U.S. Soccer hires Belgian consulting firm

In its quest to "accelerate its mission of developing world-class players," U.S. Soccer has hired the Belgian consulting firm Double PASS.

Double PASS lists among its clients the Bundesliga, the English Premier League, the J-League and the federations of Germany, Belgium and Hungary.

“We are now ready to take on the challenge in your country to work together to produce more better players,” said Double PASS CEO Hugo Schoukens in a conference call with U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) club representatives on Wednesday. “The Double PASS USA project starts with what we call customization. It means the adaptation of our talent development model to the situational context of your country.”

USSDA Director Jared Micklos said the partnership begins with an analysis of MLS first teams, MLS Academy teams, and a selection of four other Development Academy teams.

“It’s a consulting project that has a large scope that has not been defined in all the exact details until we get through the evaluation task force,” Micklos said. “We’ll be looking at different geographies, different markets, different player pools, different sizes.”

The USSDA was launched in 2007 by the Federation and is now comprised of more than 100 clubs.

“We could not be anymore excited to start the partnership,” said Micklos. “Together with their help and our partnership we’ll have better players and more of those better players.”

8 comments about "U.S. Soccer hires Belgian consulting firm ".
  1. Jeff EAst, March 19, 2015 at 4:53 p.m.

    Problems with US soccer- no tactics, zero uniformed dictation of play by coaches.
    The players- only found in the suburbs, too little inner city kids. Soccer has become big business and is alienating lower income families. The only scouts are at PDA tournaments and "show cases." Our scouts need to hit leagues in search for talent as well.

  2. Thomas Brannan, March 19, 2015 at 5:36 p.m.

    1) "accelerate its mission of developing world-class players," : ACCELERATE. Really, where does it stand now? No one can hold a first team European spot if born in America and learn soccer here.
    2)It means the adaptation of our talent development model to the situational context of your country.”: That should be interesting. What does that mean and how is that going to work?
    3) “It’s a consulting project that has a large scope that has not been defined in all the exact details until we get through the evaluation task force,” Micklos said. : So you really don't know what you are doing yet?
    4)USSDA Director Jared Micklos said the partnership begins with an analysis of MLS first teams, MLS Academy teams, and a selection of four other Development Academy teams.: What is going to be done for all the other Academy Teams?
    5) I agree people who know what they are doing need to be brought in. But what then has been going on with the MLS Teams for the past 18 years and who has been in charge of that?
    Have a nice day!

  3. cony konstin, March 19, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

    We need 600,000 futsal courts in our inner cities and suburbs. We don't need more coaching. More gimmicks. We need a REVOLUTION is the US. We don't need a coaching environment. We need a playing environment where kids starting at age 5 play for free, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, 3 to 5 hours a day and with no adult interference. This is another abomination like our pay to play model. We are already creating robots by over coaching. We need to create magical magicians and 21st century warriors. Not more robotons. No more smoke n mirrors. Our kids need meat and potatoes. We need radical change and not more of the same BS. You can't make chicken soup with sick menusha. You need a chicken.

  4. John DiFiore, March 21, 2015 at 9:24 p.m.

    You're all right. It needs to be much more far reaching. USSF should mandate that all MLS teams, donate "X # of fields and futsal courts" for public use.

  5. James Froehlich, March 22, 2015 at 2:41 p.m.

    I would hope that this report focuses on the abysmal state of coaching at all levels within the U.S. The coaching fraternity is the one area that can consistently ignore the need to upgrade and improve their skills to match the changes that world soccer has experienced over the past 10+ years. Holders of the various licenses of USSoccer have sinecure for life and can inculcate their outmoded ideas forever. How does a coach born and raised on English soccer from the 70's develop and train soccer players for the future? Answer--he doesn't and indeed can't!

  6. Andrew Kear, March 22, 2015 at 8:53 p.m.

    How about a brain exam for Klinsmann.

  7. Jogo Bonito, April 13, 2015 at 8:21 a.m.

    What an awful waste of money this is. I'm assuming we're paying these people to teach us how to train our players. Am I going to find out that these people developed Messi or Ronaldo? Or were they the master minds of the 1970 Brazil team? Maybe they taught Enzo Bearzot how train the 1982 Italians? These people are taking money that could be used to build fields and futsal courts in cities and towns throughout the country (as Cony as been saying for years). Not coaching education! Coaching education IS the problem! Give me 600,000 futsal courts throughout the country and I'm pretty sure we can find someone to sit on the bench and take all credit.

  8. BJ Genovese, February 28, 2016 at 3:14 p.m.

    Double pass should go to academy tryouts... let them make there picks the pick them apart. MLS academies alike

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