Seacoast United's U.S. Development Academy teams departed on Tuesday afternoon to compete in the 2013 Winter Showcase and NIKE International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, FL.
Highlighting the 106 U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs from across the country, matches will take place at the Premier Sports Complex from December 11th-15th. Teams will play 3 games over a 4 day period, and will participate in fitness and hydration testing conducted by US Soccer staff.
Seacoast United's U17/18 boys kicked off their showcase weekend on Wednesday morning vs. Lonestar SC Academy of Texas, taking the 1-0 lead on a goal by Matt Cooper in the first half. Although SUSC conceded a goal in the 2nd half, they dominated play but were unable to convert many chances, resulting in a 1-1 draw. The U17/18's will face Real Colorado on Thursday and FC Wisconsin Nationals on Saturday before departing for home.
The U15/16's begin their first of three games on Thursday afternoon vs. Santa Cruz Breakers Academy (CA), followed by Andromeda FC (TX) on Friday, and FC Wisconsin Nationals on Sunday morning.
For more information on the Seacoast United U.S. Development Academy program, please click here.