CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, - August 9, 2021 - The region’s premier soccer club, FC DELCO, is proud to share that Liam May, a member of the club’s 2005 MLS NEXT team received the first-ever MLS NEXT Golden Ball presented by Adidas. This award is presented to the player of the year for the 2020-2021 MLS NEXT season in the U16 age group. 

"FC DELCO is very proud and happy that MLS NEXT has recognized Liam's hard work and success this year," says Jeff Zaun, Technical and Academy Director of FC DELCO. "Since Liam's arrival to FC DELCO in 2017 from Chestnut Hill Lightning, his neighborhood youth club, Liam has been a role model on and off the field. He scored big goals all season, helping his team reach the MLS NEXT semi-finals. With his talent and work ethic, Liam has a great future ahead of him," adds Zaun. 

May and his nationally ranked team went undefeated this year, and made it to the semifinal round of the MLS NEXT Cup, before falling in penalty kicks.

FC DELCO surprised May with the award last week at The Proving Grounds. May was surrounded by his family and more than 100 club players. 

About FC DELCO: As Pennsylvania’s premier football club with deep roots in the community, FC DELCO offers an unprecedented playing experience that fuels a love of soccer and empowers players to awaken their talent. Our nationally recognized program has won eight national championships, countless region, and state titles, and has placed more players in NCAA collegiate programs than any other club in Pennsylvania. Additionally, we have multiple alumni playing in the MLS and professional women’s leagues. To find out more, visit fcdelco.org

About MLS NEXT: MLS NEXT provides the best player development experience in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest levels of competition and to training and personal development opportunities that will prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life. To find out more, visit www.mlssoccer.com/mlsnext/about.