BRADENTON, Fla. (Monday, December 3, 2001) – The U.S. Soccer/Nike Club Tournament came to an end on Monday afternoon with four games at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The event brought together 19 teams that combined to play 30 games in four days. The matches were played as friendlies, and no champion was crowned at the end of the tournament.
The U.S. fielded two Under-17 sides for the tournament, finishing their play in the tournament on Sunday with a combined 5-1 record. U.S. head coach John Ellinger split his team into two squads for the tournament, producing an older team (players born in ’84 and ‘85) and a younger team (‘86s). The younger group is made up of players preparing for the 2003 Under-17 World Championship. Nine of the younger players
began the residency program in September 2001.
The rematch of the 2001 national championship between the Chicago Sockers and FC Delco highlighted play on the final day. While neither team fielded the same squad as they did at the national championships, the result was still the same as the Sockers came out on top. Chicago went down a man early in the second half, but managed to hold off Delco’s attack and even added two goals of their own after the ejection to post a 3-0 win. U.S. Under-17 National Team players Craig Capano, Mike Magee, Justin Mapp and Adam Schuerman all played for the Sockers. Capano and Magee played with the Sockers this summer when the Sockers won the National Championship.
In other matches, the Colorado Rush held off a younger Syracuse Blitz side, and then added two late goals for a 4-1 win. The Blitz had several quality chances to equalize and go ahead in the second half, but were unable to convert. The Rush played five matches in the tournament, winning four after opening with a 1-1 draw against the IMG Academy Under-19 squad. The Rush outscored their last four opponents 17-3.
The IMG Under-17s played a very spirited game against FC Delco Dynamo II. Dynamo, the 2001 National Champions, got a goal from Matt Kelly, and IMG used a Jeremy Gold score to draw 1-1. The IMG Under-19s played the final game of the tournament, topping Blackwatch (N.Y.) 3-0.
The younger U.S. Side (‘86s) stole the show at the tournament, finishing undefeated with three wins in three games, while outscoring their older opponents 9-2. Freddie Adu paced the team with four goals.
Following are the complete tournament results:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2001
IMG Under-19s 1 Colorado Rush 1
U.S. Under-17s (‘86s) 3 Syracuse Blitz 1
Chicago Sockers 5 Blackwatch (NY) 0
U.S. Under-17s (‘84-85) 2 Houston Texans 1
IMG Under-17s 3 Richmond Strikers 0
Blackwatch (Fla.) 0 FC Delco Under-17s 5
Delco Under-15s 1 IMG Under-15s 2
Plantation 0 FC Delco Under-16s 1
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2001
Rush 8 Blackwatch (NY) 0
U.S. Under-17s (84-85) 3 Chicago Sockers 0
IMG Under-17s 2 Plantation 3
Delco Under-16s 4 Brandon 0
Syracuse Blitz 1 Texans 3
U.S. Under-17s 2 Richmond Strikers 0
Delco Under-15s 2 Blackwatch (Fla.) 0
IMG Under-19s 0 Chicago Sockers 1
Delco Under-17s 4 Naples 1
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2001
U.S. Under-17s 4 Delco U-16s 1
Colorado Rush 3 Richmond Strikers 1
IMG U-19s 0 Texans 2
FC Delco U-17s 6 Clearwater Chargers 1
Chicago Sockers 5 Blackwatch (FL) 0
Colorado Rush 2 U.S. Under-17s 1
IMG U-17s 1 Syracuse Blitz 2
Blackwatch (NY) 0 Naples 2
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2001
Syracuse Blitz 1 Colorado Rush 4
FC Delco U-17s 0 Chicago Sockers 3
IMG U-17s 1 FC Delco U-16s 1
IMG U-19s 3 Blackwatch (NY) 0