Congratulations to Leonel Palma, ESI 04, who was recruited and accepted into Barca Residency Academy USA for the 2020-2021 year! Leo joined the Academy on August 8, moving to Arizona to kick off the upcoming school year and soccer season.

The Barca Residency Academy is a full-time residential U.S. Soccer Development Academy program. The Academy is in partnership with the top international professional team, FC Barcelona. Players associated with Barca Academy compete in the MLS’ Elite Youth Development Platform and train year-round at facilities in Casa Grande AZ. Along with the immersion in FC Barcelona’s methodology and training, Leo will continue his high school education with Academy classes via the on-campus affiliation with Arizona State University (ASU) online.

In addition to exposure and growth, what is the expected result of Leo’s participation in the Barca Academy’s Residency Program? Barca Academy promises every athlete a college scholarship or a professional contract. ESI looks forward to continuing to watch Leo follow his dreams!