Arizona United?

Discussion in 'Arizona Scene' started by KickinKat, Feb 15, 2019.

  1. KickinKat

    KickinKat New Member

    Does anyone happen to know who Arizona United is? Just curious as I’m hoping to find an option in West Valley next year.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. steelerfeever

    steelerfeever Member

    Hey Kick...

    Assume by our other discussion you have an '06 boy and are asking about Arizona United SC Blue '06 boys. I believe the club Arizona United is the club Tom McConkey started (the fella that ran a bunch of tournaments via Sadly, Tom passed away in 2018. But he allowed up and coming new clubs to use his Arizona United charter to get going before they fully established themselves. I may have that wrong but that's what I have pieced together the last couple of years. Calcio, a west valley club out of Goodyear/Litchfield Park was one of them. Calcio has since become a fully chartered club under ASA and most of their teams show as such. I don't know the reasoning behind their '06 Blue team still showing as Arizona United but the Coach (Matt Marek) is a Calcio coach. Calcio has 3 '06 boys teams. Calcio Black '06 (Port of Subs Div 1), Blue '06 (ASL 1) and White '06 (Port of Subs Div 2).

    My boy doesn't play on any of those teams he's a couple of years younger. I do know the owner of Calcio very well, great guy. Headed to Vegas for Mayors Cup today and he and his boy are coming. PM me if you want his direct cell.

    Hope it helps and good luck.
  3. KickinKat

    KickinKat New Member

    I was actually asking about a team called AZ United 06 Black. Their coach is Mike Macias.

    I really don’t know anything about them, but my son has a friend there. I’m sure the reviews I would get from them are a little biased.
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  4. GKdad

    GKdad Member

    If you are looking for a far west valley option for next year;

    Calcio- echoing the sentiments of the club director given by steelerfever, he is a great guy
    West Valley Soccer Club- Avondale- Only know coaches on the girls side and staff/specialty coaches but they have all been good as I have seen- some excellent.
    Phoenix Rising Glendale- Assuming they aren't folding as questioned in a previous thread- one of the boys coaches at 06 is a great guy, they practice right next to Cardinals stadium
    Nomads- Avondale/Goodyear- Don't have any insight at all...
    Arizona FC- Surprise- Boys coaches at this age are great guys, new director of coaching is solid
    Benfica- Have a team in El Mirage and a team in Buckeye- Their club director is a great guy some of their older teams coaches are great don't know many younger team coaches.
    FBSL/Tuzos/AZFC- All over the west valley they have tons of teams predominantly hispanic- some of these may be under the AZ United umbrella hard to determine.
    Roadrunners YSC- Tolleson I think? Coaches on girls side I have met are nice

    I am sure I left someone out...
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  5. aginaz

    aginaz Active Member

    Phoenix Premier FC has their NW teams that practice out there somewhere...
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  6. MoneyMike380

    MoneyMike380 New Member

    Az United 06 Macias is activily looking to leave united and move to another club. The coach has already contacted several clubs in regard to moving.
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  7. Tiki-Taka-Freak

    Tiki-Taka-Freak Active Member

    Go to RSL. Everyone else seems to be doing so.
  8. Revup06

    Revup06 New Member

    Or go to Del Sol and join the 06 Tuzos.
  9. polly

    polly Member

    Didn't an 04 team come over recently too?
  10. SmashBros

    SmashBros New Member

    Unfortunately, I know Mike and I wouldn't take my son or daughter there. He has a different team for almost every game he plays in. Most of the kids on his 06B team are actually 07s and then he borrows ASL and APL kids and plays in lower brackets. He used to bench his own players and rely on the borrowed players.

    I would look at one of the other west valley options mentioned above if your serious about developing your son/daughter.
  11. Youtube guy

    Youtube guy Member

    The problem is and not that anyone cares but coach Macias only wants to train and coach elite players. So he has no idea how to develop new or inexperienced players. I’ve seen his teams play, I’ve spoken to him when I’ve taken my son to tryouts and he seems to boast about who HE was coached by or HIS own playing experience. He has no coaching licenses but will openly call himself a “DOC” or “Director”. I think if someone is looking for a “team” they should first ask around about the coach. On paper and in person a coach is a salesman. They can convince you of what they can do for your player but none will tell you what they can’t do, and that’s develop, Coach Mike has yet to produce a solid athlete. There are many viable options in the west but very few will have a system in place to develop your player. Do your homework on the coach. Meet and talk with them. Attend their sessions. Talk with other parents. Ask other coaches. At the end of the day a parent should ask, what opportunities can this club/coach provide for my player. If it’s just playing 16 games and a few tournaments then stick to rec. There are only a few 06 teams in the west that are truly competitive but only a couple actually have a system. Tuzos 06 was gutted last year but they are still competitive, not really a playing system but they get by on a huge talent pool. CCV is declining and trying to stay relevant but still an option. Classic west is consistently in the top 10 and always have great athletes who they develop and you can count on seeing them in most of the top tourneys in state and out. Inferno is all but recreational and to my knowledge no real coach that is worthy of mentioning. Excel is a step above rec but I know for a fact they cheat and use older kids to play down. It’s the culture that club is building. Phoenix Premier is also like a revolving door, players stay for one season and leave. I don’t think they can sustain players consistently. And then you have the smaller FBSL teams but none are competitive and no real coaching/training. At the end of the day take a look at the on field product and decide if you want your son/daughter to evolve as a player or just show up on Saturdays and play a 70 minute game and go home. I don’t think Az united or that coach can provide long term development, regardless of his title.
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  12. Youtube guy

    Youtube guy Member

    I guess you called it. He just moved, again, 6th club in 6 years.
  13. SmashBros

    SmashBros New Member

    I saw that he posted that he is the Director of Northwest Sandsharks. I hope they realize what they just signed up for. I'm surprised that he's still able to "coach" in AZ. Any wagers on how long Sandsharks puts up with him before they kick him to the curb? My guess is he doesn't make it through the summer.
  14. MoneyMike380

    MoneyMike380 New Member

    Oh boy. Clearly Sandsharks has no idea what they are doing. Why does a guy with so much experience can’t find any west side club that will hire him? Sandsharks must be desperate.
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  15. KickIt

    KickIt New Member

    Sounds like this guy will fit right in with Sandsharks. The job application reads: Sandsharks seek an experienced temporary coach. Must be comfortable cheating, benching your own players, building a different team every game, bringing APL and ASL players to stack your team, and benching your own players. LOL!
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  16. SpanishSoccerDad

    SpanishSoccerDad New Member

    I recently spoke to this coach, Mike Macias, through email and he was full of information until I had told him I was taking my two twin boys to several other clubs in addition to his to tryout. Once I said that, he was very rude and told me most clubs were already full and they wouldn’t take my kids. I don’t know. We didn’t experience that as far as trying out for other clubs and the other clubs being “full”. I was going to take my boys to his (Mike Macias) tryouts but we couldn’t get the scheduling down and the guy pretty much said we needed to commit and show up or stop wasting his time. Is that standard here in Arizona? We moved here from Europe so the procedures are very different from what we are used to. Regardless I’m not sure a youth coach should put himself on such a high horse and expect players to commit to him without first meeting him and getting to know his playing system. Again, is that standard here in the states? I called a few coaches and spoke to them directly, I didn’t know the states hired salesman to coach. It was actually kinda funny to be honest. Again we aren’t used to hearing coaches talk about themselves and their accomplishments. Only one coach actually told me his plans for how he develops players and what his goals are for players. I was very impressed. Problem is his practices are just too far in the west for us to attend. So I think we may have to settle for a salesman our first season and go from there.
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  17. steelerfeever

    steelerfeever Member

    My boy hasn't played for him, but I have friends who know this Coach and his antics. Then you have all of the other comments on this particular thread about Macias. No way would I have my kid play for a coach like that. There are certainly teams that hold spots for kids that come along after tryouts. Keep looking around. Sounds like you're on the East side, that's where most of the Clubs are. Good luck!
  18. Tiki-Taka-Freak

    Tiki-Taka-Freak Active Member

    Unfortunately many coaches have an American football mindset when it comes to soccer. There are good coaches out there though. I would start off looking at their credentials and then try to get to know them. The hardest thing to deal with when it comes to youth soccer is the coach. Best of luck and I hope you find what you are looking for.
  19. KickinKat

    KickinKat New Member

    I know I started this thread, but I found out more than I ever cared to know about Macias. I talked to families that had kids play for him. Let’s just say, he speaks very highly of himself, yet has done nothing. Sounds like his 06 team dwindled down to 1 player. Sad part is that poor kid had to stay because it’s his own son.
    He actually posted a message to my profile page here telling me how awesome he is and that no parent has ever left because of him. Every parent I spoke to left because of him specifically. Some even showed me threatening messages from him.
    I figured I’d check him out on Facebook. Pretty self absorbed. I mean what 40 year old man wishes himself a happy birthday on Facebook? Someone that needs a lot of attention.
    I recommend that if any of you know someone thinking of taking their kids to him, help them! This guy is literally crazy and will tell them anything just to get kids.
  20. Tiki-Taka-Freak

    Tiki-Taka-Freak Active Member

    This is the main reason kids eventually quit. All it takes is one bad coach to do it. That is why it is very important to support your child. When you have a combination of parents who don't care and a bad coach, it can lead to disaster. The stories I hear about what some of these coaches do is pretty disgusting especially when you talking about 9 and 10 year olds. Really do your homework when looking for a team.

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