US Soccer Development Academy

Orlando City's Development Academy Program is the pinnacle of the Orlando City youth pyramid, providing the highest level of competition available for our brightest young talent. As part of Orlando City's commitment to developing young talent, all Orlando City USSDA players will be fully funded. This includes registration, travel and uniform costs.

The Development Academy program is by invitation only. Please address evaluation inquiries for the Development Academy to Sammy Castellanos ( Include full name, date of birth, soccer resume and playing video (if available) for review.


For more information on our USSDA teams, including rosters and schedules, click the links below.

Coaching Staff 

  • David Longwell
    Academy Director
    18s Head coach
  • Kevin Nylen
    16s Elite Development Coach
    Head Academy Scout
  • Sammy Castellanos
    18s and 16s Assistant Elite Development Coach
  • Craig Melton
    12s Elite Development Coach
    Junior Academy Coordinator
  • Jason Utley
    12s Elite Development Coach
  • Chris Barocos
    Head of Academy Goalkeeping
  • Greg Brick
    14s Elite Development Coach
  • Max Rogers
    13s Elite Development Coach
    Head of Methodology
  • CJ Gonsalves
    Head of Academy Sport Science and Fitness
  • Mark Ridgers
    Elite Academy GK coach
  • Karyn Latorre
    Academy Athletic Trainer
  • Warren Murphy
    Academy Operations Assistant
    Equipment Supervisor
  • Abdel Sebti
    Academy Sport Science Assistant
  • Cristina Clemente
    Academy Sport Science Assistant
  • Max Rogers
    Head of Academy Analysis and Website
  • John Adams
    11s Elite Development Coach
  • Gio Alvarez
    11s Elite Development Coach
  • Jason Utley
    10s Elite Development Coach
  • Ralph Perry
    10s Elite Development Coach
  • Liam Obrien
    9s Elite Development Coach
  • Gio Alvarez
    9s Elite Development Coach

About the program

USS DA Program Overview

“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 to provide education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy club is evaluated by a member of the Men’s Scouting Network at least ten (10) times each year and each Academy club receives two (2) formal reviews that provide feedback in seven (7) Key Performance Categories each year from U.S. Soccer Technical Staff.”

USS DA Introduction of U12 Age Group

“In its continual effort to improve player development, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program will be expanding to the Under-12 age group starting in the Fall of 2016.

The expansion to U-12 will incorporate the same Academy philosophy as the older age groups, providing this critical younger age with an improved environment to enhance player and coach development. The players will train more often, while also playing fewer - but more meaningful - games every week, which will provide the American player with the opportunity to learn and develop to reach their full potential.”