Boyds, MD (June 28, 2017) – Washington Spirit Academy teams representing the club’s U.S. Soccer Girls’ DA programs in Maryland and Virginia attended the Spirit’s pro training session and got to eat lunch with NWSL players on Wednesday at the Maryland SoccerPlex. After lunch, the Spirit Development Academy teams took part in training sessions as part of the club’s Gap Program, which provides Girls’ DA players with supplemental workouts prior to the start of formal preseason practice.
“The opportunity to get our Virginia Academy players around the SoccerPlex and the pro team proved to be an invaluable experience for the players and staff,” said Washington Spirit Academy -Virginia director Tom Torres. “We’re looking forward to the next few gap program sessions and to ultimately hit the ground running when the Girls’ DA season kicks off.”
Washington Spirit – Baltimore Armour and U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team forward Jordan Canniff had the opportunity to participate in training with the Spirit pro team on Wednesday morning, with her Academy teammates on hand to watch the session.
“It was so great to be able to integrate our whole Spirit family today from the Development Academy to the professional team,” said Spirit NWSL Assistant Coach and Washington Spirit – Baltimore Armour technical director Denise Reddy. The Academy’s playing philosophy will be based off our pro team’s, so it’s important for them to see first hand the style and speed of play.”
The Washington Spirit will operate two U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy programs when the nation’s top league and development program for female players kicks off in Fall 2017. While both programs are nearly full of players, elite players are always encouraged to reach out for opportunities to become part of the only player development program with opportunities from the youngest ages, all the way to the professional level with club’s flagship NWSL team. For more information or to submit interest in any Washington Spirit youth program, visit http://washingtonspirit.com/da/
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