CLEARWATER, Fla. – Chargers SC is pleased to announce that Tim Mulqueen will serves as head coach of the club’s U13/14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy team, which will begin play in 2013. Mulqueen, who has served as boys technical director for Chargers SC Lakewood Ranch since 2011, has an extensive soccer resume and has been a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation staff since 2005.
Chargers SC will conduct free Open Player Identification Camps on March 8 (Countryside) and March 15 (Tampa). Players interested in the camps should pre-register (confidentiality guaranteed) online at http://www.chargerssoccer.com/home/674360.html.
In addition to coaching U.S. teams at various youth World Cup competitions, Mulqueen served on the staff for the U.S. men at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He also coached with the Kansas City Wizards and NY/NJ MetroStars in MLS from 1996-2004, and coached collegiately at Rutgers University and Lafayette College. Mulqueen holds a USSF “A” License and a FIFA Goalkeeping Badge and has been coaching since 1988 at the collegiate, professional and national levels.
“Chargers Soccer Club is excited to get started with the U13/14 ['99/'00] US Soccer Developmental Academy team, and the naming of Tim Mulqueen as the team’s head coach is a great first step for us,” Chargers SC Director of Soccer Operations Jim DiNobile said. “Both Chargers SC and the US Soccer Developmental Academy are headed in a positive direction, and our goal as a USSDA club and a Nike Premier Club is to develop the best young players in the Tampa Bay soccer community while following U.S. Soccer’s mission.”
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy, in its continual effort to progress and enhance player development, announced in August the launch of an U-13/14 division starting in the Fall of 2013. The U-13/14 division will consist of current Academy clubs and will possibly add a limited amount of clubs from outside the current Academy structure from markets throughout the U.S.
“We started the Development Academy to improve player development on all levels, and adding a competitive structure to the U-13/14 age group is an important next step in this long-term process,” Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore said. “The U-13/14 age group is at a very crucial stage in their development. Applying the overall philosophy of the Academy to the U-13/14 age group will allow us to continue to shift the focus of the young elite player to meaningful training and competition.”
The clubs selected for the U-13/14 age group will follow a model that increases training to four times a week, with fewer but meaningful matches, and the schedule structure will be regionalized to limit the amount of travel.
The Academy is in its sixth season with 80 teams among three conferences and seven divisions at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. The 2012-13 campaign marks the first across-the-board implementation of the 10-month season, which provides elite players with an opportunity to train and compete in an environment consistent with international standards of player development.
More than 750 Chargers Soccer Club alumni have gone on to play college soccer since 1972, including more than 60 during the past three years.
Chargers Soccer Club provides soccer opportunities to players throughout the Tampa Bay region with programs and fields in the Clearwater, Lakewood Ranch and Tampa communities, covering all sides of Tampa Bay. Chargers SC has approximately 90 competitive teams, a USSF Development Academy Program, three recreational programs, TOPS Soccer and an adult recreational league totaling nearly 3,000 players utilizing 50 soccer fields.
The merger that formed Chargers SC brought together a pair of clubs established in the 1970s – the Clearwater Chargers (encompassing the former Countryside Lightning Soccer Club) and Fusion Futbol Club of Tampa Bay (formerly Black Watch Soccer Club and the New Tampa Soccer Association).
In addition to the NCAA, former Chargers can currently be found playing in MLS, European professional leagues and for U.S. National Teams. Recent Chargers SC alums Zac MacMath and Jeff Attinella currently play for the Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake of the MLS, respectively.