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“The spirit of this platform is ensuring representation across the entire soccer landscape and at every level of the governance structure," said Fred Lipka, Vice President and Technical Director of MLS Player Development. "Seeking input from all members and catering to players from diverse backgrounds is at the core of this platform. We are excited to welcome these academies and thousands of elite players to join our Founding Members in this competition with the first stage of expansion and look forward to additional expansion in the years to come."
Conference Chair leaders will serve as representatives for all clubs within their divisions. Leaders in the five Working Groups will submit recommendations and policies on behalf of all member clubs to the Executive Committee, Platform Management, and MLS League Office "for implementation into the platform." Representatives from MLS and other clubs will comprise the Executive Committee.
Dennis Sanchez (MLS Sacramento)
Gerson Perez (Silicon Valley SA)
Tom Spall (Real Salt Lake)
Derek Armstrong (Nomads)
Paul Holocher (Houston Dynamo)
Danny Bills (Real Colorado)
Jamie Smith (Nashville SC)
David Richardson (Sockers FC)
Marcelo Neveleff (Orlando City SC)
Roberto Lopez (Chargers SC)
Dan Lock (Charlotte FC)
John Ellinger (Baltimore Armour)
Anthony Capotosto (Toronto FC)
Chris Apple (Empire United SA)
Sean McCafferty (New York Red Bulls, N.J.)
Robert Elliott (FC Delco, Penn.)
Cedric Cattenoy (Chicago Fire)
Lars Richter (Michigan Wolves)
Chris Cartlidge (Colorado Rapids)
Paolo Carbone (Breakers, Calif.)
Anthony Dixon (Cedar Stars Academy Bergen, N.J.)
Jamie Smith (Nashville SC, Tenn.)
John Burklo (RISE Soccer Club, Texas)
Todd Saldaña (LAFC, Calif.)
Derek Armstrong (Nomads, Calif.)
• Individual Growth
Darren Powell (Inter Miami CF)
Steve Klein (PA Classics, Penn.)
Corey Wray (Columbus Crew, Ohio)
Nick Evans (San Antonio FC, Texas)
Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Jerry Losson (Ballistic United, Calif.)
• Talent ID
Dave Sanford (D.C. United)
Peter Decker (Seacoast United, N.H.)
Tyson Wahl (Austin FC)
Sean Bushéy (Shattuck-St. Mary's, Minn)
Henry Brauner (Seattle Sounders)
Gerson Perez (Silicon Valley SA, Calif.)
Brent Erwin (RSL Arizona, Ariz.)
Dan Lock (Charlotte FC, N.C.)
Alex Chater (IMG Academy, Fla.)
Dale Schilly (Saint Louis FC)
Ryan Miller (Portland Timbers)
Noah Gins (Albion SC, Calif.)
The MLS Player Development Department admitted the 19 additional academies based on geographical considerations, and evaluated on "their inclusivity of players from all backgrounds and commitment to the highest level of player development standards, including":
Identification (pro pathway, player sourcing strategy, history of player development: national team or collegiate).
• Club Player Development Philosophy and Methodology.
• Consistency and Relevancy of Coaches and Technical Staff Standards and Club Projects.
• Development and Performance Environment.
MLS's announcement noted that the competition schedule will be announced at a later date.