Downtown United Soccer Club hosted the Spring Kickoff Clinic at Pier 40 in Manhattan on Sunday, March 11. More than 60 girls, from within the club and from the outside community, had the opportunity to work with an all-female coaching staff with a highly diverse background in playing and coaching.

The staff for the spring clinic featured coaches with intercollegiate playing and coaching experience at each of the NCAA Divisions, State Youth Soccer staff, regional and state Olympic Development Program staff and a wide range of international tournament and camp experience. DUSC high school students, Katherine Fox, Hallie Hayne and Eva Kellner, also took part as player assistants. 

“We’re thrilled with the community response and excited to see so many girls come out and take part.  For young players to be able to see older players and coaches who have been where they are is so important. They begin to realize the possibilities,” DUSC Girls Assistant Technical Director Sarah Dwyer-Shick said.

DUSC Girls Technical Director Arman Osooli said, “It was a great event for everyone involved. The girls enjoyed the environment and as current coaches and former players an opportunity to inspire the next generation.”

The Kickoff Clinic was the third in a recent series of DUSC events focused on girls’ development. In February, the female DUSC Academy coaches ran the Saturday girls recreational classes, providing participants the opportunity to work with coaches from within the DUSC academy program. Two weeks ago, players and their families attended the She Believes Cup game, featuring the  Women’s National Teams from the US and France at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

“The Downtown United Soccer Club Girls Spring Kickoff Clinic was another example of the DUSC commitment to providing the highest quality playing and training environments for girls. With more than 60 girls participating and 11 women coaching and mentoring, it made for an inspirational and fun day at Pier 40,” said DUSC Director of Youth Development Kevin McCarthy.