MLS sets up academy goalkeeper coaching program with German federation

MLS will send coaches and 27 goalkeepers from academy programs around the league to Germany for a week-long program, beginning Saturday, as part of its partnership with adidas and as part of a year-long development program run by the German soccer federation (DFB).

The immersive course will include both classroom education and field instruction in Germany. Coaches will then implement goalkeeper work into their daily routines over the next season and after that DFB instructors will travel to MLS clubs for a final assessment of the MLS academy goalkeeper coaches, who will receive a coaching certificate from the DFB.

“Major League Soccer continues to be at the forefront of player development, and this innovative partnership with DFB ensures an important learning opportunity for both academy coaches and players,” said MLS VP and technical director Fred Lipka in a statement. “With both coaches and players engaging in this challenging environment, we expect this to have a tremendous impact on the future of goalkeepers in our country and we cannot wait to see the bright future in store for the participants.”

The program includes coaches from 18 of the 24 current MLS teams, plus 2021 expansion team Austin FC, and two former MLS players.

Atlanta United Liam Curran
Austin FC Samyar Heydarkhani
Chicago Igor Dimov
FC Cincinnati David Schrek
FC Dallas Raul Herrera
D.C. United Jack Stefanowski
Houston Jason Grubb
LAFC Neil Thompson
Montreal Owen Braun
-- Luca Leone
New England Jasir Charris
-- Karl Spratt
NYCFC Daniel Cepero
NY Red Bulls Jeremy Proud
Philadelphia Phil Wheddon
Portland Steve Reese
Real Salt Lake Mirza Harambasic
Seattle Joshua Ford
Sporting KC Gavin McInerney
Toronto FC Luciano Lombardi
Vancouver Raegyn Hall
Former MLS Player Mike Behonick
-- David Winner
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