Partnership with Century United identifies elite league platform for boys starting this fall
August 27, 2014 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The Riverhounds Development Academy (RDA), in association with Century United, have announced membership to the Boys Club Championship (BCC), a newly formed national league comprised of top level clubs from around the United States.
“Outside of the U.S. Development Academy, there was not a platform for strong boys clubs to compete at a high level nationally,” said Terry Foley, BCC President. “We feel the BCC will give these clubs the competition they desire on a regular basis. The success of the BCC will be the quality of competition across all age groups.”
The first year of competition will consist of the Under-15 through Under-18 age groups, with it being left to the member clubs how rigorous a schedule the Under-18 groups would play, and also if they wished to organize “pre-BCC” competition for their younger ages.
The RDA and Century United teams will compete in the Midwest Division of the BCC, which plans home and away matches in U15 through U17 age groups with a limited schedule for the U14 and U18 age groups in the inaugural season.
“In joining the BCC, our group looks to accomplish four main goals, all directly tied into our shared philosophical approach to development with Century United,” said Jason Kutney, Riverhounds CEO. “We gain a highly competitive league option to further develop our boys, expose these boys to a new market of college coaches in the Midwest, solidify participation in top-end national tournaments, and join nationally-recognized clubs who are known to produce premier NCAA prospects.”
Some of the participating clubs include nationally-recognized outfits Fullerton Rangers (CA-S), Slammers FC (CA-S), Gwinnett Soccer Association (GA), LA Premier (CA-S), Birmingham United (AL), FC Bucks (PA-E), and FC Virginia (VA). The Midwest Division currently is set to include Alliance Academy (Grand Rapids, MI), Classic Eagles (Columbus, OH), Ohio Elite (Cincinnati, OH), and WAZA FC (Detroit, MI).
Larry Guess, President of Century United, was a key advocate of the Riverhounds / Century model gaining admittance into the new national league.
"As we strive to further add components to our joint development model with the Riverhounds, gaining access to the Disney Showcase and Vegas Players Showcase is an important next step. These two showcases are arguably two of the top college identification events in the country."
The Midwest Division will begin league play in the late fall, following High School soccer season. For information on the BCC, go to www.boysnl.com.