Davis Hooten Commits to Michigan State

Discoveries Soccer Club is delighted to announce Davis Hooten, 98 Premier Gold, has accepted a spot to play for Michigan State University. Michigan State finished #13 in the NCAA polls for 2016 with wins over Notre Dame, Akron and Michigan.

Davis has been a goalkeeper at DSC since he was 6 years old, he is now 17, and played on DSC 99 Green for five years and DSC 98 Premier for the last 3 years. He also loved playing with his older brother Parker’s team (DSC 96 green), on a DSC sponsored trip to Italy & Switzerland several years ago.

Davis is in the top 3% of his class at Northwestern High School, in the full IB program, Junior Marshall, Olympian, National Honor Society, National Beta Club, SC Boy’s State Nominee.  He plays varsity soccer for NHS and has been All-Region & All-Area for the past 2 years, also serving as a captain last season.

“He has always enjoyed playing for DSC and has had some wonderful coaches including Abdou Senbel, Manfred Makor, Dave Carton, Dom Wren, and Graham Stafford. He attended Michigan State ID camps and loved his experience there.  Felt like a perfect fit and the coaches connected with him in the same way.  He was offered a roster spot and accepted in March,” said Denise Hooten.

“We are very happy for Davis and his family. Davis has been with the club a long time and we can safely say Davis has been one of the best players we have ever had, His performance level is consistently high and his dedication to better himself has separated him from the pack over the years. We will watch Davis career develop and hopefully Michigan State will not be the last stop in Davis’ soccer adventure. The Hooten’s have always been excellent representatives of DSC and I have always appreciated their support of both me personally and professionally. Best wishes to all, we are very proud of you,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

Academy Sports+Outdoors Named as Title Sponsor for DSC Tournaments

Discoveries Soccer Club is proud to announce the fall tournament title sponsorship “The DSC Rock Hill Classic presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors” as well as “The DSC Ray Thompsett Invitational presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors”. The partnership is in its 5th year.  Academy Sports + Outdoors has four Charlotte area stores (Rock Hill, Concord, Kannapolis and Hickory).

Academy will host a shop day on August 12th and 13th for DSC players and families with special coupons and discounts available (check out our Facebook page for details). They will also provide a special tournament coupon for the September weekend.

“We are thrilled to welcome Academy as our title tournament sponsor. They have supported DSC in various ways over the years and we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership to better serve our club families,” said Dave Carton.

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Eveleen Hahn Commits to the University of South Carolina


July 18, 2017

Discoveries Soccer Club is delighted to announce Eveleen Hahn, class of 2019 (01 Lady Gold Premier) has recently accepted a spot to play for the University of South Carolina Women’s Soccer Program. USC Women’s Soccer finished last season ranked #5 in the Final NSCAA Poll, losing 1-0 to #2 seed UNC in last year’s Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship. Hahn will play for Shelley Smith, the SEC Coach of the Year who has produced both national team and professional players during her career at USC. The Gamecocks were also honored to earn the NSCAA Region Staff of the Year this past season after leading South Carolina to a perfect record in SEC play. USC ended their season by earning the SEC league’s regular-season championship and reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Eveleen and what she has accomplished. She’s a special talent and a real difference maker. She’s a strong personality and handles big situations very well. She can play anywhere on the pitch and USC have gotten themselves a real gem with Eveleen. Having a player be recruited by such a high profile university is a major accomplishment and Eveleen has broken through a glass ceiling for all of our girls program, as she has set an example for all of our girls to continue to set their sights high. Congratulations to Eveleen’s family and we are grateful that they have entrusted DSC to help her achieve her goals in soccer,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

“I am so happy for Eveleen and the Hahn family. Eveleen is a dynamic player with an incredibly high ceiling.  I haven’t seen many players in the southeast who can compete at her level. She has aspirations of playing professionally and USC will be a perfect platform for her to show her talents. Eveleen has also opened the door for other DSC players to be recruited to top Div I programs. She stayed at DSC when she had opportunities to play at bigger clubs. But she chose to stay at DSC to get advanced training and remain with her friends. We are so happy her decision paid off for her, the 01 girls and the club.  Over the next two years, we look forward to preparing other players on her team for a great college career,” said Coach Lou Pantuosco.

“We are so proud of Eveleen and very thankful for the role Discoveries has played in her soccer and personal life.  Through the years, we have always been certain that Eveleen would not receive comparable training  at any other club nor would she have been happier in any other environment and culture.  That highest level of training and happiness that DSC has consistently provided have been the largest two factors in her reaching her goals as both a player and student-athlete,” said Steven Hahn, Eveleen’s father.

Eveleen helped her 01 Lady Gold team capture the SCYSA State Cup this past fall, while also gaining promotion to the R3PL Southern Premier League.

Coach Phil McCarter Named Fort Mill High Varsity Soccer Coach


July 12, 2017

Coach Phil McCarter has been named the new Fort Mill High School Varsity Coach effective immediately. McCarter previously coached for the Gold Hill Middle School soccer team and has coached at Discoveries Soccer Club for the past five years.

McCarter brings his love of the game and passionate coaching style to Fort Mill High through his wealth of experience and drive to further his coaching education. McCarter has spent long hours on and off the pitch furthering his knowledge of the game, even spending time this past year in England as one of 20 US coaches training at St. George’s Park.

McCarter has been with DSC for the past five years coaching a variety of boys teams for the club. His desire to make them succeed on and off the field is what drives him to continue coaching. “I want to teach them to love the game and take life lessons off the field as well. We focus on the team mentality which makes them better on and off the pitch,” said Coach McCarter.

“We are very excited for Phillip and look forward to seeing his impact on this program right away. Phillip being placed in this role is exciting for DSC because we see the partnership that our club continues to grow with Ft. Mill and other local school systems. Their kids are our kids, so to have this opportunity to focus even more on player development together is a great step for both organizations. Phillip’s passion and professionalism is so important to be successful in this game and we are proud to have him on our staff,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

We wish Coach McCarter all the best as he enters his new venture at Fort Mill High. He hopes to be competitive in the region as well as be good ambassadors of the game. “I am extremely excited, honored, and blessed to have been selected to be the next head coach of the Fort Mill High School Men’s Varsity Soccer program.  I look forward to leading Fort Mill into becoming one of the best overall soccer programs in the region and in the state.  Go Jackets,” said Coach McCarter.

DSC and Lancaster County Parks and Recreation announce new partnership for 2017/18 season

For Immediate Release;

Discoveries Soccer Club and Lancaster County Parks and Recreation (LCPR) are delighted to announce a new partnership moving into the 2017/2018 season. Commencing this summer, DSC will begin supporting the LCPR soccer program through summer camps, player clinics, coach/parent education programs, while also helping promote activities through social media and other program specific marketing campaigns. Through this agreement, DSC will provide LCPR with consistent staff support through the season, assisting in certain administrative roles such as evaluations, scheduling, and on-site program assistance. This partnership will also see DSC register LCPR members through SCYSA to help enhance the LCPR experience through SCYSA affiliation.

Also, through our successful Youth Development Model, DSC will look to offer a structured and professional player pathway for the more advanced LCPR player looking to expand their soccer experience. The Lancaster arm of our YDP program will work in conjunction with Lancaster County Parks and Rec, offering a clear route to advance each Lancaster player to his or her own ability and potential.

Executive Director Dave Carton;

“This is a great opportunity for all involved. Both DSC and Lancaster County Parks and Rec are committed to providing the highest level of service to each of our members. We have always enjoyed great support in the Lancaster community and we have had some great players and families from Lancaster come through our program. There are some exciting things happening in Lancaster County and we are thrilled and excited to play a major role in continuing to develop youth soccer in the area.  Thanks to Mickey Taylor for his efforts and ambition to continue to grow your program. Through Mickey Taylor LCPR have taken a very progressive and inclusive approach to their program and we are looking forward to working together in the future.”

Discoveries staff will begin collaborating with LCPR staff and officials in the summer 2017 to begin promoting and developing all programming on offer through Lancaster County recreations soccer department. For more information please visit;


Discoveries Soccer Club Sends Four Teams to US Southern Regional Championships in June


June 18, 2017

Discoveries Soccer Club has four club teams, DSC 01 Lady Gold, DSC 03 Lady Gold, DSC 04 Lady Gold, and DSC 04 Gold, that qualified to compete in the US Southern Region Three Club Championship in Greensboro, NC beginning June 23rd.  The teams will play a round robin format the first three days with the goal of advancing to the finals and a chance to compete for the USYSA national club championship.

Sending four teams to the US Club Regionals is a monumental achievement for DSC. The 01 Lady Gold and 03 Lady Gold teams qualified as state champions. The 04 Lady Gold is one of 16 teams over 12 states that qualified for their age group with no goals given up in state cup play.

“The success of the girls program this year is a clear indication of the hard work the staff and players have put in this year. Each one of these teams have set the bar for future Discoveries teams, which is very exciting for the club and our younger players coming through. Having three girls teams represented at the USYS Regionals this year speaks volumes to the program and what the players have been able to accomplish. As a staff, we are extremely proud of all the girls in our program,” said Aaron Weldon, Girls Junior Academy Director.

The 04 Gold team qualified by winning a tough third place game with a chance to qualify for regionals on the line. The game went into overtime with the game winner decided by penalty kicks. “There were no goals scored and penalties had to decide the winner. Carter Nunnery stopped two penalties and our guest player, Brayden Hunsucker scored the winning penalty and qualified us for Regionals, said Nicky De Vogel, 04 Boys Gold coach.

“Best wishes to everyone attending USYSA Regionals at the end of June. 01 Lady Gold, 03 Lady Gold, 04 Lady Gold and 04 Gold will all represent DSC in Greensboro this month. It is a watershed achievement for our club, as never before have we had so many teams qualify for this leg of the USYS National Championship Series. It is a testament to all the hard work and dedication of everyone involved to see such a DSC contingent go up against the best in the Region. We are excited of the experience and grateful for everything people are doing to put DSC on the National map,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

Discoveries Soccer Club 03 Lady Gold Wins Challenge State Cup


June 9, 2017

This past May, the DSC 03 Lady Gold premier team won the challenge State Cup league with a win over number one seed Mt. Pleasant. The girls played teams from James Island and Augusta to reach the final game with a score of 2-0 to win the league.

The 03 Lady Gold will represent the state of South Carolina in USYSA regionals in late June in Greensboro, NC.

“A great display from every single player in the squad was the key to this success all built from a tremendous amount of hard work put in throughout the year,” said Coach Ralph Latchana.

This is the third girls team at DSC that has won the SCYSA State Cup in the past year, a huge testament to the progress and hard work the DSC girls teams have made.

Discoveries Soccer Club Sends First Youth Player to MLS Academy


June 7, 2017

DSC’s own Samy Kolby has had a ball at his feet since the crib and now he joins the ranks of the very best youth players in the country at the Atlanta United Youth Academy starting full time in August. Kolby was scouted at the Norcross tournament playing for 02 Gold in December and was invited to train in Atlanta where talks began on bringing him full time into the Academy. Samy and his parents will move to Atlanta immediately where Samy will begin his training under academy director Tony Annan.

“We’re very proud of Samy and the growth he has made over the past 4 years at DSC. He is an immensely talented player and one of the best we have ever had at the club. He has already achieved a lot in his short career, but we are confident that Atlanta United will give Samy the platform to go on and achieve his dreams in football. Samy has been the beneficiary of many, many opportunities through GPS, and the GPS Bayern program, and we hope many more players can take advantage of these opportunities just as Samy has. Samy is a hard working and respectful young man and we are delighted for him and what lies ahead. I want to thank his family for their faith in our club and we wish the Kolby’s the very best for the future,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

During Samy’s tenue at DSC, through our partnership with GPS, he flew to Germany twice to play and train with Bayern Munich’s youth academy.

The Atlanta United academy system focus on performance from each player often moving them across ages to provide the best environment for them to be pushed and trained appropriately. Samy joins the academy team in Montreal, Canada in June to compete in an MLS academy tournament in his first international competition with the team.

“DSC provided an incredible family atmosphere for Samy to grow and learn. We are so thankful to Dave Carton and Luke Krawcyk for all of the opportunities they have provided Samy to advance his soccer career,” said Phil Kolby, Samy’s father.

Atlanta United has one of the premier academies facilities in the country where the academy players sharing training grounds with the first team at the brand new Mercedes Benz stadium beginning in August. The Atlanta United Academy system will provide a clear pathway for players who show the required potential, ability and desire to reach the first team as a homegrown player.

Discoveries Soccer Club to become National Premier League Club

For Immediate Release:

Discoveries Soccer Club is happy to announce starting fall 2017, it will become a National Premier Club for ages U12-U19. DSC will be part of the South Atlantic League with the girl’s side including AFC Lightning (GA), Charlotte United FC (NC), Lake Norman (NC), Southern Soccer Academy (GA), Triangle FC (NC), United Futbol Club (GA), Wake FC (NC), USA Mount Pleasant (SC), and Discoveries SC (SC). The boy’s side will also include South Carolina United (SC), Chattanooga FC (TN), Tennessee SC (TN) and FC Alliance (TN). The girls will have 16 seasonal games and the boys will have 11.

“Becoming an NPL club at the same time we are awarded a US Development Academy for our U11/U12s speaks to the level Discoveries has achieved. We continue to see our kids and staff taking the extra steps to improve, so it’s exciting to see those successes recognized at the national level,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director. “This upcoming fall is such an amazing time to be part of this club.”

The NPL offers multiple benefits for players participating in it. The program focuses player development with guaranteed playing time, 4 training sessions weekly, Region 3 Premier League participation, professional coaching, and numerous US Soccer resources. Additionally, the boys will participate in the ENPL qualifier to attend the ECNL showcase. The girls will participate in the NPL qualifier for Nationals. DSC will be hosting a parent information night on Monday, April 3rd at Manchester Meadows upstairs conference room with the girls meeting at 5:30-6:30pm and the boys meeting 6:30-7:30pm.

NPL rosters will be determined at tryouts and may vary from age group to age group. Tryouts for the Discoveries NPL teams (except the U12 age groups) will be on April 30, May 1st and 2nd and are by invite only. The full schedule is listed below. Staff assignments will come shortly.


U13- May 1st and 2nd at Manchester Meadows 6pm-7:30pm
U14- May 1st and 2nd at Manchester Meadows 6pm-7:30pm
U15- May 1st and 2nd at Manchester Meadows 6pm-7:30pm
U16- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 2pm-3:30pm
U17- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 4pm-5:30p
U19- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm
U13- May 1st and 2nd at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm
U14- May 1st and 2nd at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm
U15- May 1st and 2nd at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm
U16- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 2pm-3:30pm
U17- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 4pm-5:30p
U19- April 30th at Riverview Elementary 6pm-7:30pm


**Tryout Fee: There will be a $50 tryout fee that will include NPL tryouts and regular season tryouts.

DSC 2017-2018 Tryout Information

DSC welcomes all players to try out for our 2017-2018 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 teams beginning the 2017-18 seasons.  We will be following the mandatory age group and competitive format per US Soccer.

Coach Assignments- Coming Soon!

Junior Academy Tryouts

Junior Academy Tryouts
2006/U12 Boys/GirlsMay 10 – 11, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
2007/U11 Boys/GirlsMay 10 – 11, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
2008/U10 Boys/GirlsMay 8 – 9, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
2009/U9 Boys/GirlsMay 8 – 9, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows
2010/U8 Boys/GirlsMay 8 – 9, 20175:30pm – 7:00pm
Manchester Meadows


Select Tryouts for Classic, Challenge and Premier Teams

Select Tryouts
1999/U19 Boys
1999/U19 Girls
May 20-21Boys • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • MM
2000/U18 Boys
2000/U18 Girls
May 20-21Boys • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • MM
2001/U17 Boys
2001/U17 Girls
May 20-21Boys • 12:00pm – 1:30pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 12:00pm – 1:30pm • MM
2002/U16 Boys
2002/U16 Girls
May 20-21Boys • 10:00am – 11:30am • RAC 1-3
Girls • 10:00am – 11:30am • MM
2003/U15 Boys
2003/U15 Girls
May 17-18Boys • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • MM
2004/U14 Boys
2004/U14 Girls
May 15-16Boys • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • MM
2005/U13 Boys
2005/U13 Girls
May 15-16Boys • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • RAC 1-3
Girls • 5:30pm – 7:00pm • MM


Tryout Information

RAC=  Riverview 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 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 pre-registration and payment prior to the tryout date.  Walk up and unpaid 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: cancelations and any changes will be posted on the tryout page and Facebook.