Club Name:

Blau Weiss Gottschee

Mission Statement:

To provide a community-based youth soccer program that promotes the development of high-quality players by focusing on the mastery of technical skills and encouraging individual creativity. Through consistent age-appropriate training and free play, and high-level competition at the later stages, Blau Weiss Gottschee fosters an environment where children are challenged to excel.

BW Gottschee endeavors to provide these opportunities to all who wish to participate.

Core Values:

  • COMMUNITY AND FAMILY
  • DEVELOP BOTH THE PLAYER AND THE PERSON
  • PLAYER PATHWAY – “PLAYGROUND TO PROFESSIONAL”
  • CONSISTENT & POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT
  • LONG TERM OBJECTIVE – PATIENCE
  • PASSION
  • STRUCTURE AND HARD WORK

Player Development Philosophy:

Our player philosophy develops each player’s understanding of their connection to their team, in and out of possession. This holistic approach to player development promotes a positive outlook and personal growth so players can take responsibility for their own development. While winning is part of the process in our club, nurturing and developing a winning and professional attitude is more important than any other short-term result.

BWG Player Profile:

  • COMPETITIVE SPIRIT – FULL PERFORMANCE
  • TECHNICAL – COMFORTABLE ON THE BALL
  • TRANSITIONAL REACTION – PLAY BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL
  • GOOD PERSON – TEAM PLAYER – COACHABLE
  • TACTICAL UNDERSTANDING
  • SOCCER INTELLIGENCE – DECISION MAKING
  • INDIVIDUAL COMPETENCY AND RESPONSIBILITY

Club Background & History:

Blau Weiss Gottschee was founded in 1951, after a group of Austrian immigrants who had settled in the Ridgewood and Glendale sections of Queens, New York sought to recreate the spirit of their homeland by forming a soccer club. Blau Weiss Gottschee’s Junior movement celebrated its greatest triumph in 1985, when the U16 team, won the U.S. Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, becoming the first team from the New York/New Jersey area to claim the title. Blau Weiss Gottschee remains one of the nation’s largest and most successful club’s thanks in large part to the high level of volunteerism.

Notable Team Results & Achievements:

  • 1985 & 2014 National Champions
  • 2016 U18 USSDA Academy #1 ranked team in the country – selected showcase game
  • 2014 & 2015 U16 USSDA Academy Northeast League Champions
  • 2014 U13 & U14 Super Y National Champions

Notable Players:

  • Alex Muyl: New York Red Bulls & Nashville SC
  • Arun Basuljevic: New York Red Bulls & Oklahoma City Energy
  • Dylan Nealis: Nashville SC
  • Jack McGlynn: Philadelphia Union
  • Kevin Garcia: Houston Dynamo
  • Kyle Duncan: New York Red Bulls
  • Matteo Ritaccio: Liverpool FC
  • Mike Windischmann: USMNT Captain
  • Omir Fernandez: New York Red Bulls
  • Timothy Weah: Paris Saint-Germain FC & Lille OSC

Number of Teams:

BW Gottschee has 26 teams.

  • 20 Boys
  • 6 Girls

Elite Talent Identification:

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Club Quote:

“Blau Weiss Gottschee is extremely excited to announce that we have entered into a Player Development affiliation with the New York Red Bulls.

There will be many benefits to our BW Gottschee families as a result of this partnership but providing cost free training and playing opportunities for our players is paramount.

We now have a professional organization at the top of our player development pathway where we can offer a true grassroots-to-professional journey.

We are fortunate to have a number of our past players sign professional contracts with the New York Red Bulls First Team. They have a proven track record of taking our talented players and developing them for the professional ranks. With this affiliation, we are hoping this trend will continue for years to come.”

– Paul McGlynn, Academy Director, Blau Weiss Gottschee

Kevin Elezi, a product of BW Gottschee system and current Top Talent at Red Bulls Academy, playing for BW Gottschee at U9s:

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Where it starts, 5-year-old Intramural:

Academy Affiliate: BW Gottschee - Where is starts – 5-year-old Intramural

“Mr. Gottschee” – Ben Boehm, has been with the club for over 40-years!

Academy Affiliate: BW Gottschee - “Mr. Gottschee” – Ben Bohem, been with the club for over 40-years!

Timothy Weah, Club Visit:

Academy Affiliate: BW Gottschee - Timothy Weah, Club Visit

2014 National Champions – BW Gottschee:

Academy Affiliate: BW Gottschee - BW Gottschee 2014 National Champions

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