October 11, 2018 -- PHILADELPHIA, PA - Philadelphia Union is excited to announce its first Development Academy affiliation, an ambitious partnership with local youth club Continental Football Club (Continental FC Delco). The agreement between Continental FC and Philadelphia Union governs the clubs’ technical engagement, with a focus on scouting, methodology, operations, and player transitions.
Continental FC, founded in 2013 as a merger between FC Delco and Spirit United Soccer Club, is the only club in Greater Philadelphia, other than Philadelphia Union Academy, to feature full participation in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. A premier club in the region, Continental FC has maintained a special relationship with Union Academy where players seamlessly transition between the two clubs, and Continental FC players attend Philadelphia Union’s partner independent school, YSC Academy.
The affiliation will focus on, but not be exclusive to, the following components of technical integration:
“Partnership with a club of Continental FC Delco’s renown in the region is a major boon for Philadelphia Union’s youth development program,” said Tommy Wilson, Philadelphia Union’s Academy Director. “Continental FC Delco has a proven track record in developing professional players, and it is crucial for us to invest in partnerships that will work with us to produce a greater quality and quantity of Homegrown players from Philadelphia. In working closely with their General Manager Rob Elliott and Technical Director Jamie Smith we are confident that Continental FC will be an integral extension of Philadelphia Union’s Pathway to the Pros,” added Wilson.
“This landmark agreement aligns with CFC Delco’s philosophy of evolving soccer. Through the technical collaboration and shared best practices with the Philadelphia Union, we will be able to create better environments for our players to develop and provide a pathway for players to aspire to. We look forward to working closely with Tommy Wilson and his staff to promote soccer in the region and nationally,” said Robert Elliott, General Manager of Continental FC Delco.