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