Development Academy Summer Showcase to be Held in Greensboro, N.C.
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.
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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 soccer complexes in the country. The two-time host of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division III Final Four 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.
Also in attendance will be 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.
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.
With full coverage of all the Showcase events, ussoccer.com will once again be on hand to provide Studio 90 shows, all_access videos, match highlights and behind-the-scenes scoop featured on the YNT Blog. U.S. Soccer will continue to tape all Showcase games in high definition to make available to scouts and to be analyzed by Pro Zone.
The U.S. Soccer Federation has taken the initiative in formalizing the nationwide Development Academy as part of a broad move designed to improve the development environment for players throughout the country. Created to provide players with the best possible opportunity to develop, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is being initiated after a comprehensive review of player development systems in the United States and around the world.
The showcase matches are the fourth such weekend of a nine-month season in which 126 teams will compete in over 1,800 matches in conference play. With 3,000 players, 500 coaches and more than 400 referees, the Academy boasts the most comprehensive platform for youth competition in U.S. Soccer history.