John Doolan, Director of Recruiting, Everton Football Club (English Premier League)

“Pelota has discovered the optimal technical training model that will allow for the most efficient development of technique in a player.  Their passion and enthusiasm for player development is evident in their sessions.  In my travels around the world, I’ve yet to see a more unique technical training platform than Pelota’s.”


Tim O’Donohue, Head Men’s Soccer Coach, The Naval Academy (DI College Soccer)

“First class and innovative technical training.  My son has thoroughly enjoyed all of his sessions with Coach Boone and it’s clear that, even in a short time, he’s improved significantly on the ball.”

Garrett L., (North Bethesda, MD), St. Joseph’s (D1)

 "I really enjoyed the sessions with Coach Mike and think the extra work had a positive impact on the technical part of my game.  He was able to make the time both fun and really useful.  I'm looking forward to working with him more this upcoming season!"


Emily D., (Fairfax, VA), Hood College (D3)

“Coach Mastro, I wanted to let you know I got a WCAC Honorable Mention and I wouldn’t have gotten it without your help with skill training this Summer so I wanted to say thank you!”

Bill Crowley, father (Annapolis, MD)

"Having watched my son with their trainers many times, I can say that Pelota Training incorporates technical skills, speed, agility and endurance into every session.  Each one is well thought out to hit on multiple skills per session that are required to train players for their next level.  The sessions are run to highlight areas needing attention while providing a platform of drills geared to improve a player on a session-by-session basis.  Pelota Training is a great tool to add to the mix for any player looking to elevate their game."

John Bergin, father (Bethesda, MD)

"My daughter, who’s now a high school sophomore, has worked with Mastro for 3 years.  In addition to teaching the technical skills required for my daughter to play a new position in high school, he really cares about his players both on and off the field.  He is a great guy who’s always enthusiastic and relentlessly positive.  Also, Mastro is knowledgeable about playing soccer at the high school and collegiate levels and is happy to provide insight and realistic assessments to players and families making those types of decisions."

Ted A., father (Potomac, MD)

"My daughter loves the training sessions and she is much more confident with the ball and playing better overall.  We have tried ODP, Super Y, and additional camps, but this training has the best results and is less costly."

Bard and Laurie Woltman, parents (Upper Marlboro, MD)

"I cannot begin to describe the impact of Coach Mike’s training with our son Matthew.  His confidence in ball handling in one-on-one situations, strength of shot on goal, and overall game performance increased dramatically after just a few sessions.  After a few months, he is performing well beyond where he was before the Pelota sessions.  Coach Mike is infinitely patient, demanding, easy to understand and most importantly a fantastic teacher of the game.  We are going to be clients of Coach Mike’s for years to come."

Jim McNamara, father (Rockville, MD)

  "I am happy to affirm the other testimonials about the quality of the technical training at Pelota. As the father of current college athletes, I have experience with many trainers and coaches. The training at Pelota is among the best available in the DMV.
  For me, the factor that differentiates Coach Mastro and the other trainers at Pelota from the rest is their genuine interest in the development of each young person. They really go the extra mile to provide individualized instruction to get each athlete to the next level.
  I thought it was telling that out of all her coaches and trainers, my daughter invited Coach Mastro to her school's assembly for NCAA athletes. She feels he prepared her to play D1 better than anyone else. It's hard to find a better recommendation than that."

Sheryl Arrington, mother (Rockville, MD)

  "My daughter scored two goals and an assist this past Saturday and a hat trick (her first) on Sunday in her first games since starting her training with Pelota!  She was so excited.  Your training really helped her.  Since she mostly plays on the wing, she has been more comfortable with crossing and attacking the goal on her own more.  I attribute that to your training and increasing her confidence on the ball.  She thanks you (Coach Mike) and Emily (primary trainer - see above testimonial) - and now she looks forward to training more!"