2 Chargers Academy Players'
European Playing Experience - 2015 Milk Cup Tournament

Chargers USSDA player Julius Myrbakk (highlighted in photo above) is presently in Scotland and then to Northern Ireland in preparation for the prestigious Milk Cup in Belfast.  Julius is representing the Chargers SC along with players from the 8 other AS Roma/USA Academy Clubs that will compete against club teams from all over the world.  CLICK HERE for the article on the AS Roma website.  Their tournament schedule is:  Monday July 27 vs Co. Fermamagh, Tuesday July 28 vs. Sydney United, and Wednesday, July 29 vs Rangers.

Also, Chargers SC USSDA player Harrison Pithers (shown in picture to the left) is is in Belfast, Northern Ireland playing with the Liverpool Youth Academy in the Milk Cup Tournament!

Their tournament schedule is: Monday, July 27 Liverpool plays Co. Tyron, Tuesday, July 28 vs GPS FC Bayern and on Wednesday, July 29 vs Swindon Town. 


Good luck and best Wishes to our Chargers boys for a great tournament and European experience!

Stay tuned for continual updates on Julius and Harry in the Milk Cup Tournament games!







Miami Beach 1/28/15:  Pictured L/R - Italo Zanzi, AS Roma CEO; Garth Pollonais, Chargers SC - USSDA  Director;
James Pallotta, Owner AS Roma; Jim DiNobile, Chargers SC Director of Soccer; Alex Zecca, AS Roma Youth Academy Partnership Director.

ROME (January 28, 2015) – Today AS Roma announced the expansion of its renowned youth soccer academy program to the United States. The club will now have a direct, year-round partnership with seven elite U.S. soccer academies – including the Chargers Soccer Club of Clearwater, Fla. – with a focus on identifying and developing top-tier players.

More of this article . . .

CLICK HERE to continue to follow AS Roma happenings (or click on the AS Roma link in the right margin)

Harrison Pithers Selected for US Soccer National Team Camp!
May 23-26, 2015
Harrison Pithers of the Chargers Soccer Club,  U.S. Soccer Development Academy u14b team, has been selected to attend the 2015 Boys National Team Futures Training Camp  for players born in 2000 and 2001,during  May 23-26, 2015 at the US Soccer Training Center in Carson, California.
This Training Camp is US Soccer's continued effort to identify top talented young players for future US Soccer National Teams.
Harrison is a an excellent all-around center midfielder, Coached by Sammy Castellanos!
Congratulations Harrison and represent the Chargers SC well!!

Development Academy ID Camp For Boys

To Identify Male Players for the 2015-16 Season

Chargers Soccer club will be holding its ID camp series to identify male players for the 2015-16 season *. Chargers Soccer USDA Academy program is one of the original members of US Soccer Development Academy. The ID Camp series is for male players who are serious about competing against the Best youth players in the country.  We will be looking for players who have the desired composition to compete everyday in training and games. We will be seeking players with the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological ability to flourish playing in the top youth soccer league in the country. The US Soccer academy program supersedes ODP, US CLUB ID2 camps, ODP Regional camps, and it’s the premier vehicle for college recruiting.  It’s the main organization for scouting national teams and MLS player.

Chargers S.C. USDA Academy will be hosting ONE open ID camp for all interested for boys with birth years 2001-2002 (U14b) & 1999-2000 (U16b).  Please complete and return your Registration form (see link below) to gpollonais@hotmail.com.

If you are interested in next season’s U18b (1997-1998) Academy team, please contact Garth Pollonais at gpollonais@hotmail.com for more opportunities and information in that age group as we are not holding an open ID Camp for the U18s.

Click here for the REGISTRATION FORM

Camp Date, Times & Location:

March 25th, 2015 at Countryside Sports Plex

  • U14b (2001-2002):  6:00pm-7:40pm
  • U16b (1999-2000):  7:45pm-9:15pm

* U.S. Soccer only offers the Development Academy program for boys in 3 age groups:  U13/U14, U15/U16 & U17/U18.

Hosted a US Soccer Professional B License Course



U.S. Soccer’s Professional B License courses are usually held at the Staple Center in Los Angeles.  In December, the Chargers Soccer Club was the first club to host this high level coach licensing course. 


Our U-14, U-16 & U-18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy boys benefited from the experience as well.  They had the chance to train and interact with top professional players like Mike Petke (New York Red Bull Head Coach), Gonzalo Pineda (Mexico 2006 WC & Seattle Sounders), Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders), Matteo Ferrari (Inter, Parma, AS Roma and The Italian National Team), to name a few.


What a great experience for all!!

U16-U18 Chargers USDA teams
Trip to North Carolina, September 5-7, 2014

Group picture of the u16 and u18 Chargers USDA teams on their recent trip to North Carolina, Septemebr 5-7, 2014, where they achieved 3 wins and one tie vs the Carolina Rapids and Charolette Uinted on the opening weekend of the USDA competition!!

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
The Chargers are proud to be one of the first member clubs chosen by U.S. Soccer to participate in the inaugural year of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2007.  There were 78 top clubs in the United States that participated in the program during the 2011-12 season.   On April 3, 2012 U.S. Soccer announced,  following an extensive review process of both the technical and programmatic sides of each club, the selection of the Montreal Impact and Portland Timbers (both MLS clubs) for the 2012-13 season bringing the Development Academy clubs to 80.  

About the Program 

Created in 2007, the development academy was established to primarily focus on male youth player development in the United States. The league consisted of 64 elite youth soccer clubs from around the country in its inaugural season. Each team is comprised by geographic proximity, with two age groups (U-15/16 & U-17/18).  These 64 teams were divided into eight conferences with each team playing approximately 30 home and away matches during an eight-month season. 

Currently in its fifth season, the program has expanded to 78 clubs competing in ten geographically-based divisions. Although some attributes have changed during the past four seasons, the basic mission and principles remain intact: increased focus on training, meaningful competition and a providing a direct connection to U.S. National Team programming. 

U-13/14 Academy Team For 2013-14

U.S. Soccer announces the expansion of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program for boys to include the U-13/14 age group starting in the Fall of 2013.  Starting with the 2013-14 season, Chargers SC will have three Academy teams:  U-13/14 boys plus the existing U-15/16 and U-17/18 boys teams.  

Chargers SC Name USSDA U-13/14 Head Coach - 
Sammy Castellanos 

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Sammy Castellanos has been appointed as head coach of the club’s U-13/14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy team, which is competing in its first season. An assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of South Florida, Castellanos brings an impressive resume as both a coach and player.  Click here for the full press release.  

The identification of potential players will be an ongoing process that will continue to occur throughout the season.  Players interested in being considered for next season’s Chargers U-13/14 Development Acadmey team should:  (1) confidentially pre-register using the appropriate link below and (2) submit a bio of your soccer talents to Peter Mannino (chargersdoc@msn.com).

Any questions, please feel free to contact Peter Mannino, Co-Director of Chargers Soccer & Director of Coaching (chargersdoc@msn.com or 727-224-4681)




U.S. Soccer Development Academy to Launch
Under-13/14 Program in Fall of 2013

Younger Age Group Expands Academy Philosophy of More Training, Less Overall Games and More Meaningful Matches to Additional Players Across the United States

Younger Age Group Expands Academy Philosophy of More Training, 
Less Overall Games and More Meaningful Matches to Additional Players Across the United States 

CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2012) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy, in its continual effort to progress and enhance player development, has announced the launch of an Under-13/14 division starting in the Fall of 2013.

The U-13/14 division will consist of current Academy clubs and will possibly add a limited amount of clubs from outside the current Academy structure from some markets throughout the U.S. Details regarding the start of the application process, the format of the schedule and other logistics will be announced at a later date.

“We started the Development Academy to improve player development on all levels, and adding a competitive structure to the U-13/14 age group is an important next step in this long-term process,” said Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “The U-13/14 age group is at a very crucial stage in their development. Applying the overall philosophy of the Academy to the U-13/14 age group will allow us to continue to shift the focus of the young elite player to meaningful training and competition.” 

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2013-14 Season for U-15/16b & U-17/18b

U-15/16 and U-17/18 Boys Development Academy Teams for the 2013-14 season

The 2013-14 season's U-15/16b Academy team (birth years 1997 & 1998) is coached by Head Coach Garth Pollonais (pictured on right) and the U-17/18b Academy team (birth years 1995 & 1996) is coached by Head Coach Roberto Lopez (pictured on left).  Click here for the coaching staff biographies.  




The identification of potential players will be an ongoing process that will continue to occur throughout the season.  Players interested in being considered for one of the three Chargers U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams for next season should:  (1) confidentially pre-register using the appropriate link below and (2) submit a bio of your soccer talents to Peter Mannino (chargersdoc@msn.com).


The Chargers Soccer Club U.S. Soccer Development Academy is committed to play at the highest level and requires a full commitment from players that have the qualities of State, Regional and National level ability.