Elite 64 Welcomes Kings Hammer Girls

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FRISCO, Texas (April 20, 2022) — The US Youth Soccer National League is excited to announce the next two boys clubs and eight girls clubs that will compete as inaugural members of Elite 64.

Capital City SC (TX)
South Texas Surf Select (TX)

Atlanta Fire United (GA)
Dallas Cosmos Soccer Club (TX)
Fort Wayne United FC (IN)
Kings Hammer SC (KY)
Match Fit Academy (NJ)
Pittsburgh Hotspurs SC (PA)
South Texas Surf Select (TX)
WNY Flash Academy (NY)

Each of these Elite 64 clubs share a collective vision and are dedicated to providing an unmatched game-day experience, in addition to maintaining the highest standards, both on and off the field, to maximize the opportunities available to their players.

“The Elite 64 landscape is coming into shape, and these newly-announced clubs and their players will add to the strong collection of top-class organizations set to compete in the inaugural Elite 64 season,” said Simon Collins, USYS National League Commissioner. “We are exciting to work with these clubs and look forward to moving Elite 64 forward in a common direction that focuses on the putting the players in the best positions to reach their full potential and achieve their athletic goals.”

The newly-announced elite performance tier of the National League, Elite 64 will begin play this fall and feature club-based competition for the nation’s top boys and girls players in the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U and 18/19U age groups. The 64 clubs in each gender will be geographically positioned into eight groups of eight clubs. Teams play a 14-game league season and have access to two national showcases (alongside National League P.R.O.) and the Elite 64 national finals.

Each of the inaugural Elite 64 clubs will benefit from world-class performance analysis from ProScore and new USYS partner STATSports, which will provide Elite 64 clubs with unparalleled access to the world’s most advanced performance wearable technology. All data and analysis collected will be shared with college coaches and professional scouts — making every Elite 64 game or training session a recruitable moment.

Acceptance into Elite 64 guarantees each club a minimum three-year involvement in the competition, with 18-month evaluations of every club taking place to ensure standards are met and Elite 64 maintains the highest possible level of competitive balance across the platform.

View the Club Directory to see all the inaugural Elite 64 clubs that have been announced to this point and continue to check back as more are announced.


ATLANTA FIRE UNITED (Elite 64 – Girls)
“We are excited to be a part of Elite 64 based on the importance that E64 puts on player development and playing against a high level of competition on a weekly basis. E64 is our final piece of the puzzle for our player development model. It will give more players in our club the opportunity to play against top clubs across the country. We are excited about the performance analysis platforms, so our coaches and players can track their performances through the season. This will help with not only player development but will also allow us to manage the players throughout the season. Our coaches will be able to see how players respond when they are losing a game and when they are winning a game. It will also allow us to see how each player performs against teams they have previously played. One of the great things about the analysis is how easily you can send the info to college and pro scouts. This will allow the scouts to see how a player has been playing throughout the season and not just a snapshot of one game.”
Chris Mahaffey, Executive Director

CAPITAL CITY SC (Elite 64 – Boys)
“Capital City SC is honored to be one of the inaugural clubs accepted into Elite 64. US Youth Soccer has really built an impressive national platform in E64 that offers such exciting opportunities to our boys teams and soccer players across the country. From the analytics through STATSports to the college and professional exposure — E64 is going to be so valuable to our club, and we can’t wait for the league to kick off this fall.”
Patrick Miller, Director of Coaching

“Dallas Cosmos Soccer Club is extremely honored and excited to have been selected as an inaugural member of the USYS National League Elite 64. Dallas Cosmos has a long-proven track record of excellence in the development of youth soccer players, and competitiveness of teams, in the DFW area. National League Elite 64 now provides our Cosmos players a chance to shine on the grand stage by providing a clear pathway forward to compete and showcase their talents at the regional and national levels. Furthermore, we are all very excited by the data-driven approach Elite 64 takes to tracking player analysis, improvement and development. With STATSports and ProScore, cutting edge technology, our coaches and players will now have the ability to assess and improve performances in ways that we’ve never seen before. These added benefits of Elite 64 will pay dividends when it comes to the college/pro recruitment and opportunities for our elite players. On behalf of our Dallas Cosmos coaches, team parents, and, most importantly, our players, we could not be more excited for the opportunity to compete in the National League Elite 64. We are looking forward to the start of play!”
Todd Wallace, Director

FORT WAYNE UNITED (Elite 64 – Girls)
“We are elated to be part of Elite 64. To be considered one of the nation’s top 64 girls soccer clubs, and one of only two clubs in Indiana, is humbling and a credit to the players, families and coaches at Fort Wayne United. We continue to raise the bar and provide a platform for our players. The opportunity to compete at such a high level will provide the players with an unparalleled experience and will also allow incredible exposure to those that wish to play collegiate soccer. E64 completes our development pathway from our recreational program all the way through to the top tier in USYS. There truly is a level for anyone who wishes to play the game, from the beginner to the elite-level athlete. The partnership with STATSports and ProScore will be a game changer for our players. To have a new level of analytics at their disposal, which in turn will allow for fitter, stronger, smarter athletes. The ability for our coaches to have all the data needed to properly compile periodization schedules will be instrumental in not only our team’s development but also the development of the individual players. With all of this we will be able to prepare our female athletes even more for the college level.”
Claire Ward, Girls Director of Coaching

KINGS HAMMER SC (Elite 64 – Girls)*
“I’ve been a part of the Lexington soccer community for many years and to now be part of a Lexington club recognized as one of the 64 most elite clubs in the nation is not only an honor but rewarding for everyone that has been dedicated to developing players and coaches in the area. I am beyond excited to bring this level of competition to the female players, coaches, and families with Kings Hammer Academy. These ladies are ready for it!”
Megan Adkins, Girls Director

“At Kings Hammer, we strive to provide as many opportunities for our players as possible. The addition of Elite 64 for our girls program is extremely exciting for us as it means we are now able to provide an elite platform for both the boys and girls programs in Lexington.”
Paul Nicholson, Technical Director

*Also an Elite 64 boys club, announced previously

MATCH FIT ACADEMY (Elite 64 – Girls)
“When we learned about the Elite 64 program, and the platform US Youth Soccer was creating for the youth soccer landscape, it was an easy decision for us to apply. With the decorated history of the Match Fit Academy program and our focus on player development, combined with USYS and National League’s focus on the player through a supportive infrastructure and environment, we feel that this is an incredible partnership and opportunity for us to be able to provide to our female athletes. The exclusivity, quality of competition, and infrastructure calls for the qualities of our program that are at the focal point of our player development model. In order to succeed in this league, we will need to focus on the elements of our program that have led us to this point on our history. This is clear with the league’s dedication to current player performance and proactive opportunities at the collegiate level with the integration of STATSports and ProScore for our athletes, providing access to proven technologies within the game. We are excited for, appreciate, and accept the opportunity to be a part of the girls’ Elite 64.”
Ryan Tetro, Technical Director

“We continually look at how we can move the game forward, not only in the Pittsburgh area, but in the States. When we [Pittsburgh Hotspurs and Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh] began our collaboration in 2021, we saw the opportunity to pursue greater levels of competition to expose our players to the highest level of play. Elite 64 is a great step for our girls program, providing a consistently high-level schedule year-round. Elite 64 helps bridge the gap and heighten the development path for our academy players looking to play at the highest level possible. As the first full development pathway for both girls and boys, from youth to adult, in the Pittsburgh area, we’ve been competing in local, regional and national competitions to develop and prepare our players for the next level of play. Elite 64 provides that next level that we need to set our players up to compete collegiately, with our First Teams and beyond. Technology is vastly improving the objective data players and coaches can use to reach peak performance. With greater insight into performance goals, provided by technology like STATSports and ProScore, our coaches are even better equipped to help players reach their goals and manage players’ health and fitness to keep them performing at their highest level.”
Tom Ovenden, Pittsburgh Hotspurs Club Director

“With the Elite 64 structure, the league aligns with both our player and club development — providing an opportunity for more consistency in playing style across the age groups. And, with the club culture we’ve grown and developed, being able to have the players and families support and watch the other teams within is a great bonus.”
Jonathan Velotta, Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh Executive Director

SOUTH TEXAS SURF SELECT (Elite 64 – Boys & Girls)
“We are excited to be a part of Elite 64’s inaugural season, and we love the structure and standards it has set for participating clubs. It’s an honor to be chosen and along with the opportunities it provides for our players, we are thrilled to be on the cutting edge of player development. Adding a national pathway solidifies our commitment to our players and families to provide the “Best of the Best, Experiences and Opportunities.” Our players have competed in competitive leagues and had many successes, but we’ve been looking for ways to further test ourselves. A national league will now allow us to test our development model at the highest levels, week in and week out over the course of the year. The data that we’ll be able to collect and analyze for our players allows us to drill deeper into each player’s individual development needs. GPS tracking provides us a lot of information regarding our players’ work rate and fitness levels, which are important insights into player performance. Film has previously allowed us to break down performance based on technical and tactical aspects, and we can analyze the decisions players made throughout the game, but GPS really shows us where the players are at physically. With ProScore, we can utilize this data to breakdown and analyze key moments in the games in ways that we couldn’t before. The fact that all this data is accessible to not only our staff but to college and professional scouts is a game changer for player development and will likely become a standard for recruitment.”
Rick Kuchka, Executive Director

WNY FLASH ACADEMY (Elite 64 – Girls)
“The WNY Flash Academy is extremely excited and honored to be selected as an inaugural member club of the Elite 64. The league’s trust and confidence in our organization speaks volumes of the club’s leadership and all those who have paved the way. This prestigious US Youth Soccer National League platform allows us to provide new and additional opportunities of high-level competition for our current players and future female players in the Western New York market, cities and surrounding communities. Elite 64’s partners STATSports and ProScore are the leaders in the analytics and sport performance industries and what tremendous developmental tools our players and coaches will have access to in supporting our players developmental pathways.”
Eric Dade, Executive Director

Our goal is to continue to develop all of our players and their respective teams with an improved player development model and pathway during the new Fall 2022 – Spring 23 season after the tryouts.

Your player’s coach both as a volunteer and paid licensed and certified coach is part of our team and will continue to be part of our soccer club and community. The new partnership is aware that our responsibility as a youth club is to provide more support and resources to each coach so that our players and parents experience is even better.

We plan to have most of our current coaching team to continue to lead their assigned teams for the upcoming season unless there is a conflict with their schedule and/or another opportunity they prefer to pursue in the club which we may consider and appoint a new coach as a result.

Uniforms are set to change for the Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 season and we plan to keep the new and upcoming kits for 2-year period as that is the cycle suggested by the manufacturers.

Our new uniform/player kit brand will be Nike.

Pricing will be very comparable to our current brand of uniforms/player kits as we plan to add more value to the assortment of products that our players currently receive.

No. We will be using Soccer Village as our vendor for our families to order their new season uniforms/player kits.

Soccer Village will provide sample sizes during tryouts for the new uniforms/player kits so that you can order the correct sizing for your player.

Click here to view the Soccer Village website.

Fees will be an all-inclusive model that will cover all expenses (except uniform and personal travel).

No separate club fees and team dues.

Families will have an improved payment plan option of 8 installments with an initial deposit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships will still be available to our families. More information will be added to the website once tryouts have concluded.

Teams will continue to train at the same locations. A big part of this partnership is to work with the city and other independent locations to improve and invest in facilities to create a better training and playing environment.

Kings Hammer is one of the most recognizable privately held clubs in the Midwest.

Founded in 1993 in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

2 US Youth National titles, 2 runners-up, 4 US Youth Region 2 Champs, 42 OH State Cups, 25 KY State Cups.

In 2020, they added a U23 team in the Ohio Valley Premier League, winning the league’s inaugural season in the Fall of 2020.

In 2021, they joined USL League Two, the pre-professional division of the USL in the US and adding a USL-W team for the 2022 season.

Kings Hammer is backed by Corporex, a privately held investment company with broad holdings throughout the United States. CPX creates investment opportunities for their capital partners through traditional real estate assets as well as an ever-broadening array of other opportunistic investments including Commonwealth Hotels, Kings Hammer Soccer LLC, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club and Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs. Their ability to create exceptional value through these investments is rooted in their 56-year history as a BUILDER. Why Kings Hammer?

A Complete Pathway to support an all-inclusive player development

Grassroots-Premier-Academy-Professional Development

  • Pathway will start with grassroots and premier program for the 2022/23 season
  • All-inclusive pay structure with flexible and affordable payment plans that covers all costs. 

No additional team fees (uniform/player kits & personal travel are not included)

  • Additional showcases and ID platforms through KH events & network
  • Unique travel and network opportunities through KH and its partners
  • Increased scholarship support through club and local foundation
  • Affordable uniform costs with better assortment through Nike and SV partnership
  • Play Metrics operations & comm. Platform connects the entire club
  • Techne training app – Supporting self-improvement at home
  • Sports Recruits (College recruitment platform and support)
  • College recruitment seminar
  • Player/Parent Education through KH Education Division
  • Kings Hammer Speaker Series – Platform created to present relevant youth soccer information. National and International guest speakers
  • Use of camera & technology for further development opportunities
  • Kings Hammer Goalkeeper Union for specialized training

Our goal is to make Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC one of the most successful regional youth soccer clubs that focuses on player development with the proper core values. We plan to recruit and retain all coaches that will enable us to achieve our player development pathway for our players in the long run.

Kings Hammer Murfreesboro will continue to offer all levels of appropriate aged training for all level players. Click here to see our new and improved player development pathway.

Kings Hammer Murfreesboro will continue to offer programs all year round.

Full details of all programming will be released in May 2022.

Yes, the logo and the name will change to represent the new King Hammer Murfreesboro.

We will be combining local, regional, and possibly national sponsorships to generate the resources and scale up the opportunities for our Murfreesboro area players and teams. The benefit of our partnerships has impacted our families far beyond just sponsorships.


Technically, No. The Board of Director of MSC have agreed unanimously to sign a 6-year Partnership Agreement to outsource the management of the club to Kings Hammer to elevate the services we are currently and increase the opportunities to have a bigger economic impact to our community with this partnership.

Kings Hammer provides professional player development, great customer service, and offers an inclusive approach to youth soccer.  Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC will elevate the scale of a community club with access to the highest-level opportunities for players to reach their fullest potential. Throughout the tiered system of development, players and coaches will be able to develop in the appropriate tiered programming, network and expertise provided by Kings Hammer Soccer Club.

Our Recreational Program, which will be branded as our Grassroots Program will continue to play their games at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex under the umbrella of Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC with more support and resources for both players, parents and volunteer coaches of the program.

Our Academy and Select Program, which will be branded as our Premier Program will continue to train and play their games at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex as well as other locations they currently travel as part of their JDL and TSL games schedule versus other TSSA member organizations and youth soccer clubs.

Our future Premier Program teams will also continue to travel and attend tournaments within the state of TN and possibly other states based on their specific development need and skill level as a team.

No. However Kings Hammer Murfreesboro SC will have an improved structured player development model and a pathway that can support each individual player to play at different levels and assist players achieve their specific goals.

No. Kings Hammer have strong program representation in both States and their players play in their respective locations. The newly formed King Hammer Murfreesboro SC player will continue to play their JDL and TSL games in our area against other TSSA member organizations as scheduled by our state.

Premier Program teams may eventually travel to tournaments in Kentucky and Ohio as a result our partnership with Kings Hammer and vice versa.

As the club grows, we may potentially combine top players from each location to create regional development teams to compete at higher caliber events, showcases to create additional opportunities our players. 

That is our overarching goal and plan. However, it will take some time until we can have teams that can compete in higher level platforms. As Kings Hammer Murfreesboro, we’ve already started working towards a strategic development plan to prepare our club to be part of these leagues and compete at the highest level possible in a short amount of time.