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.