Cayman ‘guest’ footballers shine at US tourney

| 08/08/2017
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Ashely Ebanks, Shimari Fisher and Jasmine Powery at USA Cup

(CNS Local Life): Five Academy Sports Club members joined other teams at the Schwan’s USA Cup held in Minnesota last month as they didn’t have enough players to form a squad in their age brackets. Finigan Huffington Bryan and Adebayo Oremule played with Vardar Soccer Club from Michigan, making it to the U19 Gold Cup semifinal, while Ashely Ebanks, Jasmine Powery and Shimari Fisher lent their talents to Peterborough SC from Ontario, Canada, reaching the U17 Gold Cup semifinals.

All players made significant contributions to their teams, with Bryan, Oremule, and Fisher all scoring goals during the tournament, stated a press release.

“Our players who were guests on other teams had a unique experience at the tournament as they were able to interact with and get to know teams from another country, as well as play with them,” said Virgil Seymour, Academy head coach.

In addition, colleges present at the tournament expressed interest in the older Academy players.

“It is always a good feeling to hear that a college team is interested in a player from Academy,” said Seymour. “We are extremely grateful to the teams for allowing our players to join them for the week and for giving them the opportunity to get in front of the eyes of some college scouts.”

Academy also welcomed players from other teams to play with their six squads during the tournament.

“While at the USA Cup, we like to create relationships with other teams as much as we can, allowing us to have these kinds of situations where other teams can help us out and we can help them as well,” said Seymour. “This guest player programme also promotes a cross-cultural experience through football.”

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  1. annonymous says:

    Keep up the hard work young ladies and young men!

    Experiences like that will set up even more opportunities for exposure; and in turn better position you to continue on a positive path as adults.

    You will become better adult citizens as a result!

    Well done Academy! Keep them traveling; it is so important for their development all around.