Technical Advisors Continue Programming at 2010 Development Academy Spring Showacase
• Technical Environment Key Element Throughout Academy Season, Variety of Perspectives Available on Site in Sarasota, Fla.
• Day Two Concludes with 58 Matches Played at Sarasota Polo Grounds
• Showcase Continues Through Tuesday, June 1
SARASOTA, Fla. (May 30, 2010) – The second day of games at the 2010 Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Fla., featured 58 games spread throughout 20 fields at the Sarasota Polo Grounds.
Technical Advisors Tony Lepore, Chris Brewer, Louis Mateus and Hugo Perez have been on hand throughout the event, with all the teams they work with closely during the season all in one place. At Showcase events, teams have the opportunity to hear from a variety of technical advisors and Academy scouts to gain different perspectives on technical matters.
“We develop a relationship with the teams throughout the course of the season, so by this time of year, we know the players, system and coaches very well,” said Brewer, who works with teams in the Southeast.
Technical advisors are heavily involved with clubs in their areas, often having daily conversations and always attempting to make sure clubs are providing the best possible training and game-day environment to players and coaches.
On Saturday, Brewer watched teams that he knew well, like IMG Academy, and teams he was a bit less familiar with, such as D.C. United. The dynamic was designed to provide different perspectives from different technical advisors and scouts.
The per diem scouting network ranges from top-level college coaches to former Men’s National Team players and coaches such as Bob Gansler, Thomas Dooley and Brian Maisonneuve. The discussions and the relationship between the clubs and U.S. Soccer staff is designed to be give-and-take.
“It’s not something where we lecture the teams about doing something that is a ‘cookie cutter’ solution,” explained Brewer. “There is a lot of back and forth, a lot more discussion than guidance and black and white discussion. We know it’s important to remember that every club has different circumstances and we just want them to do what is best for them and provide guidance within our structure.”
The Academy structure includes Best Practice guidelines as established after a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world. Each Academy team is evaluated by a National Team coach at least ten times each year and each Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from National Team staff.
The Technical Advisors also take the lead on player identification and scouting, with weekly conference calls throughout the season providing a national platform for identifying prospective youth national team players.
In addition to the regular season discussions about individual players, Showcase events feature dozens of youth national team coaches and more than 300 college coaches to become the premier scouting events in the country.
The 2010 Spring Showcase continues through June 1 at the Sarasota Polo Grounds.
The Showcase is the second event of the 2009-10 Development Academy season following the Winter Showcase, which was held from Dec. 4-8 in Phoenix, Ariz. Academy Playoffs will be held at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. from June 25-29 and Academy Finals Week will be held from July 9-18 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.