U.S. Soccer Development Academy
THE SOCCER ASSOCIATION OF COLUMBIA, PIPELINE SOCCER CLUB, THE BALTIMORE BAYS, & PRO SOCCER ACADEMY FORM
Baltimore Armour has been created for the most elite male players in the area. The program is a partnership between the Soccer Association of Columbia (SAC), Pipeline Soccer Club (PSC), the Baltimore Bays (BAYS) and the Pro Soccer Academy. Baltimore Armour was accepted into the United States Development Academy. This is the highest level of play for all youth male American players.
SAC, PSC, BAYS and Pro Soccer Academy will continue to exist as different entities on the club, travel, and recreational level. Baltimore Armour will be run and operated by SAC’s Executive Director Craig Blackburn, SAC’s Technical Director John Ellinger, PSC’s President Sean Rush, and PSC’s Vice President Santino Quaranta. Baltimore Armour will work with other Baltimore area clubs for player recruitment.
“Everyone involved with Baltimore Armour is extremely excited about being given this opportunity of full U.S. Soccer Development Academy status; it is a dream come true. The Baltimore area has a strong history of developing players who have played for the various U.S. National Team programs and at the professional level. We look forward to the challenge of creating a stronger player base for many years to come in the Baltimore area,” said John Ellinger.
The mission of the newly formed Baltimore Armour is to offer the most comprehensive player development environment in Baltimore that will unite the Baltimore soccer community, inspire our players and achieve excellence.
Fast Facts on Baltimore Armour
- Baltimore Armour will begin play in fall 2015
- Teams will train at both the Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park and PSC’s facilities
- Players are hand selected or invited to open training sessions – there is no tryout process
- Teams competing will be U13/14, U15/16, U17/18
- Board members will include two SAC and two PSC staff
- Developmental Players (DP) can come from any of the four participating clubs
To learn more about the US Soccer Developmental Academy, click here: http://www.ussoccer.com/developmentacademy/overview
- U13/U14 - Dave Kelley - SAC
- U15/U16 - Frank Assaro - BAYS
- U17/U18 - Lee Tschantret - PSC
Location: Ellicott City, Maryland
Program Overview: Non-profit club comprised of SAC, Pipeline SC, Pro Soccer Academy, and Baltimore Bays. Serving players from the entire Baltimore area.
The Baltimore Bays, SAC, Pro Soccer Academy and Pipeline are commited to offering the best possible development to players not only located in the Baltimore area, but across the region and beyond. All involved believe this new venture will help bring together "THE BEST" that the Baltimore area has to offer and help to unite the Baltimore area soccer community.
More information will follow
For more information on this announcement, please visit the US Soccer Development Academy webpage news @ http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2015/03/23/13/45/150323-develop-academy-new-clubs
Website www.baltimorearmour.com coming soon
Any questions or concerns? Please email John Ellinger, email@example.com or Sean Rush, firstname.lastname@example.org