Team to provide additional competitive playing opportunities outside of IMG'S PDL team
IMG Academy coach Marcelo Carrera has been named the head coach of IMG's new United Soccer Leagues (USL) Super-20 team.
âI'm very excited to be selected the head coach of IMG Academy' new USL Super-20 team. This is a tremendous opportunity for our IMG players to continue developing their skills within a very competitive league,â said Carrera, who currently serves as Head Coach of IMG's U19 Girls Team.
Carrera boasts an impressive resume, receiving numerous accolades and honors throughout his career as a professional player and coach. Since the age of 15, he has played professionally within the MLS and abroad with the Argentinean National team. His impressive credentials as a professional soccer player include: 1983 Argentinean Champion, 1984 World Cup Champion, American Indoor Soccer Association Champion, National MVP winner, he was also named to APSL All Star Team in 1989, 1991 outdoor League and NPSL All Star Team, and 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994 for the indoor league.
Since first lacing up his cleats, Carrera has developed into a world-class coach, possessing the rare ability to coach players at all levels of the game and extract maximum effort and passion out of them. From 2000 to 2008, Carrera served as the Director of Coaches with Boca United Soccer Club.In July 2008, Carrera moved to Bradenton, Florida where he started working for IMG Academy as the head of the IMG girls program, and eventual Head Coach of IMG's U19 Girls Team. His playing and coaching experience, overall enthusiasm and ability to effectively work with talented young athletes have made him a perfect match as the Head Coach for the 2012 USL Super-20 Team.
The addition of the USL Super-20 Team bridges the gap between playing opportunities within the IMG Academy soccer program and the Premier Development League (PDL), allowing for much exposure and expanded training for all parties involved.
The USL Super 20 Team will be competing with other elite Super-20 teams throughout the region. The season will begin near the end of May, consisting of 8-10 competitive matches over a two month period.