Downtown United Soccer Club (“DUSC”) was founded in 1982, initially providing an intramural coed Recreational program for downtown Manhattan communities. As a volunteer organization, DUSC has relied (and been successful in relying) on parent volunteers to coach teams. Mentored by professional coaches, DUSC has seen many players improve from beginners to travel team stars. Since 2000, DUSC has fielded premier Travel Teams, providing clinics and academies for boys and girls ages 3-18. DUSC’s inclusive program has a simple idea: teach a younger player the skills that he or she will need, play them in a supportive team structure, make sure the emphasis is on fun and you will grow strong, cohesive and competitive teams.
DUSC Travel, the most comprehensive program in Manhattan, has brought together boys and girls teams from U7 through U18. Coached by excellent and dedicated professionals drawn from college and Olympic Development Program teams. DUSC teams compete in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, the New York metro area’s oldest and best-established League, and in other regional leagues such as the Northeast Regional Premier League, the Mid Atlantic Premier Soccer League and the Eastern Development Program. DUSC players are eligible for the CJSL Select and ODP teams. DUSC teams play in State Cup and other regional tournaments. Summer Training camps are offered both at Pier 40 and at Randall’s Island in New York City. In addition, DUSC has formed a partnership with Manchester City Football Club (“MCFC”), a leading English Premier League professional soccer club that has worldwide recognition. Through this program, DUSC coaches have the benefit of cutting edge training and coaching methods and DUSC boys and girls have the opportunity to attend soccer camps run by Manchester City’s coaches and visit Manchester City’s facilities in the UK.
DUSC is based at Pier 40, on the West Side Highway at Houston Street in New York City. The Hudson River Park Trust, which issues permits for the use of Pier 40, allows DUSC the use of three turf fields. In addition, DUSC has permits for the use of grass and turf fields at Randall’s Island, a facility that has been recently renovated. More than 1,500 boys and girls from all over the city play soccer in DUSC’s programs.
In 2006 DUSC launched a soccer outreach program that goes into inner city public schools in under privileged areas of New York City and teaches the game of soccer to kids for free. This program, called City Soccer in the Community, now serves over 3,000 children and is set to expand significantly with increased financing provided by MCFC.