2015-16 Lexington Player Development Academy (LPDA) Tryouts

LUSC has scheduled the LPDA tryout dates for the 2015-16 season. The LPDA offers enthusiastic Lexington players the opportunity to get top professional training and a high level of team play often associated with ‘club’ teams, but at a reduced cost and without the long commute to practice. The LPDA is directed by Lexington United Director of Coaching, Brendan Donahue.

All LPDA Tryout Schedule
Location: Lincoln Fields

GU11-12: Tuesday 6/2, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Lincoln 1

BU11-12: Thursday 6/4, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Lincoln 1

GU13-14: Tuesday 6/9, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Lincoln 1

GU16: Tuesday 6/9, 7:15 pm to 8:40 pm, Lincoln 2

BU13-14: Thursday 6/11, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Lincoln 1

BU17: Thursday 6/11, 7:15 pm to 8:40 pm, Lincoln 2

Note: The LPDA tryouts are independent from and not a replacement for LUSC evaluations. All interested LUSC travel soccer players should attend their age groups evaluations! If you cannot attend the LPDA tryout due to a school related conflict please email bdonahue@lexingtonunited.org to arrange an alternative time to be assessed for the program.

What is the LPDA?

The LPDA is exactly as the title suggests: a player development academy. The entire focus of the coaching staff will be to train players to play the game of soccer at a high level while promoting development and enjoyment.

LPDA Team Formation

The LPDA is a select team. Players will be chosen through an evaluation session and through invitation. Players’ selection will be based on a number of criteria: ability, potential, commitment level, and coach ability.

Why the LPDA?

  • To provide Elite training under professional supervision for the serious player
  • Give players an alternative for continued development beyond travel soccer, while remaining true to the LUSC philosophy
  • Provide Lexington families with a local alternative to Premier Soccer Clubs.
  • Continue to develop Lexington players within our soccer community

The LPDA is intended for serious, committed soccer players, and it is expected that LPDA families and players will manage their schedules to ensure their commitment is fulfilled. A U14 and below LPDA players’ schedule will include 5 events per week during the fall and spring seasons, and 1-2 events per week in the winter. It is expected that LPDA players will attend most, if not all, of those events. The LPDA invitation will provide specifics regarding minimum attendance.

For a more complete overview of the LPDA program as presently structured, please visit our LPDA page

LPDA 2015/2016 Full Roster (U14 and below) Academy Requirement             

  • One weeknight practice throughout the fall and spring season. Girls will train on Tuesday Night; Boys will train on Thursday Night.
  • Wednesday afternoon 4:00 to 5:15pm Functional Technical Training Session (full description below)
  • One Sunday afternoon game in the MAPLE league during the fall and spring (typically 8 to 10 week season).
  • 8 weeks of futsal on Saturday afternoons (Jan/Feb).
  • 10 winter training sessions.
  • A Memorial Day weekend or Season Ending tournament.

Wednesday Afternoon Functional Technical Training                                                  

Each Wednesday afternoon during the fall and spring seasons (approximately 20 sessions b/n the fall & spring), Lexington United Director of Coaching, Brendan Donahue and LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching Tom Heimreid along with other LPDA Coaches will conduct a functional technical training/injury prevention training session for 75 minutes from 4:00 to 5:15pm. The goal of these sessions will be to help our academy players “prepare for the demands of the game”. These sessions will be highly focused on improving the functional skill level of our academy players. The Wednesday afternoon pool training will be done in a quality controlled environment since it is restricted to just LPDA players. These sessions are a required part of the LPDA commitment.

Note: LPDA Players will be excused from their LUSC pro clinic session. By excusing the academy players we remain consistent in keeping academy players to 5 soccer sessions a week.

The LPDA is a supplement to, not a replacement for, LUSC Travel/In-town Soccer. Academy players are required to play with their travel or in-town team on Saturdays and attend the individual team practice. Lack of commitment to your LUSC team can result in dismissal from the LPDA program.  

LPDA Coaching

The LPDA is committed to providing the players in the program with top flight coaching from professionally licensed staff. We are in the process of finalizing coaching roles for the 2015-16 LPDA season, but below is the anticipated 2015-16 LPDA Staff.

GU11-12 TBA (finalizing now, will be announced prior to tryouts)

GU13-14 Brendan Donahue, LUSC Director of Coaching, USSF A license, NSCAA Premier Diploma, US Youth Soccer National Youth, Former MYSA ODP Staff, Former DI-III Collegiate Coach (1995-2005),

GU16 Laura Ray Rivier College Women’s Head Coach, Former member of the Mass Youth Soccer Instructional Staff. Coach Ray holds her USSF “B” license, National Youth License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

BU11-12 Tom Heimreid, LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Advanced Diploma, UEFA B

BU13-14 Brendan Donahue, LUSC Director of Coaching, USSF A license, NSCAA Premier Diploma, US Youth Soccer National Youth, Former MYSA ODP Staff, Former DI-III Collegiate Coach (1995-2005),

BU17 Renato Capobianco, Regis College Men’s Soccer Coach, Former New England Revolution Assistant Coach, MYSA ODP Staff, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF “A” license


LUSC Soccer Night at the Revolution, Saturday, May 16th

We’re pleased to announce Lexington United Soccer Club Night at the Revolution on Saturday, May 16th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro — game time is 7:30pm. Come watch the Revolution as they take on Toronto FC and Men’s National team stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.

We invite you to join your LUSC friends in Section 111, midfield, category #1 seats. Tickets are discounted for LUSC to $35 each (normally $49 each –30% savings) but they are limited in availability at that price so don’t wait. To access the discounted tickets purchase them via the link below and enter the promo code: LEXINGTON


Flyer: Lexington Spring Night 5.16.15

For Questions contact:
New England Revolution
Chris Robblee

Summer 2015 Clinic Offerings

Our first offering, the LUSC “Kick-Off the Summer Clinic”, will begin in late June, with the LUSC July Clinic, and our annual August Pre-season Clinic to follow. Both the Kick-off the Summer Clinic and August Pre-Season Clinic will be run as gender specific clinics. We are in the process of arranging guest appearances from the Boston Breakers for our Kick-off the Summer Clinic. More details to come as they get finalized.

LUSC Clinics are:

  • Professionally staffed
  • Age appropriate
  • Fun
  • Open to players of all abilities

LUSC Clinics Focus on:

  • Ball Mastery
  • Individual Footwork
  • 1 st Touch Training
  • Decision Making

It is our intention to provide Lexington children with high-level clinics that have an outstanding staff at an affordable cost. The clinics will promote soccer in a fun atmosphere that emphasizes learning the game in a manner appropriate to each player’s needs.

LUSC Kick-Off The Summer Clinic:

Grades: 1st through 8 th
Date: Monday June 29 th through Thursday July 2 nd
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Diamond Middle School
Cost: $120 per child

LUSC July Clinic:

Grades: 1 st through 8 th
Date: Monday July 13 th through Thursday July 16 th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Diamond Middle School
Cost: $165 per child

LUSC Preseason Soccer Clinic:

Grades: 1st through 8 th
Date: Monday August 24 th through Thursday August 27 th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Diamond Middle School
Cost: $120 per child

Camp Director: Brendan Donahue- LUSC Director of Coaching- On January 1 st , 2006 Brendan became the first full-time Director of Coaching for Lexington United Soccer Club. Prior to Lexington, Brendan, a graduate of Middlebury College, spent over a decade coaching collegiate soccer at the DI and III levels. Coach Donahue’s previous youth experiences include, serving as The Boston Blast Technical Director, Head coaching in the MA Olympic Development Program and working as a MASS Youth Instructional Staff Coach and Coaching Course Instructor. Coach Donahue has had articles published nationally in the NSCAA Journal, US Youth Soccer’s Coaches Connection and his piece on “Maximizing Your Warm-up” was presented at the USYSA National Convention.

Coach Donahue’s Licensure:

  • US Soccer Federation, USSF “A” License
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America, NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • US Youth Soccer, National Youth License
  • Coerver Youth Diploma

Camp Coordinator: Tom Heimreid- LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching- Coach Heimreid became the LUSC Asssistant DOC on January 1 st 2013. Tommy holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Coach Heimreid previously held the positions of Director of Elite Futures Soccer Academy for Princeton Soccer Association (NJ) and Camp Director for Advanced Total Soccer Coaching, Bound Brook NJ. Tommy was a three time captain and four year starter at Northeastern University where he earned both All America East and All Rookie team honors.

I’m confident that the staff we will have committed will provide one of the best clinic options you’ll find anywhere for a one week soccer clinic.

Staff that has previously worked LUSC Clinics:

Renato Capobianco- Regis College Men’s Coach, Former New England Revolution Assistant Coach, LPDA U17 Coach, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF “A” license.

John Frederick- New England Revolution Academy U16 Coach

Fred King- Rutgers University, Former MYSA Staff Development Coach

Lynn Gugliozza- MYSA Staff Development/Goalie Coach Academy Staff

Lauren Lukis- Head Women’s Coach Bentley College, LUSC Pro Coach

Laura Ray- GU16 LPDA Coach, Rivier University Head Coach, Former MYSA Instructional Staff

Andre Pelletier- Former Colorado Rapids Youth Coach, LUSC Skills Academy Staff

Christian Figueroa- UMASS-Lowell Head Coach, STARS FC, NSCAA All-Northeast Region (2004, 2005, 2006), 2003 NE-10 Freshman of the Year

Rob Holiday- Director of Coaching Wilmington Youth Soccer

Mike Caine- Strikers United Staff Coach, Former Stoke City Youth Academy Player, FA “C” license

Jaime Gilbert- National Champion at University of North Carolina and STARS FC, Head Coach at The Brooks School, North Andover and Stars FC

Chris Ethier- NSCAA High School All American and All New England Player at Beverly HS. Former Region 1 Team Member. Chris was named one of the top 100 freshmen in the country in 2006. Former LPDA BU12 Coach.

Ted Priestly- Former Holy Cross College Men’s Coach

We anticipate having a similar level of staff for the upcoming year. We will keep the clinician to coach ratio no more than 12 to 1.

Register for Summer and Fall Programs >

Evaluation Schedule is posted >
Please have your player attend the age group for next year: See age chart

LPDA Tryout Schedule >


BU16 LPDA Royals Win BU16 Title in Indoor Program

BU16 LPDA Royals

The Lexington Royals reformed late in the fall to play in the Teamworks Acton indoor program. Picking up from where they left off, they won the BU16 Division 1 title. In the final game of the playoffs they won an exciting game against Arlington by a score of 3 – 2, with the winning goal coming in the last 3 minutes of play.  

Top Row L-to-R: Tim Carruthers (coach), Simon Carruthers, Nick Barbesino, Josh Lane, Michael Bove, Aram Havan, Alfred Joseph, Nick Havan (coach)
Front Row L-to-R: Sagan Patarroyo, Ian Corbett, Hagop Kouchakdji, Eric Shiple, Zach Chan.

BU16 LPDA Royals

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BU14 Boys Win At Winchester Veterans Day Tournament


The BU14 Lexington United Team won its highly competitive group of 6 teams in the 2014 Winchester Veterans Day Soccer Tournament. The boys team, composed of BU14 players from the Lexington Thunder and the Lexington Coyotes, went 4-0 in the tournament and outscored opponents 10-2 over 4 games. The boys had fun and represented LUSC well with their play and sportsmanship!

Pictured players are:  (back row standing, left to right) Knut Lundstrom, Conor Murphy, Malte Steines, Coach Robin Charbit, Lenny Losen, Josh Fairman, Danny Nothaft, Andrew Zhang, Reign Charbit, Oliver Clackson, Yiming Zheng, Coach Steve Kaufman.
(front row kneeling, left to right) Sancho Maroto, Dan Winter, Barney Brandon, Charlie Mitchell, Kevin Chen, Oliver Rourke, Nate Sheehan, and fans Hugo Brandon and Milo Brandon.
(missing from photo) Coach Jack Lloyd, Robert Lloyd, Zach Kaufman


photo by Nick Brandon

GU14 Lynx Go 10-0-0 to win their section

GU14 Lynx

The LUSC Girls U14 Lynx completed the Fall 2014 season undefeated with a record of 10-0-0. Fueled by team work and powered by passion the Lynx paved their road to victory with a balanced attack, scoring 24 goals; no player scoring more than 4 on the season, and uncompromising defensive play, yielding just 2 goals in 10 games.

GU14 Lynx

The fall 2014 GU14 Lynx are:
Back row from left: Kiki Mamounas, Jessica Chase, Callie Moody, Courtney Campbell, Zoe Toulmin, Adri Ali Hassan, Abby Arliss, Claire McElwee, Emily Byers, Ava Courduvelis
Front row from left: Ellie Gruber, Elizabeth Whitman-Kinghorn, Eliza Miller, Elizabeth Ding, Lindsey Laquerre, Kate Robinson, Eva Pimlott
Not pictured: Anna Eaglesham

GU14 Fury/Blue Hawks Are Champions at Columbus Day Tournament



Congratulations to the combined LUSC GU14 Fury/Blue Hawks team for winning their group’s championship at the 2014 Natick Columbus Day Tournament! The team finished first in its bracket (3-0) and ended up 5-0 overall, outscoring their opponents 10-1 and winning the championship with a 3-0 victory over Needham in the finals. Although the Fury/Blue Hawks went 5-0, each game was highly competitive and the girls played very well as a team and were able to triumph through outstanding combination passing, steadfast defense and goaltending, and clinical finishes. Players pictured in the photo are: (front row) Sydney Daruwala, Annie Daruwala, Fatoumata Sissoko, Hannah Sweeney, Sheyda Hershberger, Karen Foley, Anna Clough, Sophie Schadler (super fan); (back row) Isa Lundstrom Svahnqvist, Caroline Donaghy, Grace Smith, Pam Chiakpo, Lauren Mazza, Eliza Stokes, Danika Dai, Candela Amorrortu, Anne Grace Miniutti, Abigail Donaghy.

BU11 LUSC Team Reach Finals at Columbus Day Tournament



Kudos to a combined LUSC BU11 LUSC team that won its bracket with a strong showing and went 4-1 overall, including posting two shutouts. Coming in as an underdog, the team exhibited impressive determination and excellent play that helped them advance to the championship game where they lost 4-3 in a very exciting game with Natick. The referee commented to the coaches after the match that, “it was one of the most exciting finishes he has officiated.”  Players pictured in the photo are: (front row) Andrei Buchatskiy, Eric Deschner, Aiden McCarty, Eric Edmunds, Sam Ades; (back row) Sam Charney, Costas Lambrinos, Matthew Favazzo, Francisco Amorrortu, Sam Chung, Manu Amundsen, Leo Seidel, Emilio Silerio and Octavio Sanrame. Missing are: Jack Murray, Charlie Beverly.