Good luck to our 01 and 02 ECNL Girls who are competing for a National Championship at the ECNL Playoffs in Seattle!
BUSA Executive Director, Andrew Brower, shared his excitement after FIFA announced the U.S., Canada and Mexico will host the World Cup in 2026. Brower says having the World Cup in the U.S. is going to be awesome.
“I think it will really help be a catalyst for more growth in the sport and 2026.”
Click here to see more of the interview, which also featured Alabama FC player, Tara Katz.
TANNER TESSMAN HEADS TO MNT CAMP
It has been a great week for former BUSA players. We are super proud to announce that Tanner Tessman, a former BUSA player, has just been called up to the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. The U.S. U18 MNT will gather for its fourth training camp of the 2018-19 cycle from June 4-11 at the U.S. Soccer National Development Center in Kansas City, KS.
Tanner played for BUSA growing up and is now part of the FC Dallas Development Academy, registering 20 starts this season with 11 goals.
The camp marks the first time that any Men’s or Women’s Youth or Senior National Team will train at the National Development Center. Surrounded by three full-size natural grass fields and two synthetic turf fields, the $75 million education and medical center was built in collaboration with MLS club Sporting Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Congratulations, Tanner. We are super proud of you! Keep up the great work.
Merritt Mathias will join the U.S. Women’s National Team!
The USWNT will host China in two matches on June 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on June 12 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mathias played for the BUSA 90 girls team, and she was one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation according to Soccer Buzz Magazine. She was a Parade Magazine high school All-American selection in 2007 and a 2006 and 2007 National High School Coaches Association All-America.
Mathias plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League. She was traded to the Courage in January 2018.
Chandler Hoffman became the fastest to 50 regular-season goals in the USL’S modern era with the winner for Real Monarchs SLC vs. Sacramento on May 29.
Chandler played with the BUSA 92 boys team. After his junior season at UCLA, Hoffman was offered a Generation Adidas contract by Major League Soccer, which he accepted. He attended the MLS Player Combine January 6–10, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He then headed to Kansas City, Missouri, for the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, where he was selected in the 1st round (as the 13th overall pick) by the Philadelphia Union. Hoffman became the first player from Alabama ever selected in the 1st round of the MLS SuperDraft.
Congratulations to these BUSA Legends!
Birmingham United and Alabama FC put on a college ID camp this past weekend. The event was sponsored by Nike and Shelby County.
The exposure ECNL offers our players being the highest level of soccer in the state is amazing. So we wanted to use our connections to showcase the great talent Alabama has to offer.
We had just under 300 players in attendance over two days. Over 50 colleges represented with over 60 coaches in attendance.
Thank you to everyone who helped this event happen.
Congratulations to the players who got amazing exposure and future opportunities.
FUSION FC joins Alabama FC
Alabama FC is excited to welcome Fusion F.C. as another member of clubs working together to better the soccer landscape in the southeast under the Alabama FC umbrella. Fusion F.C. is one of the fastest growing clubs in Northeast Alabama and is committed to growing the game in Alabama.
Benji Turley Fusion F.C.-Oxford President states, “We think this is a tremendous opportunity to work with Alabama FC and it’s member clubs. We are excited at the opportunity this is going to afford our elite players to advance up through to the Champion’s League, SRPL, and ECNL programs. The footprint from the Mississippi line to the Georgia line is now going to unite the state like we’ve never seen before and I think the future is bright for all parties involved. “
Alabama FC Executive Director, Andrew Brower was quoted, “We are thrilled to bring Fusion F.C. as a member of Alabama FC. We think this will be the beginning of a great partnership and we look forward to continuing to create better pathways for our players at all layers and levels of soccer offered in Alabama.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 7th, 2018 /Atlanta, GA
A new youth soccer experience is coming to the Southeast! Through a collaborative effort among 8 clubs, the newly formed Southeastern Clubs Champions League (SCCL) will begin its inaugural season in the Fall of 2018. The Southeastern Clubs Champions League has been formed in response to an overwhelming need for a more manageable environment than is presently available in the gap between localized grassroots soccer and national level play. The SCCL will strive to provide a solution to this need in an affordable, family-friendly way. The SCCL will compete as one of the newest US Club Soccer Leagues in the country. US Club’s Mission to “foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the United States to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club” perfectly aligns with the purpose and mission of the SCCL, and we are proud to partner with them on this new endeavor!
The following 8 clubs from throughout the Southeast will be participating in the inaugural season of the Champions League: Birmingham United SA(Alabama), Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (SC), Concorde Fire (GA), Gwinnett Soccer Academy (GA), NASA TopHat (GA), Southern Soccer Academy (GA), United Futbol Academy (GA), and Vestavia Hills SC (Alabama). The new club-centric league will initially be comprised of one team per gender per age group from 12U-19U in the 2018-19 year. Following a home and away round-robin season format, teams will compete for the opportunity to advance to the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup which includes a Regional event followed by National Finals.
The SCCL leadership has over 100 years of combined experience in managing clubs, leagues, and youth player development, so we are excited for what the future holds! For more information, please contact any of the member clubs. Tryouts will coincide with each club’s typical tryout timeline for all other programs, so look to the nearest SCCL club for more detailed information.
Andrew Brower, Executive Director/Birmingham United Soccer Association: “BUSA is excited to participate as an inaugural member of the Champions League. We feel this will be an important platform for player development within our organization and cannot wait to get started.”
Andrew Hyslop & Pearse Tormey, Co-Executive Directors/Carolina Elite Soccer Academy: “The formation of the Southeastern Clubs Champions League will allow our players the opportunity to compete on a weekly basis with clubs that will challenge us to play at a high level. We have been very impressed with the willingness of our fellow SCCL member clubs to work together to provide a much needed platform for all involved.”
Ken Kurilec, Director of Coaching/Concorde Fire: “Concorde is thrilled to be a part of the inaugural season of the SCCL. To be a part of the SCCL will provide our club with the opportunity to further develop the culture of our club and strengthen our relationship with the best youth organizations in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. The league will expose the players to great competition in an environment where the players come first”.
Drew Prentice, Executive Director/Gwinnett Soccer Academy: “This new club-centric platform is another example of what can happen when competitors work together instead of against one another. We are excited to start a new chapter of competitive youth soccer in our region. GSA is proud to be an inaugural member of the SCCL!”
Dave Smith, Executive Director/NASA-TopHat: “NTH is excited to be a part of the inaugural season of the Southeastern Clubs Champions League (SCCL). The SCCL will give NTH players access to high quality competition in a well run league with a chance to compete both regionally and nationally. We look forward to kicking off the league in the fall!”
Simon Davey, Executive Director/Southern Soccer Academy: ” To be part of the inaugural season of the SCCL(Southeastern Clubs Champions League)with seven of the biggest clubs in the Southeast is exciting. The SCCL will provide our members meaningful quality competition right on our doorstep with the opportunity to also compete regionally and nationally. To us, a league with Concorde Fire, UFA, NasaTophat, CESA, Busa, Vestavia, GSA, and SSA says it all”
Iggy Moleka, Executive Director of Soccer/United Futbol Academy: “UFA is proud to be a part of a consortium of clubs forming the new Southeastern Clubs Champions League (SCCL). The SCCL gives our players access to high quality competition and a chance to compete regionally and nationally. We are looking forward to being part of this exciting new league beginning this fall.”
Rocky Harmon, Executive Director/Vestavia Hills Soccer Club: “This league will fill a huge void for our top players- we will now be guaranteed a steady diet of high level competition in a travel friendly, home and away league format. We are excited to be a part of this.”