Discoveries Soccer Club Sends Four Teams to US Southern Regional Championships in June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 18, 2017

Discoveries Soccer Club has four club teams, DSC 01 Lady Gold, DSC 03 Lady Gold, DSC 04 Lady Gold, and DSC 04 Gold, that qualified to compete in the US Southern Region Three Club Championship in Greensboro, NC beginning June 23rd.  The teams will play a round robin format the first three days with the goal of advancing to the finals and a chance to compete for the USYSA national club championship.

Sending four teams to the US Club Regionals is a monumental achievement for DSC. The 01 Lady Gold and 03 Lady Gold teams qualified as state champions. The 04 Lady Gold is one of 16 teams over 12 states that qualified for their age group with no goals given up in state cup play.

“The success of the girls program this year is a clear indication of the hard work the staff and players have put in this year. Each one of these teams have set the bar for future Discoveries teams, which is very exciting for the club and our younger players coming through. Having three girls teams represented at the USYS Regionals this year speaks volumes to the program and what the players have been able to accomplish. As a staff, we are extremely proud of all the girls in our program,” said Aaron Weldon, Girls Junior Academy Director.

The 04 Gold team qualified by winning a tough third place game with a chance to qualify for regionals on the line. The game went into overtime with the game winner decided by penalty kicks. “There were no goals scored and penalties had to decide the winner. Carter Nunnery stopped two penalties and our guest player, Brayden Hunsucker scored the winning penalty and qualified us for Regionals, said Nicky De Vogel, 04 Boys Gold coach.

“Best wishes to everyone attending USYSA Regionals at the end of June. 01 Lady Gold, 03 Lady Gold, 04 Lady Gold and 04 Gold will all represent DSC in Greensboro this month. It is a watershed achievement for our club, as never before have we had so many teams qualify for this leg of the USYS National Championship Series. It is a testament to all the hard work and dedication of everyone involved to see such a DSC contingent go up against the best in the Region. We are excited of the experience and grateful for everything people are doing to put DSC on the National map,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

Discoveries Soccer Club 03 Lady Gold Wins Challenge State Cup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 2017

This past May, the DSC 03 Lady Gold premier team won the challenge State Cup league with a win over number one seed Mt. Pleasant. The girls played teams from James Island and Augusta to reach the final game with a score of 2-0 to win the league.

The 03 Lady Gold will represent the state of South Carolina in USYSA regionals in late June in Greensboro, NC.

“A great display from every single player in the squad was the key to this success all built from a tremendous amount of hard work put in throughout the year,” said Coach Ralph Latchana.

This is the third girls team at DSC that has won the SCYSA State Cup in the past year, a huge testament to the progress and hard work the DSC girls teams have made.

Discoveries Soccer Club Sends First Youth Player to MLS Academy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2017

DSC’s own Samy Kolby has had a ball at his feet since the crib and now he joins the ranks of the very best youth players in the country at the Atlanta United Youth Academy starting full time in August. Kolby was scouted at the Norcross tournament playing for 02 Gold in December and was invited to train in Atlanta where talks began on bringing him full time into the Academy. Samy and his parents will move to Atlanta immediately where Samy will begin his training under academy director Tony Annan.

“We’re very proud of Samy and the growth he has made over the past 4 years at DSC. He is an immensely talented player and one of the best we have ever had at the club. He has already achieved a lot in his short career, but we are confident that Atlanta United will give Samy the platform to go on and achieve his dreams in football. Samy has been the beneficiary of many, many opportunities through GPS, and the GPS Bayern program, and we hope many more players can take advantage of these opportunities just as Samy has. Samy is a hard working and respectful young man and we are delighted for him and what lies ahead. I want to thank his family for their faith in our club and we wish the Kolby’s the very best for the future,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

During Samy’s tenue at DSC, through our partnership with GPS, he flew to Germany twice to play and train with Bayern Munich’s youth academy.

The Atlanta United academy system focus on performance from each player often moving them across ages to provide the best environment for them to be pushed and trained appropriately. Samy joins the academy team in Montreal, Canada in June to compete in an MLS academy tournament in his first international competition with the team.

“DSC provided an incredible family atmosphere for Samy to grow and learn. We are so thankful to Dave Carton and Luke Krawcyk for all of the opportunities they have provided Samy to advance his soccer career,” said Phil Kolby, Samy’s father.

Atlanta United has one of the premier academies facilities in the country where the academy players sharing training grounds with the first team at the brand new Mercedes Benz stadium beginning in August. The Atlanta United Academy system will provide a clear pathway for players who show the required potential, ability and desire to reach the first team as a homegrown player.

Discoveries Soccer Club to become National Premier League Club

For Immediate Release:

Discoveries Soccer Club is happy to announce starting fall 2017, it will become a National Premier Club for ages U12-U19. DSC will be part of the South Atlantic League with the girl’s side including AFC Lightning (GA), Charlotte United FC (NC), Lake Norman (NC), Southern Soccer Academy (GA), Triangle FC (NC), United Futbol Club (GA), Wake FC (NC), USA Mount Pleasant (SC), and Discoveries SC (SC). The boy’s side will also include South Carolina United (SC), Chattanooga FC (TN), Tennessee SC (TN) and FC Alliance (TN). The girls will have 16 seasonal games and the boys will have 11.

“Becoming an NPL club at the same time we are awarded a US Development Academy for our U11/U12s speaks to the level Discoveries has achieved. We continue to see our kids and staff taking the extra steps to improve, so it’s exciting to see those successes recognized at the national level,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director. “This upcoming fall is such an amazing time to be part of this club.”

The NPL offers multiple benefits for players participating in it. The program focuses player development with guaranteed playing time, 4 training sessions weekly, Region 3 Premier League participation, professional coaching, and numerous US Soccer resources. Additionally, the boys will participate in the ENPL qualifier to attend the ECNL showcase. The girls will participate in the NPL qualifier for Nationals. DSC will be hosting a parent information night on Monday, April 3rd at Manchester Meadows upstairs conference room with the girls meeting at 5:30-6:30pm and the boys meeting 6:30-7:30pm.

NPL rosters will be determined at tryouts and may vary from age group to age group. Tryouts for the Discoveries NPL teams (except the U12 age groups) will be on April 30, May 1st and 2nd and are by invite only. The full schedule is listed below. Staff assignments will come shortly.

Tryouts:

Girls:
U13- May 1st and 2nd at Manchester Meadows 6pm-7:30pm
U14- May 1st and 2nd at Manchester Meadows 6pm-7:30pm
U15- May 1st and 2nd at Manchester Meadows 6pm-7:30pm
U16- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 2pm-3:30pm
U17- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 4pm-5:30p
U19- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm
Boys:
U13- May 1st and 2nd at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm
U14- May 1st and 2nd at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm
U15- May 1st and 2nd at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm
U16- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 2pm-3:30pm
U17- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 4pm-5:30p
U19- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm

 

**Tryout Fee: There will be a $50 tryout fee that will include NPL tryouts and regular season tryouts.

DSC 2017-2018 Tryout Information

DSC welcomes all players to try out for our 2017-2018 Competitive teams. All current players are required to attend tryouts to be placed on a team for next year. Players are expected to attend both tryout sessions to ensure everyone has the best evaluation possible.

Age Group Matrix

Below is the birth year/age group structure for teams beginning the 2017-18 seasons.  We will be following the mandatory age group and competitive format per US Soccer.

Coach Assignments- Coming Soon!

Junior Academy Tryouts

Junior Academy Tryouts
BIRTH YEAR (Jan 1 – Dec 31)TRYOUT DATETIME/LOCATIONCOMPETITIVE FORMAT
2006/U12 Boys/GirlsMay 10 – 11, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
9v9
2007/U11 Boys/GirlsMay 10 – 11, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
9v9
2008/U10 Boys/GirlsMay 8 – 9, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
7v7
2009/U9 Boys/GirlsMay 8 – 9, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
7v7
2010/U8 Boys/GirlsMay 8 – 9, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
4v4

 


Select Tryouts for Classic, Challenge and Premier Teams

Select Tryouts
BIRTH YEAR (Jan 1 – Dec 31)TRYOUT DATETIME/LOCATION
1999/U19 Boys
1999/U19 Girls
May 20-21Boys • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • MM
2000/U18 Boys
2000/U18 Girls
May 20-21Boys • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • MM
2001/U17 Boys
2001/U17 Girls
May 20-21Boys • 12:00pm – 1:30pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 12:00pm – 1:30pm • MM
2002/U16 Boys
2002/U16 Girls
May 20-21Boys • 10:00am – 11:30am • RAC 1-3
Girls • 10:00am – 11:30am • MM
2003/U15 Boys
2003/U15 Girls
May 17-18Boys • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • MM
2004/U14 Boys
2004/U14 Girls
May 15-16Boys • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • MM
2005/U13 Boys
2005/U13 Girls
May 15-16Boys • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • MM

 


Tryout Information

Locations:
RAC=  Riverview Athletic Complex-
1300 Spratt Street in Fort Mill
MM= Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex- 337 E Mt Gallant Road, Rock Hill.

Check in Time:
First tryout date – 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO START at the DSC tents in front of the fields to receive tryout t-shirt and field assignment.  Your player will receive one numbered tryout shirt to be worn both days.

Registration: all players register and pay online prior to tryouts. We urge all participants to pre-register to avoid lines at the field. Players must register in their true age group.  Any requests to play up must be pre-approved by the DOC prior to tryouts.

Cost: $30 for pre-registration and payment prior to the tryout date.  Walk up and unpaid registration $40 at the field. Bring cash or a check made payable to DSC.

Bring: water, shin guards and cleats.

General Questions: info@discoveriessoccerclub.org

Weather: cancelations and any changes will be posted on the tryout page and Facebook.

 


Development Academy Important Info and Dates

Discoveries Soccer Club will hold an informational meeting concerning the 2017 U11/U12 Development Academy on Monday, February 20th at 6 pm at Manchester Meadows Upstairs Conference Room. DSC will hold four evaluation dates at the RAC (Riverview Elementary School Fields) for kids born on or after January 1. 2006 interested in the Development Academy on the following nights:

  • 3/5 from 6-8 pm Discoveries Players only
  • 3/18 from 6-8 pm Open Tryout
  • 4/2 from 6-8 pm Open Tryout
  • 4/23 from 6-8 pm Open Tryout

RAC (Riverview Elementary) address:
1300 Spratt St
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Registration will open on 2/21 and all players must register at https://www.oasyssports.com/DiscoveriesSC/login.cfm

DSC GRANTED U11 & U12 US DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FOR 2017/18 SEASON

For Immediate Release;

Discoveries Soccer Club is delighted to announce acceptance into the USSF Development Academy for the 2017/18 season. Discoveries Soccer Club will join the USDA expansion at the U-11/U-12 Boys age group this fall.

“This is a huge step forward for Discoveries Soccer Club and we would like to thank Clint Peay, Jared Micklos, and the US Soccer Federation for putting so much confidence in DSC. Alongside our GPS partners, we are committed to rolling out a top class program which will produce and develop footballers to the standards desired by US Soccer,” said Executive Director, Dave Carton. “Joining the Development Academy platform is a testament to all the hard work and achievements the great families and staff have accomplished over the past 5 years. This is an exciting time to be part of Discoveries Soccer Club and I would like to thank all of our staff, players and parents for their commitment and dedication to DSC.”

At the U-11/12 age group, all but one of the 15 teams entering the age group for the 2017-2018 Academy season are new clubs to the Academy. DSC joins Ajax United (Bay Area), California Odyssey SC (Bay Area), Charlotte Soccer Academy North (Carolina), Cincinnati United Premier (Great Lakes), Elk Grove Soccer (Bay Area), Legends FC (LA), Los Angeles Premier FC (LA), Murrieta Surf Soccer Club (LA), Mustang Soccer Club (Bay Area), Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (North Atlantic), Rebels Soccer Club (San Diego), San Francisco Glens Evolution (Bay Area) and San Antonio FC (Texas).

What is the Development Academy?

Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 for male players in the U-15 to U-18 age groups. In 2013, the Academy expanded to include the U-13/14 age group, and in 2016, the Academy launched the U-11/U-12 age group, which has continued to improve development by setting standards and improving the everyday environment for elite players and clubs. Academy alumni have progressed to play at elite amateur and professional levels with 109 Academy graduates rostered in the MLS in 2016 and 23 Academy players earning U.S. MNT caps.

Being part of this elite program allows DSC to offer players wanting to take their game to the next level the opportunity to compete on a national stage with the best in the country. Discoveries Soccer Club will be announcing evaluation dates and full program information soon.

You can read the official release from the USSF here: http://www.ussoccerda.com/20170203-development-academy-expansion-announcement

Region Three Premier League Promotions

This fall we had huge success with our 03 Gold boys and girls teams and 04 Gold boys and girls teams gaining promotion to the spring Region Three League.

Coach Ellis Alleyne of the 03 Gold boys said, “With plenty of quality in the league it was very important we got off to a good start and maintained high levels throughout. The biggest highlight was beating CESA Premier 3-0 at Manchester Meadows. We lost 2 games all season to the two teams that finished above us and as a squad we felt that we could beat both Mount Pleasant Premier and SCUFC Elite but we will have to wait until the spring season to get another shot.

We ended the league season in 3rd position guaranteeing our promotion scoring the most goals in the league and conceding very few. It was hard work with a jam-packed schedule but we did it and it was a fantastic achievement.”

Coach Ralph Latchana of the 03 Lady Gold said, “This past fall the 2003 Lady Gold girls had great success on the field. Some of their achievements included being finalists in the Discoveries tournament (playing up an age), finalists at CASL, winning the Twin City tournament but their biggest achievement was qualifying for Region 3 play by finishing in the top 3 in their state league. The girls showed tremendous growth towards the second half of the season maturing into a very solid and organized team. Congratulations to them for their hard work and they are looking forward to tougher challenges that lay ahead in the spring.”

Coach Nicky DeVogel of the 04 Gold boys said “With the tournament at CESA, the change came and we found our way back up. We suddenly played fresh and attractive with passion and dominancy, defeating (on paper) better teams than us. This was also the kick start for an incredible sprint to the finish line. This was the period the players understood their role in the field and in the squad, everyone wanted the same thing: qualify for the Region 3 Premier. The belief was there and the confidence was back, we just had to win everything from now on. Our last 2 games were against direct opponents and created a very exciting portion of the season, both with a 2-0 victory. We officially finished 4th and qualified for the Region 3 Premier in the Spring of 2017.”

Coach Aaron Weldon of 04 Lady Gold, “The 04 lady Gold team finished the season qualifying for the Southern Regional Premier league this coming Spring. Finishing third in league play, the girls competed against some of the best teams in the region en-route to qualifying for regional play. With a league and tournament record of 16-4-3, each of the tournaments resulted in either a win, or final appearance; notably finishing runners-up in the CASL Jr. Girls Showcase, and winners of the Norcross Generation Adidas Cup.”

A Letter from Executive Director, Dave Carton. 

Dear DSC Family,

I am delighted to be able to introduce our new DSC Member Newsletter. This Newsletter will be a monthly correspondence to continue to update our members on club activities, events and achievements.

As we move into the Spring season I would like to reflect on some of the outstanding achievements of our players and coaches in the fall. We have seen some historic team success this fall as our 04 Gold Boys and Girls and our 03 Gold Boys and Girls all gained promotion to the Spring Region Three Premier League this fall. This is an excellent display of consistency and a testament to the commitment and work ethic of the players and staff. We are excited to see how the players fare at the regional level.

Our Girls Program has seen some marvelous successes this fall also. Our 99 Lady Green team won their PMSL State Cup, our 00 Lady Gold qualified for the SCYSA Final four for the first time, our 02 Lady Gold competed in the Region Three Premier League and our 01 Lady Gold became the first girls team from Discoveries Soccer Club to win an SCYSA Challenge State Cup. Our 01s will now progress to compete in this summer’s Region Three Regional Championships in June.

This fall also saw more DSC players enter the US National Training Center program, with Christian Brathwaite becoming our first female player to be selected to attend. Samy Kolby continues to remain on the radar of Bayern Munich as he again travelled to play with the Bayern Munich Academy in November, and we have seen a record number of college signees and commitments from our 98 Gold and 98 Lady Gold.

This fall saw us expand our recreation footprint as we have strengthened our relationship with Tega Cay Parks and Rec, while also entering into improved agreements with the Lancaster County Parks and Rec Department and ROAR sports in Rock Hill, and this Spring, through our relationship with the Fort Mill School District, our teams will begin taking advantage of the new first class Riverview Athletic Complex.

We have also recently expanded our administrative staff to help us continue to serve our members to the highest standards possible. Jenn Dobson has joined our staff as Director of Communications and Member Services. Jenn joins us from Atlanta where she served as Executive Director of Inter Atlanta Football Club and we are thrilled to have her join the team. Kenny Halas has been brought in as our new Tournament Director. Kenny will manage all tournament growth strategies, and oversee all operations for our events. Please join me in welcoming Jenn and Kenny to the DSC effort.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the dedication of the staff and they deserve a lot of credit and gratitude.

As we look forward to the Spring we will continue to update our membership on club activities, events and achievements. We are very fortunate that our club is on such a positive trajectory, and I would like to thank each of our players, coaches, staff and parents for the sacrifices made to make Discoveries Soccer Club such a promising prospect for youth soccer families in our area.

Discoveries Soccer Club and ROAR Sports Enter Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2017 – Discoveries Soccer Club and ROAR Sports are delighted to announce a new partnership moving into the 2017 season. Starting this February, DSC will offer the Youth Development Program (YDP) at Westminister Park in Rock Hill, SC. The Youth Development Model offers a structured and professional player pathway for the more advanced ROAR player looking to expand their soccer experience.The DSC Youth Development Program (YDP) is the perfect opportunity for Roar players to improve their skills. YDP provides the environment for players to develop their social , technical , physical and mental skills. Emphasis is placed on development as opposed to winning with a heavy focus on technical elements during practices. This program caters for all abilities to the beginner to the intermediate player.

“We are thrilled to enter into this relationship with ROAR Sports. ROAR has been a very important community program in York County and it is our pleasure to be in a position to commit to them and their staff. Program Director LuLu has been a former DSC staff member and we had no hesitation working with LuLu and Andy to help support their programming and help develop the talent that exists in the ROAR membership. ROAR will be added to our thriving YDP platform, as all programming will be tailored to align with the values of the ROAR program. Thanks to everyone at ROAR for putting their trust in DSC, we are excited to see where this partnership takes us,” said Dave Carton, Discoveries Soccer Club Executive Director.

“We are definitely excited though to get our kids involved in a program like the YDP program where our kids can get a chance to bridge the gap between travel and recreational soccer. While learning from great experience/qualified coaches, having the chance to see what the next level looks like and to still be able to be a part of the ROAR ministry aspect of regularly doing the devotionals… learning how to integrate faith, truth and life in the program (which most families find important for their kids) and then having the opportunity to live out their faith on the field whether at practice or competing against the other programs,” said LuLu Merril, ROAR Assistant Director.

For more info please visit: www.discoveriessoccerclub.org