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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, December 15, 2010
According to reports, English Premier League perennial power Arsenal are weighing the possibility of opening a major training academy in the United States that would focus on developing young American players to benefit the club.

English website express.co.uk released a report today that said that the plan has been initiated by American Arsenal director Stan Kroenke.

While Arsenal have had involvement with Colorado Rapids of MLS, this program would be far more ambitious as it would be geared more toward developing young players into Premier League quality.

According to the report, they quote an unnamed Arsenal source that is confident in the potential in the US.

"The club is convinced that America is a vast and largely untapped potential resource," the source told Express.co.uk. "[Soccer] is huge in America and there should be more American youngsters getting through to the highest level and the belief is they would be if they had the chance."

Further details of the academy are unclear at this time but such an investment can only help improve youth development in the US.
Nick
Friday January 14, 2011 9:36 am
Wenger mentioned this in an intervieew on ArsenalonlineTV a year ago. He definitely wants a full-blown academy in the U.S., work permits are a problem though he said.
Hoppy
Friday January 7, 2011 8:21 am
Though I will belive it when I see it, for obvious reasons, Arsenal setting up an academy in the states could only do great things for U.S. Soccer...... I'll dream, but I won't hold my breath.....
c@ts
Wednesday December 29, 2010 11:51 am
I find the idea that MLS, which is collectively spending millions upon millions of dollars paying players, adding clubs, marketing the sport and now moving toward signing more youth players, is "in the way," frankly humorous.

The league's not perfect, but the argument that a few USOC upsets every now and then means anything more than that a lower-division team earned a deserved victory over a higher-division team is ... not particularly compelling.

One can argue about how money should be invested in soccer in this country, but MLS owners are the ones with the most invested. Of course there are some good players in the USL. Why use that fact to run down MLS, rather than congratulate USL clubs?
Simon
Thursday December 23, 2010 10:05 pm
big teams have academies in different countries all over the place. they will sort out what needs sorted.

if you build it they will come.

i hope Arsenal sets up their academy. that would be flying awesome!
Blue/Black
Thursday December 23, 2010 12:42 pm
Thumbs up Tim from Atlanta, GA!
alexjs93
Friday December 17, 2010 10:13 pm
I don't see how this could work. Wouldn't there be terrible WP issues for anyone under 18? Maybe they would loan the players they signed to MLS teams until they are no longer minors?
Brent Storrs
Thursday December 16, 2010 10:42 am
Arsenal are a smart club for knowing and acting on this. I've been saying this for years. "...and the belief is they would be if they had the chance."

US needs a simple Pyramid soccer structure with faster two way player movement. It is slowly coming but will take another 20-40 years until it is fully implemented and expressed.
Juan from L.A.
Wednesday December 15, 2010 7:30 pm
Until I don't see it then I won't believe it and I won't comment on it...wishing well anyone can even I can built Rome in my head...
starspangledcannon
Wednesday December 15, 2010 5:34 pm
Please let this be true
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