FC Cincinnati will be the official jersey sponsor of the Cincinnati Development Academy. The Girls’ Development Academy was created by the U.S. Soccer federation to accelerate the development of world-class female players and includes the most elite talent in the country.
“We are committed to growing the game of soccer beyond the men’s game” said FCC President and General Manager Jeff Berding. “There are a number of talented players from the Greater Cincinnati region, including elite players such as Heather Mitts and Rose Lavelle, who have become role models for our youth. With the bar continuing to be raised by U.S. Soccer we feel strongly about not only supporting but participating in raising the bar for our youth players here in the region.”
"We are excited to be working with FC Cincinnati and have them support youth soccer in this region," said CDA Technical Director Bobby Puppione. "The girls DA is going to be a great opportunity for our players to play in the top girls league in the country while helping them prepare to play in college, professionally, and for our youth/full national teams. FC Cincinnati's commitment is going to be a great value to our organization and to girls soccer in the region."
With the announcement of the Academy structure, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis commented on the initiative, "We all know how important it is to create the correct environment and expectations for elite player development, something that was highlighted for me during my time as Development Director for our youth Women’s National Teams,” said Ellis. “The Development Academy is an important step forward to continue the growth of the women’s game in the United States, and to create the best pathway for players to reach their full potential.”
In more girls soccer news, Cincinnati native and CUP alum Rose Lavelle will be coming back to Cincinnati with the US Women's National team on Tuesday, September 19. The game will be held at Nippert Stadium and tickets will be available via ussoccer.com.