NPL Qualifier: Midwest Developmental League

Qualifying boys’ teams in five age groups from 14-U to 19-U from the Midwest Developmental League will advance to the ENPL Playoffs in June 2018. These teams will earn qualification to the postseason ENPL Playoffs based on their performances throughout the regular season.

The Midwest Developmental League has two divisions – an East and a West. In the East, eight clubs spanning Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania make a formidable schedule:

  • Beadling SC (Pa.)
  • SCS United (Pa.)
  • Derby City Rovers (Ky.)
  • Cincinnati United Premier (Ohio)
  • Internationals (Ohio)
  • Columbus Crew (Ohio)
  • Michigan Rush (Mich.)
  • Nationals (Mich.)

In the West, eight clubs spanning Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin round out the competitive league:

  • Minnesota Thunder Academy (Minn.)
  • Minnesota Twinstars (Minn.)
  • Madison 56ers (Wis.)
  • SC Waukesha (Wis.)
  • Campton United (Ill.)
  • Sockers FC (Ill.)
  • Indiana Elite FC (Ind.)
  • Indy Premier SC (Ind.)

“As one of the founding member leagues of the NPL, clubs in the Midwest Developmental League bring experience and a championship pedigree to the ENPL,” said Leo Garcia, NPL General Manager. “Midwest Developmental League clubs are perennial national title contenders in the NPL, and now the ENPL offers an additional challenge.”

Quotes from member clubs:

  • Denny Kohlmyer, Beadling SC President: “Beadling SC, the oldest active soccer club in the USA founded in 1898 and the most successful club in the history of Western PA soccer, is excited to join the NPL – and one that is an ENPL qualifier. The NPL will provide our players with the best developmental environment possible in US youth soccer, thereby ensuring they will reach their potential and achieve their dreams as players.”
  • Novi Morajevic, Indiana Elite FC President and Director of Coaching: “Not many clubs have a chance to be invited to play in such an elite league, and I am very honored for the opportunity to showcase our club’s and players’ talents at such a high level of competition. Being part of this national championship-level league provides an amazing chance to demonstrate our players’ abilities and display our distinct talents to college coaches.”
  • Joel Chalkley, Indy Premier SC Director of Coaching: “We are excited to be joining US Club Soccer’s Midwest Development League for the upcoming year. The opportunity to compete against top clubs across the region, as well as the league structure, were both very appealing for us. We are looking forward it.”
  • Brian Doyle, Michigan Rush Director of Coaching: “Michigan Rush is excited to join the NPL. This is a great opportunity for our membership to play against other top teams in the Midwest, and another avenue for our players to continue their long-term development. The NPL allows us the platform to put our top players together in meaningful competition.”
  • Guiliano Oliviero, SC Waukesha Director of Coaching: “SC Waukesha is very excited about joining the NPL/MDL and look forward to a very challenging playing environment that will help better develop our players.”
  • Rich Hackenberg, SCS United Director of Boys Program: “We are excited to be able to bring this level of competition to our players. The mission of SCS United, and the rationale behind the merger of two strong clubs, was to create a club culture with a progressive model for boys and girls of all ages to be able to develop and participate in the highest level leagues, and gain both experience and exposure beyond our local community to a regional and national level.”