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December 11, 2018

Wayne, PA: Ryan Mooney, U.S. Soccer’s Chief Soccer Officer joins Richie Graham, Philadelphia Union Minority Owner and YSC Academy Founder, to launch Playmakers Management Group.

Following a decade of leadership with U.S. Soccer, Mooney is departing his role as Chief Soccer Officer to launch Playmakers Management Group alongside Graham and former Generation adidas International executive John Parker. Playmakers will provide management and strategic oversight of Graham’s sports related services, properties and investment businesses.

Playmakers Core Focus Areas:

Services: Playmakers will provide services in three areas: Playmakers Studio, a creative agency focused on connecting brands to the American soccer consumer led by former Under Armour Global Creative Director Mark Gonzalez. Playmakers Sports Marketing(formerlyYSC Sports Marketing), led by Gabby Roe, focused on sponsorship sales, consulting, events and activation services across a wide range of sports and entertainment genres, and Playmakers Consulting, focused on providing brands insight on the quickly growing American soccer landscape.

Properties:Playmakers Management Group will also oversee and seek to grow Graham’s existing portfolio of sports related properties, which include YSC Sports, High Performance Sports, and APL / APL Tournaments. 

Investments:In addition, Playmakers Management Group will help Graham oversee his soccer philanthropy endeavors, including YSC Academy, and optimize his Major League Soccer investment in Philadelphia Union with a primary focus on providing strategic support to Graham’s significant youth academy investment. 

“As sport and soccer grow in America, brands and organizations increasingly need to engage authentically with their customers and partners. Playmakers has unrivaled access and knowledge, from grassroots to the pros, that eliminates costly learning curves for the client and ensures a delivered product that endures with the consumer,” said Richie Graham.“Iam excited for the launch of Playmakers and thrilled to bring Ryan Mooney onboard to join our existing team in order to help accelerate the growth of my sports related services, properties and investments. At the core, much of the focus of Playmakers will be centered on advancing the sport of soccer in the United States, and I am thrilled to bring together a team of such highly qualified and motivated experts who share a passion for the development of the game in America.”

Services:

  • Playmakers Studio

  • Playmakers Sport Marketing

  • Playmakers Soccer Consulting

Properties:

  • YSC Sports

  • YSC Advantage 

  • High Performance Sports(HPS)

  • APL /APL Tournaments

Investments:

  • Philadelphia Union

  • Major League Soccer

  • YSC Academy