Florida United is the destination club for elite women’s soccer development in South Florida, sending five members to youth national team camps in 2021/22 season. The academy’s sole focus is the elite development of female players in the U-13 through U-19 age group levels. Florida United is committed to making the necessary investments to provide female players the same level playing field as the boys’ professional academies in Europe and South America.

Florida United executive Director Jerome Samuels, a former professional player and currently one of the most qualified coaches in youth development, implemented a proven talent development plan that all coaches and teams at the academy follow. Samuels and Florida United’s coaching staff carry proven track records of developing elite players and placing them in the college power five conference and youth national teams.

The following are ongoing success stories among Florida United’s age groups.

Kimmi Ascanio and Julianna Harris U.S. Under-15 Women’s Youth National Camp

Attacking midfielder Kimmi Ascanio and forward Julianna Harris will be on their way to Chula Vista, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 16, to train at the first U.S. Under-15 Women’s Youth National Team camp of the year. They will return a week later, on Sunday, Jan. 23.

The pair of Florida United players are the only Sunshine State representatives attending the event. They plan to showcase their ability in front of new head coach Katie Schoepfer, who will begin her preparations ahead of the upcoming Concacaf U-15 Girls’ Championship. The USA won the previous two editions of the tournament.

Meet Kimmi Ascanio and Julianna Harris

Kimmi Ascanio

Birth Year Team: 2008
Current Team: 2005 GA
Position: Attacking midfielder (No. 10)
Jersey Number: 30

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Juliana “Juju” Harris

Birth Year Team: 2007
Current Team: 2005 GA
Position: Striker (No. 9)
Jersey Number: 19

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The highlights are a testament to what the club has to offer; Experienced coaches, top-level training, college and national team scouting exposure, information explaining how to advance to the next level and much more.

Florida United players who attended October 2021 Youth National Team Camp

Three other Florida United players – midfielder Carina Lageyre (U-20), forward Kat Rader (U-20) and midfielder Ashley Pennie (U-17) – attended the Fall training camps for Under-17 and Under-20 USWNT.

Pennie attended the U.S. Under-17 Women’s Youth National Team training camp from Oct. 10-17, while Lageyre and Rader showcased at the Under-20 training camp from Oct. 17-24. Like the upcoming January U.S. Under-15 Women’s Youth National Camp, the October 2021 camps unfolded at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

Lageyre and Rader trained under U-20 head coach Tracey Kevins, and Pennie practiced with U-17 manager Matt Potter. The two coaches are currently putting together rosters for the Concacaf qualifying tournaments for the upcoming youth world championships. Also, they will be studying and analyzing players ahead of the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.