SFC Cup Select Squad Announcement

  • SFC Cup Select Squad Announcement
    By: manager
    03. 05. 18

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    Southampton Cup North American Select Squads AnnouncedU13 and U15 teams include players from US and Canada Baltimore, MD (March 5, 2018) – The 30 top players identified at the inauguralSouthampton Cup Baltimore Powered by Under Armour will travel toSouthampton, England, next month to train and play at one of the world’s leadingsoccer player academies.The Southampton Cup Baltimore is a premier 90-team event which was held forthe first time last December in Maryland. Southampton Football Club partneredwith Elite Tournaments to provide a specialized tournament experience thatallows players to compete in a unique format. Southampton FC brought over keymembers of their player development academy staff, tasked with choosing twosquads that would later travel to England and experience the Southampton wayof training.Southampton FC staff identified standout players based on quality of play,sportsmanship, advanced skill and knowledge of the game. This group of athletesincludes potential future stars from Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio,Virginia and Canada.FC USA 06, Columbus East 04 and Barcelona USA MD 03 all won in theirrespective age groups with each team having players named to the firstSouthampton Cup Baltimore Select Squad. Additionally, Baltimore Celtic 04,Woodbridge SC 05 and FC USA 03 all advanced to the finals in their age groupsand all had players selected to the squad.Andy Martino, Global Football Development Manager at Southampton FC isexcited about the group’s potential: “We can’t wait to get the players weidentified at the tournament as being the best to Southampton to train anddevelop with our football experts, and learn what it takes to be a Premier Leagueplayer.”The players will take part in a five-day player development residential program,which will include training and tactical sessions led by Southampton FC Academycoaching staff at the world-renowned Staplewood campus. The Select Squad willalso play two matches against professional academies as well as take in an EnglishPremier League match between Southampton and West Ham at London Stadium.Throughout the week, the team will also get to sightsee around London,Southampton and visit historic Stonehenge.“One of my favorite aspects of partnering with Southampton FC is getting toexperience their club culture first hand. I am excited about the opportunity totravel with these youth athletes and create a truly immersive experience. For a lotof these kids it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Cody Pearson, TournamentDirector at Elite Tournaments.The 2018 edition of the Southampton Cup will take place December 1-2 atCovenant Park in Columbia, Maryland. Team applications are now open.