Unprecedented Commitment to Developing World-Class Players and Coaches: U.S. Soccer has announced an unprecedented commitment to develop world-class players and coaches, and is focused on three initiatives: assessment and identification, training and development, and competition. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, U.S. Soccer will add an Under-12 age group to the Development Academy program. Also on the Academy side, the Federation will increase funding for the Academy Scholarship Program. Among other initiatives, U.S. Soccer will be augmenting Youth National Team programming by adding U-16 and U-19 National Teams.
“It’s fundamental to the growth of the sport in our country that we examine and improve the different areas of development for our players and coaches,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We are better situated than ever with the resources to do that. With ambitious programming for our National Teams, new investments in education and technology, and a continued effort to align our technical practices with the best in the world, we are positioning ourselves to take another important step forward.”
2014 Academy Winter Showcase Wraps up in Florida: The 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which ran in conjunction with the Nike International Friendlies, wrapped up last Wednesday at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The event featured every Academy team at the U-16 and U-18 age group and included the full Youth National Team and senior National Team staff and Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
“To have everyone together in one place, it was a really special opportunity for all of us to get on the same page as we have this really strong vision for the future of US. Soccer,” said Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “It was great to have Jurgen here again this year, and to have his support here was huge.” (Lepore Recaps Productive Week at Academy Winter Showcase)
Also on ussoccer.com:
- Academy U-16 Teams Change Season Picture at Winter Showcase
- In-State Orlando City U-18s Rice to Occasion at Winter Showcase
- Academy Coaching Spotlight: A Philosophy in Action: Pateadores Academy director and head coach Teddy Chronopoulos talks about how his coaching philosophy aligns with the development model that National Team staff and the Development Academy have laid out for the Academy program as a whole.
For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook. At the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase and Nike International Friendlies, use the #AcademyShowcase, #OneNationOneTeam and #1N1T hashtags.
ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Weekend of Dec. 6-7):
- Central Conference: In a limited schedule following the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase, the Frontier Division’s Solar Chelsea SC and Lonestar SC Academy tangled for a Sunday matchup. Solar Chelsea was the victor at both the U-16 and U-18 levels. The Solar Chelsea U-18s scored two second-half goals for a 2-0 victory, while the U-16s tallied in the opening three minutes and went on to post a 3-0 win. Both Solar Chelsea teams are in fourth place in the division.
- East Conference: Orlando City’s U-15s extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 3-0 win against Charlotte Soccer Academy. Nathaniel Adamolekun, Juan Esteban Carmona and David Loera each scored a goal as the Southeast Division leaders improved to 11-1-2 on the season.
For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:
U-18 MNT Heads to Spain to Face Germany: The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team will take part in a Dec. 11-20 camp in Marbella, Spain. Head coach Javier Perez has called in 20 players for this stretch, which includes matches against Germany’s U-18s on Dec. 17 and 19. Thirteen players among this group was part of the championship squad at the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic in August. The roster features 18 players with current Academy ties.
Hackworth, U-15s Set for Florida Camp: U-15 BNT Camp Set for Florida: The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team, led by head coach John Hackworth, will kick off its domestic camp starting Saturday, Dec. 13, in Bradenton, Florida. The camp features 36 players and will include an intrasquad competition, as well as a full training session with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team. The roster includes 29 current Academy players.
Looking Back on U-17 Nike International Friendlies: ussoccer.com takes a look back at the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team’s run during the 2014 Nike International Friendlies. Looking to defend its 2013 crown, the U-17s played three matches in five days, opening with England, Australia and then culminating with a pivotal final game against Brazil at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The U-17 MNT looks forward to the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Honduras. The USA learned Monday that it will play in Group A against Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and an UNCAF qualifier – either El Salvador or Guatemala. The USA opens the tournament against Cuba on Feb. 27.
UPCOMING ACADEMY SCHEDULE:
- mlssoccer.com: U.S. Soccer Announces Sweeping Changes to Development Structures
- mlssoccer.com: Aron Johannsson Scores Again for High-Flying Alkmaar
- mlssoccer.com: Molde’s Josh Gatt Hopes to Return Strong as Ever
- LA Galaxy: Zardes Holds his Own, Buries Goal in MLS Cup (video)
- Soccer Wire: D.C. United’s Homegrown Talent Leads the way in MLS Awards
- Sports Illustrated: Klinsmann, U.S. Soccer Reveal Plans for Youth Development
- New York Times: Hoping to Fill Gaps, U.S. Soccer Expands Programs for Young Players