MLDA Summer Academy Pro Experience

The MLDA will host open tryouts through MLDA Player Showcase platform giving players a chance to earn a roster position as the MLDA coaching staff builds their rosters for the 2018 MLDA Summer Academy Pro Experience™.

The MLDA Summer Academy Pro Experience is a club neutral program designed to identify and provide collaboration with the communities top soccer talent. 

The MLDA Summer Academy Pro Experience will feature one player pool, totaling 18 to 22 players, per age group at the U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18/ First Team Reserves age levels. Each age group will include one male player pool and one female player pool. 

Players selected to a MLDA Summer Academy Pro Experience roster position will train twice a week totaling 8 to 10 training sessions from late June through July. Goalkeepers will receive specific training for their position.

All training sessions will replicate similar instruction to the thier community or reginal professional soccer First Team training environment however, will be tailored to meet the developmental needs at each age level. Each player will receive an official 2018 First Team training kit and will have the opportunity to interact with First Team players both on and off the field.  

Internally, ages groups U-16 to U-18 will compete in friendly matches against the First Team. Player pool ages U-14 and below will have First Team players participate in selected training session during small sided games, 1v1 activities, technical work and/ or finishing drills. 

In addition to weekly training units, each player pool will plan 1 to 3 exhibition matches against other professional soccer youth academy systems. These matches will be scheduled and finalized once the rosters have been selected and the club can properly gauge the playing levels of each age group. 

MLDA hopes the Summer Academy Pro Experience can help consistently place players into high level clubs, USSF Development Academies (DA), ODP (state, regional, national programs), top collegiate programs and ultimately with either Major League Soccer, MLS (Men) or the National Women’s Soccer League, NWSL (Women) organizations.

The MLDA has had multiple players selected in the MLS SuperDraft since inception, including Sidney Rivera (Orlando City FC) and Michael Nelson (Seattle Sounders FC). Other players have also been signed to other professional clubs in the USL, NASL, and MASL.