Austin, TX - On Friday, March 9th, 2018, with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) announcement of the new and expanded clubs for the 2018/19 season, Lonestar Soccer Club (LSC) has been awarded with an expansion of the U12 Boys DA age group (2007-2008 birth years) from 2 teams to 4 for 2018-19. Lonestar SC is one of a select few clubs in the nation to be awarded this expansion.
"The decision by U.S. Soccer and the Development Academy Technical staff to award Lonestar another set of U12 Boys DA teams (total of 4 teams for 2018-19) speaks volumes to our continued development of top talent here in Austin and Central Texas,” stated Victor Pace, LSC Boys National League Director. “This expansion of our player pool into the Development Academy will allow us to further expose our top players to the very best environment and competition created by U.S. Soccer. Our staff has done a great job preparing and creating the right environment for these young players to have the opportunity to continue to test themselves against the very best in our region. These are exciting times in the overall landscape of U.S. Soccer and Lonestar Soccer Club will continue to help shape that environment at all levels."
“I am beyond pleased with the decision made by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy; a decision that will create more opportunities for young men in our Central Texas soccer community,” added Buck Baccus, LSC President. “As for Lonestar, we have worked extremely hard to improve and distinguish our DA program. This decision serves as an affirmation of that hard work and speaks loudly to the reputation enjoyed by Lonestar throughout the U.S. and with the U.S. Soccer Federation. Kudos to our players and staff!”
Don Cameron, LSC Executive Director of Soccer, commented, “I am really pleased for all our players and coaching staff that our application for the expansion of an additional two U12 DA teams was successful. The player, coach and club development standards and best practice criteria put in place by U.S. Soccer is extremely rigorous. Being awarded this expansion is further recognition of the best practices we have implemented whilst developing our staff and the outstanding talented player pool we currently have playing in the club."
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is the highest level of youth soccer in the United States for male and female soccer players. Lonestar SC is the only club in Central Texas to offer its membership the opportunity to play in the DA.