[DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY]A pair of California-based clubs, FC Golden State formed in 2007 and based in Pasadena and Juventus Sport Club formed in 1956 and based in Redwood City, will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at the older-age levels to open the 2014-15 season.
"We are looking forward to the additions of FC Golden State and Juventus Sport Club for the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Development Academy age groups," said U.S. Soccer director of scouting Tony Lepore. "Both clubs are located in key areas of Southern and Northern California where there is a strong history of national team and professional player production. As part of the U-13/14 age group this season, both clubs have demonstrated a vision and philosophy consistent with U.S. Soccer Curriculum. Both clubs are also committed to moving away from pay-to-play and will be providing a cost-free program to their Academy players."
FC Golden State draws players from Los Angeles, San Bernardino and surrounding locations.
"FC Golden State is very excited and honored to be included in the U.S. Soccer Academy and look forward to working closely with Tony Lepore, Hugo Perez and all the technical advisers to help develop our players to their highest potential," said FC Golden State technical director Josh Henderson. "Becoming a member of the Development Academy is the goal of every youth club in America, and FC Golden State will exhaust every resource to meet the high demands of competing in the best youth league in the world."
Juventus Sport Club draws talent from the San Francisco and San Jose metropolitan regions.
"It's an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to play in the Development Academy," said Juventus Sport Club technical director Albertin Montoya, the former U.S. U-17 women's national team head coach. "There is no better way to continue developing our players than having them play against the best teams in the country on a weekly basis. We take great pride in playing an attractive and entertaining brand of soccer, and we now look forward to being able to replicate our game in the Development Academy. The challenges that each game will present to our players will only help them mature as young players, and mostly importantly as young men."
-- Four applicants have been selected to join the Development Academy's U-13/14 age group later this year: Cedar Stars Academy (New Jersey), Lehigh Valley United (Pennsylvania), Prince William Soccer Inc. (Virginia) and East Bay United Bay Oaks (California).