Academy star in USA Cup

The Academy Sports Club’s Under-11
and Under-12 youth teams’ first foray into competitive overseas competitions
ended with the younger side winning the Schwan’s USA Cup Tournament, which is
held annually in Blaine, Minnesota.

The Schwan’s USA Cup is one of the
largest summer youth football tournaments in the United States. Started in 1985
and modelled after the famous Norway Cup in Europe, the Schwan’s USA Cup has
always attracted teams from all over the United States and the world.

Over the years, Schwan’s USA Cup
has welcomed many celebrity visitors to their fields, including Pelé; US
National Team stars Michelle Akers, Freddy Adu, Mia Hamm, Cobi Jones, Kristine
Lilly, Landon Donovan, Julie Foudy, Abby Wambach and Leslie Osborne; and former
Italian coach Roberto Donadoni.

The 2010 tournament attracted over
450 male and female teams from 19 countries competing in the Under-9 division
to the Under-19 division. The tournament is split into two sections with the
Weekend Tournament played from 10-12 July and the Week Tournament which ran
from 13-17 July.

With coaches Virgil Seymour and
Glen Whewell guiding their players on and a large supportive group of parents
cheering them on, Academy’s Under-11s were crowned champions of the Weekend Tournament
last Monday going undefeated in six games, scoring 26 goals and conceding only
four.

Placed in Group F with Eden Prairie
Black Ninjas, Moorhead Jets and SC Waukesha Arsenal, the Cayman youngsters
posted results of 6-1, 0-0 and 3-3 respectively, finishing second in the group
and advancing to the playoffs.

In the playoffs, the youngsters
were virtually unstoppable, playing fantastic football on their way to beating
Alaska Phoenix 4-0 in the first round; PSA 7-0 in the second round and crowning
their achievement with a 6-0 demolition of Topeka Select Sting in the final.

Leading scorers for Academy’s Under
11s were Corey Mellaneo, Sebastian Martinez, Kray Foster, Elijah Seymour and
Jacob Whewell.

While their younger counterparts
took home the gold in the Under-11 division, the Under-12s were not as
fortunate. Placed in Group E with MBSA Blaze, Lakeville Lightning and PCYS
Respect, Academy won 3-1, lost 1-0 and won 2-1 respectively, finishing second
in the group and also advancing to the playoffs.

Facing a very tough Centennial
Warriors team in the first round of the playoffs, the Cayman boys came up short
losing by the narrowest of margins, 2-1. Although disappointed, the youngsters
played very attractive football and were upbeat about their chances in the Week
Tournament.

Both the Under-11s and Under-12s
participated in the Week Tournament, which immediately followed the Weekend Tournament.
A report on the results from that tournament will follow.

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The Academy teams did really well.
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