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!!

Don't miss out on some great soccer.  Come on down to the Chargers Home field at the Premier Sports Campus. 11/28 - 12/3/
The 2014 US Soccer NIKE FRIENDLIES and the United States Soccer Developmental Academy U16 & U18 WINTER SHOWCASE will take place on November 28 - December 3, 2014 at the Premiere Sports Campus, Lakewood Ranch, Florida, hosted by the Chargers Soccer Club.
Four National Teams from the USA, Brazil, England and Australia, along with the 80 US Soccer Developmental Academy Clubs will be on display to showcase their talents at the highest level of youth soccer that the United States has to offer.
The Chargers / Rowdies U16 and U18 teams, Coached by Garth Pollonais, Roberto Lopez and Sammy Castellanos will play a total of six games throughout the week.  Click here for the Schedule.
On Monday 12/1, at 6pm the U16 Chargers/Rowdies players Ben Espinal and Reece Riggins will participate in the US Soccer Developmental Academy Select team game that will have the top 32 players competing in this special showcase game!
Please click here for the schedule for the U16and U18 Chargers / Rowdies Academy games and the International Nike Friendlies.

Click here for the full Development Academy Game Schedule for the Winter Showcase 11/29 - 12/3:

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

Group picture of the u16 and u18 Chargers / Rowdies 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!!


Tampa Bay’s Professional Soccer Club to Advise Nationally Renowned Academy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rowdies today announced a partnership with the Chargers Soccer Club (CSC) which makes the Rowdies the Official Professional Soccer Partner of the Chargers U.S. Development Academy.

Based in the Bay Area with chapters in Clearwater, Tampa and Lakewood Ranch, CSC is a member of the United States Soccer Development Academy, which provides the optimum developmental environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players.  With a direct connection to U.S. National Team programming, the academy emphasizes long-term development through quality training and limited, meaningful 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. 

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. 

UPDATE:  It was a hard fought and well played Semi-Finals game against a very tough FC Dallas team, but was lost in injury time 1-0 at the end of the game.

Congratuations to Coach Garth & the boys!!  You represented the club well!!





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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-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.

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.  

Click Continue below to check out the photos.  

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.