Now six matches into their inaugural Development Academy season, the Reign Academy have posted an overall record of 9–9–6 across all teams. Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins has seen many successes, big and small, each weekend of play.
“Competition level has been very good across the board,” said Calkins. “I’ve seen a lot of positives from individual players and teams as a whole.”
One highlight from the first few weeks of play included an undefeated weekend against California Thorns FC across all age groups. Each team is beginning to emerge with their own skilled players and unique team culture.
The U-14s are a true mix of players from the Reign Academy’s initial partnership with both Seattle United and Eastside FC. So far this season their defense has posted two shutouts, and the offense has generated 14 goals.
“The way they’ve been able to come together as a team and their focus and drive in trainings, whether it’s on the field or off the field, they are getting as much out of their experience as they’re putting into it,” said Calkins. “It shows as they develop as a team and in their play. I would say the future looks really bright for them if they’re able to continue that level of commitment to each other and the program.”
Currently in second place in the standings for the U-15 West, the Reign Academy U-15s are on a two-game win streak. Thanks to the team training environment they’ve created, they’ve been able to put on strong performances.
“They have shown a lot of resilience and fight as they push each other, to make each other better in trainings,” said Calkins. “They’ve created a strong environment. The way they push each other during training continues to find its way out to the field and will only get better.”
Despite stiff competition, the U-16/17s have fought hard in tight matches and are growing in their play thanks in part to their team dynamic.
“They’re a talented group who have achieved a level of camaraderie that will make them an extremely difficult team to play against as they year goes on,” said Calkins. “Their pace will continue to challenge them as they have to play quickly and technically sharp.”
In the oldest age group for the Development Academy, the U-18/19s are in third place on the U-18/19 West standings.
“Their wide range of individual player strengths has been important for this team,” said Calkins. “This group has been very dynamic in their play.”
Up next, the Reign Academy teams head to face Burlingame Soccer Club on Saturday, October 28th at Burlingame High School and PSV Union Football Club on Sunday, October 29th at the Stanford Palo Alto Community Fields. For all of the Reign Academy’s results and upcoming matches, visit the U.S. Soccer Development Academy site here.