Gaines finds platform for USMNT in Development Academy

Dec 4th 2014
Club, Select

One year ago, Lonestar SC player McKinzie Gaines was playing in the 2013 Academy Select Game and has since made significant strides in a blossoming soccer career. Barely a few months after capitalizing on this platform, he was called into the U-17 National Team and is now tied with teammate Haji Wright for the most appearances for the team in 2014.


The United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) is the elite level of youth soccer in the United States for male soccer players. The USSDA is by invitation only for the top 72 clubs in the country and Lonestar SC is the only club in the USSDA in Austin. The league was created by the USSF to improve player development at the highest levels by increasing the number of high quality training sessions and creating more meaningful games throughout a ten month calendar.


Advancing elite players to professional contracts and USMNT opportunities is a goal of the program, though importantly, as with all our programs, the Lonestar SC USSDA program is designed to maximize collegiate opportunities through our college placement program. For more information on the USSDA contact Victor Pace.


We look forward to your next feat McKinzie!


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