Team includes players from Atlanta, Baltimore and Dallas that will compete against English Professional Academies this summer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2010) — Eighteen of the country’s most talented high-school soccer players will make up Disney’s Soccer Showcase All-Star Team which will represent the United States during a foreign tour this summer.
As part of its summer tour, the team will visit and train at the famed Chelsea Football Academy near London and play against English Premier League and League One Academy teams. In addition to experiencing training with Chelsea FC coaches and daily life as a top-flight English footballer, the all-stars will also attend the Football Association (FA) Community Shield Match at historic Wembley Stadium.
The squad is made up of top performers from the U17 boys division who competed in Disney’s Soccer Showcase presented by Chelsea FC, the nation’s leading college recruiting tournament which drew nearly 30,000 athletes, college coaches and fans to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this past December.
Players from some of the best boys clubs in the country including the Baltimore Bays (Baltimore, MD), the Concorde Fire (Atlanta, GA) and two Dallas-based clubs, the Dallas Texans Academy and Solar SC, each had several players selected for the elite squad.
Holden Fender and Preston Gayton from the Concorde Fire were selected as all-stars after solid performances throughout Disney’s Soccer Showcase, including a 2-1 victory over Chelsea FC Academy (London, England) in their final game. Fender and Holden will again face the Chelsea FC Academy team during their tour with all-stars this summer.
The number-one ranked boys club in the country as ranked by Soccer America, the Baltimore Bays, had three players selected including Derek Chan, Romolio Hernadez and Tanner Vosvick. Leading the Disney All-Stars this summer will be Bays coaches Steve Nichols and Kevin Healey. Nichols will be making his second trip as the team’s head coach having been previously chosen in 2009.
Playing at forward for the all-stars will be Alfred Koroma (Solar SC) who is currently competing with the United States U17 National Team in Jamaica for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Koroma netted his first goal for the U.S. in their 3-1 victory over Cuba in the tournament opener. Joining Koroma on the all-stars is Solar SC teammate Zachary Mathers and fellow Texas soccer standouts Geoffrey Hill and Kevin Wright- both from the Dallas Texans Academy.
“For these young and talented players to experience training and competition at the highest-level is a tremendous opportunity in terms of their development as players and as individuals,” said Patrick Dicks, Disney Sports Area Manager. “The Showcase continues to draw some of the best players in the country who not only have the chance to be selected as an all-star, but are able to play in a great environment for college recruitment.”
The Disney All-Star team is sponsored by adidas, which is dedicated to providing developmental and educational experiences for top level youth soccer players, college players and coaches, and operates Disney’s Soccer Showcase All-Star Team program.
Disney’s Soccer Showcase 2011 All-Star Team
Romolio Hernandez Baltimore Bays Chelsea Baltimore, MD
Tanner Vosvick Baltimore Bays Chelsea Baltimore, MD
Derek Chan Baltimore Bays Chelsea Baltimore, MD
Preston Gayton Concorde Fire Atlanta, GA
Holden Fender Concorde Fire Atlanta, GA
Zachary Mathers Solar Chelsea Academy Dallas, TX
Alfred Koroma Solar Chelsea Academy Dallas, TX
Geoffrey Hill Dallas Texans Academy Dallas, TX
Kevin Wright Dallas Texans Academy Dallas, TX
Garrett Closs Andromeda Academy Plano, TX
Damien Sampson Sockers FC Chicago Chicago, IL
Zhuvonte Wilson North Meck SC Academy Cornelius, NC
Fernando Castellanos CASL Chelsea FC Raleigh, NC
Daniel Gonzalez Kendall SC Academy Miami, FL
Alexander Olofson CASL Chelsea FC Raleigh, NC
Nicholas Williams CASL Chelsea FC Raleigh, NC
Michael Nelson Lonestar Red Academy Austin, TX
Kyle McDonald Lonestar Red Academy Austin, TX
Steve Nichols Baltimore Bays Chelsea Baltimore, MD
Kevin Healey Baltimore Bays Chelsea Baltimore, MD
About ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries. Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 230-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including Champion Stadium, the HP Field House, the Jostens Center, the Hess Sports Fields, a track & field facility, a tennis complex and a baseball/softball sportsplex. It is also home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology Group that develops ground-breaking on-air products like Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom, as well as development of its new 3-D television channel. In addition, the complex features 56 high-definition cameras and 40 high-definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, which can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex. The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art HD and 3-D Production Center with direct links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for press releases, photos and videos. Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports.
About Chelsea Football Club
Founded in 1905, Chelsea Football Club plays in the English Premier League and supports the development of soccer at all levels around the world. Nicknamed The Blues, Chelsea’s First Team plays at Stamford Bridge in West London.
adidas has been providing innovative products for the world’s best athletes for more than 50 years, from past legends to today’s superstars. adidas is a global designer, developer, and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world. Brand adidas is part of the adidas Group, a corporation that includes brands such as Reebok, TaylorMade, and Rockport.
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