Announcement of Discoveries SC / Barefoot FC Partnership

Discoveries Soccer Club is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with nationally recognized Futsal organization Barefoot Futbol Club. The newly formed program synergy will allow for a progressive & player centered coaching experience, whereby Barefoot FC coaches will actively work with our Boys Development Academy players as part of their weekly training program, both in a practice & game day environment. Specific program information will be released to our Development Academy families in the coming days.

Development Academy Director Alistair Bain: “Technical development is a critical component in our methodology as a program, therefore exposing our players to a variance of environments that challenge their technical acumen is important to us. While the winter off season provides us the perfect platform to introduce our players to the Barefoot FC staff, we see this as a starting point to future involvement that will grow in duration & tenure.”

The Discoveries Development Academy is comprised of four age groups within the boys program: U-11, U-12, U-13 & U-14, all of which compete in the South Atlantic Division of the US Soccer DA. They compete regularly against some of the top academies in the country, including Atlanta United, NCFC, and Concorde Fire.

Barefoot FC is a player centric program that is dedicated to promoting Futsal, Futebol de Salão, Fútbol de Salón, and its many developmental advantages, by providing the highest quality Futsal experience in the region. They offer a wide variety of programming, including a full time day school which combines academic and athletic training, a US Youth Futsal development academy program for elite futsal players and skill development programs for players age 4-19. Barefoot enjoys working alongside high level youth soccer organizations to help individual players play with excitement and creativity.

“This is truly a ground breaking opportunity for Barefoot and Discoveries,” commented Guillermo Uribe, Executive Director of Coaching and Co-Founder of Barefoot Fútbol Club. “The Federation had required Futsal to be part of the DA curriculum for several years, but almost no soccer clubs ever truly integrated Futsal into their training program,”. Dr. Clay Hellner, Barefoot FC President and Co-Founder added “The commitment from Discoveries is a paradigm shift in player development, and the impact will be immediate and significant.”

As part of our relationship with Barefoot FC all Discoveries Soccer Club teams are eligible to claim a $50 discount toward entry into F5 Futsal’s vast array of Winter Futsal Leagues. Full details are available in the flyer attached, but please be sure to act fast as the deadline is November 2nd.

FLYER

Discoveries Appoint New Development Academy Director

Discoveries Soccer Club are delighted to announce Ally Bain as our new US Soccer Development Academy Director for the 2018/19 season.  Bain arrives at DSC from New Hampshire where he has spent the past 3 seasons as Development Academy Director. Bain has an extensive coaching career with GPS, and has played a major role in the development of players in the New England area.  Ally began his career with the Scottish FA, before moving on to youth coaching roles with Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford and Celtic FC. Bain then spent 6 years in a senior management role at GPS Portland Phoenix in Maine before accepting the Development Director role with Seacoast United in New Hampshire. Bain has also held PDL Head Coaching roles at both GPS Portland Phoenix, and Seacoast United Phantoms.

Executive Director Dave Carton;

“Identifying our need to specialize attention on our expanded Development Academy program, this summer we launched a nationwide search to try and bring in a candidate that would not only possess the required qualifications and experience, but also someone that would fit into the culture of hard work and commitment we have here at DSC. The identification of Ally through our GPS relationship is ideal.  To appoint someone with Ally’s experience with US Soccer and someone who will understand the club and our current partnerships straight away is a major plus point of this appointment.  Ally also as extensive knowledge of USL through his previous PDL roles gave him a unique edge over other candidates.  The fact Ally was a GPS Director and has a great understanding of how we operate as a club is obviously essential for us as an organization.  We would like to thank our GPS partners for their help and input throughout the process of appointing Ally and bringing him to South Carolina. We are very excited to bring Ally into our club and we are convinced he will be a major factor in helping to take our club to the next level.”

Ally Bain on his appointment;

“”I am absolutely delighted to be given this terrific opportunity to join Discoveries Soccer Club. The sense of community that Dave Carton has instilled at the club was a major factor in my decision to join the program, as was my excitement at the vision he has for the club moving forward. I eagerly anticipate my arrival in South Carolina, and I look forward to getting on the field with the staff & players very soon.”

Bain will also act as an assistant in this coming season’s 2019 Men’s PDL team, while also providing video analysis oversight for our boys and girls NPL teams. Bain will start in his full time DSC role September 1 2018.

DSC 02 and 03 NPL Qualify for ENPL Eastern Regional Playoffs

Discoveries Soccer Club is proud to announce that the 2002 and 2003 NPL teams, coached by Dom Wren and Phil Hindson, have both qualified for the ENPL Eastern Regional Playoffs on June 29-July 3 in Lancaster, Mass.

The ENPL regional event combines the best teams from the NPL and ECNL to provide a pathway to the ENPL Championship in Aurora, CO. July 13th-14th.
The ENPL post season event combines the best clubs in the ECNL and NPL league formats (teams from Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North & South Carolina, Massachusetts, Tennessee) for teams qualifying at the summit of their respective leagues with a pathway to the ENPL Championship in Aurora, CO. July 13th-14th. . Coach Phil Hindson’s 2003 boys finished in 1st place in a vastly competitive league with regionally and nationally competitive teams while Coach Dom Wrens 02 boys finished second in the most competitive group, scoring the leading amount of goals in the division.

NPL Director Ralph Latchana added “The success of the two groups could not have happened without a number of things, the clubs full support in providing the best facilities, resources and opportunities to all of our NPL teams across all ages and genders. In our inaugural NPL year we have shown that we can compete with the best teams in the South Atlantic Region and with increasingly more competitive teams in this league we want to make sure we are trying to be as successfully as we can across all age groups in the future. Congratulations to the players for their efforts and attitude, congrats to Coach Phil and Dom who have worked tirelessly with their groups for such a great achievement, their dedication and experience has paid dividends in their team’s development. The aim for the two groups will be to further extend themselves and compete in the playoffs, we hope the players enjoy and learn from this new experience and have no doubt they will represent the club to the highest degree, as always thank you to all the parents and families who make this all possible ”.

For more information on the ENPL please visit: https://www.elitenationalpremierleague.com/enpl-eastern-playoffs-npl-finals

Discoveries Soccer Club 03 Green Predator Bound for USYSA Presidents’ Cup Southern Regionals

The DSC 03 Green Predator team, coached by Phillip McCarter, will compete in the USYSA President’s Cup beginning June 13th in Greenville, SC. The team qualified by winning the PMSL State Cup in December.

“I am extremely excited for our players and to be able to coach our team in the upcoming USYSA Presidents’ Cup Southern Regionals. We are honored and feel deeply blessed to be able to represent our state and our club in this prestigious cup. Very few teams earn the privilege of being able to compete against some of the best teams in the South, from Tennessee to Texas. The winner of the tournament will earn the right to challenge for a National Championship in Indiana in July against the three other regional winners. After the high school season ended, our team began conducting three training sessions per week to re-establish the chemistry that we possessed during our successful run through the SC State Cup in December. Our team is very solid defensively and yet we play an attacking, DSC brand of soccer. We hope compete to the best of our abilities during the cup and to bring home a regional championship,” said Coach Phillip McCarter.

The team will play a group match format Wednesday through Friday with the semis on Saturday based on standings. The winners on the South Region Presidents Cup will qualify for the National Presidents Cup in Indiana from July 11-15.

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.

2019 Development Academy Information Coming Soon

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 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)
Time
Rising 16U (‘03) Girls

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

3-5pm

5-7pm

 

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.