With a win at the NPL Fall Showcase on Saturday, the Academy 2001 Boys clinched first place in the NPL 2 North division. With a 1-0 win over Heritage SC '01 at the first day of the showcase, they pushed on to 25 points and with an 8-0-1 record that no other team would be able to match with the last round of play on Sunday.
It was an escpecially gratifying win and title for head coach Mauricio Diaz DeLeon as he had just clinched a title with his 2002 Boys team the Saturday before. On that day, the Academy 2002 Boys fought to a 3-1 win over MVLA Napoli 02 Blue to end the season 7-1 in NPL 2 West and atop the table.
Both teams will be moving up to NPL 1 in the spring and welcoming the setp-up in competition. "It was a great season for both teams," said coach Diaz deLeon, "and now we're looking forward to taking ourselves to Surf Cup, playing the kind of terrific competition we expect to see next season in NPL 1."
On Monday, the Academy hosted a group of interested parents in McLaren Hall at USF for a presentation and discussion of our US Soccer Development Academy program. Led by Academy Director, Nick Lusson, parents heard about US Soccer's flasghip youth development program, why the SF Elite Academy was selected to run the program in our market, and how it works to help develop top youth soccer players.
Also in attendance was Boys Director of Coaching and USF Men's Soccer Coach, Eddie Soto, as well as Academy President, Joe Dugan. "We wanted to just share information with interested familes tonight," said Dugan. "Youth soccer has so many leagues, tournaments, and clubs that it can feel confusing and new programs can sometime feel like more of the same. The US Soccer Development Academy is different, however. It's a structured program, one carefully administered by US Soccer, with high standards related to coaching, curricullum, player health and welfare, as well as training environment. It's simple a whole other level of soccer play that previiously was not avail;able in San Francisco."
The US Soccer Development Academy's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition. It focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. Increasingly, the players on display with US National teams, MLS team, and top college programs have come from US Soccer Development Academies.
To learn more please visit: http://www.ussoccerda.com/overview
In addition, please feel to download and share our info handout from the evening, which is available below.
The Academy is both thrilled and honored to be sending five of its teams—the 1998 Boys, 2000 Boys, 2001 Boys, 2002 Boys and 2001 Girls—to one of the premier soccer showcases in the United States, the 2016 Surf College Cup Showcase!
The Surf College Cup will be played November 25-27th in San Diego, California. It ranks among the top tournaments nationally, and offers a unique opportunity for elite teams around the country to compete and for players to be seen by college and professional scouts. This year’s tournament excepts to feature 220 teams for a field of over 600 applicants. There will be teams from 16 states and 6 countries, as well as over 150 college coaches and scouts on hand to identify soccer talent
The Academy views the acceptance of so many of our teams as part of our commitment to provide San Francisco’s top players an elite player path that had been previously impossible without leaving for programs outside the city.
Congratulations and good luck to our Academy players and teams in San Diego.
The SF Elite Academy
Our mission is to provide an elite level program for soccer players in San Francisco.