The Minnesota United FC Academy System will operate within the sporting organization of the professional club, which will become part of the top-tier Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2017 and is building a new, state-of-the-art 20,000 seat soccer stadium in St. Paul that is scheduled to open in 2018. All MLS teams are required to operate a youth development academy, and to do so under the banner of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Consistent with other MLS members, the club anticipates the development academy will involve elite players in the U-14, U-16 and U-18 age groups, and ultimately may include both boys and girls.
MNUFC will work to build an integrated soccer development academy system that helps promising young athletes optimize their potential to become professional soccer players. The entire Academy system—including Academy-dedicated coaches and staff—will be supervised and coordinated by Carter as its director. The sporting staff of the MNUFC first team and reserve team will also be actively engaged in the Academy through direct involvement in coaching and support, scouting, player development, education and other related activities.
Central tenants of the academy system will include appropriate educational support, promotion of inter-personal and social maturation, and advance athletic development centered on soccer skills, game strategy, healthy lifestyle and individual well-being. The overall program is expected to involve relationships with other soccer development programs that can be successfully integrated into a premier, successful development experience. MNUFC is currently engaged in efforts to fully realized these aspirations.