After an overwhelmingly positive Member vote, Minneapolis City is excited to announce that the club will be adding a U19 team in the 2020 season.
“We want to build a development pathway for local players that bridges club/high school soccer and college/professional soccer” said Athletics Director Adam Pribyl. “This move will allow us to do that.”
The addition of a U19 team to the existing U23 and NPSL teams creates a club structure similar to European and South American professional clubs, where the players are training with and competing against the best players day-in and day-out.
“It’s not about age group, it’s about ability” — Dan Hoedeman
Hoedeman continued, “Every year we have seen young guys elevate their game significantly by going toe-to-toe with other top players, with big, adult, experienced players.”
Sporting Director Jon Bisswurm commented, “I remember Ian Smith, for example, joining City as a high school senior. He stepped into training and showed he belonged at a higher competitive level at his age and fought hard for game minutes.”
Bisswurm continued, “by the time he started his freshman season at UW-Green Bay he had the understanding of what it takes to play at the collegiate level through his time with us which is something most freshman without this experience take at least a full season to grasp, where he was able to step right in and contribute to his team. It’s about pushing each other to get to the top. That’s what this provides.”
This will gives Minneapolis City a complete pathway from high school to college to, potentially, professional soccer for local players. It also gives the club the ability to work with players long enough to have a meaningful impact on their development.
“We’ve heard from players that they want this” continued Bisswurm “and we believe that it will improve our club, complement what youth clubs are already doing, and help players accelerate their game into college and beyond.”
Minneapolis City U19 will begin play in the 2020 season, but building the foundation for the team starts now.
Interested players/parents should email coaches @ mplscitysc.com for more information.