Tuesday, May 15
TAMPA – United Soccer Leagues announced today the establishment of a Rocky Mountain Division to the Super Y-League. The division, operating initially out of the U16 and U17 boys’ age range, includes the youth academy sides of Major Leagues Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, Real Salt Lake Arizona, Kansas City Wizards, and the Colorado Rapids. Also competing in the division will be the Colorado Rush, Boulder County Force, and Blue Valley SC from Kansas City.
“Our primary objective in establishing this program is to see players go through the system successfully and become members of the senior squad, donning the Wizards uniform and playing Major League Soccer,” said Wizards President, Robb Heineman.
The Colorado Rush, one of the premier youth soccer organizations in the nation, operates out of Littleton, Colorado. Formed in 1997 by the unification of Lakewood United Soccer Club and Club Columbine, the Colorado Rush has an established youth base of over 5,000.
“The Colorado Rush is very excited to be invited to be part of the Rocky Mountain division of USL’s Super Y-League,” said Colorado Rush Technical Director Nik Penn. “This is a great opportunity for our players to compete against professional club youth teams and some of the best teams in the region. The incentive to be showcased for the National ODP pool is also a huge draw for our players.”
The Boulder County Force, formed in 1979, is located Boulder, Colorado. The club’s goals include creating a strong, vertically integrated development system and providing their players with opportunities to gain nomination to Olympic Development Programs. By joining USL the club gains representation in the Super Y-League’s ODP System.
“These two clubs were chosen to represent the Rocky Mountain region in the Super Y-League based on their national reputation and performance throughout the past decade,” said USL Senior Director of Youth League Development, Jeff McRaney. “Coupled with the youth academies of three MLS franchises, the Rocky Mountain division will quickly become a formidable presence on the Super Y-League’s national stage.”
All clubs operating out of the Super Y-League’s Rocky Mountain Division are eligible for the North American Finals held at the conclusion of each season in Tampa, Florida. The champion of the U16 and U17 boys Rocky Mountain Division will be invited to join the field of champions from every region of North America to decide the 2007 Super Y-League Champion. USL SUPER Y-LEAGUE
The future of soccer lives in the USL Super Y-League, a professionalized system that is the first step for developing elite youth soccer players in North America. Affiliated with US Soccer and partnered with US Club Soccer, the league is designed for talented youth players destined for professional or international careers. The league contains the youth academies of USL First Division, USL Second Division, Premier Development League, W-League, and Major League Soccer clubs, as well as many of the established premier youth clubs. Through Olympic Development Program status events such as the North American Finals and National ODP Camps, the nation’s top players are identified for selection to US National Team Programs. The 2007 campaign features over 800 teams within the U13 – U17 boys and girls age groups competing within 10 geographic divisions of the U.S. and Canada.