Jason is joined by USL’s Sr. Director of Youth Development, Liam O’Connell to discuss how the USL Academy is allowing local kids to get international exposure and how teams like Union Omaha are already impressing with their academy by incorporating local youth clubs & offering free trainings. Launching a women’s pathway through USL Academy, the success of USL League 2, & the relationships USL clubs are establishing with local youth clubs to ensure training compensation & cash rewards to help grow local development.
twitter: @irajersey Soccer fanatic and nerd with many hobbies, Ira is a New York Red Bull supporter who loves lower division soccer. He is a youth coach with several USSF and United Soccer Coaches licenses; and also a competitive youth referee. He writes and podcasts on USL League One for BGN. Ira has worked in finance for more than two decades focusing on bond markets and is currently the Chief U.S. Interest Rate Strategist at Bloomberg Intelligence, Bloomberg LP's research arm.