D.C. United Academy develops top talent, memorable experiences

By Mia O’Neill

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Members of D.C. United’s U11-U13 academy teams listen to first team head coach Ben Olsen speak after a training session. (Photo Credit: D.C. United Academy)

As soccer in the United States continues to grow, emulating the European game has become a primary goal among top American teams.

As a result, there’s been a surge of investment in youth soccer development in recent years. Following the models of Europe’s biggest clubs, Major League Soccer teams have turned unprecedented attention toward their academies, offering promising youngsters highly-structured technical and tactical training with the goal of producing players for their first teams.

The objective of the MLS academy system is to provide a direct path to professional soccer with affiliation to a club, said Dave Sanford, operations coordinator for the D.C. United Academy and head coach of the club’s under-12 team. To Sanford, professionalization of youth soccer in the U.S. has been huge. Continue reading “D.C. United Academy develops top talent, memorable experiences”

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