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Major League Soccer adds 19 clubs to elite player development platform


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Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday the addition of 19 youth soccer clubs from across the United States into its newly created elite youth development platform, taking the total number of participating academies to 113 and encompassing over 11,000 players.

Now included in the participating clubs are 30 professional MLS academies, 5 USL academies and 78 additional elite academies. The platform launched in May after the U.S. Soccer Development Academy was shut down, with MLS taking the lead in elite youth development in the United States and Canada.