Almaden FC is excited to announce that it has become an official affiliate club of Breakers FC (Santa Cruz) a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club. This partnership will enable both clubs to maximize player development pathways for boys born between 2000 and 2008 and will allow select players to compete at the highest level of competition currently available in the United States, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program. To date, 32 Mercury 2008 and 2006 players have been identified to participate in the Breakers FC Academy with more to follow.
Under the guidance of Almaden Technical Director John Devine, and Breakers FC Academy Director Paolo Carbone, the clubs will collaborate at all levels to maximize soccer development for both organizations. “We are thrilled to be working with a club that is committed to player development. It is a privilege to work with professionals such as John Devine, who has worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United Academy for over 10 years,” said Carbone, “both clubs will greatly benefit from this affiliation, and we are looking forward to a productive future together.”
Almaden President Gordon Mackintosh states, “I’m extremely excited to be partnering with another long-term nonprofit organization, Breakers FC. We share many common goals, most importantly a focus on player development. This affiliation will give players at Almaden a pathway to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in either a full-time or part-time capacity with training sessions taking place in both Almaden and Santa Cruz locations. Our selection as an affiliate of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program is a testament to the incredible transformation of our club over the last few years. “
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program is focused on improving everyday club environments to develop players to their full potential, with the goal of becoming world class players. Through established standards for coaches, players, referees, and a professional game environment, the Academy ensures players are best positioned to develop in age-appropriate stages as they progress to the next level. The standards are based on best practices for the sport of soccer that are utilized around the world and through continued observations and analysis of our landscape to develop the next generation of players.