Lexington Player Development Academy (LPDA)

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 available only to a limited number of the most committed and talented soccer players in Lexington. The LPDA is directed by LUSC Director of Coaching, Brendan Donahue. GU12-LPDA-Team-Photo-20130526_Lexington_132In the fall and spring LPDA teams practice twice a week in Lexington and play matches on Sundays. All LPDA teams play in MAPLE. In the winter LPDA teams have one indoor training session and one futsal match per week, both during the weekend.

What is the LPDA?

The LPDA is 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 fields six teams: GU12, BU12, GU14, BU14, GU16 and BU17.

Why the LPDA?
  • Provide supplemental, expert training under professional supervision for the serious player.
  • Provide Lexington families with a local, less costly, developmentally appropriate alternative to “Club Soccer”.
  • Continue to develop Lexington players within our soccer community.
Who is Eligible for the LPDA?

For the U12 and U14 teams, all players registered with LUSC in the U11 through U14 age groups as of the coming fall are eligible (current U10 through U13 players). Note that the LPDA is a supplement to, not a replacement for, LUSC Travel Soccer. Academy players are expected to play with their travel team on Saturdays and attend regular team practices. The Academy will announce their training night at the time of the program’s launching so LUSC coaches with academy players can schedule their practices on a different night. For the GU16 team, any U15 through U16 player is eligible. It is not expected that Academy players will play with a travel team. For the BU17 team, any U15 through U17 player is eligible. It is not expected that Academy players will play with a travel team.

How Do I Get My Child Involved?

Tryouts will be in early June. See the home page for dates and times.

The 2014-2015 Coaches:
GU12 – Brendan Donahue

Coach Donahue holds both his USSF A license and NSCAA Premier National Diploma. He serves as a member of the Mass Youth Soccer Educational staff and the Coaches in Mass Olympic Development Program. Coach Donahue spent over a decade coaching collegiate soccer at the Division I through III levels.

GU14 and BU14 – Tom Heimreid

LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching, holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

BU12 – Paul Mallen

LUSC Player Development Co-coordinator, holds his USSF D license.

GU16 – Laura Ray

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

BU17 – Renato Capobianco

Former New England Revolution Assistant Coach, MYSA ODP Staff, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF “A” license.

Goal Keeping Instructor – TBD
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 coachability.

LPDA Tentative Schedule


  • 18 to 20 training sessions.
  • Approximately 9 Sunday games.


  • Approximately 10 training sessions.
  • One indoor session of futsal (non-boarded) soccer, approximately 7 games.


  • 16-18 training sessions.
  • Approximately 7 Sunday games.
  • One tournament (Memorial Day weekend).

Note 1: Additional single day tournament options (not included in the cost) may be added at the coaches’ discretion. Note 2: The GU16 & BU17 team plays only in the winter and spring.

The Kit – Each LPDA player will receive:
  • 2 Game Jerseys
  • 1 Pair of Game Shorts
  • 1 Pair of Socks
  • 2 Practice Jerseys
  • 1 Warm-up suit
  • Soccer back pack
  • Kit available at Tricon, approximately $200
The Costs

The LPDA cost does not include registration for the LUSC travel or in-town program. The following costs are for the year. For U12 and U14:

  • Regular players:   $1050
  • Practice players:  $875

For GU16 and BU17:

  • $875

Note 1: Practice players receive training but do not play Sunday matches in the fall and spring. They do play winter futsal matches. Note 2: Spring opt-out. At the coach’s discretion, there are a limited number of slots for players who want to play fall and winter only.