Contact: Steve Cowell

December 15th, 2015—Carlsbad, California

Formerly Carlsbad United FC, LA Galaxy San Diego (LAGSD) will launch as a club on January 1st, 2016, with the added prestige of having been accepted into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U12 Boys Program. This exciting news falls in line with the club’s philosophy of ‘providing seamless high quality playing opportunities at all skill levels’ and further supports the club’s vision and utter dedication to the development of it’s players via a structured and progressive curriculum.

The Academy is a comprehensive program that provides education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players. LAGSD was selected based on their commitment to U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s 7 Key Performance Categories:

1.         Player Development Effectiveness
2.         Staff Leadership, Structure, and Qualifications
3.         Style of Play and Philosophy
4.         Training Environment & Personal Development
5.         Facilities & Infrastructure
6.         Respect
7.         Resources

“Acceptance into the U.S. Development Academy is a natural progression for our program, and brings a long-term vision to reality” said LAGSD Technical Director Steve Cowell. “When we merged the two clubs in Carlsbad this was always an integral part of our plan, and we embrace the opportunity to work closely with U.S Soccer. We are excited to help develop the next generation of elite level players at such a critical age, and support our players who have dreams to go on and represent the LA Galaxy at a professional level.”

LAGSD Director of Boys Program, Glenn Malone, commented, “We are thrilled to have been chosen as one of the clubs that will kick off the inaugural BU12 Academy Program and we feel our vision matches the very high standard the USSF Academy Program demands.” Malone continued, “Our club has always prided itself on doing things the right way as far as player development is concerned, and now, being part of the U.S. Development Academy, we will be aligning ourselves with the very best in the country. These are very exciting times for what now is LA Galaxy San Diego!”

LA Galaxy San Diego is determined and hopeful that their boys U13 and U14 age groups will also follow suit, along with their U12 acceptance, into the U.S. Development Academy Program. Further information regarding this will follow.

Please click here to find out more information regarding the U.S. Development Academy U12 Program.

If you are interested in trying out for the LAGSD BU12 Academy team or any of the other LAGSD teams or age groups please click here for more information and registration links.