MLS Next (U13-U19)

Our Bethesda MLS Next Boys program is one of the top boy's 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 and MLS Next. Over 200 Bethesda Academy players have gone on to play college soccer and our club has had 30 players play professional soccer in the United States, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Italy, and Italy.

To learn more about the MLSNext program please check out their website.

Who oversees the Bethesda MLS Next Program?

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

How many days per week will 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 team plays approximately 30 league games, including 6 games 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.

 

WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE EXPOSURE?

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.

HOW MANY BETHESDA SC PLAYERS HAVE GONE ON TO DIVISION I COLLEGE PROGRAMS?

Over the past 20 years, Bethesda SC has 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 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 scholarships to players to help offset registration fees and costs. To learn more about our Scholarship Program and key deadlines click here.

Where will teams train?

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

How do I try out for an MLS Next 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 bcolton@bethesdasoccer.org (for ages U13-U14) or Derek Biss at dbiss@bethesdasoccer.org for ages U15 and above).

For general tryout information please go to our tryout page.

DOES BETHESDA SC OFFER PLAYER INSURANCE?

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

 

U19 Academy

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

Questions?

For general questions about the MLSNext program or to schedule a tryout, please contact our Academy Director Derek Biss at dbiss@bethesdasoccer.org . For training-based questions please contact the Club Technical Director Bill Moravek at bmoravek@bethesdasoccer.org