(Jan 19, 2015) Eastside FC has just announced its membership in the US Soccer Development Academy for U12 boys beginning this upcoming 2016-2017 Academy season, providing the highest level of play in Washington and helping streamlining the pathway for our players to the highest level of soccer in the nation.
"We are thrilled to have been selected for the US Soccer Development Academy's U12 program," said Chance Fry, EFC's Director of Operations. "This creates even greater visibility and opportunities for our players," he said. National team coaches increasingly look to Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for involvement in the youth national team system.
The US Soccer Development Academy exists to develop world class players by providing more and higher quality training with fewer, but more meaningful games. It is based on a 10-month training season. The Development Academy philosophy is closely aligned with that of Eastside FC's, making this an easy transition. The program requires highly trained and qualified coaches, and shifts away from a results-driven training philosophy, toward a holistic approach to player development, teaching not only soccer, but important life skills, including respect and personal responsibility.
The program is expanding to U12 in 2016 in order to reach players at a critical stage of development. The U12 program is localized to minimize travel distances and cost. Players born in 2004 will make up the inaugural U12 rosters.
Eastside FC has a long tradition of great coaches developing great soccer players. Dozens of Eastside FC players find college soccer roster spots each year; dozens more find their way onto Youth Soccer EPD/ODP teams; and a handful break through to US national teams. Most recently in the news on the boys' side, Jordan Morris, a junior and leading goal-scorer at Stanford, who played with Eastside FC's B94 Red team from U11 to U17, earned the Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor for a college soccer player, for the 2015 fall college season. After playing with EFC, and prior to Stanford, Morris spent a season with the Sounders' Development Academy, also a part of the US Soccer Development Academy Program. Morris has played for the US U23's and the full Men's National Teams. As we go to print, he is expected to sign with Sounders FC to play professionally. In addition, on the boys' side, two EFC B98 Red players, Stirling Russell and Sam Rogers, were called to the U18 National Training Camp in Florida this month. As with Morris, these players also moved from Eastside FC to the Sounders Development Academy. These players are the most recent to have helped blaze a trail since the creation of the Development Academy, and now by joining the Academy program, Eastside FC will be able to clear an even wider pathway for its elite players, making it easier for them to find their way to the right development opportunity under the US Soccer umbrella.
US Socce will announce the Boys U12 Development Academy schedule in June, 2016. Registration for players follows in July, and the season begins in September, 2016.
See also U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program to Launch Under-12 Age Group in Fall of 2016. Or, visit the US Soccer Development Academy website to learn more.