How Each MLS Development Academy Ranked

How Each MLS Development Academy Ranked

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 27, 2011
  • Features, MLS Academies

US Soccer has released their evaluations of the US Soccer Development Academy clubs for the 2010-2011 season and one MLS club was rated as the top club in the country out of the 78 clubs that participated.

My pal Daniel over at BigDSoccer pulled this all together earlier and found out that FC Dallas had the top rated academy in the country during the 2010-11 season. A great honor a the MLS side, impressive to also beat out the famed IMG Academy in Florida. Dallas also had two other academies that received 3.5 stars in the rankings.

If you go to the Development Academy overview pageyou can read up on how the teams are evaluated. Each club is given stars based on eight different categories. Dallas was the only MLS side to receive four full stars.

Here is how the MLS academies stacked up:

FC Dallas Academy – 4 Stars
New York Red Bulls Academy – 3.5 stars
New England Revolution Academy – 3.5 stars
Columbus Crew Academy – 3 stars
DC United Academy – 3 stars
Houston Dynamo Academy – 3 stars
LA Galaxy Academy – 3 stars
RSL Academy-AZ – 3 stars
Seattle Sounders Academy – 3 stars
Sporting KC Academy – 3 stars
Chicago Fire Academy – 2.5 stars
Chivas USA Academy – 2.5 stars
Colorado Rapids Academy – 2.5 stars
San Jose Earthquakes Academy – 2.5 stars

  • Anonymous

    The DC United profile seems alittle light when it comes to professional development.  The US Dev Acadamy left off Samir Badr and Jordan Graye among the profs.  This makes their total of 6 pros on par with FC Dallas.  One can even argue that Hamid, Badr, and Najar are all better than the 6 pros that FC Dallas has on their list.  Why is IMG only have Gale listed as the only pro.  Most US nationals have trained there.  Also many of the rating are for factors that while they contribute to the on the field product, they are not very good depictions of what the programs

    • Just to play devils advocate, who is to say that adding those two players to the pros list would even get them up to 4 stars. So many factors went into these rankings like facilities, training, etc. These rankings are pretty deep and I think the people making them know a thing or two about what they were looking for. Was clubs like DC, Houston and LA low in my mind? Absolutely, but with so many factors going into this it comes down to more than just who the clubs are producing and how they are playing on the field.