FC Kansas City, the Houston Dash and the Western New York Flash are among the 22 clubs added to the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy.
The total number of clubs for the Girls’ Development Academy, which will begin in fall 2017, is now 74 clubs. An initial list of 25 clubs unveiled in June featured six NWSL clubs — Boston Breakers, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns, Sky Blue FC-PDA, Seattle Reign and the Washington Spirit.
The addition of last week’s NWSL clubs means that nine of the 10 NWSL clubs will be represented in the new Girls’ Development Academy. The Chicago Red Stars are the only NWSL team not included but, but Eclipse Select, based out of Oak Brook, Ill., is run by Red Stars coach Rory Dames.
Nine of the 22 additional teams announced are currently ECNL members, bringing the total number of ECNL members getting involved in the DA to 42.
The 22 additional clubs are as follows:
|Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth (Tinton Falls, N.J.)||Indiana Fire (Westfield, Ind.)||Real So Cal (Woodland Hills, Calif.)|
|Empire United (Rochester, N.Y.)||La Roca Futbol Club (Kaysville, Utah)||SC del Sol (Phoenix, Ariz.)|
|FC Fury New York (Bay Shore, N.Y.)||Burlingame SC – MVLA (Burlingame, Calif.)||Sereno Soccer Club (Phoenix, Ariz.)|
|FC Kansas City (Prairie Village, Kan.)||Nationals (Royal Oak, Mich.)||Sporting Blue Valley (Overland Park, Kan.)|
|FC United (Northfield, Ill.)||Oakwood Soccer Club (Glastonbury, Conn.)||Texas Rush Soccer Club (The Woodlands, Texas)|
|Houston Dash (Houston, Texas)||PA Classics (Manheim, Pa.)||West Coast Futbol Club (Laguna Hills, Calif.)|
|Houston United (Houston, Texas)||Pateadores (Costa Mesa, Calif.)||Western New York Flash (Elma, N.Y.)|
|PSV Union (Palo Alto, Calif.)|
Note: San Juan Soccer Club and Davis Legacy have merged into one Academy team since being announced last month.
The Girls’ Development Academy, modeled after the boys’ one which began in 2007, will feature three combined age groups: U-14/U-15, U-16/U-17 and U-18/U-19.