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Montgomery United launches new development pathway program



Montgomery United recently announced a competitive program called Apex that will provide new opportunities to players wanting to compete at a higher level.

The program will feature licensed professional coaches with college/professional playing experience, current and former college and professional coaches, a dedicated goalkeeper coach and a college pathway coordinator.

Johnny Collins, an A licensed coach who played Division 1 soccer at Liberty University and has extensive experience coaching internationally will serve as the college pathway coordinator.

Apex teams will compete locally in the APL Acela Premiership and EDP as they progress toward the US Youth Soccer National League. Teams will be involved with year-round training and competition, have regular game film review sessions and team strength and conditioning sessions.

“I’m excited for the formation of Apex as it provides an opportunity for players to compete at a higher level and prepare them for a pathway to college,” MonU Technical Director Dave MacWilliams said in a news release.

Board President Bill Hettel said Apex will improve the club’s development pathway.

“Apex is an elite program that we’ve created to improve our development pathway and provide our athletes with the resources, opportunities and standards necessary for them to reach their highest goals,” Hettel said in the news release.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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