Chargers SC USSDA u13/14 team at the Fall Showcase

The Chargers SC USSDA u13/14 team at the Fall Showcase event at BB&T Park in Advance, NC before they take the field in their final game 5-2 win over Baltimore Amour!
The Chargers u13/14 team (along with Head Coach, Nate Bender, and Soccer Operations Direction, Jim DiNobile) had an outstanding performance in victory and represented the CHARGERS SC in great fashion!
US Soccer Development Academy Teams On The Road



The Chargers Soccer Club, United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) u15/16 & u17/18 teams, recently completed their very successful first road trip on October 17-18 to the South Carolina Union Battery in Charleston, South Carolina at MUSC Stadium!

Playing under clear blue sky and temperatures in the 50's, won the u17/18 game, 3-1 and the u15/16, 2-1!

Great job USSDA teams!!

The Chargers SC USSDA u13/14 team, next hits the road, traveling to Advance, NC on October 30- November 1 for their Fall Showcase event, playing three games at the BB&T Park vs. Oakwood Soccer Club, World Class FC and Baltimore Armour!

Good luck Chargers SC USSDA u13/14 team!!

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 79 top clubs in the United States that participated in the program during the 2014-15 season.  In 2013-14 U.S. Soccer added the next younger age group U-13/14 and there were 88 clubs chosen to offer that age group.    

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. 

Having completed its eighth season, the program expanded to 79 clubs competing in ten geographically-based divisions. Although some attributes have changed during the past seven 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. 

2015-16 Academy Coaching Staff

Roberto Lopez

Development Academy Director
CLICK HERE for Roberto's Bio.

Jim DiNobile

Director of Soccer Operations
CLICK HERE for Jim's Bio.


Andres Arango; U-18 Academy Head Coach – Assistant with both the U-16s and U-14s Game Analysis, Training Sessions, Player Evaluations Scouting, Team Selections.

USSF B License.

Playing Career:
2002-2003 Canada U-20 National Team –
2003 FIFA Youth World Cup, United Arab Emirates
2002-2003 Canada U-23 Olympic Team
2003 Montreal Impact
2004-2006 Toronto Lynx
2007 Montreal Impact
2008-2009 Minnesota Thunder
2010 Minnesota Stars
2011-2013 Tampa Bay Rowdies – NASL

Chargers SC, Tampa U-11 Boys, U-12 Boys & U-14 Boys
Tampa Marauders: Men Amateur, Assistant Coach


Nathan Bender; U-14 Academy Head Coach- Assistant with both the U-16 & U-18 DA. Game Analysis, Training Sessions, Player’s Evaluations, Team Selection.

USSF C License, is already registered to take his USSF “B” License next January.

Playing Career:
Eckerd College
Nottingham, England

Nottingham, England
Eckerd College, Assistant Coach
Chargers SC U-14, U-15 & U-16 NPL


Kevin Clinton; Academy Goalkeeper Coach

Taking his “C” License in January 2016

Playing career:
Tampa Bay Rowdies – Old NASL
Northern Ireland

Brandon FC – Keeper Coach
Chargers SC, Keeper Coach,
worked with and help develop, Zack MacMath (Philadelphia Union & Colorado Rapids), Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake, Rowdies) and Bryane Heaberlin (Women U-20s WC Champions, starting Keeper)



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 . . .

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