Ever curious how it goes on a typical day inside an MLS academy? We’ve brought you one from RSL, and another from the San Jose Earthquakes. Now it’s the East Coast’s turn. The Philadelphia Union have you covered.
Ever since the opening of the YSC Academy in 2013, the club’s been on a steady upward trajectory with its academy apparatus. Today, the Union are widely considered one of the top 7 or 8 academies in MLS, partly because of the investment and mostly because it’s promoting a healthy brand of soccer mixed with a real pipeline to the first team under new-ish GM Earnie Stewart. There aren’t a ton of academies outside the established Big Four of RSL, LAG, RBNY and FCD with more resources.
That’s largely the focus of Philly’s new 20-minute documentary detailing how it goes for players inside this academy setup. From kids from outside the area piling into host family houses to locals boarding the train each day, it takes a village.
It’s well worth your time, whether you’re an academy head or not. If you’re looking to build a successful club, these represent some important first steps on the journey there.