Sports company acquires soccer club


Michigan Sports Academies, or MSA, operates multi-purpose fields and courts at several venues in the Grand Rapids market. Photo via

A local sports company is expanding to include a new soccer program following an acquisition.

Grand Rapids-based Michigan Sports Academies, or MSA, has added River City Football Club to its family of youth sports academies. 

The club will retain its name, dissolve its nonprofit status and operate under MSA’s new entity, Michigan Fútbol Academy.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Our goal is to bring the excellence in training, programming and facilities to youth soccer, as we have done in our portfolio of elite-level sports academies in volleyball, lacrosse and basketball,” MSA Executive Director Gerrik Schepe said.

Soccer programs

River City FC will take the lead on all aspects of MSA’s soccer programming, teams and training.

Currently, River City FC features three youth programs, with more than 500 youth athletes participating on more than 30 teams.

River City FC will continue offering travel teams and grassroots programming, while expanding to host larger camps, tournaments and leagues.

River City FC Founder Derek Dufendach will lead the MSA team of soccer coaches and staff.

All of River City FC will remain intact and have access to MSA's facilities: MSA Fieldhouse, MSA Woodland and MSA Sports Spot.

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