Philadelphia Union Announce Youth Affiliation with South Jersey Elite Barons (SJEB)
South Jersey Elite Barons becomes the 8th youth club to join the Union Club Affiliate Program
CHESTER, Pa. (March 14, 2020) - Philadelphia Union and SJEB announced today a youth affiliation to aid in the development of the players as both athletes and community members. SJEB is now the 8th club to partner with the Union Club Affiliate Program.
The partnership between the Union and SJEB will bring new opportunities to South Jersey. The Club Affiliate Program will expand SJEB’s Player Development Pathway and will create a direct talent ID pipeline for Philadelphia Union Youth teams and programming.
The Union and SJEB will work cooperatively to offer multi-club development programs, specialized positional training, access to European event competitions, Union Select team opportunities, and invitations to elite programs.
The Union and SJEB will also team up to assist local clubs with coaching education, coach workshops, session planning preparation, and club coaching methodology alignment.
Please click here to learn more about the Philadelphia Union Club Affiliate Program.
“Special moment for the Philadelphia Union to welcome South Jersey Barons as an official club affiliate.” Said Anthony Flores, Technical Director, Philadelphia Union Youth. “Coming together and creating further opportunities for their players like the Union’s player pathway program is a testament to the club’s leadership, professionalism and commitment to continue growing the sports and level of play. The Union are honored to be a part of their journey!”
"We are excited to affiliate with the Philadelphia Union. This expands the development pathways available for players in South Jersey and gives players a direct pipeline to Union Youth teams and programs. As a US Soccer Development Academy Club, SJEB has affiliations with several local clubs and they will also benefit from SJEB’s affiliation with the Union. This is going to be a win/win for the kids and coaches of South Jersey,” said John Thompson, Technical Director, SJEB.
SJEB has a history of players going onto represent the Philadelphia Union USSDA and Junior Academy teams since their inception: Austin Riddick ('97) Evan Godfery ('98), Dawson McCartney ('98), Vilbert Fortunes ('00), Michael Pellegrino ('01), Maxwell Owens ('01), Jalen Weatherspoon ('01), Kenyatta Jr Collins ('01), Jason Grandizio ('03), Devon Stopek ('05), Dylan Falcone ('06), Michael Tzimoulis ('07) Luke Vilary ('08), Christopher Thompson('09), Liam Simmonds ('10).
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