It’s been a common practice for many years for area club programs to provide young soccer players with aspirations to play at the college level with opportunities to showcase their skills and abilities to college coaches through small-scale events held at their own facilities, with numerous regional teams to provide competition.
In just two years, Century United soccer club has taken things to the next level.
With Larry Fingers as the driving force, Century United has created a mid-winter College Soccer Showcase that has far exceeded anyone’s expectations – even his own – in just two years.
“After having 45 coaches/schools here last year (2016), we are anticipating that there will be coaches from 70 schools here this weekend,” said Fingers, who serves as Century United’s Director of College Recruitment.
“This provides us with an opportunity to bring quality, high-level soccer to our backyard,” said Fingers.“The collection of talent we’ll have is remarkable. Most of the teams will have players that are already highly sought after (NCAA) Division I caliber players, and even some U-20 national team pool players will be here this weekend.”
“Many showcases this time of the year are still being held outdoors, so having a facility like Cool Springs, that provides for a full-sized field indoors, but also an isolated area for the coaches to watch all of the action is a great way to give a lot of coaches what they want — an intimate and authentic way to watch prospective players,” said Fingers, who also serves as head coach of boys soccer team at Canon-McMillan High School.
“It’s disappointing that we had to turn away teams this year, and quite frankly, it has already grown to what we can accommodate at Cool Springs,” said Fingers.
“Western Pennsylvania is currently geographically stuck between two areas in our country that have so much talent — Eastern PA, New Jersey and Maryland — and on the other side we have Ohio. What’s nice about this showcase is that we’re able to bring players from all these areas to this event and can cater to coaches and players to foster a lot of networking,” added Fingers.
“For soccer in our area, it’s a boost to have this many coaches be exposed to our facilities and provide opportunities for players to be seen on a pretty big stage.”
“It’s going to be a great weekend.”
LINKS TO AREA SOCCER SHOWCASES IN COMING WEEKS