In late January, Italian soccer club AS Roma announced the expansion of its renowned youth soccer academy program to the United States. Selected among the seven elite U.S. soccer academies was also FC Greater Boston Bolts. “Player development in the United States continues to be a top priority for us,” said AS Roma president James Pallotta, who runs Boston-based Raptor Group Holdings. “We are confident this initiative will be great for the country and club and produce many star players of tomorrow.”
Founded in 1986, FC Greater Boston Bolts is the oldest soccer club in Massachusetts, boasting a top level, professional coaching staff, recognized and respected nation-wide. Bolts players come from all over Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
“I see this partnership with AS Roma as a great opportunity for our club on many fronts,” said Bolts’ Executive Director of Coaching Brian Ainscough. “AS Roma has local ownership, which will provide all of our youth players and coaches the opportunity to be exposed to their coaching methods and philosophy. Our goal here is to give Bolts players training opportunities with some of the top international coaches in the world, and to give our elite players consideration for playing professionally for AS Roma.”