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 Champions, 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.
Jack Harrison of PSG 96 was the 2015 Gatorade National High School Player of the year. After a stellar freshman season at DI Wake Forest, he was the #1 pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, joining our MLS affiliate, New York City Football Club.
MSC players won both the boys' & girls' 2014 Stritzl Awards as the top players in the NYC Public School Athletic League. Gianna Finz (above) won the girls' award and Daniel O'Grady won the boys.' O'Grady also earned the Wingate Award as the top Scholar-Athlete in the league.