US Soccer Development Academy (DA)2019-05-30T11:46:44-05:00

US Soccer Development Academy – Overview

US Soccer Development AcademyThe US Soccer Development Academy (DA) is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The DA is the highest level of male youth soccer competition in the United States.

The US Soccer Development Academy’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

MTA was proud to be the only Minnesota club to have boys teams in the US Soccer Development Academy for years. As of July 2019, we will no longer compete in the USSDA.

What is a Part Time DA player:

  1. A player that remains with his current club, but has the opportunity to train and potentially play with the USSDA to reach his fullest potential.  A PT player consistently trains 3-4 times a week and must train with both teams; recommended 1-2x a week within the DA and 1-3x a week with their non-DA club team. Cost $1,232.
  2. A player that is not bound to another club and joins an MTA USSDA team after November 1.  This PT player will consistently train (3-4 times a week) and play. Cost $2,575.

For more information on the USSDA please visit their website:

Coaching Staff

06DA – Dane Obermeyer

05DA – Mark Yueill

02/03 DA – John Swallen/RalphAkale AC

00/01 DA – John Swallen/Ralph Akale AC

Player Identification

In addition to competition and training, the US Soccer Development Academy connects national team coaches directly with the academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future youth national teams. Each academy team is evaluated by a member of the men’s scouting network at least ten times each year and each US Soccer Development Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from U.S. Soccer’s technical staff.

Teams are based in the Twin Cities metro area.  Players include those from hometowns in the Twin Cities as well as out-state Minnesota.

Each team (U13-U19) carries a maximum of 23 full-time players. The U12 Pre-DA carries a maximum roster of 26 full-time that is split into two groups for games.

The Development Academy Program is a full-time, 10-month program. The season begins in September and concludes with Championships in July. Clubs will break from league play for periods of inactivity due to weather and the end of the season.

Tryouts for the MTA Development Academy teams typically occur in late July.  For more detail, please visit the Tryouts section.

Training Frequency: 4-5 times per week.
Primary Locations: Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield), Richfield High School

Tuition for the 2016-17 MTA & US Soccer Development Academy is $3,660.  Uniforms, tournament registration fees, and travel expenses are not included in tuition.

MTA Development Academy (DA) teams typically participate in 2 of the DA Showcase Events per year in addition to Central Conference – Mid-America Division league play and DA post-season play (if the team qualifies).

DA Showcase Events are typically held over Labor Day in September, October, December, and February.

The Development Academy post-season includes the Playoffs (June & July) and Academy Championships* (July).

*U.S. Soccer will cover all travel expenses to Championships for Academy teams that qualify for the event

US Soccer Development Academy Mid-America Division

Chicago Fire Bridgeview, IL
Crew SC Academy Columbus, OH
Crew SC Academy Wolves Wixom, MI
FC United Frankfort, IL
Indiana Fire Westfield, IN
Internationals North Royalton, OH
Minnesota Thunder Academy Minneapolis, MN
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro Collinsville, IL
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri Fenton, MO
Shattuck-Saint Marys Fairbault, MN
Sockers FC Palatine, IL
Vardar Rochester Hills, MI

Development Academy FAQ

Is financial aid available?2017-04-03T06:27:08-05:00

Financial aid may be available to those that qualify.  An application with proof of income must be presented to the MTA Board of Directors on a yearly basis.  There are also opportunities for players/teams to participate in fundraisers to help curb costs.

What if my child plays in other sports?2017-04-03T18:14:27-05:00

MTA is home to many players who participate in multiple sports and MTA celebrates the multi-sport athlete experience.  The desire is that the player is respectful of the commitment to the team and be present at most team events.  Athletes playing in the US Soccer Development Academy, ECNL, MTA Elite Academy, MTA Junior Academy, MRL, MYSA Premier, or MYSA Classic 1 level must be willing to be at a vast majority of the team’s training sessions and competitive events.  The cost is the same for players who attend all events and those who attend on a less regular basis.

Why Choose MTA

  • Year-round training with the top talent in Minnesota.

  • Highly-qualified coaches with US Soccer & NSCAA accreditation.

  • Perfect for serious players who seek a high level of competition.

  • Gain visibility to collegiate scouts and national team coaches.

What Parents Say

MTA provides elite coaching and technical training other clubs cannot match. They also understand how to prepare the kids for the next level.

The kids that gravitate to MTA push each other to be better soccer players while being good people.

The coaching is consistent. It doesn’t matter who the coach is or what level—Each and every coach is teaching the players how to possess the ball and increasing their soccer IQ. We are always please with the methods.

The training, teaching of ball control and footwork, and knowledge of game strategy is hands above community clubs.

Training is great! If you want to play college soccer MTA is heads above everyone else.

As the years go by, our son is growing so much as a player and we are excited for his future with the club

Great coaching staff!


Challenging every player, at every level, thereby giving an equal opportunity to develop to anyone who wants it.

The coaching and training is excellent as well as the facilities for winter training.

MTA provides a safe and effective training environment.  They provide top level coaching for the elite teams and challenge the players to develop their skills.

MTA provides opportunities for soccer players who are very dedicated to the sport through great coaching and playing opportunities.

My son’s coach truly cares about him and every player on his team.

MTA Players Have Represented

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