U15-16 Development Academy Team Advances To Dallas Cup Semi Finals

The U15-16 Charngers U.S. Soccer Development Academy team advances to the Dallas Cup Semi-Finals in the U17 bracket with a 2-1 win over FC Dallas EL Paso today (Friday, 4/18/14).  They will be playing FC Dallas Premier in the Semi-Finals on Saturday for a berth in the Finals on Sunday . They have a tough task ahead of them, but Head Coach Garth Pollonais said that the boys have adapted well so far. 





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Development Academy ID Camp Series For Boys
To Identify Male Players for the 2014-15 Season

Chargers Soccer club will be holding its ID camp series to identify male players for the 2014-15 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. Academy ID Camps are by invitation only.  Registration forms will be reviewed before invitations are extended for an ID Camp.  Please complete and return your Registration form (see link below) to Gpollonais@hotmail.com or by mail to:  Chargers SC, 1003 Sandpiper Ct., Dunedin, FL 34698.

Click here for the REGISTRATION FORM

Camp Dates, Times & Locations:

April 23rd at Countryside Sports Plex

  • U14 & U16:  6:00pm-7:45pm
  • U18:  8:00pm-9:15pm

April 27th at PSC Lakewood Ranch

  • U14 & U16: 2:00pm-3:45pm
  • U18:  4:00pm-5:30pm

April 30th at Countryside Sports Plex

  • U14 & U16:  6:30pm-8:00pm
  • U18:  8:00pm-9:30pm

May 14th at Countryside Sports Plex

  • U14 & U16:  6:30pm-8:00pm
  • U18:  8:00pm-9:30pm

May 19th at Countryside Sports Plex

  • U14 & U16:  6:00pm-7:45pm
  • U18:  8:00pm-9:15pm

May 26th at Countryside Sports Plex

  • U14 & U16:  6:00pm-7:45pm
  • U18:  8:00pm-9:15pm

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

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. 

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.

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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Academy Play In Snowy Whiteout Conditions

2/16/13-2/17/13 - While most Chargers SC competitive teams were playing in tournaments in sunny, but cool Florida over this President’s Day Weekend, the USSF Development Academy teams traveled to Charlotte, NC for their league games and found themselves playing in snowy whiteout conditions. 

The Academy U18 team won their game on Saturday 2-1.  The Academy U16 team’s and the ’98 Pre-Academy’s games were cancelled due to poor weather conditions.  All three teams were scheduled to play North Meck on Sunday, but all three games were cancelled as well.  

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Progress in Triples -- U.S. Soccer Development Academy
by Mike Woitalla, January 17th, 2013 10:22AM

(Tony Lepore Q&A, Part 1)

The American youth soccer landscape changed dramatically when U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007.  In Part 1 of our interview with Tony Lepore we asked the Development Academy Director of Scouting to explain how he believes it has improved the youth soccer experience for the USA's elite players.

SOCCER AMERICA: Do you think the Development Academy is on pace to make the positive impact on the U.S. game hoped for when it was launched in 2007? 

TONY LEPORE: In general, we feel like we’re making great strides. We’ve always seen this as a long-term process so we want to be critical of ourselves throughout the process. So we still feel like we have a long way to go. But looking back at the major tenants of the philosophy when started the Academy is a really good way to measure progress.

SA: Such as ... 

TONY LEPORE: We wanted more training and fewer games. And we’ve really flipped that schedule. In terms of hours, we’ve tripled training in five years. 

MacMath, Chargers Alum, Set For Offseason Workouts in Europe
Posted by ussoccer at 11/5/2012 10:47 AM CST

A pair of U.S. Soccer Development Academy products are set to head abroad for post-season training.

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper and former U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team product, Zac MacMath, along with his Union teammate and 2011 Development Academy U-17/18 Player of the Year Cristhian Hernandez are setting out to Europe for offseason workouts, the Union announced on Monday. 

MacMath, who was a part of the Under-17 Residency Program, will head to English Premier League club Everton, where U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard has been a mainstay for several years. MacMath also featured as part of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in 2010, helping the squad earn the 2010 Northern Ireland Milk Cup title.

Hernandez, a 19-year-old midfielder/forward who prepped with Players DevelopmentAcademy and signed a contract with the Union on March 5, will travel to Spain to train with Real Sociedad. Currently in 17th place in La Liga, Real Sociedad features Mexico National Team forward Carlos Vela.

U.S. Soccer Highlights: Charger Academy Alumnus MacMath in Midst of Shutout Streak
Second-year Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper Has Earned Back-to-Back Clean Sheets

Former U.S. Soccer Development Academy goalkeeper Zac MacMath is enjoying a successful stretch in recent weeks with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.

The team’s second-year goalkeeper, who was part of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program at IMG Soccer Academy and also played club ball with Academy member Clearwater Chargers, is in the midst of a 242-minute shutout streak as his side travels to Chivas USA this Saturday at The Home Depot Center in CarsonCalif.

MacMath was thrust into the Union starting role during the latter half of his 2011 MLSrookie season, and he exudes confidence in the defensive third. Goalkeeping has been MacMath’s path to prominence within his budding soccer career, but at one point he also used to play center back during his time with Clearwater.