KENDALL SC U18 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TEAM HOLDS ITS OWN AGAINST NCAA DIVISION 2 TEAMS
September 1, 2012 – Kendall SC’s U18 US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) team prepared for the start of the 2012-2013 season by squaring off in preseason games against the Nova Southeastern University and Barry University men’s soccer teams, two of Florida’s NCAA Div. 2 programs. Based on the 0-0 tie with Nova and the narrow defeat by a 0-1 margin to the 12th-ranked Buccaneers, the coming season offers a lot of promise for the Kendall SC boys.
The U18 Development Academy team for the 2012-2013 season returns five full-time players from last year’s U18 USSDA squad and includes eight other full-time players that were promoted from last year’s U16 USSDA team, plus a former Kendall SC member that transferred from Weston’s Development Academy program. A notable absence is Ethan Sonis, who earned U18 All-South Conference recognition last year and was recruited to become part of the youth residency program of the MLS’ FC Dallas.
“We will certainly miss Ethan’s presence in the middle, but we have a lot of players with prior Development Academy experience and several newcomers to the program that will make for a very competitive team in our newly expanded division,” said Kendall SC DOC and U18 USSDA head coach, Matias Asorey. “Their performance against the two college teams shows that there are many high quality players on the team.”
With the realignment of the USSDA divisions and conferences Kendall SC will be paired up in a home and away schedule in the Southeast Division against four other Florida clubs - Weston FC, Chargers SC, IMG Academy and Orlando City – plus South Carolina United Battery, Concorde Fire, Georgia United, CASL Chelsea, Charlotte Soccer Academy, North Meck SC, and North Carolina Fusion.
Kendall SC’s U16 and U18 Development Academy teams will kick off their season on September 15 and 16 with matches at North Meck SC and Charlotte Soccer Academy. Joining them on the trip will be the 98 Pre-Academy team, which will play an almost identical schedule to the USSDA teams as part of the Southeast Pre-Academy League. For the first time this year the USSDA teams will play a continuous 10-month season without a break for high school soccer.
Kendall SC is the only youth soccer organization in Miami-Dade County to be recognized by the US Soccer Federation with membership in the US Soccer Development Academy, the country’s highest level boys soccer program.