Sporting Tampa Bay Partners with Tampa Bay United – Sporting Tampa Bay FC

Hey guys, Dave Fulk here. And I am so excited to be bringing you Anthony Latronica, Sporting Director of Tampa Bay United, and Stuart Campbell, the DOC of Sporting Tampa Bay, in this epic, what we’ll call an announcement, followed by kind of an interview.

So what are we here talking about?

Well, officially, we want to let everybody know that Sporting Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay United have created a partnership or an alliance. And so I know right off the bat, people are going to start speculating what the heck that means. So just jumping right into this thing, Stuart, what does that even mean?

Stuart Campbell:

For me, it’s about two clubs in the area working together to help community and most importantly to help all the soccer players.

Dave Fulk:

Awesome. Anthony, what about you?

Anthony Latronica:

Just to echo what Stuart said, for me, it’s about combining the resources, working with like-minded people and striving to bring the soccer community together.

So why is a pathway like this needed and why has it not been done before?

Anthony Latronica:

Dave, to be perfectly honest with you, I don’t know. I arrived to Tampa about 14 months ago. And my prior experience in Florida as a national team coach, I always thought this market had a ton of potential. And as I arrived and I spent time here, I kind of realized that the market was kind of segregated and that kind of bothered me. And so I started to reach out to different clubs and obviously I met Stuart for the first time. And I just think people aren’t always open-minded about taking the game and the community to the next level.

So speaking of Stuart, how did the relationship between you and him kind of start?

Anthony Latronica:

Well again, when you’re new in town, you’re trying to get the landscape of the area. And I know that Stuart had a very good soccer background and for me that’s really appealing. And so I reached out to him and we started a conversation and over time that developed. And we realized how much we had in common about our philosophical beliefs on the game, about players, player development. And obviously he’s a really good person and those are the type of people I want to spend time with and align our club with and hopefully share our resources with him and his entire staff and club.

Dave Fulk:

That’s really cool. Well, Anthony, we know you’re kind of the new guy to town, as you said, being here 14 months or so. Stuart, you’ve been around a little bit longer than that. You’ve got a good foothold within the community, especially the Tampa Bay community and in soccer.

How excited are you for something like this to finally be happening? And why do you think it’s taken this long to get to that point?

Stuart Campbell:

Well, firstly, I’m really excited. Like he said, when Anthony and I started talking months and months ago, it was really good just to talk soccer on the phone. We probably drove our wives mad because we wouldn’t get off. We’re very like-minded, which is great, about a lot of things. And we have the same philosophy. And most importantly, we looked at the market. Like I said, I’ve been in the area eight years, been involved, this could be my first full year leading the club. And I looked at it and I was absolutely astounded why clubs in the area don’t work together. I believe if the clubs work together, you’re going to create great pathways for the children. Most importantly, you’re going to develop the kids and they’re going to go on and achieve what they want to achieve, as long as we all work together instead of working against each other.

Dave Fulk:

That’s a great point. Obviously TBU has got some history and been around a long time. You bring your qualifications to the game. Both of us have strengths and weaknesses. And so by being able to join forces, if you will, and sharing resources,

How is this relationship going to benefit the kids and the coaches of each organization?

Anthony Latronica:

I mean, from my perspective, it’s a fresh start, and not only for the athletes, but for the coaches as well. And so this is a partnership that goes deeper than just the surface. This is a longterm move to impact player development. But it’s also to impact coach development and open up our resources and share in multifaceted things such as talent development plans, training modules, sponsorships, just little things that make a big difference for youth soccer clubs.

Dave Fulk:

Right? So what are the, I mean, this is just kind of we’ve talked about this and you really wanted to make that impact. I’ve had the fortunate ability of talking to you, Anthony. You really want to make that impact on the Tampa Bay soccer community.

How do you see this partnership being step one of that? And kind of what are the longterm objectives for this initiative?

Anthony Latronica:

So for me, I think it’s the first step as us being the leaders in the market. And I actually think people are wanting that. I think things have been stagnant for awhile and I think people want to take on a new path. And so what I’m hoping is the longterm effect is this is just the beginning of creating this coalition of soccer people. And I’m hoping that with this example, other people are going to join us.

Dave Fulk:

I like the word that you used, soccer leaders in the marketplace, really wanting to make an impact on the youth sports. Stuart, I’ve had the fortunate privilege of knowing you for many years and knowing what kind of an impact that you want to make, not only to your backyard community, but the Tampa Bay community and the whole. Of all the changes that need to be made in American soccer, this seems like a great first step.

What are the next steps for you? What’s beyond this?

Stuart Campbell:

I think it’s to show everybody that if you come together and work together, you’re going to develop the players. That’s the one biggest point that I look at. We can sit and talk and talk and talk, but we’re going to prove of this partnership alliance, affiliation, that if you work together, two good clubs with a like-minded philosophy, a clear direction, a clear pathway, if you like, regarding curriculum, obviously on the field, the resources that we can offer our coaches, we’re going to prove more work.

Dave Fulk:

How is this relationship going to allow you to better identify talent and offer them additional resources? And what does that look like?

Is it going to open up different leagues to both clubs?

Anthony Latronica:

I think for me, it’s really two components. It broadens our player pool, first and foremost. So by sharing in the development process, we’re going to be able to give more young players the opportunity and access to the top leagues that this country has to offer. And they’re right here in Tampa. Fortunately, the one thing that really attracted me to TBU was it has every league on the boys and girls side. And for the first time, some of these kids will have the opportunity to compete at a national level. And for me, the market has been too closed. We want to open that up. We want to provide opportunity these players, but we want to do it in the right way. We want to work together with other clubs to provide their players opportunities.

Stuart Campbell:

And from our standpoint, forget how well Anthony and I get on off the field. To me, that was one of the biggest components of strike up this partnership, how open they were to giving players the opportunity to go and play at a higher league. Whereas, as you said, it’s been closed off before. People that felt like, to me, to be the one willing to work together. And for me, that was one of the biggest components regarding how open they wanted to give players the exposure that they deserved, no matter what club they’re actually playing at.

Dave Fulk:

Well, I’ll tell you one of the questions I personally have, and it’s kind of a two-part question again for each of you. Anthony, specifically,

Why Sporting Tampa Bay and why now? And Stuart, why TBU and why now?

Anthony Latronica:

Well, for me, everything I’ve done since I arrived here is bringing in right people and develop a culture that is based around people. And for me, why Sporting Tampa Bay, it’s because of the people. That was number one. If Stuart and I didn’t develop a connection and I didn’t develop a connection with his staff and my staff and their staff, it would never happen. That’s the most important piece is the people. As far as the timing is concerned, everything we’ve done up until this point has been very organic. And so it’s not like we planned it for this date and time. What’s really cool is it couldn’t be better timing, especially for what we’ve gone through in the last nine weeks. This is the time where people need to band together, where communities need to come together, soccer clubs, leagues, society, need to come together. So it’s actually turned out really, really well from a timing standpoint.

Stuart Campbell:

For me, the first time I met Anthony months and months and months ago, we sat down for a good couple of hours and spoke about a lot of different things regarding soccer. But for me, the biggest comment that he made, and it really stuck with me because he’s the first person I’ve heard say it, and it’s something I’ve said as well, and everybody says it can’t be done, it can’t be done. He said that he wanted to change the culture of soccer in this area. And once he said that, my sort of ears pricked up and thought, oh, he’s the first person that I’ve heard say that. So for me, that was the biggest thing. And as he said, once the relationship organically grew, it wasn’t like they were pinning us down. We need to do this. We need to do that. We want to pin them down. You need to do this. You need to do that. It just grew and grew and grew. And I think that’s huge. That was a big, big part and the relationship ended up where it is now.

Dave Fulk:

And so knowing a little bit of the backstory, this has been kind of a long time coming. This wasn’t you guys just met two days ago. And then it was like, yeah, this sounds like a great idea. This has been kind of a dating relationship, going back and forth and understanding each other. And we did have an unprecedented pandemic that we’re dealing with right in the middle of this with the coronavirus.

How has that affected you and how has that relationship helped you get through this challenging time?

Anthony Latronica:

Honestly, I can’t really use words to describe the last nine weeks. The responsibility I feel I have to my employees is incredible. I think when you’re able to lean on people on your staff and people in the community, it makes things a lot easier because you can empathize with what you’re going through. And so just even in the last two months, being able to get on the phone with Stuart and his leadership group has been really helpful on dealing with items that we’ve never had to deal with before. And so I think that’s the whole point is to collaborate, but when it matters. And so it’s been really positive to have that relationship. And it’s almost like we tested it out during a real, real adversity. And I think at times like this true colors really come through. When people are under pressure, that’s when your true colors really come out.

And what I’m noticing is not only in my organization, but I’m seeing people rise to the occasion. It’s really remarkable. And I also will say this, this is the most humbling thing I’ve ever gone through as a person. And the reason that is, is during times like this, all your weaknesses are magnified and you have to deal with them head on. And I want help. I need help. I need other people’s input. This is not an Anthony show. This is we have to do this for the community. So having a guy like Stuart being able to bounce ideas off and he’s got a lot of experience in the soccer game, and that’s invaluable.

Dave Fulk:

I think he signed his first pro contract when he was 12 years old. Stuart, you look a tad shy older than 12 these days. So I don’t know.

Stuart Campbell:

Just a little bit, one or two more wrinkles. But I think Anthony, you’re being very modest and I can’t tell him. And I think he’s underestimating the part he played regarding helping us, because we were on the phone constantly with him. Because as he said, it was unprecedented times and it’s not like your regular season where this happens, that happens and things sort of take care of themselves. But when the coronavirus really sort of took hold of the world, like I said, it was unprecedented. So you don’t know how to react. So it was really reassuring to lean on somebody like Anthony, with his experience at soccer to guide us down the right path. Obviously we asked what their input was, what their thoughts were. As I said, we at times said, oh, we’re think about doing this. And Anthony’s like, oh no, we’re doing this. And this is why. And once he explained it and broke it down, he’d done a great job of guiding us down the right path.

As you said, in times of adversity, you can really see who steps up to the mark and really sort of looks after, not just themselves, but it’s a whole community. And that’s been the big thing that Anthony’s really done an amazing job. It wasn’t just about TBU, TBU this. There’s certain conversation that have gone with other leaders in the area, and I won’t embarrass him here. But the fact that he’s opened up his resources to lots of other clubs in the area, I think it’s testament to the type of character that he is. It’s somebody that I want to be associated with.

Dave Fulk:

Well, I love the word Anthony used, collaboration, right? When we first started this call off, we talked about how our two clubs now have an alliance together. And I asked, what does that mean? The word collaboration, I think, sums that up almost the best. And it’s not one club’s taking over the other club. They are completely independent and run independently of each other, and doing nothing more than reaching out a hand to shake each other’s hand and say, how can we help you? And it’s a back and forth from Sporting Tampa Bay to TBU and from TBU over there. And that is just, as a parent with a child in soccer, it’s awe inspiring to see two leaders in the marketplace do what’s needed to be done for a long time.

Anthony, I had a conversation with you, I think last week, and you were very passionate when we were talking about this topic and you go, I got a lot to say, it is kind of what you said. And I could hear that passion coming out in your voice in regard to this topic. So I for one, am ecstatic as a parent with a kid that plays competitively, to see the kind of opportunities and the pathways that are going to be created. And as long as you guys are in this together like you’re doing now, I truly see the landscape of soccer actually changing in the Tampa Bay community.

If it were easy, it would have been done a long time ago. But I have to applaud both of you for seeing this all the way through, these conversations started a long time ago, and get to this point, especially through a pandemic. So I couldn’t be more excited from my standpoint as a fan. But Anthony, anything else you want to say? Stuart, any last words from you?

Anthony Latronica:

Just for me, this is bigger than all of us. The focus will remain on the athletes first, which ultimately is the families, which is the community. And as long as we keep that as our main focus, then it’s going to be a real relationship. And so I’m just very thankful that we’re here and that we’re going to take this journey and see where it goes. So Dave, I appreciate that you’re excited because that’s what it’s about. You want your son or daughter to play in a club. Same for me. I have a five and a seven year old. What type of culture and club do I want my child to be a part of?

Stuart Campbell:

The positive impacted this relationship’s going to have in the community and the impact it’s going to have on the kids in the soccer world. I’ve said, two of my daughters, they play, and when I told them what I was doing today and the plans, they were super excited. And I just had to come and speak highly of Anthony and his staff. And I’m really, really excited to continue to work with them.

Dave Fulk:

Yeah, no. That’s great. Guys, I thank you so much. Both of you. Again, Anthony Latronica, Sporting Director at Tampa Bay United, Stuart Campbell, DOC at Sporting Tampa Bay. And when we were talking about when we were going to do this call, it came up we easily could have done Zoom calls, but both of you said, we’d really like to be together. Right? I mean, that just shows how much unity there is in this. Social distancing, we had to separate you, we couldn’t sit next to each other. Right? So we had to abide by the social distancing guidelines. And we got you as far off of screen as we possibly could. But I mean that just, to me, just shows really how committed you both are to this relationship. And I think it’s absolutely awesome. So guys, thanks so much, again. Looking very forward to seeing how this whole relationship plays out. And I really think it’s going to be something special.

Anthony Latronica:

Thanks, Dave.

Stuart Campbell:

Thanks, Dave.

Anthony Latronica:

Appreciate it, buddy.

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