Grande Sports is the home of the Real Salt Lake – Arizona Academy for boys soccer and the Faldo Series Academy for golf.
The Faldo Series Academy provides world-class golf instruction through 6-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo’s elite training methods. FSA is Sir Nick’s first United States full-time residential golf Academy for young golfers.
Real Salt Lake – Arizona is United States’ first and only youth soccer residency program affiliated with a professional Major League Soccer team, Real Salt Lake
The Real Salt Lake – Arizona Academy teams have been recognized nationally as one of the premier clubs in the US Soccer Development Academy and the U-15/16 team defeated Solar Chelsea 4-2 in the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship at the BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo in July 2013.
The RSL-AZ Academy is developing the next great soccer athletes; with current players making college commitments to Virginia, Louisville, Washington, Princeton, Marquette, UCLA, University of Dayton, Stanford, University of New Mexico and the Air Force Academy. In the coming months, there will be extra college commitments from RSL-AZ players.
The Grande Sports Academy competes in the US Soccer Development Academy as the Real Salt Lake – Arizona Academy. These “RSL-AZ” teams have been successful from day one, supporting the mission of Grande Sports Academy and Real Salt Lake. Below are a list of accomplishments from this past year.
- 2012-13 USSDA U-15/16 National Champions
- 2012-13 USSDA “Style of Play” Award
- Every GSA graduate has been offered a college scholarship or signed a professional contract. Universities GSA graduates attend are
- Over forty GSA graduates play college soccer (Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Marquette, Louisville, Elon, New Mexico, UCI, Virginia, Clemson, Air Force, South Carolina, SMU, Denver, Oregon State University, College of Charleston, Louisville, San Diego State University, UCI, Dayton, Grand Canyon University and more)
- Four GSA graduates (Carlos Salcedo, Lalo Fernández, Benji Lopez, Nico Muñiz) have signed with Real Salt Lake
- One GSA player (Eriq Zavaleta) has signed a professional contract with Seattle Sounders
- One GSA graduate (Maikon Orellana) signed a professional contract with Brøndby IF of the Superliga, Denmark’s top division
- One GSA player (Ben Spencer) has signed a professional contract with Molde FK of the Tippeligan, Norwegian’s top division
- One GSA player (Kainoa Bailey) has signed a professional contract with Bayer 04 Leverkusen of the Bundesliga, Germany’s top division
- One GSA player (Romain Gall) has signed a professional contract with FC Lorient of the Ligue 1, France’s top division
- Multiple RSL-AZ players currently compete for the US National Teams
- Multiple RSL-AZ players played for the Real Salt Lake Reserve team last season
- 2010-11 U-15/16 USSDA Starting XI (Julio Alarcon)
- 2010-11 U-17/18 USSDA Starting XI (Mikon Orellana)
- 2011-12 U-17/18 West Conference Starting XI (Julio Alarcon, Maikon Orellana, Carlos Salcedo)
- 2011-12 U-17/18 West Conference Player of the Year (Maikon Orellana)
- 2011-12 U-15/16 West Conference Starting XI (Jordan Allen)
- 2011-12 U-15/16 West Conference Player of the Year (Jordan Allen)
- 2011-12 U-15/16 USSDA Academy Player of the Year (Jordan Allen)
- 2011-12 Academy Coach of the Year (Mike Munoz)
- 2011-12 NSCAA All-Americans (Cole Nagy, Maikon Orellana)
- 2012-13 U-17/18 West Conference Starting XI (Jose “Coco” Navarro, Ive Burnett)
- 2012-13 U-15/16 West Conference Starting XI (Justen Glad, Jose Hernandez)