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2011 Winter Showcase Enters Final Day in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.


Games Kick Off Throughout the Morning at Premier Sports Campus; Next Major Development Academy Event is Playoffs in Spring 2012

SHOWCASE NEARS ITS END IN FLORIDA: The 2011 Development Academy Winter Showcase enters its final day on Tuesday, with 40 games wrapping up the action at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. By the end of Tuesday all 78 Development Academy clubs will have played a total of 234 non-Conference games during the Showcase.

U-15/16 Schedule | U-17/18 Schedule | Nike Friendlies Schedule | Winter Showcase Homepage  

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STUDIO 90 IN FLORIDA: ussoccer.com’s Studio 90 wraps up its coverage of the 2011 Winter Showcase from Lakewood Ranch with a look at some of the off-the-field activities at Premier Sports Campus. Nike Elite Training 2.0 has been going on throughout the weekend, with teams and players participating. U.S. MNT goalkeeper Nick Rimando visited the Showcase on Sunday to meet players and watch USA vs. Brazil. Studio 90 on ussoccer.com

INCREASED ROLE FOR TECHNICAL ADVISORS: With an increased role in the youth national team programs, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Advisors now have a greater ability to help scout and cultivate elite talent at the youngest level while also preparing themselves to take future roles head coaches. The nine Technical Advisors will all have the chance to coach the U-14 Boys National Team and the U-15 Boys National Team is being coached by U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. ussoccer.com found out how this shift will benefit the development of players and coaches. Read More

REFEREE DEVELOPMENT A MAJOR INITIATIVE: The Development Academy Winter Showcase is another great opportunity for referee development as officials are being assessed on a daily basis in a challenging environment while U.S. Soccer seeks to identify promising referees who can move to the next levels. Six different up-and-coming officiating crews took charge of each of the games in the Nike International Friendlies, and the YNT Blog spoke with Alejandro Mariscal about his experience officiating the 1-1 tie between Brazil and France. There have plenty of education opportunities for referees outside of officiating matches. In addition to receiving feedback from referee assessors after each match, there are on-field instructional sessions with professional referees Ricardo Salazar and Terry Vaughn, as well Women’s Professional Referee Coordinator Sarah Serafini. In the class room, officials have been able to test their skills in making decisions through an interactive video test produced by FIFA. Overall it’s another opportunity for referees to become familiar with the demands required to take their game to the next level. Find Out More at the YNT Blog

NIKE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES RECAP: The 2011 Nike International Friendlies are over, with the USA hoisting its first ever title after a thrilling 3-1 win against Brazil on the final day. The ninth edition of the Friendlies concluded on Dec. 4 after each team had played three games at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. ussoccer.com has the full recap of the event, with highlights of every game as well as reaction after the big finale on Sunday.

Nike International Friendlies Standings
Team   GP        W         L          T          GF       GA      GD      Pts.
USA    3          2          0          1         7          4        +3        7
Brazil    3          1          1          1          3          4        -1         4
France  3          0          0          3          5          5         0          3
Turkey  3          0          2          1          4          6        -2         1           

Nike International Friendlies Schedule
Date                Match                        Result  U.S. Goalscorers
Nov. 30           Brazil vs. Turkey         1-0       --
Nov. 30           USA vs. France           2-2       Robinson, Wade
Dec. 2              France vs. Brazil         1-1       --
Dec. 2              USA vs. Turkey          2-1       Turner, Flores
Dec. 4              Turkey vs. France        3-3       --
Dec. 4              USA vs. Brazil            3-1       Rubin, Turner, Wade

Click Here for Highlights of Every Game at the Nike International Friendlies

U-17 SPOTLIGHT – TYLER TURNER: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team captain Tyler Turner was destined to play soccer. Growing up with a mother who played and a grandfather who coached, Turner was raised with a ball at his feet. The Connecticut native joined the Residency Program from Academy club South Central Premier in the fall, and already he has helped the U17’s to victories against Turkey and Brazil at the 2011 Nike International Friendlies. Turner scored a goal in each game, and as captain was the first to hoist the tournament trophy. Read more about Turner at ussoccer.com

U-17 SPOTLIGHT – JUNIOR FLORES: Junior Flores was the ussoccer.com Man of the Match in the U-17s 3-1 win against Brazil, punctuating a fantastic tournament for the creative midfielder. The playmaker caused opponents trouble throughout the tournament, recording a goal and three assists as the USA collected an unbeaten 2-0-1 record. Now it’s back to Bradenton for the Virginia native, who joined Residency from Academy club McLean Youth Soccer. He’ll be on the practice field with his teammates this week, and he credits the training environment for helping him and the rest of the new crop of Residency players’ performance at the 2011 Nike International Friendlies. Read more about Flores at ussocer.com

ACADEMY ALUMNUS AGUDELO TRAINING IN EUROPE: One of the main tenets of the Development Academy is the emphasis on more and better training. Whether that's week to week in every session or on a larger level like the move to the 10-month season, it's clear the more players are training at a higher level, the better chance they have to succeed. Development Academy alumnus Juan Agudelo has taken the opportunity to train in Europe during what would be his offseason. The New York Red Bulls forward spent time with VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, where U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann used his ties to his first professional club to set up a training stint for Agudelo. ussoccer.com spoke with the young forward about the experience. Read the full interview with Juan Agudelo

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