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Eight youth clubs named Youth Development Affiliates
December 12th, 2013 2:01AM

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[PHILADELPHIA UNION] MLS's Philadelphia Union has confirmed eight clubs from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California as Youth Development Affiliates in its coaching education and player development program for 2013-14 season.

1776 United FC
Cape Fear Soccer Club
Continental FC (FC DELCO/Spirit United)
Real New Jersey Soccer Club
Pen Legacy
Philadelphia Soccer Club
San Diego Soccer Club
West Chester United/Penn Fusion

“Philadelphia Union are committed to youth development,” said Richie Graham, the Union youth development managing director, "and we believe it’s critical for the evolution of the American game for all of us in youth soccer to collaborate and share best practices to help push the game forward. We are eager to share and learn alongside our YDA partners who have all shown a strong desire to never stop learning, which we believe is a critical component to success."


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  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: December 12, 2013 at 9:41 a.m.
    This a move in the right direction. Brings local youth soccer programs into the into the over all player development pool. Do other MLS teams have similar programs?
  1. Al Curry
    commented on: December 14, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.
    In my opinion the jury is still out on this USSF "Academy" Program. One rule particularly irks me is that players in the "Academies" are told they cannot play for their high school teams. I can see this in instances were the High School program might be heinous, with just some PE coach in charge. But many of the High Schools have excellent programs with "A" and "B" license coaches at the helm. In Florida these "Academy" teams are largely inactive during the winter season so where is the talented youth player to go? Not train and play for months at a time? Couple that with denying the student/athlete a high school sports experience, and I'm not so sure it's a great idea to force a young player to choose between his community and the "Academy". If they would take these issues on a case by case basis and even give even a cursory investigation into the High School Programs they participate in based on quality I could then buy into it.

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