Official NYCFC Academy Thread

Ulrich

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Wait so does that mean he's out of our ranks?
Considering that colleges are still debating if they’ll open for the 2020-21 year, it may mean nothing short-term. If they commence, he’ll be at Yale competing for them and working towards a degree that may steer him to a career away from soccer. If he graduates and goes the soccer route, with MLS, then NYCFC holds his HG rights. If he has a soccer path overseas, then nada, unless there’s solidarity payments.
 

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We have, with the exception of California, the most programs in our region. Of course we have to compete for the independent talent with NJ (and Philly, NER partially) but this gives us an advantage over much of the rest of the league if you assume that the vast majority of youth talent comes through this program.
None of these clubs are new, so this advantage isn't a change from before, but it's interesting nonetheless to see the footprint of this program.
Does anyone follow youth soccer closely? Are any powerhouse programs sitting this out or is almost everyone on board?

CONNECTICUT

  • Beachside of Connecticut
  • Oakwood Soccer Club

NEW JERSEY

  • Cedar Stars Academy Bergen
  • Cedar Stars Academy Monmouth
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Player Development Academy
  • TSF Academy
NEW YORK

  • Blau Weiss Gottschee
  • Empire United Soccer Academy
  • FC Westchester
  • Metropolitan Oval
  • New York City FC
  • New York Soccer Club
 
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We have, with the exception of California, the most programs in our region. Of course we have to compete for the independent talent with NJ (and Philly, NER partially) but this gives us an advantage over much of the rest of the league if you assume that the vast majority of youth talent comes through this program.
None of these clubs are new, so this advantage isn't a change from before, but it's interesting nonetheless to see the footprint of this program.
Does anyone follow youth soccer closely? Are any powerhouse programs sitting this out or is almost everyone on board?

CONNECTICUT

  • Beachside of Connecticut
  • Oakwood Soccer Club

NEW JERSEY

  • Cedar Stars Academy Bergen
  • Cedar Stars Academy Monmouth
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Player Development Academy
  • TSF Academy
NEW YORK

  • Blau Weiss Gottschee
  • Empire United Soccer Academy
  • FC Westchester
  • Metropolitan Oval
  • New York City FC
  • New York Soccer Club
I've highlighted the academies that are NYCFC Youth Affiliates.
 
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We have, with the exception of California, the most programs in our region. Of course we have to compete for the independent talent with NJ (and Philly, NER partially) but this gives us an advantage over much of the rest of the league if you assume that the vast majority of youth talent comes through this program.
None of these clubs are new, so this advantage isn't a change from before, but it's interesting nonetheless to see the footprint of this program.
Does anyone follow youth soccer closely? Are any powerhouse programs sitting this out or is almost everyone on board?

CONNECTICUT

  • Beachside of Connecticut
  • Oakwood Soccer Club

NEW JERSEY

  • Cedar Stars Academy Bergen
  • Cedar Stars Academy Monmouth
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Player Development Academy
  • TSF Academy
NEW YORK

  • Blau Weiss Gottschee
  • Empire United Soccer Academy
  • FC Westchester
  • Metropolitan Oval
  • New York City FC
  • New York Soccer Club
We have the most programs in the region because there are more people. It's not a meaningful metric and doesn't give NYCFC any particular advantage.

This is just the list of the former DA teams. There were good teams that were not in the DA, so there are good teams that are not in this league. Some of these teams are good, some are bad and the very best kids get poached to NYCFC or NYRB regardless of where they play. It's not like the old days where guys like Reyna, Scally and Sands played as teens at one of these clubs and then graduated to the NYCFC Academy. There was no NYCFC Academy for them to play at. Now, those kids get sucked up into the NYCFC Academy at U11 and if they are any good, spend their entire developmental career there. These clubs don't train the best kids for very long anymore.

The best kids stay with the program and the 15+ other kids that are on each team rotate in and out each year hoping to catch a big break. They're essentially interchangeable sparring partners for the few blue-chip prospects and most have no pro potential.

And the youth affiliate thing is just a marketing tool. NYCFC gives them the seal of approval in return for mandatory ticket purchases and player appearance fees. They are some of the better clubs so they naturally attract better talent, but NYCFC doesn't influence the curriculum at these places and they don't have any special dibs on the players.
 
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should they want to continue and become pro after college we get first dibs on them right?
Yes, we have homegrown rights (MLS rights) of all of these players.
Exactly. Now, the kids themselves can decide to enter the MLS Superdraft and be drafted by another team. But they cannot be signed by another team without going through the Superdraft.
 
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