UWS East Welcomes Syracuse Developmental Academy

UWS East Welcomes Syracuse Developmental Academy

United Women’s Soccer (UWS) has been busy with their Midwest expansion this offseason, but that doesn’t mean the national league has not been doing work in their other conferences. The first official expansion side in the East Conference for the upcoming Summer 2017 season will be the Syracuse Developmental Academy (SDA). For the past several seasons they have plied their trade in the WPSL as the SDA Lady Knights, but will now re-brand their team and make the move up to the UWS ranks.

“I am familiar with the operations of the Syracuse Developmental Academy,” said League Director Joe Ferrara, Jr. “I am confident that they will be able to handle the level of professionalism required for UWS.”

SDA is a member of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy and offers programs for boys and girls from ages 4 to 19 years old. SDA was established in 2004 and it’s overall vision is to have programs to develop players for all levels from recreational/travel, premier soccer, amateur young adult level through professional teams. Recently, the ’99 Girls team won the Disney Showcase over the New Year’s Eve weekend. The Lady Knights will play their home games at Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

“SDA is greatly honored to be accepted into the UWS for this upcoming 2017 season,” said SDA Director of Soccer Michael Paolini. “The structure of the league and its administrators is in direct line with our club philosophies and vision: continued stress on Player Development through our current club structure and continuing that development at the collegiate and UWS levels.”

Team captain for the upcoming season in the UWS East Conference will be local star Brooke Barbuto. Upon finishing up her career at Stony Brook University – where she was a All-America East First Team and NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team selection – Brooke went on to play professional soccer for the Buffalo Flash (Western New York Flash) in 2009-2010. Barbuto continued her pro career overseas in Iceland with Haukar and Finland with GBK and Nice Futis (26 goals, 10 assists along with receiving MVP).

“I have played in leagues in Iceland and Finland with talented players from all over the world and now I think this is a great opportunity to return home and play in UWS,” said Barbuto. “The quality of play and the experiences I have gained from playing with some of the best competition in the world is something I hope I can bring and showcase to the league. I started off in the USL W-League back in 2009 for the Buffalo Flash and know how important a league like this can be for the local community.

“It gave everyone in the area something to look forward to on game day and to have all the love and support for women’s soccer is an amazing thing. Not only do I think this league can achieve that but I think it will also provide an excellent opportunity for all the local talent to have a platform to display their skills.”

For more information on SDA, go to their official website at http://www.syracusedevelopmentacademy.com.


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