October 20, 2020 (New York, NY) – The United Soccer League (USL) today announced the formation of the USL Academy League, providing USL clubs with a progressive model to develop local players for their Senior Team - and offering an elite level of competition and youth development programming at a lessened cost of traditional pre-professional academies. The inaugural season will kick off in Spring 2021, with clubs divided into seven regional divisions: Northeast, Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, East Central, South Central and Southwest.
Queensboro FC (QBFC) is proud to be a founding member of the USL Academy League, with the QBFC Academy playing in the Northeast Division alongside 12 other teams. Not only is QBFC one of only two teams featured from the USL Championship, the top tier of the USL, but the QBFC Academy will be fully-funded for all of its members. In addition, the QBFC Academy will be coached by the Senior Team’s Head Coach/Sporting Director Josep Gombau and Technical Director Luis Gutierrez.
The first ever tryouts for the QBFC Academy will take place on November 4th and 5th at the Sports Underdome in Mt. Vernon, New York. Tryouts are open for boys ages 15-18 (born 2002-2005), with a registration fee of $100 each. However, registration will be free-of-charge for all local residents of Queens, New York (with a $10 processing fee).
“QBFC Academy is a vital part of the success of our club,” says David Villa, Co-Founder of Queensboro FC. “I have always been extremely passionate about giving undiscovered players an opportunity to be seen for their soccer talent, and I believe our organization will do a world-class job of finding, coaching and elevating an incredible new generation of players for Queens, the United States, and beyond.”
“It’s a very exciting time right now for Queensboro FC, as the QBFC Academy represents the very first stages of building the future of our club through the recruitment and development of young, quality players,” says Josep Gombau. “Our ethos has always been to create a strong connection with local and global soccer communities, and provide players with a credible pathway to go from amateur to pro.”
“Having QBFC Academy participate in the inaugural season of the USL Academy League is a critical step for us, in order to start playing competitively right away while building the foundation of our club’s Senior Team for 2022,” says Luis Gutierrez. “I am looking forward to hosting our very first tryouts next month, as it represents another milestone for the club. We are expecting a tremendous turnout, with about 80% of registrations so far representing Queens.”
The other clubs set to compete in the Northeast Division of the inaugural USL Academy League are as follows:
• Black Rock FC: Lake Placid, NY (USL League Two)
• Boston Bolts: Boston, MA (USL League Two)
• Cedar Stars Academy: South Hackensack, NJ (USL League Two)
• FA Euro New York: New York, NY (USL League Two)
• Hartford Athletic (USL Championship)
• AC Connecticut (USL League Two)
• Ironbound SC: Newark, NJ (Part of the New York Red Bulls’ player pathway)
• Long Island Rough Riders: Long Island, NY (USL League Two)
• Morris Elite: Madison, NJ (USL League Two)
• Queensboro FC: New York, NY (USL Championship)
• Seacoast United: Portsmouth, NH (USL League Two)
• Westchester Flames: Westchester, NY (USL League Two)
• Western Mass Pioneers: Ludlow, MA (USL League Two)
ABOUT QUEENSBORO FC
Queensboro FC is the first ever professional men’s soccer team in Queens, New York. The club will start playing in the 2022 season of the USL Championship, the top tier of the United Soccer League (USL). Queens, often called the “diversity capital of the world”, is home to over 2 million residents, 150 nationalities and 130 languages across more than 90 distinct neighborhoods and 100 square miles. With soccer as Queens’ most popular sport – Queensboro FC aims to embrace and unite “the world’s borough” and honor the beautiful game in the streets, in the park, in the community – and soon, on the pitch in its own stadium. Queensboro FC stands for more than sports, it is a movement for unifying people across the world. Queensboro FC’s ownership group is led by international soccer star David Villa and New York entrepreneur Jonathan Krane. For more information about Queensboro FC visit: www.queensborofc.com.