Kyle Ihn recounts his journey to the pro game, discussing the clubs and people that helped him get to where he is now, as well as his thoughts on the positive and negatives of the current state of American goalkeeper development.
Today we’re here with Tim Kelly. Tim is a former MLS goalkeeper but more notably the Director of Goalkeeping for St. Louis Scott Gallagher. If you’ve ever looked at the list of clubs for a U17 or U20 US roster release, you’ve probably see Gallagher on there at some point. They’re a fairly prominent club, producing good field players and goalkeepers alike. Tim has developed or worked with a number of MLS goalkeepers at some stage in their career, as well having a number of young goalkeepers in the club that he’s really excited about.
The conversation Tim and I had was pretty free-flowing and it picks up right in the middle, as there wasn’t a proper starting spot to be honest. Tim discusses his take on his job as a goalkeeper coach and where he inserts himself but also talks about how he gets out of the way of a goalkeeper’s development. He hits on some intangible qualities and mentalities that contribute to a goalkeeper’s success, as well as touching briefly on the US youth national team setup as far as goalkeepers are concerned. And then towards the end he shares why he’s optimistic about the future of American goalkeeping, despite the current lull we’re in.
Tim has a ton of experience in developing goalkeepers and he’s been around a while to prove the quality of his craft. So it was really wonderful to hear some outside-the-box thinking and someone to reassure us that the future is bright. So here’s Tim Kelly on American goalkeeping development.
Eric Klenofsky recounts his recovery process as well as his time from making the college-to-professional jump. Since recording, Klenofsky has signed with the Richmond Kickers!
2015 USL Goalkeeper of the Year Brandon Miller discusses his career and new goalkeeping brand, Prime Focus Goalkeeping. Head over to Prime Focus to read new content and check out what gloves are available for purchase as well.
Discussing goalkeeper safety with guest Stan Anderson. Do goalkeepers receive too many fouls against them or not enough? Where is the line on player safety?
Some relevant articles from Paul Gardner, as well as video from the controversial play from Manuel Neuer in the 2014World Cup:
Episode two returns with Tom Serratore (University of Oregon) who discusses his work with the St. Baldrick's Foundation and why off-the-field work is so important for him and his program. The NCAA recently published an article on one of Tom's players, Caitlyn Wong, on their work with St. Baldrick's, which can be read in full here.
Stan Anderson joins the Everybody Soccer podcast in an attempt to revive the two-year hiatus. We discuss goalkeeper development in the college system.
At one point we talk about a double save by Eric Dick, which can be found here at the 0:20 mark.
MLS goalkeeping legend Jon Busch fields questions ranging from the 1993 U17 World Cup to the recent MLS CBA to how height plays a factor in goalkeeping.
Tracy Noonan was the backup goalkeeper for the 1999 USWNT World Cup Champions and now runs her own goalkeeping camp called Dynasty Goalkeeping.