“A lot of the work that we’ve done at the Federation, understandably, is very macro, very high-level, very removed from that end individual -- whether it be a coach, a parent, an athlete,
a player, etc. This is really a chance to be closer to that end result, and help influence, with hopefully some significance, the market of Philadelphia -- what that means for soccer there, and what
it means ultimately for our efforts whether they be national or international beyond that point.
-- Ryan Mooney
on leaving U.S. Soccer, where he was chief soccer officer, to help
run a new sports business venture -- Playmakers Management Group -- formed by Philadelphia Union minority owner Richie Graham
, who founded the YSC Academy that serves as the residential arm for
the Union academy, one of MLS's most productive academies. (Philadelphia Inquirer