Orlando City Soccer Club Homegrown Program – “Pathway to Professionalism”

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Founded In May of 2021 Orlando City Soccer School South is the only program within the Orlando City Soccer Club organization to be supervised directly by the MLS first team and the Orlando Academy coaches. The monitoring of the OCSS-South youth soccer players for the Orlando City academy coaches, will facilitate their guidance and approach to the Pro Pathway model at the Academy categories.

OCSS-South for now is composed of two U12 Florida Academy League teams, one U13 MLS Next team and a U14 MLS Next Team. The 4 teams train and play their home games at Osceola Heritage Park. The facility is where Orlando City first team (MLS), OCB and the Orlando City development academy trains. Orlando City B plays its home games at Osceola County Stadium, a 5,400 seat venue that used to be the Houston Astros’ spring-training ballpark.

The Executive Director is Esteban Pareja, brother of Oscar Pareja Orlando City first team head coach. Estaban is an administrator with over 20 years of experience.

As Coaching/Technical Director the club has chosen Stelian Barban ex professional soccer player (Spain), UEFA A coaching license holder and Pro License Candidate. Stelian is also head coach for the U13 and U14 MLS Next formations.

U12 Florida Academy League head coach is Andres Luna. Andres is a USSF B license holder and an A candidate. Andres played through the US youth national teams and he also played professional and Semi-Pro soccer for over a decade. Andres Lunas assistant is Christopher Fernandes. Prior to his arrival to Orlando City Chris spent several years coaching at the New England Revolution Academy.

Goalkeeper coach is Isaac Delgado. U17 national champion with Orlando City in 2021 and this seasons U23 Orlando City goalkeeper.
U12 head coach and goalkeeper coach have both a volunteer coach in assistance.

The progress of the 4 teams if monitored closely by Orlando City Academy Director Marcelo Neveleff and first team head coach Oscar Pareja.
Neveleff will maintain his role in overseeing the Club’s development pyramid while serving at the helm for the OCB team.
Neveleff joined the Club in May of 2019 from the New England Revolution, where he had served as the first team assistant coach since 2017. During his time in New England, Neveleff worked with U.S. Soccer as both a technical advisor for the Boys’ Development Academy and as an assistant for the U-20 Men’s National Team. In 2017, he was part of a staff that helped lead the U-20s to win the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

“The importance of providing the structure, methodology and development philosophy of the First Team to the youth programs is critical to what we are building here at Orlando City,” Said Oscar Pareja Head Coach for Orlando City Soccer Club. “With our South embassy, we are adding a location that has training fields close to the First Team and a professional environment, while Seminole keeps our important youth location in Sanford still, and both locations allow our Club to expand its reach North and South of the city. We’re excited to provide even more Central Florida youth players with the opportunity to participate in the highest  platforms of the youth programs in the USA.”

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