Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
High schoolers get chance to learn from big boys
by Paul Kennedy, February 19th, 2014 10:03AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  development academy, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] In some places, they call it President's Week, Others call it Ski Week. For a select few high schoolers, this is MLS Week, a chance for academy players to join their MLS clubs' first team in preseason training.

The New England Revolution brought in a pair of Revolution Academy players, U-15/16 goalkeeper Austin Aviza and U-17/18 midfielder Zach Herivaux, for the trip to the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz. They aren't missing any school as Massachusetts’ schools are off.

Also in Tucson is former U.S. U-17 defender Justen Glad, a high school junior who is training with Real Salt Lake. Just last summer, he scored the winning goal as RSL AZ won the Development Arcademy U-15/16 national title. For Glad, the trip to Tucson is a chance to go home. Tucon is a short hop from Casa Grande, where RSL's residency program is based.

Finally outdoors in Florida for the two-week Disney Pro Classic after three weeks indoors in snowy Montreal, the Impact brought down three academy players: Amine Meftouh, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare and Victor Ndiaye. Also in Florida for a week of training and two games, FC Dallas called in U-17/18 forward Coy Craft and midfielder Aaron Meyer. Earlier, the New York Red Bulls brought academy midfielders Arun Basuljevic and Chris Lema down with them for training.

Red Bulls coach Mike Petke pointed out that it was a big difference between bringing academy players in for the odd practice or Reserve League game and having them going through all the same routines the first-team players are doing -- and showing they are doing the right things.

For MLS teams training at home, it's easy to bring academy players in and out. San Jose Earthquakes academy defender Josh Morton, who is committed to Cal, traveled with the first team to Fresno for the Central California Cup against the LA Galaxy and scored a late consolation goal.

Galaxy II, the Galaxy's new USL PRO team, had been to Fresno two days earlier for a game against the PDL's Fuego and brought four academy players.


2 comments
  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: February 20, 2014 at 7:43 a.m.
    nonsense

  1. Ariana Balton
    commented on: February 23, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.
    Basuljevic is down in Disney with NYRB now as well.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] No. 1 Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead at San Diego State after ...
'Caps qualify for first time, three U.S. spots taken    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Vancouver qualified for the Concacaf Champions League for the first time when Saturday's ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] A goal in each half from Michaela Dooley and Stuart Pope gave Kentucky a ...
The Good, The Bad -- and Lionel Messi     
[EUROPE IN A NUTSHELL] A hat trick was not enough for Sergio Aguero, while Cristiano Ronaldo ...
Sounders in driver's seat for Supporters' Shield    
[MLS: Sunday] The LA Galaxy looked to be coasting to victory in the first of its ...
Indiana-based Haiti overcomes obstacles    
[SCOUTING REPORT: Haiti] The USA is all but assured of advancing to the semifinals of the ...
Cameron returns for Stoke, Diskerud injured in Norway    
[AMERICANS ABROAD: Weekend] Geoff Cameron made his first appearance of the English Premier League season after ...
What They're Saying: Raphael Wolf     
"That was a big blow for us, there's no point in sugar-coating it. It wasn't a ...
Goalkeeper scores fantastic free kick     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Rogerio Ceni, the 41-year-old goalkeeper who is Sao Paulo's 11th all-time leading scorer, ...
D.C. United tops East, Crew gets in    
[MLS: Saturday] D.C. United wrapped up a remarkable run by downing Chicago, 2-1, to win the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives