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Discoveries Soccer Club to Enter Boys Elite Clubs National League

Discoveries Soccer Club is excited to announce that as of Fall 2019, Discoveries Soccer Club will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Boys Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

The Boys ECNL provides a top level, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players, with conference competition in five age groups (U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19) and collegiate exposure through multiple Boys ECNL National Events. In addition to the competition platform, the Boys ECNL offers player identification and development opportunities for top players, as well as unique coaching education and club development programs.  Top teams from every Boys ECNL conference qualify for the post-season ENPL Playoffs, along with top teams from US Club Soccer’s NPLs.

Executive Director Dave Carton:

“We are very much looking forward to our participation in the Boys ECNL. Over the past two years our boys’ teams have proven their ability to compete at the national level and we are grateful to the leadership at the ECNL for their confidence in the work we are doing here at Discoveries Soccer Club. This platform fits seamlessly into our club model, and allows us to provide high level competition for our players, while maintaining our support for local High School programs in our area. So much of the credit goes to our players, parents, and coaches for their commitment to the program, but also to the Board at DSC for their willingness and support of our mission. While this platform will satisfy our boys in the short term, we are committed to providing this same level to our girls, who have worked so hard to put our girls program on the national map. This is a proud day for everyone associated with DSC, and we look forward to the future in the ECNL”. 

Tryout information for the Discoveries’ Boys ECNL program will be released shortly.

Preview of the 2018/19 Mid-Atlantic Conference;

2018-2019 Mid-Atlantic Conference Preview

About Boys Elite Clubs National League: Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to provide a top class, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players in the United States. The mission of the Boys ECNL is to improve the landscape for players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming that raises standards of quality and improves the player experience in all aspects of the game.  The Boys ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer. 

Discoveries Soccer Club to Enter Boys Elite Clubs National League

Discoveries Soccer Club is excited to announce that as of Fall 2019, Discoveries Soccer Club will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Boys Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

The Boys ECNL provides a top level, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players, with conference competition in five age groups (U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19) and collegiate exposure through multiple Boys ECNL National Events. In addition to the competition platform, the Boys ECNL offers player identification and development opportunities for top players, as well as unique coaching education and club development programs.  Top teams from every Boys ECNL conference qualify for the post-season ENPL Playoffs, along with top teams from US Club Soccer’s NPLs.

Executive Director Dave Carton:

“We are very much looking forward to our participation in the Boys ECNL. Over the past two years our boys’ teams have proven their ability to compete at the national level and we are grateful to the leadership at the ECNL for their confidence in the work we are doing here at Discoveries Soccer Club. This platform fits seamlessly into our club model, and allows us to provide high level competition for our players, while maintaining our support for local High School programs in our area. So much of the credit goes to our players, parents, and coaches for their commitment to the program, but also to the Board at DSC for their willingness and support of our mission. While this platform will satisfy our boys in the short term, we are committed to providing this same level to our girls, who have worked so hard to put our girls program on the national map. This is a proud day for everyone associated with DSC, and we look forward to the future in the ECNL”. 

Tryout information for the Discoveries’ Boys ECNL program will be released shortly.

Preview of the 2018/19 Mid-Atlantic Conference;

2018-2019 Mid-Atlantic Conference Preview

About Boys Elite Clubs National League: The Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the Boys ECNL will advance to the post-season Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Playoffs.

The Boys ECNL is based on the values of grass-roots collaboration and innovation, and supports the independence and freedom of coaches and clubs to fully manage the development path for their players, including the system and style of play, the competitive calendar, and all aspects of the development path. The Boys ECNL will raise standards in training, competition, club organization, and coaching in a holistic development program.

DSC Development Academy Upcoming Season

DA Tryout Schedule

U13 (2007) April 25 Comporium Field 3 5:30-7pm
U14 (2006) April 25 Comporium Field 3 7-8:30pm


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.

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.