CSA and Michigan Wolves Partnership

Alliance incorporates Detriot-area club into Crew youth development program as CSA Wolves

 

COLUMBUS

The Crew Soccer Academy, the elite arm of the Crew’s player development
system, and the Michigan Wolves announced today a formal partnership that will
afford exceptional players in Michigan a local option to be connected to one of
the most respected and comprehensive player development models in the United
States.

 

With
the partnership, CSA and the Crew youth development program continues to expand
its sphere of influence by adding a renowned and tremendously successful youth
club partner that has an enviable track record in player development. The
comprehensive relationship between a top youth club (No. 4 in Soccer America’s
2010 rankings) and one of the most successful MLS youth organizations (No. 8 in
Soccer America’s 2010 rankings) will be the first of its kind in the
country.

 

“We
are extremely excited to welcome the Wolves into our family,” said Andrew
Arthurs, VP of Soccer Business Development.  “It is an extremely
highly regarded program that will incorporate high-level players and coaches
into our program and our organization as a whole. They will be part of a model
that provides upward mobility and opportunity with our 19s, Super 20s and,
ultimately, the first team.”

 

The
Livonia-based Wolves U15/16 and U17/18 teams, who compete in the prestigious
U.S. Soccer Development Academy League and already have four boys national
championships in their trophy case, will now be known as the CSA Wolves. Among
the national titles is the 2009 Development Academy U15/16 championship.

 

In
addition to the outstanding opportunity presented to the players, the
academy-based coaches will join the Crew Soccer Academy staff and will receive
exclusive access to the Crew technical staff and first team, benefit from the
unique Crew-developed and branded coaching curriculum, and participate in
continuing education programming and player evaluation combines in both Detroit
and Columbus. Also of note, adidas will strongly support this groundbreaking
partnership with additional product to replicate a professional setting as
closely as possible.

 

“Like
CSA, our expectations for this alliance are very high,” said Brian Doyle,
Michigan Wolves director of coaching for more than 10 years. “It goes
beyond the excitement and prestige of partnering with one of the top MLS
franchises in the country. 

 

“The
Crew has demonstrated their serious commitment to improving youth soccer in
America.  The synergy resulting from our new arrangement creates many
unique opportunities for us, not the least of which is a direct path for our
best youth soccer players to become professional MLS players. Our access to the
expertise of the Crew’s first-team staff will directly improve the
capabilities and skills of our staff coaches. We see only positive
outcomes for both sides.”

 

CSA
Wolves players and coaches will enjoy access to Crew players, coaches and
facilities (Crew Stadium and the Crew Training Center at Obetz), wear the
colors of one of the most recognizable brands in American soccer, and be able
to reach their highest potential level in one comprehensive system. They will
have a direct pathway to a career in MLS as potential future Home Grown
players, and some will enjoy the opportunity to play in the U17 SUM Cup and/or
MLS reserve games.

 

About the Michigan
Wolves

The
Michigan Wolves Soccer Club is a premier-level, not-for-profit club, based in
Livonia, Mich., and founded in 1974, that provides a unique opportunity for
serious, skilled and dedicated soccer players. The Michigan Wolves are part of
the exciting future of soccer in the United States at the very highest level.
In 2007, the Wolves were selected as one of 76 elite youth soccer clubs from
around the country by the U.S. Soccer Federation Youth Development Academy
program at the under-16 and under-18 age groups.

 

About
Crew Youth Development

At
the foundation of the Crew’s burgeoning youth development system, made up
of the Crew Soccer Academy (CSA) and Crew Juniors, is the belief that the
long-range success of the program is critical to the growth of soccer in the
United States in general, and to the Crew in particular. CSA is the Crew
development program that provides the greatest opportunity and exposure for
players to reach their highest level. It is a charter member of the U.S. Soccer
Development Academy, which is the top level of competition in the country at
that age.