Seacoast United was one of the inaugural 64 clubs when U.S. Soccer launched the boys Development Academy in 2007. With that foundation set, the New Hampshire-based club plans to join the girls DA for the fall of 2018, a move girls director Chris Scott said provides equal opportunity.
"The girls looked at what the boys are doing with trainings and showcases and such, and they wanted the same things," Scott said. "We always wanted to give them that platform to develop."
The move, however, comes in the wake of a shakeup for the girls DA ahead of its second season.