Summer Showcase To Host 126 Teams
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy will host its Summer Showcase from June 27-30 in Greensboro, N.C. All 62 clubs and a split squad from the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will play in their final matches before Development Academy Finals Week, which takes place from July 12-19 at The Home Depot Center.
Scheduled to be in attendance are a full complement of National Team scouts, including U.S. Soccer’s Scouting Manager Dave Sarachan and full-time Development Academy Scouts Raul Diaz-Arce and Tony Lepore. All three have had a hands-on role in evaluating, educating and scouting players, while also training and evaluating club coaches in the Development Academy since February. In addition, over a dozen national team scouts, professional scouts and over 100 college coaches are expected to attend.
Similar to the Spring Showcase, all 126 teams will play three games over the course of the four days at Bryan Park. One of the most renowned fields around and a two-time host of the NCAA Final Four, Bryan Park boasts 17 Bermuda grass fields, including the five-year-old Macpherson Soccer Stadium, which is set to host selected games during the Showcase.
“The Summer Showcase in Greensboro will be an excellent opportunity to highlight every team for the final time in our first Academy season,” said Development Academy Technical Director John Hackworth. “The Bryan Park facility allows us to bring our fourth and final Showcase of the year to the East Coast, and should be an excellent host for all 189 matches as well as our educational resources.”
Each team will play three games across four days of the long weekend, with a rest day on either Saturday or Sunday. The rest day will provide teams an opportunity to take advantage of the Academy’s various educational resources in player development, coaching, administration and refereeing. The games will be officiated by the area’s top referees, who will be joined by members of U.S. Soccer’s Full-Time Referee Program as selected by U.S. Soccer’s Professional Referee Assignors.
Last fall, U.S. Soccer staged the inaugural Showcase event at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The marquee event featured 36 teams from 18 clubs and two teams from the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program.
In February, 88 teams representing 44 clubs descended on Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, for the Winter Showcase, and for the first time in history all 126 teams will come together in Rockford, Ill., for the Spring Showcase, from May 23-26.
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