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Merced Atlas Academy is a non-profit organization devoted to helping the youth of our area to achieve their full potential. Through sport they learn dedication, leadership and the value of training practice, cooperation, and life lessons that they might not otherwise experience.  The Merced Soccer Academy is affiliated with the Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer team,  who provide an integrated curriculum and a direct pipleine for players into Sounders Academy.

Merced Soccer Academy
1 209 724-0850

640 T Street
Merced, CA 95341

Dream Big

More Than Just Soccer​​

The Merced Soccer Academy is now in association with the Seattle Sounders FC.

Seattle Sounders FC of the MLS will provide coaching education opportunities, a unique, integrated curriculum and a direct pipeline for players into the Sounders Academy.  The Merced Soccer Academy will cover an area stretching from Fresno to Sacramento, a driving distance radius of up to two hours.​
Focus - Practice
Focus on what you can control: Youth sports should help kids learn that all they can do is focus on their effort, and not the outcome. They should focus on what they can control, not what is out of their control.  Practice Makes…Better: It’s not about being perfect. It’s about getting better and improving. One of the life lessons we hope our players learn through sports is that their effort will be rewarded.   
San Joaquin Valley Soccer Academy
We are part of the San Joaquin Soccer Academy.  How are we different?  We are a part of U.S. Soccer's Developmental Academy program, competing at the highest level of youth soccer in the United States. This is a level that no other team in the Central Valley offers.  Our goal is to bring Central Valley talent together to form the strongest U.S. Soccer Academy in the United States.  We develop players that can blend into any style of play.  We focus on developing individual players technically, tactically, physically and psychologically.  

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News Flash  Aug 6:  Merced Girls  03 wins the 2017 Breakers Cup -  Champions for the 2nd year in a row!

       Team with Sounders.                 Junior OCampo                                                                                      Time to watch,                       At the training site
More news for former Atlas/Merced Soccer Academy player Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez.

Two Sounders FC Academy stars receive U.S. U-15s call-up
August 8, 20172:10PM PDT

It’s been an amazing week for Sounders Academy prospects Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez and Josh Atencio.
Within hours of leading the young Sounders to their second consecutive Youdan Trophy title, U.S. Soccer announced that both players had been called in to represent the U.S. U-15 Youth National Team at the upcoming CONCACAF Championships. This is the second call-up for the pair in the last three months, with Ocampo-Chavez and Atencio leading the Stars and Stripes to victory at the Torneo Delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, back in May. 
Head Coach Dan Van Den Bergh unveiled his 18-man roster for the tournament, which will run from August 13-19 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The young Yanks have been placed in Group B with Canada (9:00 a.m. ET on August 13), Trinidad & Tobago (11:00 a.m. ET on August 14) and Costa Rica (9:00 a.m. ET on August 16), while Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama have been drawn into Group A.
If the U.S. manages to finish first or second in their group, they’ll advance straight to the semifinals on August 17, with the tournament final taking place on August 19.
Both Sounders Academy players have been in excellent form for both club and country of late. Atencio appeared in every match and earned two starts at the Tornea Delle Nazioni, while Ocampo-Chavez bagged three goals and three assists, but missed the final through injury. The pair also led to the Sounders U-14s to a third-place finish at the Manchester City Cup, the U-16s to a quarterfinal berth in the USSDA national playoffs and won the prestigious Youdan Trophy in Sheffield, England, this week. Ocampo-Chavez was awarded the Golden Boot as the Youdan Trophy’s top-scorer with eight goals and two assists from five matches.

Follow more news on former Merced Atlas (Merced Soccer Academy) star Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez here.