Wild About Sports Academy and Miami United FC Announce Club Merger
Miami United FC Youth Academy (MUFC) and Wild About Sports Academy (WASA) announced they have merged to create an even larger organization that offers every level of competition for players throughout their youth soccer career.
Miami United FC was founded in 2012! Following a recent merger with International Elite Program, the Miami United FC Youth Academy is led by Executive Director Mayowa Owolabi. Wild About Sports Academy was founded in 2013 and is a well known program created by Pablo Lorenzana and was developed to develop athletes of all demographics, genders, and backgrounds! “WASA is not just a soccer program and that is what made this opportunity so big”, stated Mayowa Owolabi. “Being able to work with Pablo and offer his programming and membership the next level of organizational structure, league play opportunities, coaching education, and a direct pathway to a top level professional team is rarely seen in South Florida and we are ready to take this collaboration forward!” After the merger, WASA will become a part of Miami United FC Youth Academy. Pablo Lorenzana will transition into a Director of Recreation role and his staff, Pablo, Gina, Rodrigo and Pablo Londono will also make the transition to Miami United FC Youth Academy in addition to about 100+ academy players. “These are exciting times and I look forward to transitioning WASA into Miami United FC Youth Academy. I started WASA in 2013 and we have developed our club based on a very holistic approach and have been able to create a true family environment within our academy!” stated Pablo Lorenzana. “We are excited to use our club’s resources to the fullest and establish a premier developmental rec program that transitions to an extremely robust competitive program that Miami United FC Youth Academy has been able to create.” After this merger Miami United FC Youth Academy will expect to start the fall season with about 250+ players. The club will now be able to offer the community; Recreation, Travel, 3v3, Futsal, and Beach Soccer to our membership all while supporting our professional NPSL team!
“Miami United FC Youth Academy has established itself as one of the most competitive and well structured youth development soccer clubs in the state of Florida. We really look forward to returning to the field after Covid-19 and continuing to provide a great pathway to continue developing young players to their full potential. Our idea is to be able to provide a positive pathway for any player that enters our club from age 3-19. We will utilize our staff and resources to get all of our players to the exact level of soccer they are looking for!” stated Miami United FC Youth Academy Executive Director – Mayowa Owolabi. “We are proud to welcome Wild About Sports Academy to the Miami United FC Youth Academy family along with their wonderful coaches, their outstanding players and administrative staff.”
Wild About Sports Academy Founder and Coach Pablo Lorenzana echoed Mr. Owolabi’s comments saying, “Merging WASA and MUFC Academy is all about carrying the WASA mission forward for the communities we serve, and continuing to ensure that we give coaches and players every opportunity at all levels. We wanted to have the kind of size and scale that meant our players would never need to leave this family to find the opportunity they want. I’m completely confident that this merger aligns 100 percent with our mission.”
CEO of Miami United FC, Roberto Sacca had this to say “It is all about the kids! Developing this partnership with WASA will best ensure all kids, at all levels have an equal opportunity to play and that is very important to MUFC.”
Miami United FC Youth Academy offers rec soccer for players 3-12 and competitive soccer options for players ages U6-U19, and competes in the Club Champions League Florida (CCL Florida), Florida Youth Soccer League (FYSL), and Miami Dade Soccer League (MDSL)
About Wild About Sports Academy
Founded in 2013, the Wild About Sports Academy (WASA) provides the highest quality Basketball, Tennis, Soccer and Baseball training for children of all skill levels and ages. WASA provides youth sports training for children of all ages and skill levels. With the use of creative drills focused on fun and fundamentals,
our curriculum is focused on developing well rounded athletes prepared to be the champions of tomorrow! We offer On Site after-school youth sports enrichment programs, competitive play, and sport camps (Winter Break camp, Summer camp, and Teacher Planning Day camps).
About Miami United FC
The Miami United Football Club is dedicated to promoting and enhancing support for soccer amongst fans. We are the team that sparks excitement by providing great championship games for our followers. We are currently the team that every aspiring player in Miami wants to play for. We reflect diversity and inclusiveness. We do this by having the best coaches and support staff available to help the players continually improve and therefore having the Miami Soccer Club flourish and rise to the next level of professional sports in Miami. We set the standard for professional sports and community engagement in the Miami area.
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