June 5, Cape Coral, Florida - The Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC Super 20 team is about to embark on their 2015 United Soccer Leagues (USL) season as they host Tampa Bay United on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at Jim Jeffers Park in Cape Coral, Florida.
Introduced in 2006, the USL Super 20 league’s main goal is to provide opportunities to elite youth players to keep playing during the summer without having to join a senior level team. The 2015 season will see 26 teams divided among six divisions. Teams will play eight games during the regular season while competing for a spot in the Super-20 League Championship presented by Nike, set for July 16-19, 2015 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
The 2015 Super-20 League season will see 26 teams divided among six geographic divisions – Great Lakes, Mid Atlantic, Northeast, North Atlantic, Southeast and Florida. The Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC Super 20 team will play in the Florida Division along with IMG Academy in Bradenton, Miramar United in Miami and Tampa Bay United.
Head Coach Anthony Martin had this to say about his team’s first game, “I am looking forward to a great game this Sunday against Tampa Bay. Even though training has been difficult with adverse weather, I am expecting our guys to perform well. There is no victory without sacrifice and I hope that with the sacrifices we’ve made, we’ll earn a victory this weekend.”
Myles Morris is a strong new recruit this year coming from his old squad of West Bromich Albion in England. He says, “I have been looking forward to playing in the United States for years and I’m thankful for the Dutch Lions giving me this wonderful opportunity. To play for such an accredited brand and in the largest league in the country with the USL is something special that I’ll always cherish. I’m really looking forward to a great summer and hopefully beyond.”
As the youngest member of the team, Brenden Bryan states, “I can’t explain how excited I am to play with such a prestigious organization and as a Dutch Lion. We, as players, realize what an incredible opportunity this is and we know it will help prepare us and develop our skills. Playing for this incredible organization will undoubtedly open doors for us and help make our dreams come true.”
The Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC Super 20 team will continue its short home stand with their second game of the season being played this Wednesday, June 10th at 3 p.m. again at Jim Jeffers Park in Cape Coral against another tough opponent in Miramar United.
The Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC has been having open tryout and training for a few weeks and have narrowed down there team to feature a plethora of talent from Southwest Florida and beyond.