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LAFC academy director heading to Spain as part of training program

Saldaña among 18 continuing education in MLS framework.

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Major League Soccer announced the latest crop of classes of MLS academy coaches and directors participating in their educational partnerships with the French Football Federation and La Liga this week, and expansion club Los Angeles Football Club is involved.

The first round is a 14-month course with the FFF, with the third cohort of participants announced this week. Those involved travel between France and locations around the U.S. for periodic seminars and observation of how teams in Europe run their youth academies. At the end of the course, those who have completed the program will earn a Elite Formation Coaching License.

In the second phase, those with the EFCL and/or MLS academy directors have been invited to take a 10-day program in partnership with La Liga. The program includes seminars and observations with Ligue 1 and La Liga clubs.

LAFC academy director Todd Saldaña was announced as a participant in the La Liga continuing education program, one of 18 men involved. Given the newness of LAFC’s academy, even with the experience level of Saldaña and the crop of coaches in the program, making the most of the partnerships with the FFF and La Liga is never a bad idea. And hopefully it will help LAFC’s academy expansion progress successfully and ultimately produce good professionals one day.

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