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ABOUT

OUR MISSION

We exist to instill confidence and grit in our players and believe that these practices translate to valuable life skills. We believe mental resilience is built by drawing analogies between the game and how we can show up in life and grow into adulthood. We create an environment with space to make mistakes and discover abilities. Pairing straightforward feedback with healthy encouragement, our programs are individualized and holistic. 

In our culture, winning is often overvalued. We place a great deal of emphasis on ​allowing individuals to take initiative towards self-discovery by not telling them what to do, but rather, how to become better through practice. We show up as a guide and trusted partner​ to our players and also help parents navigate the competitive youth soccer scene. 

OUR FOUNDER

TYLER PAGANO

​Tyler grew up in Chicago, IL and as a youth, played for Chicago Sockers FC before becoming a NCAA D1 All Conference 4 year starter at the University of Massachusetts and Valparaiso University.  After his collegiate career, Tyler played for Indiana Invaders FC of the PDL (now the USL2) for 2 seasons and then spent some time in Bolivia hanging onto the dream!  He began his coaching career at the college level with Wabash College and then joined the PDL coaching staff for Indiana Invaders FC.

 

Tyler moved to Portland in 2014 and founded Balance Soccer in 2015.  He served as Oregon ODP Head Coach and Regional Training Center Director for multiple years before going full time with Balance Soccer. 

 

Since 2019, Tyler has also served on the Board of Directors for 501(c)(3) Fields of Dreams Uganda and was recently named Director of Coaching.  He travels to Uganda and intertwines his unique experiences and perspectives into his training.  

 

He learned all about life with a ball at his feet and hopes to share his passion of the game and love of life.

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