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Super Y League Alumni: Where are they now?

05/26/2021, 11:00am EDT
By Staff

SYL alumni make moves to advance their soccer careers

TAMPA, Fla.- The Super Y League (SYL) has no shortage of successful alumni with players like Tyler Adams, Brooks Thompson and Joey Dezart in the SYL Hall of Fame. With youth players all around the country working to reach the professional level, it is critical to begin competing at a higher level at a younger age to define unique soccer skills. For these alumni, the Super Y League allowed them to test their soccer grit among the nation’s best. Ultimately, only a few will reign supreme and earn chances to advance their soccer careers beyond youth play. 

The following SYL alumni have continued their soccer careers beyond the youth realm and into collegiate play with hopes of reaching their highest potential within the game. 

Shea Bonacci

Atlanta Fire United | Davidson College

SYL Accomplishments: 2014 1st in standings going into tournament (leading scorer with 12 goals), 2015 SYL camp, 2015 combine event first team, 2016 SYL champions, 2016 USLX Cincinnati

What did you enjoy most about the SYL and how did it help you to develop as a player?

“I loved all the people I got to meet through SYL and all different players from different states I got to play with. SYL was always the highlight of my summers growing up. It helped me improve tremendously with shooting and speed of play."

Current Accomplishments: Davidson was in the 2021 A10 Championship

Biago Paoletta

Shoreline FC | Tufts University

SYL Accomplishments: 2015 National champion and 2016 USL X member in Cincinnati

What did you enjoy most about the SYL and how did it help you to develop as a player?

“SYL was an incredible experience and I really enjoyed playing teams from all over the country and during USL X getting to play with kids from all over the continent. This exposure allowed me to expand my soccer knowledge and see what it takes to play at the professional level.”

Current Accomplishments: Two time DIII National Champion (2018, 2019), Two time NESCAC conference champion (2017, 2019), 2019 NESCAC First Team, 2019 All Regional First Team, 2019 US Soccer Coaches All American Third Team

Jada Newton

Northern Virginia SC (NVSC) Majestics | Gardner Webb University

SYL Accomplishments: Super Y Nationals Finalists from 2013-2015, lead goal scorer for those three seasons, Golden Boot Winner for 2014 Super Y Finals

What did you enjoy most about the SYL and how did it help you to develop as a player?

“What I enjoyed most about the SYL was that it brought the joy back into soccer through good competition but also unforgettable experiences. My team and I are from northern VA , so coming down to sunny Sarasota in December for the tournament was always so much fun. I made so many experiences and friendships on those trips that I will never forget. The facilities at IMG were beautiful and I was always appreciative of the amount of commodities they offered for the players before, during, and after games.

As a player SYL allowed me to sharpen and fine tune my skills during the summer and be prepared for club soccer in the fall. I always looked forward to SYL because I knew I would stay in game shape but also get to enjoy the healthy and friendly competition.”

Current Accomplishments: Led Gardner Webb University in goals scored for two years. Total of 21 goals and 4 assists.
Started and played all games at Gardner Webb, missing 3-4 games last season to play with the U.S. Virgin Island National Team in the 2020 Olympic qualifiers.
Big South Conference Freshman of the Week, Player of the Week, and Second Team honors. Female Rookie of the Year from Gardner Webb’s SAAC and Athletics programs.
Off the field, I have maintained my spot on the Dean's List and recently became elected as Gardner Webb’s Student Body President and am on the executive boards for SAAC and FCA.

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