We’re excited to announce a partnership with Cincinnati United Premier Development Academy (CUP DA), effective immediately. (Joint press release from Cincy SC & CUP DA.)
The DA program is a partnership between US Soccer and top youth clubs around the country, designed to provide education, resources, and support to develop and produce the next generation of world-class National Team players. On February 3rd, US Soccer announced the addition of CUP as a DA member club for boys. For the upcoming 2017/18 season, CUP Boys DA will field 4 teams total in the U12 (2006/2007), U13 (2005) and U14 (2004) age groups.
This doesn’t mean that Cincy SC is merging with CUP or Cincinnati United. (In fact, we believe that mergers are best left to the corporate boardroom, where they actually fail a rate of 70-90%.) We intend to keep our Cincy SC community small relative to other clubs. Player development is a core value for us at Cincy SC and one that we live every day in training and in games. We’re trying to develop players that can compete for spots at the highest levels of soccer in this country, and adding this partnership with the CUP DA creates another pathway for our players to reach their goals.
How it’s designed to work:
- Cincy SC directors and coaches identify a player that would be a good candidate for the DA based on current development, individual drive, and potential.
- Cincy SC recommends this player to CUP DA directors.
- Player may be invited to try out and join the DA.
If you have questions, please enter in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them.