U13 - U14




MLS NEXT provides the best player development experience in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest levels of competition and to training to prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life.


Lou Fusz Athletic

PLayer Development



The rules, regulations and format of MLS NEXT competitions are designed with the best interest of the player’s development. While team success is important and will be rewarded, the primary objective of the platform is to push individuals outside of their comfort zone, accelerate their growth and showcase their talents.



The daily environment is where the majority of development takes place. Quality coaching at high frequency with top players in high performance environments will better prepare players for meaningful competition. 


Individual Growth

An often-overlooked segment of elite player development in youth sports is the implementation of plans for individual growth. Each MLS NEXT player will receive a holistic plan for personal growth, including on-field, strength and conditioning, academic, college placement and specific support tailored for the needs of the individual.


College Pathway


High quality coaching is central to the growth of a soccer player. MLS NEXT coaches are committed to the development of players and continuing education specific to the best tactical approaches. We work and collaborate with global leaders in the space, including the French Football Federation, who has provided their world class training to over 100 coaches, with that number increasing every year.

While winning games will always be important, MLS NEXT coaches are measured by the growth and development of each player. Becoming a better player, growing as a person, attending college and signing a professional contract are the true benchmarks of a player's success.

We are focused on delivering world-class player development for the top talent in the U.S. This requires a commitment to the central areas of player development.


The Details

MLS Next Age Groups:
Boys U13-U14


LFA Training Center
1 Athletic Drive
Earth City, MO 63045

Lou Fusz Athletic Complex
2155 Creve Coeur Mill Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63146

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