Development Academy Holds First Winter Showcase
FRISCO, Texas – Eighty-eight teams representing 44 clubs from across the country will participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s first-ever Winter Showcase this weekend at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
Scores of college coaches will be in attendance along with U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley, Under-20 MNT head coach Thomas Rongen, newly appointed Director of Development Academy Scouting Dave Sarachan and Under-17 MNT assistant coach and former FC Dallas player and coach Oscar Pareja.
The two-day, 88-game showcase will be the first taste of the full Development Academy experience for many of Major League Soccer’s youth clubs, including the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United and New York Red Bulls.
The games, played this Sunday and Monday, will be officiated by the area’s top referees, who will be joined by three members of U.S. Soccer’s Full-Time Referee Program. Jair Marrufo, Ricardo Salazar and Terry Vaughn will be on hand to mentor and teach up-and-coming referees, and will each be working two games over the course of the weekend.
In the fall, U.S. Soccer staged the inaugural Showcase event at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that featured 36 teams from 18 clubs and two teams from the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program.
The showcase matches are the second such weekend of a nine-month campaign in which 122 teams will compete in more than 1,800 matches in conference play. With 2,440 players, 244 coaches and more than 200 referees participating in individual conference games, travel partner weekends and showcase weekends, the Academy boasts the most comprehensive platform for youth competition in U.S. Soccer history.
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