Winning is much more than the scoreline. Winning is about how you respond to the final result, whatever the score. It is a mindset the best players have.

Players born 2010-1998.  Managed by a professional coaching staff, our Academy is geared towards the complete development of high level players looking to progress to the collegiate level and beyond. Although we feel competition is important, our primary objective is focused on player development, not winning games.  We like to win, however it is not our primary indicator of defining success.  Our Academy uses internationally-recognized, age-specific best practices to prepare young players for competition in a fun, safe environment, instilling a life-long love of our game. Try-outs required.

Players born 2010–2009

Players born 2008–2005

Players born 2004–2003

Players born 2002–1998

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Frequently Asked Questions

2010–2009 - Philosophy

Very young players from this age age love to play. Therefore, practices are based on fun games. 

Players spend the maximum time possible in contact with the ball and experiment by themselves. 

Players have to build a relationship with other players for the first time. 

Players are given different responsibilities in order to develop a sense of team. 

Basic motor skills like walking, running or jumping are combined with ball handling and ball control. 


TeamFormatLeagueBallHead Coach
B20104 v 4N/A3Nick Hu
B20104 v 4N/A3Junior Villegas
B20094 v 4N/A3Oswaldo Palomino
B20094 v 4N/A3Mauricio Maya
B20094 v 4N/A3Mario Sanchez
G20094 v 4N/A 3Adam Norse

2008–2005 - Philosophy

Pre-pubescent players from these ages have a special ability to learn. Therefore, this is the right age to work on specific soccer techniques and skills. Developing good technique is essential at this age.

1v1 and 2v1 attacking and defending situations are important to develop individual skills as well as the passing techniques to develop the necessary team game.

Small-sided games are used to develop basic attacking and defensive principles. Other important aspects of tactical training are possession, combination play, transition and finishing in the final third, as well as zonal defending. Players will rotate in two or three different positions to avoid early specialization.

Speed, coordination, balance and agility are the main physical aspects to improve at this stage. 

Teams will compete in leagues with no scores or standings.  Our emphasis is on players improving, not winning games at this stage.  


TeamFormatLeagueBallHead Coach
B2008 Blue7 v 7NYCFC 4Danny Rodriguez
B2008 Orange7 v 7CJSL4Mauricio Maya
B2008 White7 v 7CJSL4Maxi Ojeda
B2007 Blue7 v 7NYCFC4Gustavo Palomino
B2007 Orange7 v 7 NYCFC4Christian Cheuque
B2007 White7 v 7CJSL4Justin Rifis
B2007 Gold7 v 7CJSL4Rolando Gonzalez
B2006 Blue7 v 7NYCFC 4Danny Rodriguez
B2006 Orange7 v 7 NYCFC4Eric Suarez
B2006 White9 v 9CJSL4Rolando Gonzalez
B2006 Gold9 v 9CJSL4Segundo Paredes
B2005 Blue9 v 9NYCFC 4Kei Kinoshita
B2005 Orange9 v 9NYCFC4Christian Galvan
B2005 White9 v 9CJSL4Matthias Heilbronn
G2008 Blue7 v 7N/A4Arman Osooli
G2007 Blue7 v 7WYSL4Oumou Toure
G2006 Blue9 v 9WYSL4Junior Villegas
G2006 Orange9 v 9 WYSL4Mario Sanchez
G2005 Blue9 v 9WYSL4Leah Loguidice
G2005 Orange9 v 9 WYSL4Candice Osei-Agyemang

2004–2003 - Philosophy

At this stage, training sessions are oriented more toward tactics. Players must also practice all different types of techniques at this stage.

Strength and endurance are an important part of the fitness training. Coaching methods consider and preserve players’ health since they will be experiencing many changes due to puberty at this stage. Warm-ups and cool downs are essential, as is dynamic flexibility.

Players must develop discipline at this stage by following the instructions of the coach both during and outside training sessions. 


TeamFormatLeagueBallHead Coach
B2004 Blue11 v 11EDP5Christian Galvan
B2004 Orange11 v 11CJSL5Kei Kinoshita
B2003 Blue11 v 11EDP5Luis Ramos
B2003 Orange11 v 11CJSL5Cristian Cheuque
G2004 Blue11 v 11WYSL5Candice Osei-Agyemang
G2003 Blue11 v 11WYSL5Michelle Wilson

2002–1998 - Philosophy

Tactical training and small-sided games are an essential part of the training at this stage. Attacking and defending principles must be part of all games. Important aspects of the tactical training are speed of play, quick transition, counter attacking and finishing in the final third, as well as pressing.

Technique will focus on speed and accuracy. Passing and finishing are two of the main techniques emphasized at this stage. Part of the technical training will be position-specific (e.g. defender: passing, center midfield players: receiving to turn and strikers: finishing).

The physical aspect of the game is key at this stage: endurance, strength and speed will be part of the weekly training routine.

Players should be expected to show commitment to the team, concentration in training sessions and competitiveness during the game. 


TeamFormatLeagueBallHead Coach
B2002 Blue11 v 11EDP5Jose Luis Rebay
B2002 Orange11 v 11EDP5Eric Suarez
B2001 Blue11 v 11EDP5Ben Mallue
B2001 Orange11 v 11EDP5Stuart Fern
B2000 Blue11 v 11EDP5Carl Rees
B2000 Orange11 v 11EDP5Andy Cormack
B1999 Blue11 v 11EDP5Gavin Wyse
B1999 Orange11 v 11EDP5Mauricio Maya
B1999/1998 Blue11 v 11EDP5Alex Cuba
G2002 Blue11 v 11EDP5Arman Osooli
G2000 Blue11 v 11EDP5Arman Osooli
G2000 Orange11 v 11WYSL5Stephanie Barrett

How is the selection process handled?

All players will be given an identification number at tryouts for evaluation purposes. Coaches and staff will evaluate all players and make selections based on ability and specific team needs. Coaches and staff will review evaluations collectively following the final tryout and make determinations on team selection. 

How will I be contacted on whether or not my child was selected?

Players that have been selected for an additional tryout will be contacted via email to coordinate a second tryout date during a team training session. Those who do not make the program will receive an email that includes alternate soccer opportunities at DUSC where your child can improve his or her skills in an appropriate environment. 

What are 2016–2017 fees and what do they cover?

Club dues Club dues for 2016–2017 vary by age and range between $1800-$2500. Club dues cover a variety of program costs including but not limited to: professional coaching fees, referee fees, tournament registration fees, office/admin staff and administrative fees, equipment costs, field/gym rental space where applicable, other. Club dues do not cover uniform fees.

Uniform kit The uniform kit, required to be purchased by NEW players, is $275, and includes: Adidas home and away jersey, Adidas shorts and socks, two practice Adidas shirts, one practice Adidas shorts, Adidas sweat suit and Adidas back pack. Kits are purchased on a two year cycle and 2016-2017 is the second year of the cycle.

Do you offer financial assistance?

DUSC is an inclusive community and offers financial assistance for players identified that show talent, commitment, and have need.  For more information on our scholarship program, click here.  

How often do players practice?  

Academy players train two-three days during the week in the fall and spring season and one-two days during the weekday in the winter. Unfortunately practice days and times vary and are dependent on park permits. We will not have official times for practices until approximately one month prior to the season beginning.  

What is the game format on the weekends?

We participate in a number of different leagues dependent on the age and level.  CJSL is our local league boys’ league.  WYSL is our local girls’ league. Our top teams play in a regional league competition throughout NY, NJ and CT.  Game locations and times vary and may be played on Saturday and/or Sundays. Teams will enter various tournaments throughout the year with a schedule released prior to the season.  

Where do you practice?

We have permit space at Pier 40, JJ Walker, Chelsea Waterside, Chelsea Park, Roosevelt Island among other locations for practice during the fall and spring.  Games can vary due to method of competition on the weekends.  Practice space in the winter months vary due to field permits and gym rentals.  

When does the season begin and end? 

The academy program is essentially a ten month commitment from the last week in August through the second week of June. The year is broken up into three seasons, fall, winter and spring.  

What is the commitment level? 

All players are required to attend all practices and games throughout the year.  We understand that there may be conflicts at times and ask that coaches be notified in advance with a reason why the child will be missing.  A high percentage of attendance must be kept; otherwise players are in jeopardy of losing their spot.  There is a waitlist for players in each of the academy age groups and we believe it is important for the development of the player to attend all stated programs.  


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