- Troy Snead
College coaches praise the IMG Cup - College Showcase held at IMG Academy
This weekend, IMG Academy held one of the largest soccer tournaments in the area, The IMG Cup – College Showcase. The tournament featured 56 boys and girls teams from around the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Taking place on IMG Academy’s expansive soccer facilities, high school players put their talents on display for college coaches from top programs around the nation.
One Division-I coach said, “It’s been a great experience. I’ve seen a lot of different players that I liked and I love the staff that runs this place. They do a good job of putting this tournament together, and making it easy for me to identify elite players.”
The number of high level athletes at the event drew the coaches from around the country to IMG Academy, but they were also blown away by the hospitality and organization of the IMG Academy staff, and tournament as a whole. Another division I coach that has visited the campus several times before praised the staff for the quality of the tournament, saying, “This is my fourth or fifth time here in the past few years. […] You find some real good clubs that come down, and everyone is always inviting and ready to take care of you.”
In addition to college coaches, parents and players had a great time at the event and echoed the positive remarks. The IMG Cup never fails to disappoint according to Bill Angler, a parent at the event, “The tournament’s been great, always has been. I have been coming here for years and I’m never disappointed. They have a lot of talent out here and this tournament is one of the more competitive that we’ve played in this year.”
The IMG Cup – College Showcase is an extension of the IMG Cup – Boys Invitational, held annually in December. The events are held to provide an additional forum for potential college prospects to showcase their talents, and to perform on IMG Academy’s world-class fields and facilities. This year’s College Showcase comes on the heels of professional off-season training at IMG Academy, which saw Major League Soccer’s (MLS) New York Red Bulls, D.C. United and Columbus Crew, in addition to Sweden’s Malmö FF, playing a series of exhibition matches in February.