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July 16, 2013
CSL players open to join Chivas Academy teams

CARSON, Calif. - Chivas USA and Coast Soccer League have agreed to a partnership which includes an opportunity for elite CSL players to train with the Chivas USA Academy teams.

“We are thrilled to be working with what we feel is one of the premier player development leagues in our Nation,” said Chivas USA Youth Academy Director Sacha van der Most. “This is just the tip of the iceberg and we look forward to cooperating with CSL to create new and fruitful opportunities for the kids, their families and the soccer community of Southern California.”

Players like Carlos Bocanegra, Dan Kennedy, Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Bornstein all played in CSL; Chivas USA currently have 13 ex CSL players in their roster, including the recently signed 16 year old U.S. Soccer Development Academy Player of the Year, Caleb Calvert. With 160 member clubs, and some 36,000 players, the CSL reaches from San Luis Obispo to San Diego and has 160 member clubs.

“We are extremely excited to be announcing this new partnership with Chivas USA, a team that continues to show their commitment to develop young athletes,” said CSL President Bernie Towers. “Together we will identify and cultivate the next top soccer players by providing them with an outstanding program run by top-class coaches and trainers.”

This partnership is designed to afford those clubs who do not have access to USSDA teams the ability to place their elite players on a Chivas USA USSDA team. Starting this summer, CSL Coaching Director’s will nominate players from their club to participate in the Chivas USA USSDA training program. Nominations will be for players from U-13 through U-17. A committee of coaches and representatives will identify and select top players from these nominations to participate in the Chivas USA Academy teams.

The nominated players will be invited to a three-day camp conducted by the directors of Chivas de Guadalajara as well as a three-day college coach’s camp featuring top coaches in the nation. The Chivas USA Academy program is free of cost to participants.

Chivas USA and CSL hope to create a similar program to help discover and train elite female players. As of this date, there is no female national program comparable to the USSDA Program.

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