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FC Bayern-Munich looking for American soccer talent in Fort Ann

July 01, 2016 06:47 PM

From a field in Fort Ann, to the top level of German professional soccer.

FC Bayern-Munich, one of the top soccer clubs in the world, have coaches here looking for their next star at Golden Goal Park in Fort Ann.  

"The goal is to find the player right now, and develop the player here in the U.S., then we'll see what happens when they are 15, 16, 17 years old," said Sebastian Dremmler, FC Bayern-Munich Head Coach of International Programs.

Dremmler says this country is an untapped market.  Few Americans have made it to the top level of European soccer.

The 100 kids at the camp are handpicked and invited from all over the country. Coaches are focusing on grooming younger players. That includes prospect, 10-year-old Declan Scott, from Maine.

"My goal is to work as hard as I can, and see what happens," said Scott.

Bayern is one of the first European clubs to try a U.S. program like this. It's their second year in the states. The Fort Ann camp is one of two this year for Bayern.

The coaches receive training, too. Bayern is working with nationwide youth soccer club GPS to identify and then train prospects the German way.  

"It allows them to compare the standard of the players in the U.S., with the players they're working with back in Germany," said Mark Spalding, Global Premier Soccer Technical Director.

And why Fort Ann? Golden Goal says lots of high level teams are signing up to escape to their new facilities in the mountains.

"Bayern-Munich, New York Red Bulls, Columbia University, West Point, so I think people are recognizing the facility has a lot to offer," said Mark Shearer, Golden Goal GM.

So, will we really see an American playing for Bayern someday?

"I am 100 percent sure that we will someday see one of these players in Europe, especially Bayern-Munich," said Dremmler.

And how soon?

"U 12, U 13, so we will have to wait three to four years, and then we will see what happens," said Dremmler.

The Bayern Academy is a successful development program in Germany. When Germany won the World Cup in 2014, five of their starting 11 went through the youth program.


Asa Stackel

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