Two LFCIA-MI Super Y League teams will head to Florida tomorrow for a chance to win the 2017 SYL North American Championship.
The 2004 Girls Redknapp, last year’s SYL North American Champions in the U12 division, look to win back-to-back honors. Coach Lee Hudson talked about the team’s chemistry and unity ahead of the five days of competition in the U13 division which begins on Friday, December 8th at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
"A few new faces joined the 2004 girls team this year and they have given us more strength and depth,” said Hudson. “They’re committed, work hard in practice, and have adopted the Liverpool FC core values of Ambition, Commitment, Dignity and Unity. All of the girls come to us from four different clubs in the area, and so to see them play with such harmony over this past summer’s six-week season is a massive credit to their personality and intelligence as players.” The 2004 team posted a perfect 8-0-0 season.
The 2003 Boys Fowler team also looks to capitalize on their regional success this summer. Coach Daniel Price hopes their experience over the last two years competing in the SYL Finals will help push them toward the top of the podium this year in the U14 division.
"These boys have grown so much as individuals and collectively as a team. They should be proud of the brand of soccer they play, as it's very exciting to watch,” said Price. “It's been a joy to be their coach and I'm pleased we will return to IMG for another shot at the Championship."
Super Y League is the country’s longest running national youth league. LFCIA-MI, in its six years of participation, holds three North American Championship honors.
“The Championships speak for themselves,” said Price who also serves as Director of Coaching for the club’s Super Y program. “And with these two groups we will be looking to add more hardware this year, but just as important is the overall success of our Super Y program. We feel it’s a fantastic way for exceptionally talented young players to come together and continue to grow as players."
The Super Y program gives players a platform to continue their development after the yearly club season comes to an end and is open to players from any club to tryout. The training curriculum and environment, coupled with the high level of competition, is aimed at accelerating development. It is an affordable six-week summer program with two training sessions per week, 8-10 league games, all under the leadership of a qualified, professional coaching staff. Last summer, LFCIA-MI had 22 teams participate in the summer league that took them to competitions around Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.
Following the North American Championships, LFCIA-MI will host tryouts for the 2018 Super Y season on January 8th in Ann Arbor and January 18th at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac. www.liverpoolfcamerica-mi.com/super-y-tryouts
To follow the progress of our teams in Florida, go to our Facebook page @LFCIAMI. For live streaming of games, go to @Coach-Daniel Price and @Coach-Lee Hudson on Facebook.
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Schedule at 2017 SYL North American Finals
Friday December 8th:
U14 Boys 2003 Fowler v Ironbound SC @ 12:00 PM
U13 Girls 2004 Redknapp v Concorde Fire @ 2:00 PM
Saturday December 9th:
U13 Girls 2004 Redknapp v NV Soccer Club @ 8:00 AM
U14 Boys 2003 Fowler v South Orlando SC @ 4:00 PM
Sunday December 10th:
U14 Boys 2003 Fowler v Alpharetta Ambush @ 10:00 AM
U13 Girls 2004 Redknapp v Palm Beach Gardens @ 12:00 PM
Monday December 11th:
U14 Boys Semi Finals, if qualify @ 12:00 PM
U13 Girls Semi Finals, if qualify @ 2:00 PM
Tuesday December 12th:
U13 Girls Championships, if qualify @ 9:00 AM
U14 Boys Championships, if qualify @ 9:30 AM