Congratulations to Logan Panchot who has reached another goal in his quest to represent US Soccer as a member of the full national team. The 15 year old arrived in Bradenton, Florida this weekend to begin two years as part of the US Soccer Residency program.
The objective – prepare the 28 boys who will be living and working with Logan for the 2015 U17 World Cup that will be held in Chile. There will be a high level of urgency in this camp following the failure this year of the U17 squad to qualify for the 2013 World Cup, the first time ever after qualifying for the previous 14 tournaments.
UPDATED – US Soccer releases Residency Roster
As I’ve documented on Logan’s page, it’s part of the dream that has slowly but surely become focused on specific goals. Identified as a U14, invited to Camp regularly for two years, an invitation to the Copa Mexico de Naciones in August and now Residency. I talked to Logan a month ago prior to traveling to first the U15 BNT Camp and then the Copa about the invite to Residency Camp which he had received but was not public knowledge. Have a listen.
Logan Panchot on US Soccer Residency Camp
For background on Logan’s Summer adventures, check out his Page with links to all his camp invites and successes. He’ll return after the two year cycle to continue school at Lafayette and play for the SLSG Missouri Academy, unless another offer develops.
Started in 1999, the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program has become a symbol of U.S. Soccer’s dedication to increasing the development opportunities for players and the success of the Youth National Teams.
With the recent successes of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team, the full-time Residency Program has grown in previous years, at one point reaching a mark of 40 players. U.S. Soccer has been able to maintain a strong group of players enrolled in the program to provide greater opportunities for young players and increase its investment in player development.
Richie Williams was named the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach in January of 2012, moving into the position just a few months after being appointed the U-18 MNT head coach in October of 2011. As the U-17 MNT head coach, Williams takes on the task of leading the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program, which has been in place since 1999.
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and train in the morning under the guidance of Williams and U-17 MNT assistant coaches. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephens Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily under Williams, but also has access to the IMG Academy’s spacious facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists that work at the Academy. The IMG Academy includes top-of-the-line soccer equipment, three Bermuda grass fields, two swimming pools, newly renovated student housing and dining facilities. – See more at:
Players at the Development Academy Finals Week in Houston talk about their experience in Residency programs and how that has contributed to their development over the course of the recent Academy season.
Finally, a photo by Logan’s Dad Jeff of the luxury accommodations in Bradenton
Lap of luxury Img ritz pic.twitter.com/lHCxUwjKpP
— Jeff Panchot (@jpanchot) August 31, 2013