TAMPA, Fla. – The Super Y League has revealed Lonestar Soccer Club San Antonio as the fourth addition to the new Mid South Division.
“We are thrilled to have Lonestar Soccer Club San Antonio join the TSC Hurricane, FC Wichita and Liverpool FC International Academy Texas as Mid South members,” USL Director of Business Development Joel Nash said.. “All of these groups share Super Y League's vision for the youth game, and they represent the quality of club organization that the Super Y League continues to build with. We’re excited to partner with our very first South Texas based club in Lonestar SC San Antonio and give its members additional programming for increased player development opportunities and national exposure.”
Lonestar SC San Antonio is led by Director of Coaching Nick Hallam and Assistant Director of Coaching Eric Johnson.
“For the past five years, we have focused on changing the landscape for youth soccer in San Antonio,” Hallam said. “Historically, San Antonio youth soccer has been somewhat disconnected from much of the rest of the country and didn't compete consistently well with its South Texas rival markets of Austin and Houston. We have committed to developing players through a particular style of play across our entire program all geared to the long-term development of our players, despite the environmental challenges we regularly face.
“We are, five years later, known locally and regionally for the way we try to play the game and for the level of players and teams now being produced from our program with this approach. We feel the Super Y league is at the cusp of a renewed period of growth, which has been stimulated by the growing interest in the USL, highlighted recently with U.S. Soccer awarding USL Division II status. We feel Super Y will provide an additional national exposure pathway for our players that will lead to increased opportunity for them within the game. We feel we can champion the San Antonio based player within this additional pathway and get college coaches and professional coaches looking at these players more regularly.”
Lonestar SC San Antonio is particularly looking forward to being involved with the Super Y League’s 2017 USL Experience, which will be hosted by San Antonio FC – one of five sports franchises owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment – in San Antonio, Texas. Each year for identified players, this elite player program provides competitive training and match play, educational programming – such as workshops and presentations – a stadium and facility tour, access to professional players and staff and much more?
“As the leading youth club in the San Antonio area, many of our players have been selected to participate in the event as the competition for the players selected nationally from Super Y League and regional ID events for the USL Experience,” Johnson said. “We are excited to see our players play their part at USLX, and we are confident they will show the qualities we have helped develop in our players in recent years."
Lonestar SC San Antonio joins Vienna Youth Soccer, Harrisburg City Islanders, Georgia Storm, Athletic Jaier Futbol Club, Crystal Lake Force, Bethesda SC, Lakeland FC, TSC Hurricane, Liverpool FC International Academy Texas, FC Wichita, Tampa Bay United, Woodhaven SC, Braden River SC and Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC as new member clubs ahead of the 2017 season.
The Super Y League, the country's longest-running national youth league, is a part of the United Soccer Leagues, which also operates the Division II USL and Premier Development League.
Founded in 1999, the Super Y League provides a unique experience to approximately 500 teams and 10,000 players through the Elite Player Pathway, which includes the Regional Scouting Series and USL Experience. Featuring a summer platform with an annual North American Championship in December, the league focuses on the development ages of 10-18 for both boys and girls.