Some of Cayman’s best young footballers returned from Cleveland, Ohio two weeks ago after competing superbly in the AC Milan Continental Cup.
Competing against 12 equally talented teams, they got to the final but just lost out.
Tour manager Antwan Seymour said: ‘With a number of top college scouts attending such a large tournament as this one, Cayman people should feel proud that almost every one inquired about players from our talented group.’
There were three groups. Cayman was placed in group C with N. Scarborough (Canada), Plysa Toros FC (New York), and Flying Kick (Michigan). Team Cayman played some great football and fought to the final whistle in every game.
Their first game was against Flying Kick (Michigan), winning 2-0. Game two was against N. Scarborough which finished in a 1-1 tie. Against Plysa Toros FC Cayman won 4-0 thanks mainly to an outstanding performance from vice-captain and defender Andre McFarlane who scored a hat-trick.
Finishing Top of their group, Team Cayman faced Fort Wayne Fever (Indiana) winners of group B and beat them 4-2.
In the finals, Cayman faced PA Classics (Pennsylvania) winners of group A but lost 2-0. Although they still put up a great performance in the final; they created chances but were unlucky to find the back of the net.
However, the tournament was a great learning experience for all. They finished the tournament having played five games in total, with three wins, one draw and only one loss. Team Cayman scored 11 goals and conceded five.
Seymour added: ‘The team would like to give thanks to God and the many people and organisations that made this trip possible.
‘They include the Cayman Islands government and the Cayman Islands Football Association, Maples and Calder, Ready Mix Concrete, Burger King, Deutsche Bank, Cayman National, H&B Esso, Queensgate Bank & Trust, Jan Goodall of IMS, Graham Ritchie, Randy Merren of Z99 FM, John Pitcairn of Artex Risk Solutions, Sprint Services, the crew at Radio Cayman, Trident Trust and Caribbean Utilities Company.
‘Last but not least we want to give thanks to all that supported the team in their fundraisers, with a special mention to Mackie Seymour, Donette Morris-Seymour and Megan Henry, Tiger Wilson, Nikolai Hill, Sterling Dwayne Ebanks and Paulette Conolly-Bailey.’