About the Union Summer Select Program
The Summer Select Training Program will return in the summer of 2015 to Downingtown, Philadelphia, Delaware, and Reading, PA in 2015. Click on each of the locations to find out specific tryout and training information.
- East (Philadelphia): Tryout Dates and Location - TBD
- West (Downingtown): Tryout Dates and Location - TBD
- Reading: Tryout Dates and Location - TBD
- South (Delaware): Tryout Dates and Location - TBD
Fun and competition is what the Philadelphia Union Summer Select Training Program is all about, for boys and girls ages 9-12. The program begins in late spring and goes through early summer. Experienced, licensed coaches conduct all the training sessions and remain with their Summer Select players throughout their summer tournaments and friendlies.
If you’re a player, looking to gain valuable experience, guided by quality coaches and are excited to play with like-minded athletes who are dedicated to the sport of soccer and growing your talents and skills, on and off the field, then Philadelphia Union’s Summer Select training is the best you’ll find in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Philadelphia Union’s training curriculum includes the technical, tactical and physical components of the game, with the ultimate goal of preparing you to maximize your abilities to play in a competitive environment.
This program is designed for players who already have a solid foundation in the ‘beautiful game’ and are looking to enhance their training in a club neutral environment. The program will run for six weeks during June and July and is being offered for boys and girls ages 9-12. It will include two training sessions a week plus the ability to compete in two tournaments and a friendly weekend.
Committing to a program like this won’t interfere with the instruction players already receive from their respective youth organizations and clubs. Instead, Philadelphia Union’s Summer Select program will provide training to augment instruction players are already receiving at their clubs.
During the program all participants will get a chance to put their skills to the test in a competitive environment against other clubs in the region through participation in the Union Summer Select Series trio of tournaments.
All program sites will be provided with the following:
- 10 training sessions
- Two (2) tournaments and One (1) Friendly Festival
- Administrative Fees/Player Passes
- Field Usage Fees
- Coaching Fees for all training sessions & tournaments
- Uniforms (Jersey, Short and Socks)
Additional benefits include:
- Companion ticket to a Union match (Summer Select Night at PPL Park)
- Take part in pregame parade or other in game experiences
- Inside look at game day operations for a lucky family of four (4)
- Opportunities to be a Union ball kid (selected at random)
The cost per player to try out is $10 and the cost of the Union Summer Select training program is $550.
Todd Wawrousek – Director
Todd Wawrousek is a former coach at both the professional and college levels. Todd was an assistant coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps where they were league champions in 2008 and finalists the following year in 2009. He was the head coach for the Gettysburg Women’s Soccer Program where he won five Centennial Conference Championships, had six NCAA tournament appearances, was the Division III NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994, and 1998, and was the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1992.
Lew Atkinson – South (Delaware) Site Director
Lew is Delaware’s State Director of Coaching. He holds both an “A” Coaching License and a National Youth Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation as well as a “B” license from the Scottish Football Association. Lew is a member of both US Soccer and USYS National Instructional Staff. Lew has written for Success in Soccer and has been recognized by the Delaware High School Soccer Coaches Association for his “Outstanding Contribution to Youth Soccer in Delaware.” Lew is a past DYSA Coach of the Year and from 2006 to 2013 the Head Coach of the Region I, U13 Boys. As a player, Lew played on two N.A.I.A. National Championship Soccer Teams and one finalist. He is also a member of the N.A.I.A. Distinguished Athletes Association. In 2011, Lew was inducted into the Region I Soccer Hall of Fame.
Alyssa Radu – West (Downingtown) Site Director (Girls Director)
Alyssa has experience coaching at the college and youth level. She was the head coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology for four years, and a coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County for four seasons as well. She holds coaching licenses from both the NSCAA and USSF. Alyssa currently owns 1MINDSET, a multi service company that has a concentration on player development.
Colin Kent - Reading Site Director
Colin Kent is the Youth Director of Coaching at Reading United AC. He holds a USSF “C” license and has been a full time soccer coach and director here in the United States since his graduation in 2008. Colin grew up and played top-level soccer in England before coming to the states to further his education and playing career at Lander University (NCAA DII, Peach Belt Conference) in South Carolina. As a youth player in England, Colin represented his club and county at the U16-U18 level and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for Bury Town Reserves; the Suffolk County Under 16 Player of the Year Award in 2000. Most impressively, for those who follow FA soccer in England, Colin helped his teams to the championship of the English Schools FA Cup Final in 2000 and again in 2003 when he earned the English Schools FA Cup MVP Award. While playing at Lander University Colin helped the Bearcats in becoming the South East Region Champions in 2005, The Peach Belt regular season titleholders and Tournament Champions in 2006, and served as captain his junior and senior year.
Joe DiSalvo - East (Philadelphia) Site Director
Joe DiSalvo is the Head Coach at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and of the PSC Coppa Arsenal. He is a member of the F.C. Delco Hall of Fame, playing and serving as a captain from 1993-1996 winning 3 consecutive state championships, 1 Regional Title, and a National Runner-Up. Joe attended the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill, where he was a captain and played in every game during his career starting 69 of 75 games. He finished his career with 6 goals and 21 assist and helped lead a young team back to the NCAA tournament in 1999. As a pro player, Joe played in the A-League for the Raleigh Capital Express in 2000 and in the D3 League for the South Jersey Barons in 2001. Joe was selected as the 2012 SEPA youth coach of the year and currently holds a USSF “E” license.