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LA Galaxy set to open a high school for academy players

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The LA Galaxy are opening a high school for academy players in August.

Bradford Jamieson IV is a product of the LA Galaxy academy system.
Bradford Jamieson IV is a product of the LA Galaxy academy system.
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According to JR Eskilson of TopDrawerSoccer, the Los Angeles Galaxy are planning on opening a high school for academy players in August.

The school will presumably be very similar to the Philadelphia Union's very own YSC Academy, and will aim to produce homegrown players for the Galaxy. The idea behind these types of high schools is to enable students to have training sessions throughout the day, so that each player will get more practice than a teenager in a regular high school or academy program. Schools run by soccer teams are already commonplace in Europe, but as more MLS clubs begin signing players to homegrown deals we should expect to see an increase in the amount of high schools for academy prospects. It's no secret that the United States is behind the rest of the world when it comes to developing youth soccer talent, hopefully these schools can produce technically proficient players who will become regulars on MLS rosters for years to come.