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US Youth Soccer partners with Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)

World’s leading health partner delivers unmatched benefits to USYS members

US Youth Soccer (USYS) is pleased to announce their partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) to provide unmatched and ongoing medical guidance, education and benefits to their members.

Recognized as the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health, HSS will be an important ally of USYS and its 54 member State Associations. Ranked No. 1 for orthopedics 11 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report (2020-2021), HSS will help USYS deliver invaluable health information, resources and services to their members to aid in injury prevention, recovery and access to the latest in medical guidance.

The partnership will be led by an HSS Sports Medicine Council comprised of sports medicine surgeons Riley J. Williams III, MD, medical director for the New York Red Bulls (MLS) professional soccer team; Drs. Benedict Nwachukwu, MD, MBA, and Danyal H. Nawabi, MD, FRCS, team physicians for the New York Red Bulls, and Patrick Vignona, PT, sports rehabilitation and performance specialist.

Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States. More than 32,000 surgical procedures are performed annually. HSS performs more hip surgeries and more knee replacements than any other hospital in the US.

This partnership will provide USYS with a singular musculoskeletal health partner so that its members can access the very best information and resources to improve, maintain and support their physical health. “USYS is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play. HSS gives USYS an opportunity to deliver unparalleled physical health resources and benefits to our entire USYS Family,” said Skip Gilbert, CEO US Youth Soccer. “Doctors and physical therapists from HSS are team physicians and athletic trainers for some of the premiere professional and college sports teams in America. HSS experts, experience and medical information are unmatched and will allow our players and families to tap into the same state-of-the-art resources and technology that the pros get so they too can pursue their pathway to achievement.”

“HSS has a long-standing history of caring for elite and professional athletes. What we have learned from treating this population we have been able to apply to the development of young athletes, everything from the principles of injury prevention to proper movement patterns,” said Dr. Williams. “The USYS partnership will allow us to work in collaboration with its athletic directors, coaches, and trainers to effectively reduce sports-related injuries in adolescents.”

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)

US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals, on and off the field of play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 3 million players annually. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 54 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. We Are Youth Soccer. For more information, visit

About HSS

HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 14th consecutive year), No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2023-2024), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2023-2024). In a survey of medical professionals in more than 20 countries by Newsweek, HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics for a fourth consecutive year (2023). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection and complication rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. In addition, more than 200 HSS clinical investigators are working to improve patient outcomes through better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat orthopedic, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The HSS Innovation Institute works to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 165 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.