SEATTLE, WA—(club release) As Seattle OSA FC prepare for their upcoming seasons, they are honored have Italian Serie A team ACF Fiorentina’s CEO Sandro Mencucci and Director of Youth Development Vicenzo Vergine visit the club in Seattle. Less than a week ago, OSA’s owner, Giuseppe Pezzano was in Italy with his coaches to visit ACF Fiorentina. In a clearly symbiotic relationship, not only were the coaches provided with a unique learning experience inside of the club’s facilities, but Giuseppe was able to help ACF Fiorentina continue to promote the growth of women’s soccer by presenting American goalkeeping legend Hope Solo as an ambassador.
Video: Recent OSA FC NPSL Men’s open tryouts.
Now, ACF Fiorentina’s directors are returning to Seattle for the 3rd time in 5 years to visit OSA to help strengthen the club, via a partnership that has existed for over 9 years, with their expertise in player development. As ACF Fiorentina’s philosophy firmly demonstrates, given the number of former and currently academy and primavera players getting a shot at the Serie A with their first team, it is necessary for the youth players to be given a clear vision and opportunity to take steps up the soccer ladder in playing at the next level.
Given that US Soccer lacks a clearly defined pyramid, such as in Europe, both OSA and ACF Fiorentina believe that the connection between youth soccer and the MLS is going to become more defined and important to the development of players and american soccer as a whole. Therefore, naturally, this implies that youth soccer organizations will continue to find a need to have or work with first teams so that their players can continue to gain experience at higher levels to fuel their development.
As Seattle OSA FC is a firm believer in this concept, they will be expanding their opportunities for players on the Men’s side to include their own Primavera (16-22 years old) team. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting opportunity.