Academy Sports Club recently entered four teams into the Schwan’s USA Cup football tournament in Minnesota and secured one quarterfinalist position, two semifinalist spots, and one champion trophy at the end of the week-long tournament.
The four teams entered were in the U-10, U-11, U-13 and U-15 age brackets. The teams played a game each every day, resulting in the U-15 team making it to the Gold quarterfinals, the U-13 and U-11 team being Gold semifinalists for their respective age groups, and the U-10 team coming home victorious as Silver Champions, the sports club said in a press release.
Each team won an MVP and Leadership award, chosen by their Academy teammates. The players’ chosen MVPs were Sean Byles (U-10), Immanuel Duran (U-11), Jackson Kirkconnell (U-13) and Mathew Haynes (U-15). Winning for their leadership roles were Jahmar Campbell (U-10), Justin Byles (U-11), Harrison Hew (U-13) and Dominic Owens (U-15).
“We have to extend a huge congratulations to all of our players,” said Paul Byles, Academy’s U-15/U-13 head coach. “Everyone really put in a lot of effort on the field during this year’s tournament and it was great to see many players growing and improving during the week.
“During the group stages, all four teams proved themselves at the Gold Flight level, the highest level at the tournament,” he added.
“We can take lessons learned during the tournament and apply them to the upcoming season and beyond,” said Virgil Seymour, Academy head coach. “I believe attending the tournament every year really gives the players that extra experience necessary to perform as well as they can throughout the year.”
The Schwan’s USA Cup is described as the biggest football tournament in the Western Hemisphere. This year, the Cup featured 1,178 teams from 19 countries.