While the Academy teams are formed based on ability, we never explicitly label any of the teams as the "first, second, third, etc.." nor do we list them anywhere in sequential order.
We do however name each Academy team after a current or historically great professional player in hopes to inspire each of our players to learn about the player their team is named after, and to hopefully seek out opportunities to watch them play.
The Team Names We Used in the Fall of 2018 Were:
2009 Birth Year Boys Team Names: Cavani, Dybala, Isco, Messi, Miazga, Pogba, Ronaldo, Salah, Sargent, Silva, Trapp
2009 Birth Year Girls Team Names: Dunn, Ertz, Lilly, Long, Rapinoe
2010 Birth Year Boys Team Names: Costa, Hazard, Kane, Lukaku, Mina, Rakitic
2010 Birth Year Girls Team Names: Heath, Morgan, Press
2011 Birth Year Boys Team Names: Kroos, Maguire, Mbappe, Modric, Pulisic, Vela
2011 Birth Year Girls Team Names: Horan, O’Hara
2012 Birth Year Boys Team Names: Giovinco, Neymar, Yedlin
2012 Birth Year Girls Team Names: Leroux