In the final days of December 2018, four Fire Juniors Elite teams – 2005s, 2006s, and 2007 Red and 2007 White – competed in the Disney Boys Soccer Showcase, bringing home two championship trophies. The 2007 Red team won their division with a definitive 5 – 0 win against Florida Kraze Krush 07 ECNL, and the 2006 boys defeated GPS MA Elite Red 2 – 1, both teams remaining undefeated over four games. The 2005 team played three close games with a 1 – 1 – 1 overall record, while the 2007 White team earned two shutout wins and one loss.
The Disney Boys Showcase was the culminating competitive event for the 2018 Emerging Talent Program boys teams, consisting of top players from the 11 Fire Juniors clubs, and coaches from 6 different clubs. In addition to the competitive matches, players benefited from additional training sessions with their ETP coaches and enjoyed team bonding with new teammates. “Coming to Disney is a good proving ground for our ETP program,” said Chicago Fire Juniors City coach Johnny Demergis, “The event provides quality competition and allows for our players to showcase their ability. It’s great to talk soccer and bounce ideas off different coaches across the network while down here.”
With an overall 11 – 2 – 1 record and two championships between the four teams, the 2018 boys ETP players and coaches were excellent representatives of the Fire Juniors family and were rewarded for their year-round hard work. “It was a treat to come here and lead such a strong, passionate young group. The parents, the players and technical staff conducted themselves with professionalism and enthusiasm all weekend,” reflected Florida Fire Juniors coach Andrew Sanford, “Being here this weekend really reminds me why we are fortunate to have such a spectacular network at Fire Juniors.”
See the all-tournament team roster and full results below.