PHOENIX (Thursday, March 7, 2019)—Real Salt Lake Arizona is proud to announce the club's acceptance into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program at the Boys U-13 and U-14 groups, beginning in the fall of 2019.
This exciting news falls in line with the club’s continued investment and commitment to the development of our players, and to the highest level of soccer for boys and girls.
“We are exceedingly proud to be part of the Boys US Soccer Development Academy! We feel this is a vital step in the growth and development of our players and our club and we look forward to participating in the league. This invitation into the Boys DA is a testament to the outstanding work of our coaches, players, administrators and families, and the time they have all dedicated to the evolution of our club.” said Executive Director Brent Erwin “Congratulations to all of the fellow members of the DA class 2019-2020--it is a select group of clubs and we are proud to be a part of this group.”
Mike Kraus from RSL will be leading RSL-AZ efforts as Boys Development Academy Director. Mike has extensive experience in the Development Academy league having coached with the RSL Academy since 2012.
“We are tremendously proud and grateful to have the support of US Soccer and to be a part of the best league for youth development in the country. We at RSL-AZ are humbled to also have the unwavering support from Real Salt Lake as well as all of the clubs that have joined the RSL-AZ coalition.” Said Mike Kraus, Boys Academy Director. “Participation in the USSDA is an integral component in providing consistent, top competition that expedites the development of each individual involved. There is still much work to be done but we are eager to continue to better ourselves in all dimensions and to accelerate the development process for all.”
RSL-AZ is already familiar with value of the US Soccer Development Academy as our girls’ program, led by Tiffany Roberts, played their inaugural season in 2018-2019.
“We are so excited that our boys have been given the opportunity to compete within the Development Academy. I personally witnessed the talent of our boys and coaches and I am excited they now have the opportunity to showcase their skills and to continue to push the bar from a development standpoint. To be able to give access to this environment within both genders is a great achievement.” Said Tiffany Roberts, Girls Development Academy Director.
RSL-AZ commitment is to use this designation as a US Soccer Development Academy club for boys and girls as fuel to help the club continue its philosophy of development and teaching for each individual player so that every child in our club, not only those on Development Academy teams, will benefit from this prestigious designation.
Real Salt Lake AZ is the only club in the region that offers a complete pathway to professional soccer to both boys and girls. From our Recreational program to our top DA and ENCL competitive programs, the boys can develop all the way up to the professional levels of MLS (Real Salt Lake) and the girls to the professional levels of NWLS (Utah Royals).
Over the past 24 months, under the direction of Brent Erwin, RSL-AZ garnered the support of 18 clubs spanning 3 states with one goal, create more opportunities for the players of Arizona and the Southwest. And this development is yet one more step in that direction.
RSL-AZ DA BOYS ID SESSIONS
Wednesday, March 13, at Strikers Complex
Players born in 2009 & 2008— 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Players born in 2007 & 2006—7:00pm to 8:30pm
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED