Soccer Showcase 5th of February 2017

Go USA Soccer Showcase 2017 in Venlo, the Netherlands

GUTS is Europe’s premier educational and athletic consultancy for the USA. It stands for Go USA Talent in Sports ( We have developed a great reputation for providing high level athletes to American high school and college teams and we are ready to host our first premium soccer showcase on the 5th of February 2017.  Our exposure showcase are in high demand for both players and US coaches, and we are truly looking forward to hosting these exciting events. Former Dutch soccer prospects were placed at all levels in the US, e.g. University of Albama-Birmingham, University of Tulsa, University of San Francisco, George Mason University, University of Rhode Island, Caldwell College, Gannon University, Cornell College, Southwestern University.

The showcase will be held at Football Club VVV in Venlo. This venue is easily accessible by public transport. Please note that the showcase is recommended for both current GUTS clients as well as other players: male and female players born in 1996 – 2002 regardless of soccer and academic level are welcome to participate.

What is a showcase?

This showcase gives players from all over Europe the unique opportunity to experience American style clinics and to play games which will be recorded on video. It is a great way to show soccer abilities, get evaluated by US soccer standards and to possibly get recruited by US coaches looking for talent from Europe. We expect to have several coaches from renowned American colleges/universities as well as high schools present with one thing in common – they want to recruit talented players for their soccer team in the US!

Additionally, this is our chance to assess you for US college level soccer. After watching you play, you will get a personal evaluation from an experienced elite US college soccer coach.

Head coach showcase Erik Visser

Erik Visser (Dutch coach working in the US since 1982) will be evaluating all players on what their chances are to play college soccer and at what level.

Visser was the Head Coach for the University of San Francisco from 2000-2013 guiding the Dons to four NCAA play off appearances and selected WCC Coach of the Year three times. He holds two Masters Degrees from University of San Francisco. He has extensive experience in management, coaching, and scouting at Collegiate, Youth National Team (US U20), ODP, and US Soccer Academy level. Experience also includes keen knowledge of MLS through Professional Match Evaluator Program, USL Experience as a Technical Advisor, and 10 years of Experience as a Director of Coaching of a Youth Soccer Organization overseeing player, coaches and parental educational program including 1500 players and 125 coaches.
Visser’s playing experience includes Ajax Youth Academy U-19 (1975/76) and two NCAA Division 1 Championships with the University of San Francisco (1978 & 1980).

Assistant Coaches Rutger-Jan Bevers and Roger Bongaerts

Rutger-Jan Bevers worked for over 8 years as Assistant Coach for the men’s soccer team at Albany University in New York. He played for Broome Community College (1997-1998) and the State University of New York at Cortland (2006-2008). He holds an MBA in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland. Rutger-Jan also worked in several soccer related positions e.g. at NOC-NSF, Municipality of Enschede and ADO Den Haag.

Roger Bongaerts has been serving as the Head of Youth Development at soccerclub VVV Venlo for over 12 years now. He is the founder of Total Soccer Method with franchises in the US. He has worked as Head Coach for the men’s soccer teams at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Georgian Court University and Park University. He served as International Scout for FC Arsenal. Roger has served as guest coach and clinician for many soccer associations across the world.

What is included?

  • Practice sessions and games
  • Matches throughout the day
  • Online access to footage of the day
  • Written evaluation on the player’s performance and level
  • Presentation about college sports. Topics include regulatory and licensing issues, training conditions and facilities, the process of becoming a student-athlete in the US, sporting and academic levels, and life in general at college in the US
  • Opportunity to meet personally (players and parents) with GUTS’ educational consultant Marina Meijer and sports consultant Mark Schuurman
  • Lunch, drinks and snacks


11:30 – 12:00           Registration

12:00 – 12:30            Introduction, warming-up

12:30 – 14.00            Two matches (30 minutes each)

14.00 – 15:00            Lunch

15:00 – 16:30           Two matches (30 minutes each)

16:30 – 17:30           Seminar on College Soccer in the US plus Q&A


VVV Venlo – The Netherlands




Registration fee is 175 euros made payable through wire transfer. Bank information is to be found on the online registration form.

Register online on our GUTS website here:

Further information will be sent to you via email after registration.
Spots are limited and GUTS and showcase coach Erik Visser will determine a final squad. Registration is binding and the registration deadline is February 1st, 2017. Limited spaces available, so register early!

Cancellation can be made via email to: No refund is made of the fee in case of cancellation.

Please note that participants are responsible for sufficient medical insurance coverage


What is in it for you?

  • increase your visibility for US coaches who are looking to recruit European players for their team
  • learn the fundamentals about college soccer and college academics
  • play with quality players from all over Europe
  • network with other elite players, former European players in the US and GUTS staff
  • find out if you got what it takes and what level in the US you can play and get a scholarship
  • the showcase clinics and games will be filmed and the footage can help you land a scholarship (footage will be provided after the event and is included in the fee)
  • you will have an unbelievable experience and be a part of a great day

If you have questions and want to know more, please contact Mark Schuurman or Marina Meijer, Showcase Directors:, +31 (0)6 4100 4151 and +31 (0)6 1416 2972

* GUTS reserves the right to make any changes to the Showcase program