Napa United has been selected as one of four expansion clubs to the MLS NEXTfor Northern California. We are the only club in the North Bay to be selected to this elite program. MLS NEXT takes over for the United States Development Academy or USDA. There are 113 clubs throughout the United States and Canada in the new platform.
This is a very exciting new era for soccer in our community. As an expansion club, we are only permitted to enroll our 2007 and 2008 boys academy teams in this first wave. We will continue to advocate for future teams in this platform.
While the MLS does not currently have a similar program for our female teams, we are focused on the continued development of our elite teams as we were granted pre-NPL status once again for our 2008 girls and now for our 2009 girls academy teams.
“The spirit of this platform is ensuring representation across the entire soccer landscape and at every level of the governance structure. Seeking input from all members and catering to players from diverse backgrounds is at the core of this platform. We are excited to welcome these academies and thousands of elite players to join our Founding Members in this competition with the first stage of expansion and look forward to additional expansion in the years to come,” said Fred Lipka, Vice President and Technical Director of MLS Player Development.
“For this first wave of new club expansion, we wanted to focus on finding clubs that are working to instill proper weekly development and quality competition as players embark on elite and professional pathways. It’s important that we familiarize players with regional competition at the earliest ages and re-establish the importance of small clubs prioritizing quality of development over quantity of players,” said Lipka.
Inclusion in MLS NEXT means our players will have increased exposure to talent identification, our coaches will have better access to developmental programs, and continued community outreach.
If you are interested in joining any of our elite programs, including our MLS NEXT teams please contact our Head of Soccer Operations, Gavin Taylor for more info: Gavin@NapaUnited.org
Any player who is interested in joining our MLS NEXT, Academy, or Club programs outside of the open tryouts calendar must gain permission from your current club's Director of Coaching before attending any training session with Napa United.
For questions regarding placement please contact Gavin Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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