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)

Academy Pre-Season Kickoff

8/17/15 - The Chargers Academy started their pre-season training last week, The Players from all three Academy age groups picked up their training gear and training began at Phillipe Park in Oldsmar.  There was also training at Sand Key Beach in Clearwater.  "The work rate and demeanor of the Players was encouraging and great to see.", said Roberto Lopez, Chargers Academy Director.



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!!
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!!