A Message from our Executive Director on joining MLS NEXT and Girls Academy

MLS NEXT Girls Academy

Wow, what a phenomenal couple of weeks it's been for DUSC! Last week, we received the exciting news of our admission to the Girls Academy, marking a significant stride forward for girls' and women's soccer in NYC. And now, this week brings even more reason to celebrate as we've been selected to join the MLS NEXT U13 + U14 divisions for the upcoming 2024-2025 season.

At DUSC, our driving force is a passion for unlocking the full potential of every player. With an abundance of talent in Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs, our mission is crystal clear: to foster individual growth and development. To achieve this, we are proud to have assembled an exceptional team of coaches and staff members with extensive coaching experience across all levels.

As we enter this new competitive arena, we do so with respect for our opponents and a deep appreciation for the platform we've been granted. But let's set the record straight from the outset: DUSC aims to be a leader in urban youth soccer development nationwide while setting a standard of excellence within NYC.

Being ambitious, bold and creative is consistent with the values of the city we inhabit. The DUSC badge highlights the skyline of downtown NYC: a literal and figurative symbol of ambition for the entire world. On the pitch, this is reflected in a dynamic, fast paced attacking playing style that aims to move forward boldly when in possession and is relentless and aggressive in winning the ball back.

However, our vision extends far beyond the soccer pitch. We aspire not only to produce top-tier players but also to nurture well-rounded individuals who positively impact their communities.

Through our "Soccer For All" initiative, we're tearing down financial barriers, providing over $500k in financial aid to ensure that every aspiring player, regardless of their financial circumstances, has the opportunity to participate.

Our Director of Coaching, Paul O'Donnell, whose leadership secured our invitations to the Girls Academy and MLS NEXT, encapsulates our mission perfectly: "Being part of the premier youth developmental environments in the country, within one of the most talented soccer hubs, is an unparalleled opportunity. We are tremendously excited for this journey and eager to develop top-tier players while continuing to make a positive impact on our community." Paul also gives great credit to DUSC Technical Director's Gustavo Palomino and Jose Luis Rebay as being instrumental in this process and creating the foundation to guide us forward.

The rigorous evaluation process we've undergone reflects our unwavering commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and holistic player development. Our dedication to fostering an inclusive club culture, implementing a defined soccer philosophy, and providing ongoing coaching support and education has truly set us apart.

Join us as we embark on this exciting new chapter in NYC soccer!


Kevin McCarthy

Executive Director