The Metropolitan Oval, a USSF Development Academy based in New York NY, announced today that Met Oval will serve as an official affiliate club to New York City FC, Major League Soccer’s 20th team and sister club to Manchester City FC. The affiliation with New York City FC will provide a clear pathway for Met Oval players to reach the highest level of competition.
Through New York City FC’s relationship with Manchester City FC, Met Oval coaches and players will have the opportunity to work with renowned soccer coaches and training staff, providing expertise and resources from both organizations. From community programs, to youth development, scouting, coaching, sports science and first team football operations, Met Oval will have an unprecedented level of access to world-class soccer expertise. Met Oval players will also have the opportunity to travel and train at Manchester City’s new state-of-the-art facility, receiving the structured coaching and renowned curriculum of the Manchester City Academy, and playing alongside some of the world’s best up-and-coming talent.
“We’re proud to announce our affiliation with New York City FC, an organization that shares our commitment to developing New York area youth in a committed environment,” said Jeffrey Saunders, Met Oval's Sporting Director. “The youth who participate at our Center for Excellence, based at New York City's premiere youth development facility, now have a clear pathway to ascend to the highest level of competition.”
"As Met Oval's Technical Director, I've already had the opportunity to visit Manchester City's state-of-the-art facilities and confer with coaches at their Academy,” added Paul Buckle, Met Oval’s Technical Director “NYCFC and Manchester City's commitment to developing players in the New York City area will be a great fit for the professional environment we have built for New York players at Met Oval."
The Metropolitan Oval Foundation, a non-profit based in New York, is dedicated to developing the highest-quality soccer talent in New York City while offering youth the opportunity to play soccer regardless of background. Over 20% of Met Oval’s players are awarded full need-based scholarships, and all Met Oval players receive top-level professional coaching while having the opportunity to play against top teams from across the country.