Academy Players Earn Training Call with Pros
Revolution Academy Duo Set for Desert Diamond Cup; FC Dallas also Calls in Two Players to its camp in Florida
As Major League Soccer teams are gearing up for the 2014 season, which is less than a month away, some squads are utilizing this stretch to also give their Development Academy players an opportunity to showcase their skills with the first team.
The New England Revolution is preparing for the Desert Diamond Cup this week in Tucson, Ariz., and two Revolution Academy players will be a part of that roster: U-15/16 goalkeeper Austin Aviza and U-17/18 midfielder Zach Herivaux. They will be with the first team through the remainder of the week as this stretch coincides with Massachusettsâ€™ school vacation.
â€œItâ€™s an opportunity for them to immerse themselves with the first team and be seen by the first-team coaches,â€ Revolution Director of Youth Development Bryan Scales said in a team feature . â€œA number of our other guys have really pushed themselves into the conversation, as well, but right now we feel like those two guys are deserving of a chance to go out and to really jump into the middle of a really professional week of training.â€
Also at the Desert Diamond Cup, Real Salt Lake AZ defender Justen Glad is going to be training with the first team. Glad was a member of Real Salt Lake AZâ€™s U-15/16 team in 2012-13, heading home the game-winning goal to win the national title against Solar Chelsea SC.
In Bradenton, Fla., FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja announced that U-17/18 Academy forward Coy Craft and midfielder Aaron Meyer are joining this team this week . Along with training, the MLS squad also has a match against the University of South Florida coming up on Wednesday at IMG Academy.
â€œItâ€™s the philosophy of the club to support our young players, especially our academy,â€ Pareja said in a team release. â€œI think itâ€™s the FC Dallas way that has been in place already, and I want to continue to consistently be strong with it. Taking Coy and Aaron to preseason is valuable â€“ not just for them, but the entire club. We want to establish that connection [between our youth, academy and first team] right away.â€
FC Dallas has looked to its Academy in more ways than one, also promoting former Academy coach Josema Bazan to the first team as an assistant coach earlier this month.