Lausanne Soccer players Nick Dyer '23 and Brendan French '23 have been selected to join Nashville SC as a part of their MLS Academy program.
The MLS Academy program was founded to provide elite soccer athletes with the ability to compete against top-level competition throughout the year.
"This competitive structure is built to elevate the level of competition and provide talent identification opportunities for all players throughout the youth soccer landscape allowing players to reach their ultimate potential while delivering meaningful value for clubs by optimizing effective talent identification practices," Nashville SC states on their academy website.
As a part of the program, they will participate and play against other Major League Soccer clubs at the highest national level of youth soccer in the United States.
"I'm super excited to be able to play at such a high level with kids who all want to get better constantly," Dyer said. "I had set a goal for myself to play in this academy eight months ago, so it's amazing to say that I did it finally. In the classroom and on the field at Lausanne, I've been motivated by the hardworking teachers, coaches and classmates to study that little bit extra or practice that little bit longer ever since I came in as a freshman. I can't wait to represent Lausanne while I'm in Nashville and continue to pursue my dreams as a student-athlete."
Lausanne's head coach Rogerio Lima knows how special his two players are and is also excited to see others taking notice.
"It is great to see two outstanding student-athletes receiving an opportunity to play in a professional soccer environment," Lima said. "This is a result of their hard work, commitment, discipline and sacrifice."
For French, this is simply the next step in realizing a soccer dream.
"It's one of the highest honors to be scouted and accepted to play at an MLS Academy," French said. "I have enjoyed playing soccer since I was 4 years old, and all of my years of training and dedication have lead to this opportunity. This program allows me access to professional coaching, facilities, equipment and training. The experience will provide me an advantage in pursuing soccer at the next level, whether that's in college or a professional league."
As a part of the Nashville SC Academy team, the two Lynx will get access to cutting-edge technology and equipment and an invitation to participate in domestic and international tournaments against some of the world's best clubs. The Nashville SC Academy also offers student-athletes a pathway into the professional ranks and accelerates their development in advance of the 2026 World Cup.