When local players join a Development Academy club, they’re in for a rigorous year, especially if they are part of a U-17 or U-19 team.
The 10-month season starts with preseason in August and concludes with the Summer Showcase in June. As part of the Northeast Division, travel ranges from Montreal to New York City, while showcase events, as of late, have been in California and Florida. Participation, aside from a few who receive waivers, also means not playing high school soccer.
So what does the training regimen and offseason actually look like? To answer that, New England Soccer Journal caught up with Ben Moane, the U-17 and U-19 head coach for the Boston Bolts.
Moane also serves as the club’s director of goalkeeping and previously worked as an assistant coach for Boston College and Northeastern. He also played goalkeeper for Cliftonville FC in the Irish Premier League.