Dear Bolts Families:

Following the MLS announcement today, launching the Elite Youth Development Platform (the 'EYDP'), the Boston Bolts are excited to be part of this new opportunity to participate in the highest-level youth competition.

“The Boston Bolts (“Bolts”) develop exceptional soccer players who are prepared to compete at the highest levels, collegiate, national or professional. This newly formed league provides the platform that challenges players day-in and day-out to be the best. Those with aspirations to become a future MLS all-star are provided a platform to be the best and play against the best to fulfill their dreams. As a founding member it gives the Bolts staff an opportunity to exchange ideas with like-minded professionals who share the same philosophy about player development. It gives us a chance to contribute to the continued growth and development of our elite youth players, to put more domestic talent into the nation’s highest professional league, the MLS, and our national teams”, said Bolts Technical Director Marco Koolman .

The EYDP Program fits in well with the Bolts’ club philosophy since it will develop pathways to support both professional (“Professional Player Pathway”) and college players (“Elite Player Pathway”). The Elite Player Pathway will provide competition for the U19, U17, U16, U15, U14, and U13 age groups. The Professional Pathway will provide competition for MLS Academies in the U17 and U15 age groups. The Platform will also organize meaningful matches across both platforms in the U17 and U15 age groups to provide a competition that connects the Professional Player Pathway and the Elite Player Pathway.

The Bolts organization is known for providing a full player pathway for its players starting from the grass roots level all the way to U19 and above. The different levels of competition offered give players a chance to develop and challenge themselves to be the best that they can be, from the NEP, ECNL and the EYDP.

Bolts CEO Brian Ainscough said, "I want to thank everyone who worked to make this happen. To invest and put a program together in such a short amount of time is amazing. This is the way soccer pathways work around the world. Top amateur clubs working alongside the top professional clubs to develop future pros and elite college players."

The Bolts coaching staff has been preparing for this next step and are ready to enter the new phase of youth soccer in the U.S. led by MLS. For further information we will be updating our Bolts website

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