With yesterday’s announcement professional soccer is coming to small town but boomtown, Milton, Ontario, a growing trend in player development has received a tremendous boost in the arm. Milltown Football Club has been granted a Canadian Soccer League franchise and will begin play in May, 2010.
Milltown FC’s successful bid to join the CSL is the result of a solid, soccer dedicated ownership group, impressive technical capability, and an affiliation agreement with Milton Youth Soccer Club.
The Canadian Soccer League should be applauded for the statement they are making in the important business of establishing themselves as a professional level league interested in extending their technical strengths to community youth clubs around the province.
Just this week in the National Edition of Examiner, the state of Canada’s Association level player development capacity was soundly critiqued. Community clubs have an important job to do bringing the recreational benefits of the beautiful game to the people they live with. Wherever you go across this land, no one can argue they haven’t done a wonderful job. Take the game to the next level however and there is a disconnect not even the provincial and national Associations quite know how to handle.
Gary Collins, President of MYSC says, “It will be exciting for these youth players to now have the ability to play the game they love, within a professional environment, in their own hometown. In addition, MYSC coaches will gain amazing experience through the joint development programs that are involved with this affiliation.”
That part appears to be the biggest and best player development benefit of this whole venture.
Of course Milltown FC President, Dino Rossi Junior and Director of Business Operations, Lino Terra have to be concerned with putting the type of product on display that will win fans and assure financial success. But, the official word is, “Milltown FC is committed to working with MYSC to conduct a wide variety of skill development programs for youth players, as well assisting with existing coaching education/mentorship programs.”
It seems MFC has contracted the technical capability to deliver on that commitment. Rafael Carbajal is Director of Soccer Operations and Head Coach, and he holds his UEFA “A”, USSF “A” and CONMEBOL “A” coaching licenses. Add to that four years of professional coaching experience in Italy and playing experience in his native Uruguay and you have a good trump card.
Back that up with the highly respected soccer specific experience of Strength and Conditioning Coach Paolo Pacione and you have a team.
Five or six of thirteen CSL clubs already have affiliation agreements in place with recreational community clubs. The Milton – Milltown association is the most visible. All are important to the real fans of the game.