Yeah, those Foxes.
The ones from Leicester city who sit third in the Premier League.
What about them? Well, they’ve ventured into American semi-pro women’s soccer.
One of them has, anyway. Christian Fuchs, the Austrian defender from the title-winning Leicester team of lore in 2016, has switched his focus to developing youth academies in America.
His initiative, called Fox Soccer Academy, is based in New York and spans a range of 15 girls and boys teams.
As a matter of fact, his own family currently lives in Manhattan and he plans on retiring there after finishing his career as a Fox. In the meantime, though, he’s training up future Foxes in his future hometown, and he’s been at it for a while to a great degree of success.
The men’s adult team, known as FSA Pro Foxes that sprouted from his academy was instantly competitive in the UPSL, winning the Northeast Division at the first time of asking in Spring 2019.
Now, they’re adding a women’s adult team under the same name as a WPSL expansion club to complement the men’s side, and it figures to be a similarly successful outfit.
There are admittedly a lot of “path to pro” adult teams as extensions of youth academies that offer very little in the way of competitiveness and actual positive impact on the youth players within said club.
This venture feels different, though, as the Fuchs family is rooted in the area, owns and operates a full soccer complex as a local venue, and has been running FSA at a high level for a long while. The Foxes could quickly be a force in the northeast region of the US for the WPSL, and smallworld will certainly be watching their progress this season and beyond.
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