IMG Academy is pleased to announce that Academy 10 alumni were selected to join 8 teams on MLS rosters, while two others are playing for teams in Europe.
The following alumni were selected when the MLS finalized their 2008 rosters:
Jon Busch- Chicago Fire
Kevin Burns- Columbus Crew
Kurt Morsink- Kansas City Wizards
Michael Gavin- LA Galaxy
Marco Velez- Toronto FC
Nick Noble- Chicago Fire
Stephen Keel- Colorado Rapids
Michael Parkhurst- New England Revolution
Miguel Gonzalez- New England Revolution
Alex Yi- Dallas FC
Demarcus Beasley and Heath Pearce were also selected to play for the Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) and Hansa Ronstoc (Bundesliga, Germany) respectively.
“I am very happy for the players to realize their dreams and objectives. It has taken a lot of hard work and many have had to overcome obstacles in order to do so. Parkhurst, Pearce, and Beasley may have exceeded their expectations but, I hope the other guys can achieve similar greater accomplishments!”- Tom Durkin, Director of The Soccer Academy at IMG Academy.
IMGA Soccer Academy, a Nike Premier Club, provides junior players with superior coaching and the latest training programs, at the best facilities in the country. There are 15 full-time professional coaches and staff. Approximately 100 full-time soccer students and 40 USSF Under 17 National Team players and their coaches/trainers base here from September to May. Hundreds of additional players from all over the world attend for weekly sessions throughout the year.
For more information, please contact Priscilla Kuehnel at 941.752.2604 or by e-mail at Priscilla.Kuehnel@imgworld.com.
About IMG Academy
IMG Academy, a division of IMG, is the world’s largest and most successful multi-sport, training and education camp/academy business. Spread out over 300 acres in Bradenton, Florida, the IMG Academy complex encompasses the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, The Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Swimming Academies, the Professional Fishing Academy, International Performance Institute, The IMG Academy School, The Wellness Spa, Academy Realty, and IMG Academy Golf and Country Club.
More information about IMG Academy is available at www.imgacademy.com.