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In the second part of our Q&A with D.C. United academy director Nolan Sheldon, we discuss a range of topics, including the United's academy residential program at the Calverton School in Huntingtown, Maryland, the growing divide between MLS and non-MLS clubs in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and the sore subject of the annual fees that D.C. still charge many of their DA players.
This month D.C. United's youth academy reconvened to begin preparations for the 2016/17 season, which kicks off with matches for the club's five U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams on Sept. 3. Last week academy director Nolan Sheldon was kind enough to sit down for a detailed conversation with SoccerWire.com about D.C.'s mindset, methodology and expectations for the season ahead. Here is part 1 of our far-ranging chat; the second part will run next week.
Looks can be deceiving in soccer. Chris Durkin's baby face matches his tender age of 16, but his 6-foot frame, calm demeanor and cultured passing range give the impression of a much older talent. And though he's only been a full professional for a few weeks now, D.C. United's newest Homegrown has already blown up a few other shallow impressions, too.
On Thursday Atlanta United FC marked another milestone on their impressive ramp-up from expansion concept to instant contenders, announcing the signing of U.S. youth national team prodigy Andrew Carleton, age 15, to a Homegrown player contract. SoccerWire's Charles Boehm investigates what's happening down in Georgia.
The Portland Timbers have announced the addition of the Boise Nationals Soccer Club (BNSC) as part of the “adidas Timbers Alliance,” a strategic partnership with elite local youth clubs in the Timbers’ development territory, designed to build unique working relationships and development opportunities to help channel the top youth players towards the Timbers’ development programs and the Timbers Academy.
When U.S. Soccer announced the new Girls Development Academy initiative last week, April Heinrichs was front and center. A few days afterward, she spoke to SoccerWire.com in a one-on-one conversation in which she expanded on a number of the leading topics in youth development today. Here are some of the highlights from that discussion.
College coaches are adjusting their recruiting strategies.