Becoming the Complete Player: Training Advice from the Pros

Yael Averbuch, David Copeland-Smith (Beast Mode Soccer), and Chris Gorres (Trainer Gorres) spent some time with Amplified Soccer Athlete discussing how to "Become the Complete Player."

Topics of Discussion: 

  • The difference between good and great players
  • Common mistakes players make
  • How to train without a fancy facility
  • Soccer-specific strength and conditioning 
  • ACL prevention
  • Common themes among successful athletes
  • More!

Meet the Panel

The Soccer Skills Specialist: David Copeland-Smith is internationally recognized as a leading figure in individual technical development, David is seen as a long-term thinker and visionary, determined to bestow a phenomenal work ethic on the next generation of soccer players. David has continued to grow Beast Mode Soccer into the go-to technical training system trusted by prominent player’s of the United States Women’s National Team, the United States Men’s National Team, Major League Soccer, English Premier League, National Women’s Soccer League and countless leagues in Europe. The creation of a training culture that has attracted the likes of countless collegiate, professional, and international players such as Alex Morgan, Landon Donovan, and Ali Riley and the publication of an award winning at-home training guide to direct players with their technical development while they’re on their own. Train like Beast Mode Soccer athletes at

The Trainer: Chris Gorres is a Strength and Conditioning Coach/Personal Trainer, NASM-CPT, PES and has Functional Movement Screen and Athlete's Performance Mentorship Phase I and II certifications. As a personal trainer, he uses that passion to help athletes achieve and exceed their individual goals. With a focus on proper technique and movement quality, he has been able to help athletes of all levels. He has experience training kids with special needs, youth athletes, high school athletes, post surgery rehab clients and even professional athletes. He has worked with members of the U.S. Women's National Team and pro players including Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris and Yael Averbuch In the 2012 offseason, Chris joined the Washington Redskins as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He also spent time with Sporting Portugal. Get resources and tips from Chris at

The Athlete:  Yael Averbuch is a current professional soccer player for FC Kansas City of the NWSL. She attended the University of North Carolina, where she became a two-time NCAA National Champion and holds the record for most consecutive starts in the history of the program. Yael has played at all youth levels of the National Team system and has also appeared 26 times for the USWNT. In her six years as a professional player she has played on teams all around the U.S. and the world, including teams in Russia, Sweden, and Cyprus. Off the field, Yael captures her playing experiences in writing and also works with youth players on and off the field, empowering them to own their personal journeys. Discover more about Yael at