DSC Development Academy Upcoming Season

Discoveries Soccer Club is pleased to announce expansion into the USSF Development Academy for the 2018/19 season for the rising U13 (2006) and U14 (2005) age groups. DSC will participate in three age groups in the USSDA program beginning with the rising U11/12s up to the U14 age group this fall. DSC will also participate in the pre-DA league with our U11 (2008) age group.

Executive Director Dave Carton: “We are very excited to expand our DA presence at Discoveries. Many of our families have shown a great appetite for this level of play and we are looking forward to getting started. We are very grateful for the opportunity US Soccer has provided our club and we will do our utmost to provide the most professional soccer experience possible to our Development Academy players.”

The Academy has 197 total clubs, comprised of teams across six age groups in the boys’ program: U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19. These clubs are all located within geographically-based divisions across gender and age group levels. Each team plays home and away games against the other teams in their division, plus games against non-division opponents from across the country during the 10-month season. DSC will play in the South Atlantic league against some of the top academies in the country including Atlanta United, NCFC, and Concorde Fire.

What is the 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 for male players in the U-15 to U-18 age groups. In 2013, the Academy expanded to include the U-13/14 age group, and in 2016, the Academy launched the U-11/U-12 age group, which has continued to improve development by setting standards and improving the everyday environment for elite players and clubs. Academy alumni have progressed to play at elite amateur and professional levels with 44 Academy graduates taken in the 2018 MLS Superdraft. In addition, 142 of 153 players called to the Youth National Team Camp in the fall of 2017 are DA players.

Being part of this elite program allows DSC to offer players wanting to take their game to the next level the opportunity to compete on a national stage with the best in the country. Below is the staff confirmed for the approved age groups and Discoveries Soccer Club.


U12 (2007) Dan Ridenhour/Jay Lockhart
U13 (2006) Alex Martinez/Dom Wren
U14 (2005) Dave Carton/Dom Wren


Tryout Dates for all ages, including 2008 PreDA:


March 4 6-8 pm Comporium Athletic Park
March 25 6:30-8:30 pm Manchester Meadows
April 15 5-7 pm Comporium Athletic Park
April 29 6-8 pm Manchester Meadows

Junior Academy and Select Tryouts

DSC welcomes all players to try out for our 2018-19 Competitive teams. All current players are required to attend tryouts to be placed on a team for next year. Players are expected to attend both tryout sessions to ensure everyone has the best evaluation possible.

Age Group Matrix

Below is the birth year/age group structure for 2018-19 seasons.

Coach Assignments- Coming Soon!


Junior Academy Tryouts— Boys and Girls

Birth Year
(Jan 1 – Dec 31)
Tryout Date Time/Location
Boys 2007 through 2011 May 7-8 5:30-7pm MM 1-2
Girls  2007 through 2011 May 9-10 5:30-7pm MM 1-2


Tryouts for BOYS NPL- Premier teams

Birth Year
(Jan 1 – Dec 31)
Tryout Date Time/Location
Boys 2002 and 2003 May 13 1-2:45 pm MM 1-2
Boys 2001 and 2000 May 16 3-4:45 pm MM 1-2



Select Tryouts for classic and challenge

Birth Year
(Jan 1 – Dec 31)
Tryout Date Time/Location
Boys 2004
Boys 2005* and 2006**Includes NPL Tryouts
May 14-15 5:30-7pm MM 1-2
7:15-8:45pm MM 1-2
Girls 2004
Girls 2005 and 2006
May 14-15 5:30-7pm CAP 3
7:15-8:45pm CAP 2-3
Boys 2001 and 2000
Boys 2003 and 2002
May 16-17 5:30-7pm MM 1-2
7:15-8:45 pm MM 1-2
Girls 2001 and 2000
Girls 2003 and 2002
May 16-17 5:30-7pm CAP 3
7:15-8:45pm CAP 2-3
Boys 2002
Boys 2003
May 18 5:30-7pm MM 2
7:15-8:45 pm MM 2


Tryout Information

CAP=  Comporium Athletic Complex-
1300 Spratt Street in Fort Mill.
MM= Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex– 337 E Mt Gallant Road, Rock Hill.

Check in Time:
First tryout date-30 minutes prior to start time at the DSC tents in front of the fields to receive tryout t-shirt and field assignment.  Your player will receive one numbered tryout shirt to be worn both days.

Registration: all players register and pay online prior to tryouts. We urge all participants to pre-register to avoid lines at the field. Players must register in their true age group.  Any requests to play up must be pre-approved by the DOC prior to tryouts.

Cost: $30 for online pre-registration and payment prior to the tryout date.
Walk up and unpaid online registration $40 at the field. Bring cash or a check made payable to DSC.

Bring: water, shin guards and cleats.

General Questions: info@discoveriessoccerclub.org

Weather: Cancellations and any changes will be posted on our web site tryout page and Facebook.

DSC State Cup Winners

For the first time ever in club history, DSC has two back to back state champions. The 01 and 03 Lady NPL/Gold teams have won the Challenge League State Cup for 2018 finishing off a very successful year for both teams.

Both teams beat Mt. Pleasant Premier 3-0 and 1-0 respectively to secure the state championship. Coach Jonathan Brabson of the 03 Lady NPL team said, “I am extremely proud of this group and their accomplishment. We started the game behind the 8 ball as we were without a few players but the girls played for each other and sacrificed for each other to win their 2nd consecutive State Cup.”

Grace Sain of the 01 Lady NPL team said, “We are so excited that we won state cup again and are looking forward to going far in regionals.”

Eveleen Hahn of the 01 Lady NPL team said, “The team worked incredibly hard to get to where we got. We are so excited that we have won two years in a row. We can only go up from here!”

The girls program at Discoveries Soccer Club is experiencing unprecedented growth as the club has expanded into the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the 2018 season. The WSPL is the largest competitive women’s league in the country and has official division two status for women’s soccer in the United States. Tryouts are February 11th and are open to local college and high school girls.

DSC WPSL Tryout Info


Discoveries Soccer Club will be fielding a women’s team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. This is our inaugural year in the program.  The WPSL is the largest competitive women’s league in the country and has official division 2 status for women’s soccer in the United States.

The team will train from mid May until mid to late July for three days / nights per week and participate in a 10-12 game season with teams from Huntersville, Greensboro, Oak City (Raleigh), Charleston and Hilton Head.  The team will train in the evenings to avoid heat and work conflicts.


We will be holding OPEN tryouts for all interested female players who are currently 16 years or older (on or before May 1, 2018) . Current and former college players are welcome.  We will carry 18-24 players on this year’s main roster.

TRYOUTS  – When and Where?

We will hold multiple tryout sessions. If you are a new DSC player, create an account to register. For current DSC players, login through your regular account.

The initial tryout will be held at Comporium Athletic Facility (1300 Spratt St., Ft. Mill, SC) on February 11 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Players wishing to tryout need to register in advance online at the Discoveries Soccer Club website.  All players interested in being considered are encouraged to attend one of the tryout sessions. Players who cannot attend should still register online and send an email with their intentions to Dave Carton at doc@discoveriessoccerclub.org


There will be a $25 tryout fee for online registration, walk up registrations will be $30. Players selected to the main roster will pay $150 additional fees. The cost will protect the college players’ eligibility and allow us to adequately staff and run the program.  For main roster players, all travel expenses and hotels (when needed) will be covered.  Uniforms will be provided.


DSC Announces Girls NPL ID Sessions

DSC 2018 Girls NPL ID Sessions

DSC welcomes players to try out for our 2018-19 Girls NPL ID Sessions on February 11. Current DSC players can register through their account. New DSC players should create an account to register. You can do both by clicking Login button on the top right of our home page.

Girls NPL ID Session, February 11

Birth Year
(Jan 1 – Dec 31)
Rising 16U (‘03) Girls

Rising  17U (‘02) , 19U (‘01) and  ‘00 Region 3 Girls




Tryout Information

Location: Comporium Athletic Complex- 1300 Spratt Street in Fort Mill

Check in Time
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start time at the DSC tents in front of the fields to receive tryout t-shirt and field assignment.

Registration: All players should register and pay online prior to tryout to avoid lines at the field. Players must register in their true age group.  Any requests to play up must be pre-approved by the DOC prior to tryouts.

Cost: $25 for pre-registration and payment prior to the tryout date.  Walk up and unpaid registration $30 at the field. Bring cash or a check made payable to DSC. The NPL tryout fee only covers this tryout.  If a player attends the additional May tryouts, registration will be needed for those tryouts.

Refund Policy: Refund for tryout fees must be requested by email and are subject to a $15 administrative fee. No refunds after the close of online registration.

Bring: water, shin guards and cleats.

General Questions: For general or administrative questions, please email info@discoveriessoccerclub.org. If you have team specific questions, please contact the program DOC, Ralph Latchana (latchana@discoveriessoccerclub.org).
Weather: cancelations and any changes will be posted on the tryout page and Facebook.


DSC Announces WPSL Team for Summer 2018

Discoveries Soccer Club has joined the Women’s Professional Soccer League as an expansion club, the club announced Monday.

The official name of the team will be Discoveries Soccer Club and will play their games locally at Manchester Meadows, the premier facility in the Rock Hill, SC area. The stadium seats 750 people and is part of a multi-million dollar facility operated by the City of Rock Hill.

“This is exciting for the program and a great opportunity for some of our players to see what the standards and expectations are at the next level of play,” Discoveries executive director Dave Carton said. “It has been an ambition of ours for a while now to venture into the adult game for the girls, and we will operate this program to the highest professional standards possible. Work will start immediately, for player recruitment will be an important aspect of executing a successful program.

“We look forward to providing our community with a program that we can all be proud of. Connecting this program with the rest of the girl players at DSC will be an important part of how we structure the program. We want to provide our academy and select players with positive footballing role models that they can look up to.”

Tryouts for the 2018 season will be announced shortly for spring 2018 and will be open to all college and high school players.

Discoveries Soccer Club currently serves York, Lancaster, and Chester Counties as well as families from South Charlotte. DSC has Junior Academy and Select programs and is partnered with several recreation programs amounting to over 3300 youth soccer players. In fall 2017, DSC added the US Soccer Development Academy program for 11 and 12 year olds. Additionally, the club added the NPL program for its 12U-19U girls and boys programs this past fall.

About WPSL

The Women’s Premier Soccer League is the world’s largest women’s soccer league with its primary focus on developing highly competitive women’s soccer players. The league has more than 100 clubs participating from across the United States.

DSC Announces 2018 College ID Camps

Looking for a great way to play in front of top college coaches? Discoveries is offering an opportunity to receive quality training and game time in front of multiple colleges. Sign up through your OASYS account. Don’t have an account, simply set one up and complete registration HERE.
Boys College ID Camp
January 12, 2017
6-9pm (2 hours of training and 1 hour of games)
Registration is open now
Price: $75
Late fee of $20 starts December 15
Location: Manchester Meadows
Girls College ID Camp
January 25, 2017
6-8:30pm (training and game sessions)
Registration is open now
Price: $65
Late fee of $20 starts December 20
Location: Manchester Meadows
Any questions, email Jenn Dobson at dobson@discoveriessoccerclub.org.

DSC Players Invited to US Training Center

Discoveries Soccer Club is happy to announce that six players from birth years 2002-2003 were invited to the US Soccer National Training Center in Columbia, SC on Wednesday, September 20th. Dawson Malcom 2002, Nick Parker 2002, Will Jenkins 2003, Ethan Stevenson 2002, Rafael Razzo 2003 and Harrison Long 2002 were all extended invitations. DSC also has four players from the 2004 birth year- Luke Marrin, Matteo Moyon, Benji Martinez and Carter Nunnery were invited to attend the Training Center on Monday, September 25th in Greensboro, NC. These players will train with other top players in the region as well as US Soccer Training staff to track development of top talent and be in consideration for the National Team pool.

“Well done to all of our players elected to attend the National Training Center this Month. This is a great opportunity for our players to participate with the best players in our area with US National program staff. The number of DSC participants rises every year and this is a testament to the ambition and hard work of the players and coaches to reach new levels. We wish them all the best of luck and we are confident each of them will represent DSC well” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

About the US Soccer National Training Center: U.S. Soccer is conducting training sessions in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with Youth National Team potential. Training Centers (TC) will be conducted by a member of the U.S. Soccer National Team staff. TCs are a new platform designed to improve player identification, player development and coach development. Each TC will be administered by the Academy conference’s Technical Advisor, assisted by Academy coaches and National Team coaches. Most TCs will be aligned with the Youth National Team calendar to evaluate players before trips and camps.

Two DSC Players Invited to US Club ID2 Training Camp

Alondra Nieves, 03 Lady NPL, and Mateo Moyon, 04 NPL, were selected to participate in this month’s US Club ID 2 training camp in Massachusetts. They were selected from more than 60 participants in August’s Player Development Program camp (PDP) for the South Atlanta National Premier League. Alondra and Mateo were among NPL players from Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina.

“We are excited for Matteo and Alondra to have this opportunity through the ID2 Program. Matteo is a player that continues to go from strength to strength and is maturing into a very promising young footballer. As for Alondra, this is another notch on her belt as she continues to impress at a very high level. Both are very hardworking and committed young players and we are delighted to see their hard work continue to pay off,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

PDPs are focused around the NPL and other top leagues in specific geographic areas. PDP invitations are based on objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from top Directors of Coaching.

The South Atlantic Premier League launched in the fall of 2012 and includes 12-U through 19-U boys and girls divisions. Earlier this year, the South Atlantic Premier League took the next step in its league offerings by being accepted as an Elite National Premier League (ENPL) qualifier. Now, its 14-U through 19-U boys champions will advance to the ENPL Playoffs, beginning in summer 2018.

Patrick Mitrovich State Farm Insurance Title DSC Golf Tournament Sponsor

Patrick Mitrovich State Farm Insurance (https://sfpatrick.com/) was named title sponsor of the annual Discoveries Soccer Club Golf Tournament for 2017. The event will take place on October 20th at Waterford Golf Course in Rock Hill.

Mitrovich is a former Gatorade Player of the Year from Georgia and played for former Winthrop University head coach Rich Posipanko. He was a four-time All Conference Player and three-time captain. Mitrovich played professionally for the Charlotte Eagles, Atlanta Silverback and the Charleston Battery. He also coached at Winthrop University as well as Discoveries Soccer Club.

“Being a local State Farm Agent, I am looking forward to partnering with Discoveries and the community in order to provide more opportunities to introduce the sport of soccer to the youth of Rock Hill and beyond. With the leadership at Discoveries and the level of coaching they provide I hope this golf tournament will continue to have the tremendous impact they have already had in this area,” said Patrick Mitrovich, State Farm Insurance.

Discoveries Soccer Club invites the public as well as club members to participate in the golf tournament by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dsc-golf-tournament-presented-by-patrick-mitrovich-state-farm-insurance-tickets-36956370499?utm_term=eventurl_text