Philadelphia, PA. – Philadelphia Lone Star is pleased to announce that the club academy has been accepted to compete in the USL Academy League’s pilot Mid-Atlantic Division beginning the 2023 season.
The addition of the Philadelphia Lone Star Academy in the USL Academy creates an elite youth platform for our players (ages 16-19) with a path for our top prospects to move up to our USL League Two team or to a professional level.
“Philadelphia Lone Star is very committed to developing soccer in our community,” said the club’s President/CEO Paul Konneh. “This is another great opportunity for the club to continue its growth by providing another elite competition for our young Stars. We are looking forward to what the future holds for the youth-to-professional model in southwest Philadelphia.”
The USL Academy League provides elite youth talent from across the USL landscape an additional opportunity to compete at a high level.
The USL Academy League establishes a high-level pre-professional training environment, with a direct connection to the local USL senior team. It provides meaningful games to aid in those players’ development and to provide all clubs an opportunity to compete amongst each other in regionalized competition.
USL Academy League displays strong competition and growth for academy teams across the country through competitive play and development attributions. The 2023 Academy League consists of (3) 3-month cycles and the USL Academy League Finals in November, together mirroring the length of the professional season to allow for young talents to train and play at the highest level.
Philadelphia Lone Star will announce tryouts for the USL Academy team in due course for current players as well as prospective players. Trainings will start in mid-March with the regular season expected to start in May/June.