ORLANDO -- Eighteen of America's best youth soccer players were named to Disney's Soccer Showcase All-Star Team during a ceremony at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
Disney's Soccer Showcase All-Star Team, comprising of at least one player from each team in the U-16 boys showcase bracket, has been invited by English Premier League team Chelsea Football Club to train at compete at the club's world-class facilities near London.
The All-Star team will compete in the inaugural Chelsea FC Youth Cup in August 2008, which will bring together teams from across the world for an international competition.
"During the last few days at Disney's Soccer Showcase, we have witnessed some incredible young talent in America. Through our rewarding partnerships with Disney and adidas, we are able to bring these All-Stars to London to train and compete at the Chelsea Academy -- one of the leading soccer academies in the world. This international exchange of competition truly celebrates the camaraderie of the world's sport," said Eddie Newton, Chelsea Academy U-16 team coach.
Players were selected based on their performances at Disney's Soccer Showcase, the premier youth soccer tournament in the U.S.
"These players represent some of the best young talent in America and this rare opportunity to experience one of the leading soccer academies in the world will be invaluable in the development of their soccer careers. This is just one of the many ways players who compete in Disney's Soccer Showcase will benefit from our association with the prestigious Chelsea Football Club," said Mike Millay, director of Sports Events for Disney Sports Attractions.
Disney's Soccer Showcase 2008 All-Star team:
Alexander Givens (CASL 91 Elite), Alexander Long (CASL 91 Elite), Dale McDonald (NY Hota Academy 91), Alexander Sandland (Concorde Fire Elite), Martin Ontiveros (Lonestars 92 Red), Omar Vallejo (Lonestars 92 Red), Wesley Sever (Clearwater Chargers), Antonio Benitez (LAFC), Mariano Gelso (Wellington Wave Premier), Reed Patterson (Sockers FC Chicago), Vitalis Atemafac (Potomac SA Internationals), Quincy Wento (Sereno 92 White), Kevin Cope (Michigan Wolves 92) , Andrew O'Malley (FC DELCO 91 Academy), Thomas Allott (Vardar Academy), Christopher Nieto (Solar 92), Sean Cote (Solar 92), Matias Alves (Kendall Soccer Coalition White).