however they're here to truly DEVELOP TALENT and to help our young people maximize their potential on and off the field."

- Alex Allen


Phil Saunders

"Phil is a fantastic coach! My son has been working with Phil on an individual basis for the past year and it has been a phenomenal growth experience. Phil has helped my son take extraordinary leaps in his goalkeeping ability and confidence. My son's skill, positioning, and decision making have all greatly improved and Phil makes each session so much fun for him. We are so happy to have Phil a part of my son's soccer training."


"Phil began training my son, Nicholas in January of 2016 and we found he was always extremely flexible in scheduling training time. Prompt and professional, Phil would have a number of drills set up before our arrival and a well thought out training session that focused on a number of skills and their development. 

Phil often went above and beyond that hour per week. It was common to receive e-mails or texts after a session with further instructions, video links to showing different techniques discussed in the recent session and even a fitness plan Phil developed, to help facilitate my sons growth. He also made sure we knew of any upcoming training camps or tryout opportunities and provided us with the information needed to pursue those opportunities. 

As a coach, Phil's style and philosophy are spot on! He worked to teach my son not only technical aspects of goal keeping, but also the psychology of the game from a keepers perspective. Being a keeper is a tough position physically and sometimes psychologically and Phil made sure to fully develop Nicholas game from all parameters.  My son both respected what Phil had to say, and admired him for his skill and experience. Phil always explained things in a concise way to Nicholas and was firm and encouraging, knowing exactly when to push my athlete, when to praise his efforts. He also knew how to reassure him and not let him get down on himself when he made errors.

Nicholas would tell you that working with Phil for the past 2 years was one of his greatest experiences. Our family became invested in Phil and his endeavors and my son would tell you our family are Phil's #1 fans.

Simply put, Phil was made for teaching. You can tell when he is on the field with his students he truly cares about them not just as student athletes, but as young people. He is personable and kind, but doesn't let kids slack, pushing them to their fullest potential. The amount of knowledge he demonstrates and shares with his students is unmatched. If I could endorse him a thousand times and what he accomplished with my son, it would be my privilege to do so. 

I know he will be an asset to your partnership and we are excited to know the impact he will be having on the sport, by dedicating himself to training the next generation of elite keepers."


"Phil Saunders has been training my son for over a year now and the results are extraordinary.  Phil keeps his sessions focused and fun and my son loves working with him.  Phil goes beyond a coach or trainer - he's a fantastic TEACHER that has the ability to communicate his expertise appropriately and clearly to any young goalie.  He's a tremendous asset to your organization and the area and any parent looking for a keeper trainer for their son or daughter should stop looking and call Coach Phil!"