USL News Release
Friday, October 10, 2008
TAMPA – United Soccer Leagues announced today the USL Men’s Player Showcase presented by Umbro will be hosted by the Charleston Battery of the USL First Division. The third installment of USL’s men’s showcase, the event will again be featured at the renowned Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina beginning on Sunday, December 14. The three-day event, comprised of multiple 70-minute matches, concludes on Tuesday, December 16.
In 2007 USL Men’s Player Showcase drew more than 300 applicants from an elite pool of collegiate and international talent. As with previous showcase events, the majority of selected players are drawn from USL’s Premier Development League.
“As expected in 2007, the Charleston Battery displayed an overwhelming level of professionalism in hosting the USL Men’s Player Showcase,” said USL Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt. “Through their run to the U.S. Open Cup Final this season, the Battery displayed their on-field ability. Off the field, Charleston possesses world class facilities and tremendous experience in hosting successful events.”
The 2008 USL Men’s Player Showcase presented by Umbro will bring in the top 90 players in North America that competed amongst the 67 PDL teams from the 2008 season. As the top amateur league in North America, the Premier Development League is committed to providing its players with every opportunity to excel at the professional level. Players interested in participating must submit their applications no later than Friday, November 7.
“We are pleased to have this event back in Charleston and look forward to the professional atmosphere the Battery continue to bring to USL,” said USL Showcase Director, Amanda Duffy. “It is fitting that the players moving into the professional ranks from this event will have had the experience of playing in the first privately-funded soccer-specific stadium in the United States, Blackbaud Stadium, and experience what professional soccer is all about. It is another way we consider this event a success.”
The USL Men’s Player Showcase presented by Umbro is open to all interested players under an application process. Applications must be submitted with a player biography which will be examined by the USL showcase selection committee before any players are accepted. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled.
All players and coaches involved with the showcase will be staying on Daniel Island near the stadium at the Official Host Hotel: Hampton Inn Charleston – Daniel Island.
Last season the USL Men’s Player Showcase provided an affordable platform for 90 elite prospects to display their abilities to a number of top clubs around the world. With numerous players landing professional contracts in Major League Soccer, the USL First Division, the USL Second Division and with international clubs, the USL Men’s Player Showcase has become a critical component of the PDL and the player development structure within USL.
For more information about the 2008 USL Men’s Player Showcase presented by Umbro, please visit the USL Men’s Player Showcase information page at www.USLsoccer.com