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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Disney Showcase: Wednesday highlights

By Sheldon Shealer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Although many of the players are high school freshmen, that didn’t stop a few college coaches from taking a peek at FC America Premier (Fla.) under-15s Wednesday night at the Disney Soccer Showcase.

This star-studded team delivered a 3-0 victory over CCV Stars 97 Black (Ariz.) to surge into first place in the group and all but assure themselves of a spot in the Under-15 Showcase Black final. Alex Norris, Thomas Redding and Daniel Castellano scored the goals. Redding, an under-15 Youth National Team member, delivered a solid header goal on a set piece while moving up from his role as a defender.

The team also features under-15 Youth National Team player Abuchi Obinwa and US Youth Soccer ODP player Aidan Wixted.

The following are highlights from Wednesday's second-round action at the Disney Soccer Showcase:

Under-15

Showcase Red: Bracket A: FC Blazers (Mass.) and Chicago Magic PSG Disney (Ill.) are tied for first in the group and play Thursday. The Blazers got back into the title hunt following a 1-0 victory over West Pines United (Fla.). Chicago Magic and Concorde Fire Elite (Ga.) played to a scoreless tie. Bracket B: Milan FC Rossoneri (Calif.) is sitting in first place with a Thursday contest against last-place FC Copa Juniors (N.J.), which has yet to score a goal. Milan FC simply needs a tie to advance to the championship match.

Showcase Black: Bracket A: Chicago Fire Academy (Ill.) moved to the top of the standings with a 2-1 win over Smithtown Kickers SC Arsenal (N.Y.), however all four teams remain in the running for first place in the bracket. Bracket B: FC America Premier (Fla.) has a comfortable lead going into a Thursday match with Gwinnett SA Phoenix Red (Ga.).

Under-16

Showcase Red: Bracket A: OBGC Rangers (Md.) handled Classics Eagles Red (Ohio) 3-1 and are almost a lock to win the group title. Bracket B: Concorde Fire Elite (Ga.) defeated SAA Real Madrid (Fla.) 2-1 to take control of the bracket standings.

Showcase Black: Bracket A: CUP Crew Juniors (Ohio) and Lehigh Valley United (Pa.) meet Thursday with the group title on the line. CUP needs a victory to advance to the final while Lehigh Valley United can advance with a tie. Bracket B: Bethesda FC Revolution (Md.), despite scoring only two goals at the event, leads the bracket. A tie Thursday will be enough to qualify the squad for the championship match.

Under-17

Showcase Red: Bracket A: Team Boca White (Fla.) defeated Springfield SC (Mo.) 4-0 to surge to the top of the standings. Bracket B: Wins by Tampa Bay United (Fla.) and Northport Cow Harbor (N.Y.) leaves all four teams alive for the bracket title heading into Thursday’s final matches.

Showcase Black: Bracket A: Concorde Fire Elite (Ga.) and Harleysville FC (Pa.) meet Thursday with the winner advancing to the championship match. Bracket B: Raiders FC (Ill.) defeated FC Frederick (Md.) 2-1 and can win the group title with a Thursday victory over Palo Alto SC (Calif.).

Under-19

Showcase Red: Bracket A: Florida Rush Nike (Fla.) and WAZA FC East Black (Mich.) set up a winner-take-all meeting Thursday by pulling out Wednesday victories. The teams will meet Thursday with the winner advancing to the championship match. Florida Rush Nike holds the advantage in goal differential and could advance with a tie. Bracket B: Ben Brennan scored twice to lead New Mexico Rush Nike (N.M.) to a 3-0 win over Kendall SC (Fla.). New Mexico Rush Nike and Auburndale Aston Villa (Fla.) play Thursday and the winner advances to the championship match.

Showcase Black: Bracket A: All four teams remain alive for a group title following Wednesday’s results: a 1-1 tie between Annandale United (Va.) and La Roca (Utah) and a 2-1 victory by Strictly Soccer (Fla.) over Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (Mich.). Annandale leads with four points. Strictly Soccer has three, while La Roca has two and Grand Rapids Crew has one. The Crew faces Annandale on Thursday. Bracket B: FC Blazers (Mass.) took control of the bracket with a 2-1 win over Davis Legacy SC International (Calif.) on Wednesday. Blazers simply need a tie or win to reach the final.