Liverpool FC International Academy Maryland are delighted to announce that, effective immediately, Jordan Cyrus will become the academy director at Liverpool FCIA Maryland's Central location.
He will be tasked with working with Director of Player Development, Jamie Darvill, and Director of Coach Education, Alan Lydiate, to ensure our players at the central location are maximizing their potential through elite implementation of our development methodology, as well as guiding our coaches with educational support. Jordan's new role will see him working with every team during the season through observing practices, running practices and watching the players in games and tournaments. This increased interaction with each team will allow him to recognize players who are excelling and areas for improvement so we can continue to position our players and teams to be successful.
"I've worked alongside Jordan for many years and I know first hand what he is capable of bringing to this role, and ultimately, the positive impact it will have on our players at our Central location. His experiences as a collegiate player, professional player and collegiate coach combined with his understanding of 'The Liverpool Way' and our development model puts our players in great hands." - Jamie Darvill, Director of Player Development
"I am very grateful to be given this opportunity. I am looking forward to working with all the players and coaches of the club. This club has a bright future, and my goal is to help build on the success the club has seen in its first few years." - Jordan Cyrus, Central Maryland Academy Director
Jordan brings a wealth of experience as a player as a former collegiate and professional player. As a graduate of the University of Maryland, he made it to the kind of levels our players are aspiring to reach. Furthermore, he has worked as an assistant with his alma mater at the very top level of collegiate soccer.
Liverpool FCIA International Academy Maryland are delighted to announce the launch of the State Elite Program for the 2020-21 season!
The Liverpool FC International Maryland State Elite Program invites our best academy aged players from each location the opportunity to come together to compete in:
In creating this player pathway, we are providing new challenges and opportunities for those players who work hard and excel at our respective locations.
"The State Elite Program is a vision we have been excited about since we launched the club three years ago. This platform will reward and challenge players, and hopefully propel them to new heights with special opportunities at great facilities, led by great coaches from our club here in Maryland and our staff in the UK. The thought of our best players across our locations playing together against top level competition is an exciting prospect for our player development initiatives. - Jamie Darvill, Director of Player Development
Director of Coach Education and our Western Maryland Academy Director, Alan Lydiate, is also excited by the programs potential. “I am super excited to see our new State Elite Program get off the ground. Providing a pathway for the top players in each location to compete for a place in our Elite Teams should serve to inspire all players in the club. This program will increase the challenge for young aspiring soccer players, help them to achieve more in the game as well as create great opportunities to be identified for the next level as a professional or collegiate player”.
Not only does this program provide a true player pathway, but also a pathway for our aspiring coaches to earn the opportunity to work with our club's best players across the state and test themselves in new environments.
More information will be released after we move forward with our 2020-21 teams for next season. For more information on the program, head over to www.lfcinternationalacademymd.com/eliteprogram and check out the pathway.
Liverpool FCIA Maryland are delighted to announce the addition of the DC Metro location to the club. Based in Potomac, Maryland, the DC Metro location will begin operations immediately and build teams for the 2020-21 season.
Pete Summerfield has been named the Academy Director of DC Metro and will lead the club in hiring coaches and scouting players to join the LFC family. Pete joins LFC IA Maryland after ten years of coaching in the US. Born and raised in England, Pete began his youth career with Liverpool’s FC's youth academy and spent time with Blackpool FC before beginning a ten year professional and semi-professional playing career in England. Since stepping into coaching, Pete has obtained his UEFA Licensing, as well as receiving his Goalkeeper Diploma.
"I am excited to bring 'The Liverpool Way' to life in Montgomery County. The training programs and developmental opportunities LFC can offer the DC Metro region are vast and I can't wait to share them with our future players." said Pete Summerfield, LFCIA DC Metro Academy Director.
Director of Player Development, Jamie Darvill, is thrilled to add Pete to the staff. "Pete has built a firm reputation for developing elite soccer players and we look forward to that continuing over the coming years with our LFC family. From the very beginning of our conversations, it became very clear that Pete was the right man to lead us in this region through his aligned vision with LFC's player development model. Not only will players at the DC Metro location have fantastic facilities, our players across Maryland truly receive an unrivaled developmental experience through technical, tactical, physical, mental and social training programs that have developed some of the world's best players."
Pete will be joined by Pre-Academy Director, Dave Steele, who will impart his vast experience on our boys and girls, building a technically sound foundation that will equip them to achieve their goals in the academy and beyond. Born and raised in England, he brings more than 12 years of coaching experience and has consistently and successfully developed players through youth development programs in the DC Metro area. Dave is also licensed by UEFA.
Liverpool FCIA Maryland Director of Coach Education, Alan Lydiate, will be heavily involved in the new location through training coaches and LFC accreditation initiatives to ensure the DC Metro academy is doing everything it can to create an authentic LFC developmental experience for our DC Metro players. He looks forward to working with coaches and parents at the club. "Being a part of the World’s Greatest Football Family also means players and parents are part of a culture 'The Liverpool Way' based on our guiding principles of ambition, commitment, dignity, and unity. Organized practices, and a competitive pathway that supports individual growth and development both on and off the field is essential. The training we provide our coaches and the professionalism we require position us well to meet the expectations of the families that trust us with their child's development" said Alan Lydiate, Director of Coach Education.
As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, we will continue to update you on tryout opportunities.
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In the interests of providing the highest level of guidance to our high school aged players, Liverpool FC International Academy are delighted to announce the hiring of Kerry Brimmer, Andrew Mpasiakos and David Jones as our College Director's effective immediately.
Kerry Brimmer - Central Maryland Girls College Director
"Kerry brings incredible experience to our college program. Not only is Kerry vastly experienced in this role but also in her coaching experience, giving her the tools to help our players that have college aspirations. As a former University of Maryland soccer player, she also comes with great playing experience. Many of the players Kerry has coached are playing in college, including a recent return of 22 of 22 players in her ASA Azzurri squad going on to play in college many at the D1 level. A truly incredible achievement."
Andrew Mpasiakos - Central Maryland Boys College Director
"Andrew brings a great level of experience to this position as a current assistant coach with Goucher College Men's Soccer. This insight will prove invaluable to the players he works with by providing them with a plan and connections to college soccer opportunities. In addition, Andrew is a former New York Red Bulls academy coach so he is used to the development of elite players. A former collegiate player at Virginia Wesleyan, Andrew is incredibly driven to succeed in the coaching world and he will be a fantastic resource to all of our players at the club!"
David Jones - Western Maryland College Director
"David has been a highly successful coach in the Western Maryland region for many years and brings with him fantastic experience to this role. In 2018, coached one of our teams all the way to nationals after an incredible run. More importantly, he understands 'The Liverpool Way' completely and this is reflected in the character he builds in our players on and off the field. Having recently graduated a team from the club where many went on to college programs across a range of divisions, we see him as the ideal fit to provide guidance to the locations aspiring players!"
The Role of a College Director
We welcome Kerry, Andrew and David to the club and look forward to the benefits their vast experience will have on the development and guidance of our players in their pursuit of successful collegiate careers over the coming years.
Nathan Rauscher will be joining LFCIA Maryland as the club's new Girl's Technical Director, the club announced today. Nathan is the current assistant coach at Stevenson University women's soccer. Prior to joining the Mustangs, he was the head coach at Mount St Vincent University, where he was named the 2016 Skyline Coach of the Year after leading the program to it's best victory total and first playoff appearance in program history after an incredible rebuild of the program.
"Nathan will bring an incredible level of professionalism, experience and quality to our club. A former 'Coach of the Year' at the collegiate level, we are excited by the potential for the girl's side of the club under his leadership.
Having coached extensively at all levels of the women's game, he is perfectly positioned to help our female players achieve their goals with Liverpool FCIA Maryland and beyond. His quality on the field is backed up by his quality as a person, which is a critical trait when representing this club and our families.
Nathan will be working with female teams across the club and will also be working with prospective LFC IA Maryland girls in our 'LFC Futures' Girls programs and clinics throughout the year as we aim to grow the girls side of the club with gender specific focus! I think this appointment demonstrates our dedication to the development of our girls and those that will join over the coming years!
As part of the Girl Technical Director role, Nathan will also have close relationships with our coaches to ensure for optimal development within the club. He will be working daily with the club's senior staff to identify areas for improvement!"
- Jamie Darvill, Director of Player Development
As part of this move, Jordan Cyrus will now focus specifically on the boys development as we continue to take great strides in the right direction as a club!
Last month, Liverpool FC invited our club president, Jamie Darvill to Liverpool, England to work through current projects, and explore future developments related to LFC academies across the globe.
While in Liverpool, Jamie documented his experiences and shared them with our followers in a four-part Facebook travel log. You can read all about Jamie's trip and learn about some of the exciting announcements that were made by visiting the following links:
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LIVERPOOL FCIA – MD AND THE SOCCER PARENTING ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP PROVIDING SUPPORT AND EDUCATION TO YOUTH SOCCER PARENTS VIA MYSOCCERPARENTING.COM
MARYLAND, Aug 29th, 2018 - The Liverpool FC International Academy – Maryland and the Soccer Parenting Association today announce a partnership agreement by which all families associated with the Liverpool FCIA - Maryland Club will now receive free access to the educational content on the MySoccerParenting.com platform.
MySoccerParenting.com seeks to improve and enhance the experience for youth soccer players by engaging and supporting the players’ parents on topics related to the Body, Mind, Coach, Parent, Next Level and the Game. The Liverpool FCIA - Maryland, founded in 2017 aims to deliver the most authentic club coaching program to all our participants around the world.
According to the National Alliance of Youth Sports and reported in the Aspen Institute “State of Play” report, 70% of youths stop participating in organized sports by the age of 13. While there are many reasons for this unfortunate trend, engaging parents in the game and providing them with education and guidance related to the youth soccer experience of their child is an important step towards reversing this trend.
“The investment Liverpool FC – IA Maryland is making towards positively affecting the lives of the players and families associated with their club is commendable. We are proud to work with Liverpool FC and are encouraged by their commitment to make a positive impact in their community through sport,” said Skye Eddy Bruce, Founder of the Soccer Parenting Association.
LFCIA Media Contact: Ron Kaczmarek
Phone: Office: 240-469-4386
Title: Parent Education Co-ordinator
Media Contact: Skye Eddy Bruce
Phone: (804) 467-7041
Title: Soccer Parenting Association, Founder
The United States men’s national team does not need better athletes. Its roster is purely “athletic” enough to win the World Cup, which may stun people to hear considering the team just failed to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Watch international soccer though and the players aren’t running past, leaping over or muscling through the Americans. Our players look like their players. Lionel Messi is 5-foot-7. Cristiano Ronaldo weighs 175 pounds.
The best U.S. player, perhaps ever, is Christian Pulisic. He is a 5-8, 139-pound 19-year-old.
The game is about skill, strategy and creativity, not just being bigger and faster. If anything, our classically American concept of needing to be bigger and faster has led us to be bigger, faster and less skilled, less tactical, less dangerous. We’ve been flailing about on the international stage for decades now by chasing athletes.
Make no mistake, there is no excuse for failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The Americans shouldn’t have lost 2-1 to lowly Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, or even put themselves in a spot where they needed a result in the final qualifying game. It’s embarrassing. The U.S. should always be good enough to qualify. Yet even if the USMNT were going to Russia in June, they weren’t going to do much. The team was painfully limited. Per usual.
Low standards, weak accountability and administrative cheerleading have allowed the U.S. to claim success when there really wasn’t any – such as the 2014 World Cup where simply limping out of group play was deemed acceptable by organization president Sunil Gulati.
The truth is the U.S. has won just two games in the past three World Cups: nothing in 2006, a 1-0 victory over Algeria in 2010 and a 2-1 win against Ghana in 2014. That’s it. The two-victory run will now stretch to four World Cups, since you can’t win if aren’t even in. The team usually battles hard and occasionally survives, but it is of no threat to anybody good. Grit and Tim Howard in goal was not much of a plan. It was all we had though.
The solution isn’t to somehow get the next generation of Russell Westbrooks or Odell Beckham Jr.’s to play soccer. It’s certainly possible that they could have been tremendous players if they dedicated themselves to the sport, but that so many Americans view that as the answer is actually the problem.
Everything else is the problem. Yet it may be in the process of being fixed.
Youth soccer in America has forever been a disorganized mess, a hodgepodge of systems and styles that rarely taught the game the proper way and never developed a truly elite international-level player. That it was based on pay-for-play – expensive travel teams – priced out certain talent. That it was concentrated in big cities all but eliminated rural kids. That the goal of most players and their parents was simply to earn a college scholarship didn’t help.
The best countries and clubs develop talent for years using a consistent concept of how the game should be taught and played to pull out the very best in an athlete. Technical skills, flair and creativity are paramount. Having 10 different coaches from youth through college destroys that.
A couple things, however, have happened of late. The rise of Major League Soccer hasn’t just created more fans in the States, it’s created players. Each team has established a developmental academy that often pulls in the best boys and girls talent in the region and provides exceptional, and purposeful, training. It’s how European clubs are modeled.
The USMNT Under-17 team, for instance, is very competitive on the world stage and is full of great players. They are already 2-0 in their World Cup, which continues Thursday when they take on Colombia in India. The majority of the team has come up through MLS system. You can see the results. The U-20 team is similar and reached the quarterfinals of their World Cup.
USMNT soccer fans will have to sit this World Cup out, but good news may be on the way.
Moreover, European clubs, seeking to cash in on the millions of young Americans who play the game, have begun setting up their own satellite developmental teams in the U.S. Liverpool FC out of the English Premier League, to name one of many, created the “International Academy America” in seven states. The curriculum they use and philosophy they adhere to is the same as its academies in Great Britain. Thus the practice for an U-11 team in North Texas on a specific day is the same as it is for a U-11 team in Central England.
The result of professional teams, both domestic and foreign, taking over elite travel soccer in America will almost assuredly continue to create class. For once, Americans are offered a level playing field. So too will great talents embracing training as a profession and not something that needs to be shoehorned into the American concept of scholastic and collegiate sports.
Pulisic grew up in Michigan and Pennsylvania but as the son of a soccer coach, he and his family knew he needed to head to Germany at age 16 to embrace the game and learn under the club system of Dortmund, a top pro team in that country. Had he stayed in Hershey, Pennsylvania, been content to try to win a state high school title and then sign with an American college he wouldn’t be what he is, or what he will become. Going forward, he and the majority of U.S. players need to be in the major leagues of Europe, not in the MLS, where the competition is weaker.
Yes, the U.S. wins big in women’s soccer, but that is an entirely different equation. Due to Title IX, our country long ago embraced and encouraged girls to participate in sports, something very few other nations did. That gave us a major head start that carries us to today, even as others are trying to catch up. That bears no relation to boy’s/men’s soccer.
If there is one true tragedy of the USMNT missing the World Cup, it is the lost opportunity for Pulisic to show what an American player can be. His days are coming, as the star of the next wave of the national team that will be filled with those promising U-17s and U-20s.
He won’t become a breakout sensation in the States because he is the biggest, strongest or fastest guy out there. No one would call him an elite athlete. He is a skinny, slight teenager. His game is a game of skill and vision and possibilities though, like all the great players in the world.
That’s what the U.S. needs to become a legit soccer power. More Pulisics. More intense development. More organized teaching.
It doesn’t need the next LeBron James to kick a ball. We have the athletes, plenty of them. It’s everything else that needs to come … and very well may be on the way.
Liverpool FC International Academy Maryland is delighted to announce that Locomotive FC have agreed to become Liverpool FCIA Western Maryland as of July 1st, 2017.
This exciting relationship will see them immediately offer elite travel and developmental programs to players across Western Maryland, as well as deliver critical coach education training and develop youth development initiatives within the local community that will benefit players and coaches for years to come!
With a proven curriculum in developing and producing some of the worlds best players and coaches, Liverpool FCIA offers age and ability appropriate elite programs to ensure optimum development. Our club aims to provide not only great technical and tactical ability on the field, but also great physical and mental attributes through strength and conditioning programs and sports psychology workshops.
"We are delighted that Locomotive FC have agreed to become LFCIA Western Maryland and transition to playing 'The Liverpool Way'. The region is full of great players and we are looking forward to seeing them unite under the guidance of this very special club. From the very first discussions with David and Alan, it quickly became apparent that they were the right people to represent LFC in this region and their vast experience will be critical in helping these players and coaches fulfill their vast potential. This club will benefit players and coaches alike, in a way the region has never seen before. I am thrilled they have joined our Liverpool family." Jamie Darvill, President, Liverpool FCIA Maryland.
Liverpool FCIA Western Maryland will be led by President, David Jones, and their Director of Coaching, Alan Lydiate. They will be primarily based out of Hagerstown, MD.
"We are absolutely delighted to bring the Liverpool FC International Academy to Western Maryland. Our goal has always been to provide our youth with the best training and competition, in order to maximize their development and love for the game. Parents of young aspiring soccer players more than ever before are insisting on environments that are highly organized and well planned. Every parent is looking for a soccer school with a proven history, we are delivering that to our players in Western Maryland. The I-70 & I-81 soccer community is extremely fortunate that a European Club of Liverpool FC's caliber and reputation has chosen it as a new home. This will give our youth player’s better direction and more opportunities to succeed." Alan Lydiate, LFIA Western MD Director of Coaching.
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