The Development Schools coaching staff for MVLA will be lead by Albertin Montoya, Director of Coaching for MVLA. Other staff for the Academy at other locations will include current Earthquakes assistant coach Ian Russell (San Jose) and former Earthquakes players Troy Dayak (Tracy) . The other regions will be run by former MLS player Guillermo Jara (East Bay), Cody Worden (Marin), Gregg Thompson (Sacramento) and Dana Taylor (Central Valley).
Each Regional Development School will act as a supplemental program to Northern California players in the U-14 age group. Those selected are not required to leave their current youth club of registration for participation in the Earthquakes Pre-Academy.
To determine player pools, each training center will host tryouts to consider the best 1997, 1998 and 1999 players in Northern California. The price of the program is $275 per player to cover costs for training gear and fees, participation in games and, for those selected, in the San Jose Pre-Academy Showcase. Those in an Earthquakes Regional Development School will also have the opportunity to play in four additional Pre-Academy Showcase events: Generation adidas Cup in Kansas City and tournaments in Vancouver (Can.), Portland, and Seattle.
The players selected from the training pools will also be eligible to play in the Quakes’ Pre-Academy League from Jan. 2012 through June 2012. The league will be comprised of teams from each Earthquakes Regional Development School.
Tryouts at the Mountain View Location will be held on January 3, 4, 5 2012 at Foothill Community College from 7pm - 9pm.