Chargers MLS Next Academy

MLS Next Academy Tryouts 2024-25

MLS Next Talent ID for 2024-25 Season








Tryouts are Free & open to ALL Tampa Bay Area competitive players.  Come out and shows us that you have all the skills, talent, and knowledge to become the one of the top players to join our MLS Next academy.


Continue to come back for updated schedules! 

*Revised 2/27/2024


Location: Countryside SportsplexOpen Talent ID Sessions

April 1 @  6PM to 730PM  - U13 (2013 & 2012), U14 (2011), U15 (2010) 

*2013 is eligible to tryout for U13 

April 1 @  730PM to 9PM  - U16 (2009), U17 (2008), U19 (2007 & 2006)


Location: Countryside SportsplexOpen Talent ID Sessions

April 2 @  6PM to 730PM  - U13 (2013 & 2012), U14 (2011), U15 (2010) 

*2013 is eligible to tryout for U13 

April 2 @  730PM to 9PM  - U16 (2009), U17 (2008), U19 (2007 & 2006)


Location: PSC Lakewood Ranch - Open Talent ID Sessions

April 3 @ 6PM to 730PM  - U13 (2013 & 2012), U14 (2011), U15 (2010)

*2013 is eligible to tryout for U13 


Location: New Tampa Community Park - Open Talent ID Sessions

April 4 @ 6PM to 730PM - U13 (2013 & 2012), U14 (2011), U15 (2010) 

*2013 is eligible to tryout for U13 

  • Field # 3 & # 5


***Additional Tryouts will be on a team by team basis.




The MLS Next will be training full time, three to four times a week, within Pinellas County. Training will take place across Joe DiMaggio, Glen Oaks, and Countyside Sportsplex soccer facilities throughout the season! Click on all linked campuses above for exact locations. By training full time within Pinellas County we are able to provide access to consistent high level soccer training and competition for the many talented players within our community. 




The MLS Next has selected the best coaches in the area. They bring professional experience, A & B coach license, and years of top level coaching experience. 


Mike Keeney - MLS Next Director 

Kyle Clinton - Ast. MLS Next Director

Kevin Clinton - Director of Goalkeeping and Goal Keeper Trainer


Kyle Clinton

Adel Alchamat

Steve Spearing

Takuya Yamada








CLICK HERE for the Chargers MLS Next Home Page.




Chargers Soccer Club - MLS Next Academy

Our Path of Success Continues

The Chargers Soccer Club has a very distinguished 46-year history. That’s right, 46 years! Did you know:

  • We are one of the oldest soccer clubs in Florida

  • In 2007, Chargers Soccer Club was one of the original clubs selected to participate in the U.S. Development Academy.

  • We were actually the seventh club to receive this prestigious honor.

  • Fifteen years later, Chargers Soccer Club was named to the top 100 clubs in the United States by, receiving the #17 ranking, WOW!

  • In addition, our staff members sit on the current MLS Next committee, influencing the direction of the MLS Next Program.

  • The club has won three national championships

The Chargers Soccer Club communities have consistently produced some of the best U.S. soccer players representing:

  • The United States Women’s and Men’s National Teams

    • Both Goal Keeper trainers were on the Women's and Men's National Team

      • Bryane Heaberlin -

        • played on the Women's National team 

        • played youth soccer at the Chargers Soccer club - starting in 2002

      • Kevin Clinton

        • played on the Men's National team

        • played for the Rowdies as a Goal Keeper 

  • English Premier League

  • Bundesliga

  • Major League Soccer

  • United Soccer League

We are extremely proud of the hundreds of young women and men playing competitively at the university level. Many of those young men and women received All-American honors.

We have been blessed over the years to have the most consistent coaching staff in the country:

  • Our Director of Coaching, Peter Mannino has been with us for 37 years.

  • The Director of Goalkeeping, Kevin Clinton, 22 years.

Over 30 coaches played as Chargers growing up, and have come back to coach in our communities. The level of coaching consistency is impressive.

Call it loyalty, call it commitment, call it what it is, the coaches and staff develop some of the best players in the country, and develop their character as well, as demonstrated by the multiple examples of Charger Alumni who not only succeeded in soccer, but are succeeding in life. Former Chargers have done global TED talks, and have become successful children’s book authors, and ran for council member within our own communities. SERIOUSLY, YES!




CLICK HERE for more information about the Chargers SC MLS Next Program.


Academy Leagues - where you'll find the best competition

U12 --> Florida Academy League
U13 - U19 --> MLS Next