The IMG Affiliation is for selected elite players (U12 and up) in the FC Sarasota competitive program. The selection process is a recommendation from technical staff to the Director of Coaching. Players selected will be able to attend training sessions at IMG, as well as, play in the highest level possible for youth soccer, MLS NEXT and Girls Academy League (Maximum of 12 games).
FC Sarasota’s Director of Coaching, Kyle Lessig, describes the program “I’m very proud to bring the exclusive IMG Affiliation program to the FC Sarasota player pathway. It allows our players to play at the highest level in youth soccer”.
FC has the first batch of players playing in MLS NEXT league from the U13 Boys team; Dominic Segreto, Zach Olah, and Juan Fuentes Acosta . They all have attended IMG training sessions, as well as, producing stand out performances for the IMG team in MLS NEXT matches. Zach Olah has been a standout performer contributing goals and assists on a regular basis. He is coached by FC U12 coach RJ Lindquist “Zach has been a joy to coach, he sets the standard for the ideal FC player both on and off the field” In addition, Zach has been selected to USYS Florida Olympic Development Program State team representing the state in ODP regional competition. ODP is one of the pathways along with MLS NEXT to reach the US National Youth Teams. The IMG Affiliate Club program is currently being executed for FC players as DOC Kyle lessig explains “We are already in progress providing a pathway for our elite players, this is not pie in the sky or some marketing scheme, this is a viable pathway for players to reach the highest level in youth soccer”. Congratulations to Dominic, Zach and Juan for representing the club and our successful development program.
About the IMG Official Affiliate Club Program
The program is cost free for FC Sarasota and its players and creates a pathway to US national team scouts, College recruitment and the highest level of competition in the USA in youth soccer. Players will continue to play for FC Sarasota if selected to the program. To be considered, FC players need to demonstrate in FC Sarasota training sessions and games the ability, work-rate, and attitude which are attributes of our club’s philosophy of Pride, Passion and Perseverance.
We are very excited about the Affiliate program and the opportunity it offers our elite players!