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Spirit Development Academy

da_primary_2colorAbout The Washington Spirit’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy

The Washington Spirit operates the only two U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy programs in the greater Baltimore / Washington Metropolitan areas that are connected directly to a professional women’s soccer club in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Some of the most talented players throughout the region – including several U.S. Youth National Team members – compete on our teams in both the Northern Virginia and Maryland areas.

Two Clubs – One Philosophy

While our Maryland and Virginia clubs operate separately as two competitive members of U.S. Soccer’s Northeast Division, the over-arching philosophy on how to develop elite youth players into successful professionals and national team members is the same. Each Academy Director – Santino Quaranta in Maryland and Tom Torres in Virginia – report to Washington Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra, the most experienced professional women’s soccer coach in the world (and a former U.S. Men’s National Team member and Olympian himself).

The Mission

To develop, support, challenge, and inspire world-class players and coaches in a professional environment

How To Join

A majority of players for Washington region’s only professional team youth academy for girls have already been selected by coaches through a series of private and public identification events. However, those interested in joining are strongly encouraged contact Santino Quaranta in Maryland or Tom Torres in Virginia immediately.

U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy 2017-2018 Regular Season Schedule

Girls’ Development Academy – Virginia Presentation

Girls’ Development Academy – Maryland Presentation

Girls’ Development Academy Website – USSoccerDA.com

Maryland DA

Please contact Santino Quaranta

Washington Spirit – Baltimore Armour Girls’ DA Coaching Staff
Technical Director – Santino Quaranta
U-18/19 Head Coach – Christiane Lessa
U-17 Head Coach – Danny Skelton
U-17 Assistant Coach – Sam Haddad
U-15 Head Coach – Danny Skelton
U-15 Assistant Coach – Santino Quaranta
U-14 Head Coach – Adam Wrede
Goalkeepers Coach – KJ Spisak


Virginia DA

Please contact Tom Torres

Washington Spirit – Virginia – Girls’ DA Coaching Staff
Academy Director – Tom Torres
U-18/19 Head Coach – George Hales
U-18/19 Assistant Coach – Holly Wiles
U-17 Head Coach – Tom Torres
U-17 Assistant Coach – Kayley Sullivan
U-15 Head Coach – Gary Malebranche
U-15 Assistant Coach – Kayley Sullivan
U-14 Head Coach – Tom Torres
U-14 Assistant Coach – Holly Wiles
Goalkeeper Coach – David Meiklejohn
Athletic Development Coach – Lori Lindsey



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