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LEVEL:  Advanced

Offered for players U7 - U19.  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. 

Tryouts 2017–18

Academy Philosophy

Girls Teams

Boys Teams

Frequently Asked Questions

Player Resources

Parent Resources

Girls Teams

Division Team Format League Ball Head Coach
U7/U8 G2011/10 n/a n/a 3 Christian Galvan
U9 G2009 Blue n/a n/a 4 Adam Norse
U10 G2008 Blue 7 v 7 WYSL 4 Arman Osooli
U10 G2008 Orange 7 v 7 WYSL 4 Leah Goudice
U11 G2007 Blue 9 v 9 WYSL 4 Oumou Toure
U12 G2006 Blue 9 v 9 WYSL 4 Sarah Dwyer-Shick
U12 G2006 Orange 9 v 9 WYSL 4 Sarah Dwyer-Shick
U13 G2005 Blue 11 v 11 WYSL 5 Christian Cheque
U14 G2004 Blue 11 v 11 WYSL 5 Junior Villegas
U16 G2002 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Annie Eckstein
U16 G2002 Orange 11 v 11 WYSL 5 Stephanie Barrett
U17 G2001 Blue 11 v 11 WYSL 5 Stephanie Barrett
U18 G2000 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Arman Osooli

Boys Teams

Division Team Format League Ball Head Coach
U7 B2011 n/a n/a 3 Juan Lemos
U7 B2011 n/a n/a 3 Junior Villegas
U7 B2011 n/a n/a 3 Ulian Goga
U8 B2010 n/a n/a 3 Mauricio Maya
U8 B2010 n/a n/a 3 Oswaldo Palomino
U8 B2010 n/a n/a 3 Danny Rodriguez
U8 B2010 n/a n/a 3 Mario Sanchez
U9 B2009 Blue 7 v 7 NYCFC 4 Danny Rodriguez
U9 B2009 Orange 7 v 7 NYCFC 4 Mauricio Maya
U9 B2009 White 7 v 7 CJSL 4 Ulian Goga
U9 B2009 Gold 7 v 7 CJSL 4 Juan Lemos
U10 B2008 Blue 7 v 7 NYCFC 4 Gustavo Palomino
U10 B2008 Orange 7 v 7 NYCFC 4 Eric Suarez
U10 B2008 White 7 v 7 CJSL 4 Rolando Gonzales
U10 B2008 Gold 7 v 7 CJSL 4 Maxi Ojeda
U11 B2007 Blue 7 v 7 NYCFC 4 Danny Rodriguez
U11 B2007 Orange 7 v 7 NYCFC 4 Segundo Paredes
U11 B2007 White 9 v 9 CJSL 4 Rolando Gonzales
U11 B2007 Gold 9 v 9 CJSL 4 Junior Villegas
U12 B2006 Blue 9 v 9 EDP 4 Jose Luis Rebay
U12 B2006 Orange 9 v 9 EDP 4 Eric Suarez
U12 B2006 White 9 v 9 CJSL 4 Matthias Heilbronn
U13 B2005 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Kei Kinoshita
U13 B2005 Orange 11 v 11 CJSL 5 Christian Galvan
U14 B2004 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Christian Galvan
U14 B2004 Orange 11 v 11 EDP 5 Ryan McConnell
U15 B2003 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Luis Ramos
U15 B2003 Orange 11 v 11 EDP 5 Christian Cheuque
U16 B2002 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Alex Cuba
U16 B2002 Orange 11 v 11 EDP 5 Rolando Gonzales
U17 B2001 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Gavin Wyse
U17 B2001 Orange 11 v 11 EDP 5 Mauricio Maya
U18 B2000 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Carl Rees
U18 B2000 Orange 11 v 11 EDP 5 Andy Cormack
U19 B1999 Blue 11 v 11 EDP 5 Kevin McCarthy

Academy Philosophy

We are committed to the long term development of players in our system.  We believe that players develop at various stages and we encourage a healthy attitude towards growing as a player and person.  'I am DUSC' is a set of values that we aim to instill in our players throughout their journey.  Our coaches and staff bring many years of experience and various cultures to our organization.  Using best practices from across the world, we have molded our approach to teaching into what we call the 'DUSC Way'.  This approach is unique to our environment in NYC and our culture as a club.  





U7–U8 (Pre-Academy)

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.

Format: 4 v 4 (No league play, in house)



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.


U9–U10: 7 v 7

U11–U12: 9 v 9



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.

Format: 11 v 11



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. 

Format: 11 v 11


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 2017–2018 fees and what do they cover?

Club dues Club dues vary by age and range based on age.  We have not finalized club fees as of yet, however 2016-2017 were 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 is purchased on a two year cycle.  2017-2018 is a new cycle and ALL players are required to purchase new kits which include: Adidas home and away jersey, Adidas shorts and socks, two practice Adidas shirts, one practice Adidas shorts, Adidas sweat suit and Adidas back pack. 

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 two days during the weekin 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.  Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the day of the week will be the same from season to season due to permit availability.  

U7-U10 train 2 days per week
U11-U19 train 3 days per week 

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 boys’ league.  WYSL is our local girls’ league. Our top teams play in regional league competition throughout NY, NJ and CT in EDP.  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.  

U7-U8 Begins September 5th
U9 - U14 Begins August 28th
U15 - U19 Begins September 5th

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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