LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Via Disney) – Thirty-two teams have been selected for the top U-17 and U-18 divisions of the Disney Boys Soccer Showcase, following the inaugural broadcast of the Disney Soccer Showcase Selection Show. shown Wednesday night on ESPN3. During the program, ESPN broadcasters Drew Fellios and Eddie Rodriguez discussed teams competing in the Showcase Division.
The U17 Showcase Division features three teams from Ohio, while Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Canada each checked in with two teams:
|Baltimore Celtic 2001 ECNL (Maryland)||Brausa United Futebol BUFC Blue 01 (Maryland)|
|Cincinnati United Cup 01 Gold (Ohio)||Delaware Football DEFC 01 Boys (Delaware)|
|FC Dallas 01 Central (Texas)||FC Dallas Youth 01B Premier (Texas)|
|FC United 2001 Select 1 (Illinois)||Match Fit Academy FC ECNL 01 (New Jersey)|
|Manhattan SC EMELEC (New York)||SC Del Sol 01 Boys (Arizona)|
|Scuola Calcio Internazionale USA 2001 Academy (Florida)||Team Challenger FC 01 Black (Ohio)|
|Vaughan 2001 OPDL Boys (Canada)||Club Ohio 2001 Green 1 (Ohio)|
|WSC Elite Cosmos (New Jersey)||Woodbridge SC SMSC (Canada)|
U18 Showcase Division features three states – California, New Jersey and Ohio – represented by two teams each:
|ACYS Spirit United B2000 Elite (Florida)||Carolina Elite SA CESA 00B Premier (South Carolina)|
|Crescenta Valley SC 800 (California)||Dallas Texans 00B South (Texas)|
|Delware Rush DE Rush 00 Boys (Delaware)||FC Copa Academy B00 Black (New Jersey)|
|Kingdom SC 00 Red (Michigan)||Lexington FC LFC 00 White (Kentucky)|
|Lou Fusz SC – Geerling 00 (Missouri)||Ohio Premier OP N.L. (Ohio)|
|STA-MUSC 2000B NPL (New Jersey)||Strikers FC South Bay Gold (California)|
|SUSA NPL B00 (New York)||Toledo Celtics SC Toledo Celtics Boys 00 Black (Ohio)|
|Virginia Rush Rush 00B (Virginia)||Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC 00 Hammerheads White (North Carolina)|
Disney Soccer Showcase, an elite youth soccer event, annually attracts the top high school-aged soccer players from around the country to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Additionally, the Disney Soccer Showcase is recognized as the premier college recruiting event in the nation, attracting more than 20,000 athletes, fans and scouts each year. In 2016, 424 coaches from 324 colleges and universities – including top Division I programs like North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Wake Forest, Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Duke – attended tournament games. Disney Soccer Showcase provides youth soccer players the unique opportunity to play in front of prominent collegiate head coaches such as Ray Reid (Connecticut), Carlos Somoano (North Carolina), Todd Yeagley (Indiana), Bob Warming (Penn State), Bobby Muuss (Wake Forest) and Sasho Cirovski (Maryland).
The tournaments feature more than 600 teams and 11,000 athletes each year. This year, the boys and girls events will take place over separate weekends. The girls will play November 23-26; the boys are in action December 27-31.