Discoveries Soccer Club Appoints Nathan William as first USL II Head Coach and Head of Coach Development

Discoveries Soccer Club is proud to announce the appointment of Nathan Williams as Head Coach of DSC USL II for our inaugural season. Williams has enjoyed a very successful career in youth development working in elite leadership roles at Placer United (CA.), NC Fusion (NC), Charlotte Soccer Academy (NC) and most recently as ECNL Director at the Carolina Rapids (NC). Alongside his role as Head Coach, Williams will also serve as Head of Coach Development at DSC, heading up the club’s coach education and professional development department. Williams qualifications include; holds a USSF A License, USSF National GK License, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, UEFA B License. He has also worked as a member of the United Soccer Coaches Associate Coaching Staff, a member of the US Club National ID2 Staff, NCYSA Coaching Education Staff member, Cal South and Cal North Coaching Education Staff member.

Executive Director Dave Carton:

“This is a very exciting addition for our club. Hiring Nathan in a coaching capacity with the USL II team is a big step as his knowledge, experience, and ability to build relationships will provide us with a recruiting edge, while his ability to get the very best out of elite players will guarantee our players a great experience working under him. Moreover, utilizing Nathan’s ability to teach, and taking advantage of his passion to influence coaches will be where the entire club will feel the benefit of Nathan’s new role at DSC. I have known Nathan for some time now, working with, and against him, and he will transform how our coaches approach their work and provide us with the added support and guidance needed to continue to improve and evolve Discoveries Soccer Club”.

Nathan Williams:

“My family and I are excited to get going with the Discoveries Soccer Cub. Dave’s vision for coach development and the overall view of player development is refreshing and progressive. I’m looking forward to kicking off the NEW USL 2 inaugural season with incredible group of young men we have coming to represent DSC this summer.”

Williams will start his new role with DSC March 1 2019.

Girls NPL ID Sessions for 2004-2001 Players

Discoveries SC will be hosting it’s Girls NPL ID Sessions for 2004-2001 players on March 3. The schedule for the sessions are below. All players attending the evaluations or wanting to be considered for the Girls NPL program needs to register here https://www.oasyssports.com/DiscoveriesSC/login.cfm. The tryout registration fee is $35.

2004 Girls March 3 4pm-5:30pm Manchester Meadows Field 1/2
2003 Girls March 3 5:30pm-7pm Manchester Meadows Field 1/2
2002/2001 Girls March 3 7pm-8:30pm Manchester Meadows Field 1/2

USL League 2 launch

Discoveries Soccer Club Enters Into the Rebranded USL League Two With Expansion Team

Fort Mill, SC- Discoveries Soccer Club has joined the professional USL League 2 (formerly PDL) which will debut in summer of 2019 in the Deep South Division as part of the Southern Conference.

The official name of the team will be Discoveries Soccer Club and the team will play its inaugural season locally at Nation Ford High School ahead of its permanent move to Manchester Meadows, the premier soccer facility in the Rock Hill, SC area.

USL League 2 is a competitive development platform for U23 and elite collegiate players in the United States Soccer pyramid and serves as the #path2pro providing more than 70% of players selected in the MLS SuperDraft over the past eight years. Discoveries SC will begin their debut season this May under the leadership of Executive Director and head coach, Dave Carton and general manager Kenny Halas.

“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 men, 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 male 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.”

ID sessions for the 2019 season will be listed via social media as well as the upcoming schedule.

Discoveries Soccer Club will also enter its second year of WPSL-the women’s largest soccer league in the world-under head coach Aaron Weldon. ID sessions for the WPSL team will also be announced via social media.

About DSC

Discoveries Soccer Club currently serves York, Lancaster and Chester counties as well as families from South Charlotte. DSC has over 1200 players in its YDP, Junior Academy and Select programs and is partnered with several recreation programs amounting to over 2500 youth soccer players.  DSC is a member of the Development Academy for U12-U14 under US Soccer as well as competing in the NPL under US Club Soccer.

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USL and WPSL Tryouts

DSC will be hosting WPSL and USL tryout sessions in the coming weeks. USL will be on February 2 at Comporium fields. WPSL will be on February 10 at Manchester Meadows. Both programs require registration. For more information on each program, follow the links below.

(link for WPSL page) – https://www.discoveriessoccerclub.org/dsc-wpsl-tryout-info-2/
(link for USL page) – https://www.discoveriessoccerclub.org/programs/usl2/

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


GENERAL TRYOUT INFORMATION

Locations:
CAP = Comporium Athletic Complex– 1300 Spratt Street in Fort Mill
MM = Manchester Meadows 337 E. Mt. Gallant Rd. 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: $35 for online pre-registration and payment prior to the tryout date.
Walk up and unpaid online registration: $45 at the field. Bring cash or a check made payable to DSC.

Bring: water, ball, 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.

Refund Policy: Refund for tryout fees must be requested by email and are subject to a $25 administrative fee. No refunds after the close of online registration.

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.