The U.S. Soccer Boys Development Academy, which launched in 2007 with two age groups, will be adding a single-age U-15 division in the 2017-18 season. That will give it six divisions, from U-12 to U-18/19.
“Over time, we have closely monitored the Development Academy combined groups to assess the impact on talent identification and development, especially at the ages during early adolescence where there can be significant physical differences, based on an individual’s maturation rate,” said Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “From looking at the data and speaking with our Technical Advisors and club directors, we know that adding U-15 single age group to the program will not only expand the influence and player pool, but it will also help clubs streamline the learning environment and allow individual players to follow their own pathway.
"The expansion to U-15 single age will really help to provide a place for individuals born later in the year or talented late developers, similar to what we have seen with the addition of the DA U-13 single age group this season,” said Lepore.
2007 Founded -- U-15/16 and U-17/18 (64 clubs)
2011 Introduces 10-month season. (74 clubs).
2013 Adds U-13/14 age group (23 new clubs).
2014 Total number of clubs: 101.
2016 Adds U-12 age group; U-13 and U-14 split into single groups. (150 clubs)
2017 Adds U-15 age group
The addition of a single birth year U-15 age group will add about 1,500 players to DA clubs and will increase total number of DA players in all age groups to more than 12,000.
“The addition of the U-15 age group is another important step to ensure players have the opportunities they need to develop on and off the field,” U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. “We have all seen the benefits of the increased opportunities this season with the split of last season’s U-13/14 division into single U-13 and U-14 age groups. We believe the U-15 age group will be another avenue for clubs to further their player development efforts.”
Age groups and number of clubs for 2017-18 season that kicks off in September 2017:
All 73 DA clubs that currently field U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams will expand their membership to field U-15 teams in 2017-18. The first clubs that have been fielding lower age DA teams only that have been promoted to field U-15 teams are: Albion SC (San Diego, Calif.), Armada FC Pro Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.), Ballistic United SC (Pleasanton, Calif.), Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen (Carlstadt, N.J.), New York SC (Chappaqua, N.Y.), Virginia Development Academy (Woodbridge, Va.).
The adoption of calendar-year registration for the 2017-18 creates a change in the age groups, for example, U-17/18 to U-18/19.
Age groups and number of clubs for the current season 2016-17:
U.S. U-15 boys open 2017 with 24-player camp
The U.S. U-15 boys national team, coached by Dave van den Bergh, is in its first training camp of 2017 with a 24-player squad in Chula Vista, California. The team, comprised of players born in 2002, played to a 3-3 tie against Tijuana Xolos U-17 team on Monday.
U.S. U-15 boys national
GOALKEEPERS (2): Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.), Kash Oladapo (Portland Timbers; Happy Valley, Ore.).
DEFENDERS (8): Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.), Sebastian Anderson (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), George Bello (Atlanta United; Douglasville, Ga.), Owen Guske (Armada FC; Saint Johns, Fla.), Mason Judge (Chargers SC; Tampa, Fla.), Joshua Negrete (Cedar Stars Bergen; Clifton, N.J.), Kenny Nielsen (Pateadores; Irvine, Calif.), Joseph Scally (NYCFC; Lake Grove, N.Y.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Nick Andersen (D.C. United; Washington D.C.), Julian Anderson (Philadelphia Union; Ocean, N.J.), Josh Atencio (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Daniel Robles (Seattle Sounders FC; Burien, Wash.), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal; Panorama City, Calif.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, N.J.).
FORWARDS (7): Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC; Greensboro N.C.), Victor Cano (LA Galaxy; Santa Monica, Calif.), Julian Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Andres Jasson (NYCFC; Greenwich, Conn.), Daniel Mangarov (Atlanta United; Duluth, Ga.), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Graham, Wash.), Giovanni Reyna (NYCFC; Bedford, N.Y.).
Coach Jaime Frias has called up 24 players, all but one born in 2002, for the first U.S. U-16 girls national team camp of 2017 -- Jan. 16-22 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in San Diego.
The age group has graduated from the U-14 program and will spend two years in the U-16 program before moving on to U-18. They are all eligible for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of Jan. 1, 2001, and will be the core age group for the team that aims to qualify for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2022.
Two of the players -- defender Makenna Morris and midfielder Talia DellaPeruta -- played on the U.S. team coached by Mark Carr that won the 2016 Concacaf U-15 Girls Championship last year in Florida.
U.S. U-15 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Taylor Fox (Orlando City; Titusville, Fla.), Mia Justus (PDA; North Brunswick, N.J.).
DEFENDERS (8): Devi Dudley (Utah Celtic FC; American Fork, Utah), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Sydney Jones (Cincinnati United; Hamilton, Ohio), Lucy Mitchell (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Kayla Primm (Ohio Premier; Lewis Center, Ohio), Emily Royson (PDA; Toms River, N.J.), Dasia Torbert (Tophat; Buford, Ga.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Josie Alicino (Michigan Hawks; Northville, Mich.), Aislynn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hawaii), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Alexa Gonzalez (Arsenal FC; Riverside, Calif.), Kayleen Gowers (De Anza Force; Los Altos, Calif.), Isabel Loza (Arsenal FC; La Mirada, Calif.), Michaela Rosenbaum (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.).
FORWARDS (6): Trinity Byars (Soccer FC; Richardson, Texas), Kailyn Dudukovich (Cincinnati United; West Chester, Ohio), Sam Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Kacey Lawrence (Connecticut FC; Monroe, Conn.), Aryssa Mahrt (FC Wisconsin Eclipse; Wauwatosa, Wisc.), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.).