Levi Houapeu

Levi Houapeu

  • Coached at Pete Caringi (UMBC Head Coach) Soccer Camp
  • Private Individual One on One Training
  • Coached at DC United Advance Soccer Camp

ACCOLADES:

  • The 2009 ECAC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year
  • America East Midfielder of the Year
  • Won the National Scoring Title
  • Led NCAA Division I Soccer with 2.15 Points Per Game.
  • UMBC’s first national leader in scoring in the sport of Men’s Soccer
  • An ECAC First-Team All-Star
  • NSCAA Second-Team All-Northeast Region Honoree
  • Second-Team Selection by Goal.com on their Teams of the Year
  • America East Conference All-Rookie Team in 2007

Playing:

Currently, Levi plays for the Baltimore Blast Professional Indoor team and is seen as one of their most creative and pacey attackers. As a professional however, Levi began his career with the MLS team, Philadelphia Union, where he played one year and worked his way to several first team appearances. As a freshmen he made his collegiate debut scoring the game-winner in the 73rd minute as UMBC opened the campaign with a 2-1 win over Air Force. He posted another game-winning goal, tallying UMBC’s first score in the 4-0 conference-opening victory over Stony Brook. He later added his third and final score of the year to give UMBC a 1-0 lead over UNH in the home finale. Levi recorded 15 goals and 13 assists totaling 43 points in the 2009 campaign; fifth-most in a single season in school history. He started every game of the season and opened the season with a pair of three-point efforts in wins over Virginia Tech and Delaware. He later earned All-Tournament team honors as he assisted on all three Retrievers’ goals in the 3-1 win over St. Francis (Pa.) in the Adidas Kick-Off Classic. In the summer of 2009 he was named First-Team All-Tournament in the United Soccer League’s Super-20 Men’s Tournament held at Sportscore II in Rockford, Ill., July 30 through Aug. 2. The D.C. United forward tied tournament MVP John Tardy for the most goals in the competition with four. Before UMBC, Levi was a First-Team All-State selection and a First-Team All-Metro honoree, the latter accolade chosen by The Washington Post. He amassed 38 goals in his junior and senior seasons for Watkins Mill High School and also earned top honors from The Gazette and The Examiner newspapers. The native of the Ivory Coast was a Maryland Olympic Development Program player and competed for the Potomac Cougars Club Team.

Coaches Corner:

As a coach, Levi enjoys doing team training as well as individual training. Team training gives him the opportunity to build strong team chemistry and help his players gel as a group all working toward the same goal. By working on the tactical aspects of the game as a team and using each player’s individualism, Coach Levi’s teams are able to achieve their goals on and off the field.
Team training is very helpful for a coach because you get to learn on how to work with each player. Players respond to certain situations differently than others, so you get to learn how to use different approach to get the maximum effort out of your players.

Individual training is very important for a player’s development. Personal training gives the coach the opportunity to better access the player and get to know them on a deeper level. Individual training also gives that one on one time between the player and the coach, where the player is allow to ask questions and work to improve different areas of their game.

During the one on one training, we focus on the speed and agility. We also focus on speed of play because by improving a player speed of play, they are able to build on larger goals on the field. We teach the technical part of the game during these sessions as well. Once the player has improved with his or her technical ability, we then focus on the tactical part to really help the player. Coach Levi likes to call it ” teaching time”

Coach Levi coaches because he loves the game of soccer. Seeing young children who have the passion for the game and are willing to get better is what drives me each and every day when I’m out there on the field, coaching and encouraging my players.

 

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