PHILADELPHIAThree members of the Penn men’s soccer team added another item to their laundry list of accomplishmentswinning the inaugural U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Championship.
Christian Barreiro, Thomas Brandt and Jake Levin, all members of the Baltimore Casa Mia Bays, helped their team clinch the victory which also marked the team’s third national championship in as many years.
Barreiro assisted on the Bays’ first goal in a come-from-behind match against LAFC while Brandt and Levin anchored a backline that allowed just two goals in the game.
The Developmental Academy, in its first year of operation, is designed to allow top youth players to gain a better understanding of the top level of soccer in the U.S. and the national team environment as well as learning about health strategies and performance evaluations and media training.
The Academy also looks to provide a closer connection to the U.S. national team programs, with the specific goal of identifying talent to bring into the national player pools. In the first year alone, 98 players from Development Academy teams were identified by U.S. Soccer scouts and brought into participate in camps and games at the U-17, U-18, and U-20 Men’s National Teams.
Barreiro, Brandt and Levin join two other student-athletes, Eric Guo and Nick Unger, as the Class of 2012. The newcomers look for their collegiate debut in the season opener, Sept. 5 at Marquette.