MLS Next (U13-U19)

Academy U19

Our Bethesda Academy Boys program is one of the top boys programs in the United States. For over the past ten years our club has consistently placed at the top of the United States Soccer Development Academy. Over 200 Bethesda Academy players have gone on to play college soccer and our club has had 30 players go on to play professional soccer in the United States, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Italy, and Italy.

Starting with the 2020-2021 season our Academy program will be moving to the new MLS Elite Youth Development Platform.

Who oversees the Bethesda Academy ?

The Academy Program is run by our Older Boys Director Derek Biss.

How many days per week will the Academy teams train?

Bethesda Academy teams will train a total of 4 days per week. Players are expected to attend all practices to be considered for competition in games.

How many games are played and how long is the Academy season?

Each Academy club plays approximately 30 league games, including 6 games played at Showcases. The season begins in September and commences with Finals Week in July.

How many players are selected per team?

Each team will select between 18-22 players for the given year.

Uniform Information

Please go to the Uniform page for information on Uniforms.



Bethesda SC players undoubtedly receive the best college exposure of any club in the country, with players attending some of the top local and national Showcase events in the country, including our own Bethesda Premier Cup. Bethesda Soccer Club has a long and storied history of creating a pathway for our players to college which you can read more about here.

In addition Bethesda SC is partners with SportsRecruits, a college recruiting software that is designed by former college athletes for the next generation of players. All BSC U15-U19 players will receive a complimentary SportsRecruits account with full access to their software including resources, webinars, and messaging.

For more information on your SportsRecruits account please contact your coach.


Over the past 20 years, Bethesda SC have had over 500 players go on to play Division I soccer and many other players going on to play in Division II and Division III. To see where alumni have ended up on and off of the pitch please go to our Alumni page. If you want to learn more about our Pathway to College please check out our college resources page.

How often are Academy clubs required to travel?

Academy clubs can expect 15-20 away matches in a given season, some of which will require overnight travel. Exact travel distances will vary depending on their geographic proximity to their opponents and Academy events.

Does Bethesda SC offer Scholarships?

Yes. Bethesda Soccer Club is one of the few travel soccer clubs across the country that offers need-based scholarship to players to help offset registration fees and costs. To learn more about our Scholarship Program and key deadlines click here.

Where will the Academy Teams train?

Currently the Academy teams divide their practice time between Richard Montgomery High School and Wootton High School. Both sites are turf which allow our teams to train even during inclement weather.

How do I try out for an Academy Team?

Tryouts are conducted throughout the season on a rolling basis. If you are looking to try out for a team please contact either Brett Colton at (for ages U13-U14) or Derek Biss at for ages U15 and above).

For general tryout information please go to our tryout page.


BSC Families have the ability to opt in to our Club Fee Protection Plan. For more information on what this covers please see our page for Dewar Insurance.


2020-2021 Coaches and Teams

U13 (2008)

Brett Colton

U14 (2007)

Bill Moravek

U15 (2006)

Derek Biss

U16 (2005)

Kert Mease

U17 (2004)

Bill Moravek

U19 (2003/2002)

Derek Biss

2021-2022 Coaches and Teams

U13 (2009)

Brett Colton

U14 (2008)

Bill Moravek

U15 (2007)

Patrick Mehlert

U16 (2006)

Kert Mease

U17 (2005)

Derek Biss

U19 (2004/2003)

Derek Biss


If you have any questions please contact our Academy Director Derek Biss at 

2021-2022 MLSNEXT Player Guide