Chester, Philadelphia, USA
Philadelphia Union Academy encompasses not only the U12 to U17 age groups but also offers a professional pathway with Union II for players ready for the next step in their development. MLS NEXT provides the best player development experience in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest levels of competition and to training to prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life.
The Union Academy has produced fifteen Homegrown players for the Philadelphia Union, including Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie, both of whom became record European transfers for the club. Overall a total of 32 players have gone on to sign professional contracts with countless more filling the ranks of collegiate soccer at some of the most prestigious universities in the United States. On the field, the Union Academy has become one of the top contenders for countless titles including the GA Cup which it won at the U17 level in 2012 and the U12 level in 2019.
The Philadelphia Union Academy Director will be tasked with creating a welcoming, first-class environment for player development. This role identifies and recruits talent that fits the player profile and seeks out players who can thrive at the higher levels of the game. This individual will broker a sense of collaboration and community with local soccer environment stakeholders as we work towards the unified goal of providing the best and alternative pathways for the players within the Philadelphia region and beyond. Serves as a member of the technical committee reporting to the Philadelphia Union Sporting Director.
This role has duties related to the Philadelphia Union Academy, teams affiliated with MLS Next, and Philadelphia Union II, affiliated with MLS Next Pro.
If selected for a position with the Philadelphia Union, the individual will be required to provide the following clearances:
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