Among the landscape of US Soccer Development Academy programs, non-MLS clubs are constantly struggling to compete with professional clubs that fully fund their DA programs. Most (not all) MLS Development Academy teams are fully funded by the parent club, meaning their DA players have no out-of-pocket costs. Travel. Club fees. Coaching fees. Food. Uniforms. Even cleats. All are provided free-of-charge to players. This leaves non-MLS clubs trying to find ways to help their families with costs and field top-quality teams that will compete at the Development Academy level.
Crossfire Premier remains competitive among local pro-backed DA programs
Crossfire Premier is such a club. Headquartered mere miles from the Seattle Sounders and Reign FC, Crossfire has not only stayed competitive, but they have thrived alongside their rivals’ professionally-backed Development Academies. Thus far in the 2018-2019 DA regular season, the Crossfire Premier DA teams have a record of 4 Wins, 2 Losses, and 5 Ties against local rivals Sounders and Reign Academy (Reign FC, Seattle’s women’s professional team). Historically, Crossfire Premier boys DA teams have more wins than losses MLS teams, and the U19s have made the DA quarter-finals the last two years. Last year’s BU19 was also the highest scoring team in USSDA league history. USSDA schedule & results can be found