The Whitecaps have now received confirmation that they have been accepted into the US Soccer Development Academy. This is the top youth league in the United States for boys and entry is both highly sought and highly guarded.
Don’t know which age groups they plan to enter teams in at (the Seattle Sounders have a U15/U16 boys team in the U16 division and a U17/U18 team in the U18 division) but it is a bit of a coup for them and will really re-define the Prospects program.
As we knew, those selected for Prospects were going to play full time in that program for the first time and evaluation/selection “combines” are currently underway with a U15/U16 boys roster expected to be finalized soon. Reportedly, they have players from across Canada and internationally attending these sessions looking to be selected. Not clear what is happening with the girls at this age and if the combines are for them as well.
The U14 program will group 1997, 98 and 99 born players together with 25 having already been identified (boys only again, I believe). A combine scheduled for April 4-6 will see an additional 45 invitees compete for the last 10-12 spots.
The Whitecaps are trying to finalize this as soon as possible so that BCPL franchises will know who is available to them.
I’ll post more and update any inaccuracies as I find out more. Feel free to add/correct in the comments to round out this info.