The San Juan Soccer Club and Orlando City have been selected to join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the 2012-13 season, U.S. Soccer confirmed Friday.
The California-based San Juan Soccer Club, which was established in 1978 in the Sacramento Valley area, has helped develop a number of Major League Soccer players over the years. They include current Chicago Fire defender Jalil Anibaba, Philadelphia Union defensive midfielder Amobi Okugo, who played regularly for the U.S. Under-17, U-20 and U-23 Men's National Teams, and goalkeeper Steve Cronin, who has ties to several MLS organizations and the U.S. U-17 and U-20 National Teams.
Florida-based Orlando City merged with Central Florida's largest youth soccer organization, the Central Florida Kraze/Krush (CFK), in late February of this year and acquired the Florida Soccer Alliance (FSA) in December of 2011 to create a youth powerhouse at the newly named Orlando City Youth Soccer Club. The youth program is connected to Orlando City's USL PRO team, which defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders to win the 2011 USL PRO Championship.
Both clubs will participate in the 10-month season in 2012-13 . San Juan Soccer Club will join the Northwest Division of the West Conference and Orlando City will play in the Southeast Division of the East Conference.