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U.S. Soccer Development Academy to Stage Second Showcase in Frisco, Texas, Feb 16-18, 2008

CHICAGO (Oct. 19, 2007) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy will stage its Winter Showcase at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas from Feb. 16-18, 2008. The U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups will each boast 43 elite clubs from across the country and a total of 86 games that will be played over the course of the weekend.

Clubs from 19 different states will be represented in Frisco, with California and New York sending five each, while North Carolina, Illinois and Ohio will each send four. Every team will play two games with teams against non-conference opponents to complement their intraconference schedule. The complete Winter Showcase schedule will be announced at a later date.

The showcase will also feature the nation’s top referees as selected by U.S. Soccer’s Professional Referee Assignors. The referees at the weekend’s matches will be trained and evaluated by the top members of the U.S. Soccer referee department.

The U-17/18 competition for players born after Jan. 1, 1989, will play 90 minute games, while the U-15/16 competition for players born after Jan. 1, 1991, will play 80 minute games. Both age groups are limited to seven substitutions with no re-entry.

The Academy Winter Showcase is one of four Showcases throughout the 2007-08 season. The Spring Showcase will be held from May 24-27 and the Summer Showcase will take place June 27-30 at sites to be determined. The first Fall Showcase was held Oct. 6-9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.  
At the inaugural Fall Showcase held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Oct. 6-8, 38 teams played 38 matches in a focus soccer setting in front of scores of U.S. National Team coaches, college coaches and scouts, including national team coaches Bob Bradley, Thomas Rongen and John Hackworth. U.S. Soccer also provided a athletes’ lounge, complete with laptops and furniture provided by Nike, televisions for Xbox Live and plenty of Gatorade products.

In a broad move designed to improve the development environment for players throughout the country, the U.S. Soccer Federation has taken the initiative in formalizing the nationwide development academy. Created to provide players with the best possible opportunity to develop, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy was initiated after a comprehensive review of player development systems in the United States and around the world.  

The showcase matches are part of a nine-month season in which 122 teams will compete in more than 1,800 matches in conference play.  With 2,440 players, 244 coaches and more than 200 referees participating in individual conference games, travel partner weekends and showcase weekends, the Academy boasts the most comprehensive platform for youth competition in U.S. Soccer history.

Winter Showcase Participating Clubs

Northeast Conference

Albertson Soccer Club Manhasset Hills, N.Y.
B/W Gottschee Rego Park, N.Y.
FC Greater Boston Bolts Waban, Mass.
FC Westchester Scarsdale, N.Y.
Met Oval Brooklyn, N.Y.
Oakwood SC Glastonbury, Conn.
Seacoast United SC Hampton, N.H.
South Central Premier Branford, Conn.

Mid-Atlantic Conference
Baltimore Bays SC Baltimore, Md.
DC United Washington, D.C.
FC Delco Downingtown, Pa.
Match Fit Academy Bayonne, N.J.
NY Red Bulls Secaucus, N.J.
PA Classics Lancaster, Pa.
PDA Zarephath, N.J.
Potomac Soccer Association Potomac, Md.

Atlantic Conference
CASL Raleigh, N.C.
Greensboro SC Greensboro, N.C.
North Meck SC Cornelius, N.C.
South Charlotte SA Matthews, N.C.

Great Lakes Conference

Carmel United SC
Westfield, Ind.
CASA Hudson, Ohio
Columbus Crew Columbus, Ohio
Empire United SA Rochester, N.Y.
Internationals SC North Royalton, Ohio
Michigan Wolves Farmington Heights, Mich.
Ohio Elite Batavia, Ohio
Vardar SC Rochester Hills, Mich.

Mid-America Conference

Chicago Fire Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Magic Frankfort, Ill.
FC Milwaukee Butler, Wis.
Metro United FC Edwardsville, Ill.
Scott Gallagher St. Louis, Mo.
Sockers FC Chicago Palatine, Ill.

SoCal Conference

Arsenal FC Alta Loma, Calif.
Irvine Strikers Irvine, Calif.
LAFC La Canada, Calif.
Pateadores SC Yorba Linda, Calif.
Real So Cal Woodland Hills, Calif.

West Conference
Colorado Rapids Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado Rush Littleton, Colo.
FC Portland Hillsborough, Ore.
Real Colorado Centennial, Colo.