"The focus of the Talent Identification Department will be on improving the quality and quantity of scouts for U.S. Soccer and Development Academy clubs," said Lepore, who joined U.S. Soccer full-time as a Technical Advisor in 2006. "Our plan is to implement a scout education program that will help Development Academy clubs to develop their strategy, methods, planning and networks for identifying players."
Before joining U.S. Soccer, Wijnker was the Academy Director for Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.
"I am very excited to take on this new challenge and join the nation's leading youth development program," said Wijnker. "Our plan is to continue to work closely with Academy Directors and club leaders, providing them with support and education to help our member clubs develop their own identities, philosophies, leadership and talent identification plans. Ultimately, we want our clubs to establish their own technical plans to continue to provide environments that work to develop world-class players."