Miami FC's participation in the USL Academy League will help young players process through a system that leads to the First Team / Photo courtesy Miami FC
On September 10, Miami FC announced its intention to join the USL Academy League, set to kick off in spring of 2021. As the club’s Senior Team approaches the conclusion of its first season in the USL Championship, it is already striving to build out a complete youth-to-pro pathway for local soccer players.
“Since we began our journey with the Miami FC Youth Academy almost two years ago, our main priority was to find a platform to showcase the level of the players,” said Miami FC Youth Academy President of the Board Paul Dalglish. “South Florida is known for having some of the best fútbol talent in the country, and we are hoping to give our community a platform to showcase that.
“There is no better way for our youth players to showcase their talents than the USL Academy League. It will help us develop players with the ultimate goal of bringing them to training and hopefully playing with our First Team.”
In tandem with USL Academy, the Miami FC Youth Academy will aim to create a platform for talented young players to compete at a high level. Participation in the USL Academy League also opens the door for the club to field an elite youth team at USL Academy Cup events, and provides opportunities for players that excel in the academy environment to compete with the Senior Team on USL Academy Contracts.
“This is an exciting time to be an academy player at Miami FC,” said Miami FC Youth Academy Executive Director Nelson Vargas. “The USL Academy League will be amazing for our youth players to participate in. It will give us the unique opportunity to compete against other teams at the national level while showcasing our First Team methodology at the youth level.”
Founded in 2018, the Miami FC Youth Academy’s statement of intent to create a USL Academy structure bodes well for the club’s future and for players in the area with aspirations of making it as professionals.
“Our goal is to ultimately be a team of the community, where our senior team is mostly homegrown talent,” said Miami FC Academy Director Gonzalo De Mujica. “Being able to use the first team resources and coaching staff with the USL Academy team will give these players a new level of training and professionalism.”
To learn more about USL Academy, visit usl-academy.com/about.