New York City FC has announced that it is opening a new youth Academy.
Under the supervision of Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna, and Youth Technical Coordinator, Rodrigo Marion, the Club aims to create one of the leading youth talent development centers in the United States.
The new Academy, which will have strong ties with the local community and links in to New York City FC’s 11 Youth Affiliate Clubs, is designed to invest in local youth talent, providing first class training to develop young players and help them reach their full potential.
Starting with a single team at U-13 and U-14 level, comprising players drawn both from New York City FC’s existing Youth Affiliate Club network and elsewhere, the youngsters will be schooled by top coaches implementing the style of play used by Head Coach Jason Kreis in the first team. The players selected for the Academy will be assessed at regular NYCFC hosted Talent Centers and while playing for Youth Affiliate Clubs. Academy coaches will be looking for players both with the talent and character to succeed at the highest levels.
Further age groups will be added to the Academy in the years ahead.
Training will be designed to enhance the players’ existing qualities and offer support in improving technical ability, aiming to produce both quality soccer players and rounded individuals, educated in the New York City FC style, with a skill set which will serve them well for the future.
The U-13/14 team will compete in the US Soccer Development Academy League beginning in the 2015-16 season.
Full press release at the website.
* Check it. Obviously this is a New York City FC youth academy launch, but as you know, Manchester City is big brother and City has been lowkey laying the seeds in America for a little while now. They have opened fields in Chicago, refurbished a Boys and Girls Club here in Los Angeles and now NYCFC is getting in on the action.
Now, the most interesting thing of this to me is how this will play out for the next decade or so…. there has been some questions about City stashing players on NYCFC, lowkey silly. But this can get interesting with a youth academy. You can take a look at a recently opened academy for Manchester City, and I’m sure that there will be a ton of input from big brother on the NYC FC one.
They will compete in the US Soccer Development Academy. Where will Jurgen come out on this? I’m certain that those questions that start out with, “Can America produce….” will never stop, but how will this affect that. Where will this be located around the city?
So many questions and can’t wait to see how this shakes out.
Video : Manchester City x UAE Embassy x Community Soccer Field in Chicago – TOW
Video : Manchester City FC x Boys and Girls Club of East Los Angeles – TOW