Posted On September 27, 2017 by PUSC
The Placer United U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy teams had a surprise visitor at training last night as newly hired U.S. Soccer Northwest Technical Advisor, Megan McCormick, was on hand to watch and evaluate the level of each training session, as well as scout for future potential National Youth team players.
“The DA Technical Advisor is here to assist the leadership of all the Academy clubs by monitoring and enhancing the players daily training environments to ensure better player development. They will not only attend training sessions, but also competitive games looking to identify those players with the potential and desire to be part of a U.S. Soccer National team,” explained Paul O’Brien, Director of Soccer Operations.
“Megan was really great,” said 04 Girls Academy Coach, Don Finley. “She spoke with all the girls about her current role within the U.S. Soccer and her previous experiences as a professional player and head college coach,” he said. “Megan asked all the players a few questions including if they have noticed any differences already within the Academy system, to which one of my girls replied, ‘Yes we have a U.S. Soccer national staff member at our training session.'”
The 03 Girls Academy Coach, Ron Benjamin added, “It’s things like this that will quickly help all the players realize they are in a high profile environment, as not only did Megan attend last night’s training session, but she will be at all the Placer United U.S. Soccer DA home games this weekend.”
About the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on standards of increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy recently expanded programming to include the Girls’ Development Academy which began in September 2017.