May 3, 2012
San Juan Soccer Club accepted as Development Academy

San Juan Soccer Club coaching director Billy Wiskel is one happy guy.

His prestigious youth club has been accepted as a member of the United States Soccer Federation's Development Academy program, one of 77 such boys clubs across the nation and the only one in the Sacramento area.

"I think the biggest thing is that we are going to be fully funded," Wiskel said of a major sponsor already lined up that will soon be announced publicly. "But our biggest immediate plan is to identify the best players for our U-16 and U-18 teams."

Academy teams play and train year-round and face the top squads from across the United States as the USSF tries to identify the best players for its national and Olympic teams.

San Juan, established in 1978, is the only area club to have both the academy program for boys and the Elite Club National League program that helps identify top girls players..

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