ABOUT MLS Next and the Elite Academy

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Developing the Next Generation

Strikers FC is proud to announce that they will be the first club in Orange County to be part of the MLS Next and Elite Academy programs.

"Strikers FC is excited to be able to offer our players and families another elite pathway for them to continue their development and pursue their individual dreams and goals. Joining MLS Next is a natural progression for our Club and another positive step in offering all our players various pathway opportunities that best fit their needs and abilities.” - Don Ebert, Strikers FC Technical Director

Pathway to the Pros

Our goal will be providing the best we can for our athletes to achieve their dreams. The Strikers curriculum has provided nearly a dozen alumni with USMNT call-ups, as well as led to two of the youngest players to sign professional contracts in US Soccer history, Francis Jacobs and Shane Kaemerle.

"Strikers FC has been one of the nation’s leading player development engines for over 20 years, producing eight former USMNT players Steve Birnbaum, Jonathan Bornstein, Benny Feilhaber, Chad Marshall, Michael Orozco, Chris Pontius, Christian Ramirez, and Bobby Wood and current USMNT hopeful Matthew Hoppe." - MLS Next Official Announcement