On Tuesday night, YSC Academy opened their doors to staff, media and members of the soccer community. YSC Academy combines world-class soccer training with a rigorous college preparatory program for grades 8 through 12. Their student athletes are committed to their sport and their learning with a passion to become the best they can be on the field and in the classroom.
The evening began with a private VIP panel discussion featuring Union and YSC personnel. The discussion was led by ESPNFC and SiriusXMFC personality Jason Davis. The panel itself included Philadelphia Union Investor and YSC Academy Founder Richie Graham, Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin, YSC Academy Head of School Nooha Ahmed-Lee and Philadelphia Union Academy Director Tommy Wilson.
After the VIP discussion the panel transitioned to a larger room consisting of 150 people in the audience. Throughout the hour long discussion, the panel took questions from members of the audience. Graham was asked how Philadelphia Union Academy will help U.S. Soccer become a world power.
“I’ve spent a lot of time looking at other parts of the world. I’ve been to Germany, France, Spain and I can tell you if you go to Germany and you’re looking in the Bundesliga and you look at these youth academies and you see what they’re doing and the number of minutes that they are training in a year it’s really impressive,” Graham said. “At the end of the day success for us is a Men’s U.S. National Team winning a World Cup. We want to produce players that will not only play for Philadelphia Union, but hopefully are good enough to represent the United States.”
The panel concluded their hour long discussion as the United States Men’s National Team took the pitch against Costa Rica in the final round of World Cup Qualifying play. The night concluded with everyone enjoying food and beverages while watching the match as Curtin took photos with fans.