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Indianapolis College Showcase Review

By Midwest United FC- Kalamazoo, 12/06/17, 9:45AM EST

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U17 and U14 Boys Gain Experience

Indianapolis College Showcase Review

Between December 1-3,  two of our teams were involved in a very competitive tournament at Grand Park, Indianapolis.

Both of our teams,  U17 boys (01 ) and U14 boys (04), signed up to play in the most competitive divisions available to play against some very strong teams. The U17's  first game was against CUP from Ohio, who are currently ranked 12th in the nation. It was a tough game and we held our own in the first half of the match but went into half-time trailing 1-0. The second half was far more difficult as CUP started to dominate the game and ended up winning 5-0. Despite the loss, it was a great experience to play against a top 15 team in the country.

In their second, game the U17's lost 1-0 on a penalty kick against the 2nd ranked team in Ohio, O.P.. We had many chances to equalize but just couldn't find the back of the net. Another good experience for the team though.

In their final match, the boys won 2-0 against FC Pride, Indiana. We deserved the win and it helped to finish the weekend with a well earned victory. The boys were really tested with top competition and handled the weekend with class. Congrats to the boys and to Coach Rich.

The u14s played against Lyon's Township from Chicago in their first match and had a comfortable 4-0 victory.

The second match was against National's Canada. Trailing 2-0 after 10 minutes was not the start we had hoped for, but a tremendous comeback and all around great team performance allowed us to come away from this match with a solid 5-2 win.

We knew going into our third match that whoever won it would finish in first place. We were matched up against Milwaukee Bavarian's who are ranked 5th in Wisconsin. It was an excellent match by both teams with our team winning 3-2. It was an amazing experience for the U14 boys to win all 3 matches against very good opposition.

The weekend allowed us to introduce a brilliant  new 'mentoring' program that we will continue to utilize. Each U17 player was assigned to a U14 player to observe them during match play and then deliver a verbal evaluation of the boys, post game. It was really well received by the players and the parents. I know that my U14 boys really look up to the U17 boys and this was a really good opportunity to interact and show true club spirit during the weekend.

Congrats to both teams, coaches, and most importantly to our parents for trusting the direction and believing in the path and opportunities that we are offering to these players.

Neil