Fifty-six clubs will join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at the U-12 level, which the DA will launch for the 2016-17 season. They join 78 existing Academy members that field teams for U-12 competition for a total of 134 clubs.
The expansion is intended to reduce travel distances between clubs at the youngest division in the DA, which also competes at the U-14, U-16 and U-18 levels.
"Expanding to the U-12 age group and the addition of 56 new member clubs will improve the overall environment at an earlier development stage and help clubs create a more positive step-by-step learning pathway for players," said U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore said in a release.
U.S. Soccer has also announced that the 56 new clubs have made a financial commitment of more than $1 million for player scholarships that will subsidize more than 600 players, including 400 who will play cost-free.
New U-12 Academy Clubs (Fall 2016)
Bay Area, Calif. -- San Francisco Elite Academy, Santa Rosa United. Los Angeles -- Los Angeles FC, Total Futbol Academy. San Diego -- Chula Vista FC, LA Galaxy San Diego, San Diego Soccer Club, West Coast FC. Colorado -- Arsenal Colorado, Colorado Storm Soccer Association, FC Boulder, Pride SC. Florida -- Albion SC Plantation, FC Florida, Florida Rush SC, Players Club of Tampa Bay, Wellington SC. Georgia -- AFC Lightning, Atlanta United FC, Lanier Soccer Association, North Atlanta Soccer Association, Southern Soccer Academy, United Futbol Academy. Illinois/Indiana --
Campton United SC, Chicago Fire Juniors City/ South, FC United Soccer Club, Fort Wayne United FC, Indiana Elite FC, Sockers FC Naperville. New England -- Bayside FC, Global Premier Soccer, NEFC, Valeo Futbol Club. New York/New Jersey -- New York Cosmos, TSF Academy. North Carolina -- Capital Area RailHawks-CASL Del Sol, Capital Area RailHawks-CASL South, Queen City Mutiny. Oregon -- BSC Oregon, Capital FC Timbers, Crossfire Oregon, Eastside Timbers, FC Portland Academy, Washington Timbers FC Academy, Westside Timbers Soccer Club. Texas -- Houston Express SC. Washington -- Eastside FC, Greater Seattle Surf, Pacific Northwest SC, Seattle United, Snohomish Youth Soccer Club, Washington Premier FC, Washington Rush. Washington, D.C. -- Arlington Soccer Association, Loudoun Soccer, McLean Youth Soccer.
In the U.S. U-19 men’s national team’s first game under Coach Brad Friedel, the USA fell, 1-0, to host Spain in its Copa del Atlantico Tournament opener in Canary Islands. Friedel’s squad is comprised of players born in 1998.
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Feb. 2 in Las Palmas, Spain
Spain 1 USA 0. Goal: Olmo 37.
Spain – A.Fernandez; Rodriguez (Bunuel, 45), Castano, 2- Torres, Cucurella; Villalba (Gomez, 61), Garcia (Puado Diaz, 61), Diaz; Olmo (Villaneuva Rivas, 70), R.Fernandez Caballero, 70), Navarro (Islam, 75).
USA – W.Pulisic; Cannon (Dieterich, 63), Montalvo, Trusty, Nelson; McKinnie, Calvillo (Robinson, 77), Loera (Lekressner, 45); Gaines (Denis, 45), Da Silva, Zubak (Saramago, 88).
The U.S. U-18 national team, under new head coach Omid Namazi, finished its first camp of the year with a pair of losses against Florida clubs Montverde Academy and Weston FC.
The U.S. squad of 36 1999-born players, 24 of whom were newcomers to the national team program, split for the two games. They are auditioning for a training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in early March.
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"Obviously, the goal for this camp was to identify more players at this age group and to expand our player pool,” said Namazi. “I thought these games against strong opposition gave us exactly what we were looking for."
Jan. 20 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
USA 1 Montverde 3. U.S. goal: Hanson 41.
USA lineup -- Lopez; Hanson (Milesi, 63), Rogers, Vom Steeg, Real; Tomozawa, Paoli, Shigenobu, Alvarenga (Russell, 56); Fontana (Marcu, 74), Bulut (Vedamanikam, 70).
Jan. 20 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
USA 0 Weston 1.
USA -- Fetterly; Sundquist, McKenzie, Eves, Alfaro Jr.; Tracey (Perez, 50), Abdi (Anton, 20), Fernandez (McMaster, 55), Burnett (Wright, 86); De Sota, Marquez-Ramirez (Grey, 66).