Seacoast United U16 and U18 Boys Academy squads gave Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Kansas City Wizards a run for their money in the first day of action at the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase & Nike International Friendlies. With hundreds of college coaches in attendance from every corner of the country, SUSC’s U16’s put in an outstanding performance in the event’s first game of the day.
Seacoast United U16 and U18 Boys Academy squads gave Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Kansas City Wizards a run for their money in the first day of action at the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase & Nike International Friendlies. With hundreds of college coaches in attendance from every corner of the country, SUSC’s U16 boys put in an outstanding performance in the event’s first game of the day. Spencer Palmer (Stratham, NH) had the ball in the back of the net within the first five minutes only to have it called back for an alleged foul. The first half was very even for both sides with Seacoast United having slightly the better goal scoring opportunities. With the game still tied at 0-0, Kansas City Wizards almost took the lead in the last five minutes but goalkeeper Glen Martin (Andover, MA) made a world class save diving to his left and tipping the ball over the bar. Unfortunately for SUSC, the MLS outfit from Kansas sneaked a game winning goal in injury time and ran out the remaining few seconds of play to win 1-0. Although the second half was not played at quite the same high standard, US Scouts were still very complimentary of the level of play produced by the U16’s. Jason Wade (South Hampton, NH), Andre Simmond (Londonderry, NH) and Willis Griffith (Amherst, NH) all had fine performances. “For the first game of the season, I was very pleased with the team’s effort and on a stage such as this, it is clear the players belong in such a prestigious environment amongst the best Clubs in the country” said John Price, SUSC’s Academy Director.
Immediately following the first game, Seacoast United U18’s tackled the Wizards U18 squad and although the game finished up 0-0, the Seacoast squad put in a quality performance. Kris Abildgaard (Hopkinton, NH) had a chance cleared off the line after fine work by Alex Germaine (Derry, NH). Justin Rosner, (Brunswick, ME) also had a point blank header kept out of the goal after a fantastic save by the opposition goalkeeper. The chance was created after some great work by Jimmy Petruccelli (Brentwood, NH) and although the youngster was carried off later in the game with a high ankle sprain, his performance reinforced his inclusion in the US National Team pool. Rob Thompson, U18 Academy coach was impressed with his team’s performance. “The fact we competed and held our own against a professional set up like the Kansas City Wizards is a reflection of how much the standard of play has improved within our Club and in our region” claimed the UNH men’s head coach.
Both of the Seacoast United squads will take on MLS squad Colorado Rapids this Sunday and conclude their games on Monday against North Carolina’s North Meck Soccer Club before returning home.
The full Academy schedule can be found at : http://www.ussoccer.com/Teams/Development-Academy/Academy.aspx