Have you ever thought, Am I good enough to play at the highest level? Will I ever get that chance?
Is my club developing me to my greatest potential? With those questions in mind, here’s some food for thought:
The path to the MLS Next for the rising U13’s (’09’s) began in the spring of 2020 with LSA’s Jonathan Cueva and All-In FC’s Mark MacKain. The ’09’s were then U11’s and a plan was set in motion for the development and preparation of this team to peak by the time they hit U13’s.
“We chose the best coach for the job, JJ Gregoire Jr., and tasked him with coaching and developing the best team around,” explained Mark MacKain, Executive Director All-In Futbol Club at Sugar Hill. “We added another layer of players knowing that families move, players interests change, and the always difficult task of managing early or late bloomers would affect our roster.”
The team played its U12 fall season a year up in GA Soccer’s Classic 1 division. After winning that division they earned promotion into the GPL (Georgia Soccer’s top league) this past spring.
MacKain added, “Our Academy is a competitive environment with a coaching staff including JJ Gregoire Jr., Sean Parent, and Steven Thomas, who embrace our emphasis on continuous individual improvement. After only one year we are seeing some excellent results.
Our feeder teams are developing players to move up and play with the top teams, and our top teams are competing with the largest clubs in the region. We have more players earning ODP selections than ever before and two of JJ’s teams finished top three in the Futsal National Championships – Including one National Champion.”
All-In FC’s homegrown players have a leg up on their competition as they continue improving team composure and individual skills. At the staff’s direction, the players’ involvement with Futsal has been instrumental in allowing them to develop additional skills which in turn developed them into better total players.
Did that player path achieve its intended results? “Absolutely,” states MacKain. “Our entire 2009 team is moving to MLS Next this fall season with JJ as their coach, and a year and a half of experience playing together under their belts.
Additionally, James Haynes was invited to join the Atlanta United Juniors Program which is always an achievement worth celebrating.”
All-In FC is well on its way to developing future MLS Next teams with this proven player pathway and are looking forward to enhancing their teams in their 2012, 2011, and 2010 age groups by identifying the future MLS Next stars at try-outs May 25th -27th.