The Senior Academy represents the latter stage of our youth player development model. All teams will compete at appropriate levels of competition based on age and ability ranging from national to local. This program level focuses on continued development of player and team tactical knowledge, conditioning/athletic development, team building/success, player character development and appropriate college soccer prep/showcasing. Development goals are reached through a structured curriculum and regular player evaluation and feedback.
The Senior Academy has produced numerous nationally top-ranked teams, USYSA and NPL National Championship participants, USYSA Region 1 Champions and State Cup Winners.
Our Senior Academy teams and players compete in the following competitions and events: WYSL, EDP, NPL, USYSA Regional Leagues, ENYYSA State Cup, NY Cup, ENYYSA State Premier League and USYSA National League, US Club Soccer ID2, EDP-TIP Program, ENYYSA, ODP and USSF National Team Camps.
In general, teams train three times per week, play one match on the weekend, and participate in three to five tournaments tournaments annually. Players are expected to attend scheduled training sessions. All players are encouraged to attend more than the required and may make-up a missed training session with permission of the Director of Coaching. Players are expected to attend all scheduled team matches and tournaments.
Senior Academy graduates go on to some of the top college soccer programs in the country. Many of our alumni go on to be college captains, all-conference and all-America performers. Several have entered the professional ranks. In 2013, 45 MSC players competed in NCAA post-season play.
MSC recognizes the value of playing for high school teams, and MSC players are at the core of the best teams in the metro area. In city championship matches, there are typically nine or ten MSC players on the field, often playing against their best friends.
MSC U15-U18 teams practice during the fall but play an abbreviated club schedule. MSC directors work with high school coaches to make sure our players can play for their schools, their club teams, and keep up with their studies.
There are usually MSC teammates on both sides of the ball in city high school Championships. MSC alum Chelsea Davies (above) led Beacon High School to two straight PSAL championships.
Jethro Dede and his MSC teammate Amara Sesay led Martin Luther King, Jr. High School to a top-20 national ranking in 2013; both earned High School All-American honors. (Photos: NY Daily News)