TALENT IDENTIFICATION PARTNERSHIP
Titans FC has a strategic talent identification partnership with Crossfire Premier, the #1 youth soccer club in the state and one of the top youth soccer clubs in the Nation.
Crossfire Premier are renowned for producing elite level teams with players that have gone on to play at the college, professional and international level. DeAndre Yedlin and Kelyn Rowe, both Crossfire Alums, have represented the US Men’s National Team with the former playing in the FIFA World Cup.
WHY THE PARTNERSHIP?
The very best soccer environments in US youth soccer are the USSDA (United States Soccer Development Academy) and ECNL (Elite Clubs National League). These two programs are for the best of the best.
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.
The Elite Clubs National League was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of the female youth soccer players in the United States. The goal of the Elite Clubs National League is to change the landscape for elite female soccer players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming and to enhance the overall experience by creating a better, more enjoyable, and more successful player, coach, and club development
Currently, there is no direct pathway to the USSDA and ECNL programs for our exceptional Titans players. By entering into this partnership with Crossfire Premier it achieves two things:
1. It allows our very best players the potential to develop in the ultimate soccer environment
2. Elevates the standing of Titans FC as a true "development" club that places the best interest of each player at the very forefront of our priorities
WHAT IS THE PARTNERSHIP?
Our goal is to provide our players with the opportunity to reach the highest level possible in the game. Their achievements are only limited by the level of their desire to succeed. At Titans FC, we have the staff and the program to develop any player that is committed and has the drive to improve. However, there is a ceiling on how far we can take them. Having access to the very top-level competitions like the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) and USSDA (United States Soccer Development Academy) breaks through that ceiling and is the next logical step for our very best players. Furthermore, by entering into this partnership, we are sitting alone amongst our peers in our ability to provide this opportunity to our truly exceptional players.
HOW WILL THE PARTNERSHIP AFFECT YOU?
While this is truly an exciting and unique partnership, essentially, this is business as usual! We will still be Titans FC providing the great training and development program we have always been recognized for. We will still be wearing our uniforms. Our coaching staff, our philosophy, and our goals will not change one iota. For the vast majority, this partnership will not affect anything at all. This partnership will allow our coaching staff to identify only the truly outstanding players within our club. It will ensure any exceptional players coming through our program will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of the ECNL and USSDA head coaches when they are ready. As we mentioned before, we are a "players first" club with only the best interests of each player at the heart of what we do.
We are excited and proud to partner with Crossfire Premier. Opportunities such as these simply do not happen without a trustworthy recommendation. This partnership will afford not only our players, but other dedicated and serious players on the eastside, the chance to progress where players at other clubs may not. All players that take their game seriously, and are examining their development, will potentially benefit from this. Considering, Titans FC as the place to play now becomes an even more attractive proposition.
Bernie James, Crossfire Premier Director of Coaching, had this to say,” Titans FC has demonstrated incredible growth since their inception and Adam has done a great job developing a program that educates young players the right way. Providing players with the opportunity to realize their potential is what the game is all about for me and this partnership will do just that.”
About Crossfire Premier:
Crossfire Premier is part of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association. LWYSA has had an advanced development program for over 30 years. In 2003, a group of dedicated soccer people developed the current model which promotes the “Club” atmosphere. Crossfire has grown into one of the top youth soccer clubs in the United States. Crossfire has won and competed in numerous national championships and has placed dozens of players in youth national team camps and one player in the FIFA World Cup. Crossfire has also produced hundreds of players that have gone on to play college soccer at all of the various levels. For more information, visit www.crossfiresoccer.org