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Soccer Academy Alliance Canada is proud to announce #SAACGameOfTheWeek!

#SAACGameOfTheWeek will showcase one game that will have live tweets and in-game updates as an attempt to further promote the talent around our league!

Our first #SAACGameOfTheWeek will be announced shortly for this upcoming weekend. Stay tuned to our social feeds for all the latest information.

Twitter: @SAACSoccer

Instagram: @SAACSoccer

YouTube: SAACTvCanada

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SAAC Grads Reid, Awuah and Nanco selected in MLS SuperDraft

The 2017 MLS SuperDraft was held in Los Angeles, California on Friday, January 13th and it proved to be a great day for Canadian talent.

It was also a monumental moment for two former SAAC standouts. Kwame Awuah (Sigma FC) and Adonijah Reid (ANB Futbol) were selected to New York City FC and FC Dallas respectively.

Awuah, currently a full-back at UCONN, was selected 16th overall by NYCFC. New York did not initially hold the 16th overall selection, but traded $75K in general allocation money (GAM) to the current MLS Cup Champions, Seattle Sounders in order to obtain the pick.

“I’m really excited, I can’t wait to get started with the guys. I’ve watched a lot of NYCFC games, and just to play under a great coaching staff, a great fanbase and a great city is an opportunity I won’t let go to waste,” Awuah said to NYCFC.com

On the other hand, 17-year-old Adonijah Reid of ANB Futbol was selected 40th overall by FC Dallas. Reid was the youngest player in this years draft, while also being a member of this years Generation Adidas Canada class. Reid was a vital part of ANB’s U20 Academy Cup Final win at SAAC Champhionship Weekend in November.

Via an article by TSN, Reid praises ANB Futbol for a lot of his success. “I’ve been there for five years so they’ve been with me basically through all the years I’ve been trying to develop as a good player. And I couldn’t thank them enough for all the help in making me a professional.”

One day later, former Sigma FC striker Chris Nanco saw his wait come to an end as he was drafted 55th overall to the Philadelphia Union. He was currently playing for Syracuse.

We’d like to take this time to congratulate Kwame, Adonijah and Chris on being drafted into the MLS, and we wish them continued success throughout their professional career!

You can follow their progress via their social feeds: @ChrisNanco, @King_Nijah and @kayawuah.

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SBI’s Mock MLS SuperDraft contains three SAAC alumni

With the MLS Draft right around the corner, SBI Soccer has just released a mock list of the selections for the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Three SAAC alumni are amongst the 60 selections from SBI.

 

At number 25 is Adonijah Reid of ANB Futbol. News broke last week that he signed a Generation adidas Canada contract and he will enter the 2017 SuperDraft. He is the youngest player available in the draft.

On the flip side, former Sigma FC standouts Chris Nanco and Kwame Awuah find themselves slotted in at the 37th and 60th spot respectively.

Congratulations to Sigma FC and ANB Futbol, but most importantly, we wish the best of luck to Adonijah, Chris and Kwame in the MLS SuperDraft!

Visit SBI Soccer’s page for the full mock draft.

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ANB’s Adonijah Reid signs Generation Adidas Canada Contract

SAAC Release

January 4th, 2017

Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced its 2017 Generation Adidas class including the first Generation Adidas Canada signings. Amongst them is SAAC and ANB Futbol star Adonijah Reid. With this contract, Reid will be entered into the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13.

 

For those that are unaware of what a Generation adidas signing means, see this paragraph from MLS’ official press release: “Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas that is dedicated to developing exceptional domestic talent in the U.S. and Canada in a professional environment. Each year, a handful of top domestic collegiate underclassmen and youth national team players are signed by the league and placed in the SuperDraft. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.”

On behalf of everyone involved in SAAC, we wish Adonijah the best of luck on his next journey with the MLS. For the full press release via MLS, click here.

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Championship Weekend: Day One Results

Written by: Matthew Pedias

SAAC’s Championship Weekend at Centennial Stadium was a huge success. We would like to take this time to thank all SAAC Academies who put in a tremendous amount of work in both on and off the pitch the entire season and especially preparing for SAAC Championship Weekend. We congratulate all of you on a tremendous season and are already looking forward to seeing you again in the Spring.

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U15 Male:  vs. 

The opening match of Championship Weekend kicked off with Spring Champions (Toronto Skillz) and Fall Champions (Rush Canada) battling it out for the U15M Academy Cup. It was a very tense game, as neither team was able to find the back of the net in regulation time. Thus, going straight to penalty kicks. In the end, Rush Canada won 5-4 on penalties, with the final moment being captured below. SAAC congratulates both teams on a spirited affair! Great match.

U16 Male: vs. 

Next up, Spring Champions (ANB Futbol) took on Fall Champions (Power FC) in the U16M Academy Cup Final. After a scoreless first half, ANB stormed out with two goals and seemed to put the game out of reach. However, Power responded quickly after with a goal of their own. The final moments were exhilarating as Power attempted to find the tying goal, but ANB were able to hang on and secure a 2-1 victory. SAAC congratulations both teams on a great match!

U17 Male: vs. 

We follow that up with Spring Champions (FC Durham) who took on Fall Champions (Sigma FC – B2) in the U17M Academy Cup Final. FC Durham opened the scoring moments before the end of the first half, then added to their lead early in the second half! Sigma FC kept the game close with a goal shortly after that to bring them within one, but FC Durham quickly responded put the game out of reach shortly after and came out with a 3-1 victory to claim the U17M Academy Cup! Congratulations to both academies on their respective trophies.

U20 Male: vs. 

Finally, we wrapped up ‘Day One’ of Championship Weekend with Spring Champions (Sigma FC – B1) taking on Fall Champions (ANB Futbol) in the U20M Academy Cup Final. An absolutely enthralling match that came down to the wire! Sigma FC went ahead early, but ANB responded with three consecutive goals. Sigma FC then cut into the lead shortly after, making it 3-2 with just over 20 minutes to play. ANB seemed to seal the victory after going up 4-2, but Sigma FC was not going down without a fight. They pulled one back in the dying minutes off of a corner kick, and now it’s 4-3! However, ANB stayed composed and were able to lock down the win and take home the U20M Academy Cup.

Congratulations to all SAAC Academy teams and we look forward to another successful season next year! Enjoy the break.SAAC

Championship Weekend: Day One Preview

We are a few days away from SAAC’s Championship Weekend at Centennial Stadium. All SAAC Academies have put in a tremendous amount of work on and off the pitch to prepare for this weekend and we would like to congratulate all of them for getting this far! With that said, let’s have a look at the match-ups on ‘Day One.’

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U15 Male:  vs. 

The opening match of Championship Weekend is a U15 match between Spring Champions Toronto Skillz and Fall Champions Rush Canada. Rush Canada come into the match with an unbeaten record, claiming 10 wins out of 10 in the Fall season. Meanwhile, Toronto Skillz finished the Spring season with a strong record of eight wins, one loss and one draw. In their last match-up, Rush Canada defeated Toronto Skillz by a score of 5-0. Kick-off begins at 9:30 AM.

U16 Male: vs. 

Next up, Spring Champions ANB Futbol look to defeat last years U16 Cup Champion, Power FC in the Academy Cup Final. ANB finished the Spring season unbeaten, with a record of seven wins and three draws. On the other hand, Power FC also put up an impressive Fall campaign, winning eight games with one loss and one draw. In their last match-up, ANB defeated Power by a score of 5-1. Kick off begins at 11:30 AM.

U17 Male: vs. 

We follow that up with Spring Champions FC Durham taking on Fall Champions Sigma FC – B2. Last year, EuroStar won the U17 Academy Cup, so we will be getting a new Cup Champion this season! FC Durham went unbeaten in the fall season, picking up seven wins and three draws. Not to be outdone, Sigma FC finished the Fall campaign with eight wins and two losses. In their last match-up, FC Durham defeated Sigma FC by a score of 5-2. Kick-off begins at 1:30 PM.

U20 Male: vs. 

Finally, we wrap up ‘Day One’ of Championship Weekend with Spring Champions Sigma FC – B1 taking on Fall Champions ANB Futbol in the U20 Academy Cup Final. Sigma FC went undefeated in the Spring season, picking up eight wins and two draws. Meanwhile, ANB also collected an impressive record of eight wins and two draws. In their last match-up, ANB defeated Sigma FC by a score of 3-1. Kick-off begins at 3:30.

Good luck to all SAAC Academy teams and we look forward to seeing everyone on Day One of Championship Weekend!SAAC

ANB International ID Camp 2016 Results

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Due to Euro 2016, pro clubs off season breaks and a late return to pre-season training, trial dates for the young athletes who were selected from our 8th International ID Camp have not yet been finalized. Find the testing results from the ID Camp, attached, and the summary of the outcome as we have it today, below. Congratulations to all.   

ANB Futbol 8th International ID Camp 

  • ANB 8th  International ID Camp, ANB training grounds at CDS … June 24, 25 and 26, 2016.
  • Total number of invites: 11 (4 France, 3 UK, 2 Germany, 1 USA & 1 Portugal).
  • Total # of participants: 130.  From  ANB Futbol 114, Non ANB Futbol 16.

ANB Futbol 2016 invites:

  • Coach Joel Frechet, U-19 Head Coach, Olympique Lyonnais, (France Ligue 1)
  • Coach Luc Benard, French Football Federation
  • Coach Enzo Benard, Sport Etude, France
  • Coach Benjamin Bureau, ESTAC Troyes FC, French Ligue 1
  • Coach Filipe Pedro, Asst. Coach, 1st team, Estoril Praia (Portugal Liga 1)
  • Coach Matt Dunn, Academy Coach, Brighton & Hove Albion FC (England Championship)
  • Scout Ian Lavery, Academy Scout, Everton FC (England Premiership)
  • Nicco Ruffo, FIFA Licensed Agent, Global Premier Management (United States)
  • Scout Danny Lee, UK Independent Football Consultant (DL Management)
  • Scout Jeremy Dow, scout & agent, INSOCCER, (Germany)
  • Coach Matthias Wähling, Academy Coach, Karlsruher Sport Club, (Germany Bundesliga 2)

 
Joel Frechet, U-19 Head Coach, Olympique Lyonnais, France Ligue 1

  • Pascal  Serrentino 2001 (GK) … invited to trials at Lyon’s academy … pending club approval.
  • Nicole Kozlov 2000 … invited for trials at the youth academy … pending club approval.

 Luc Benard, French Football Federation, France

  • Working relation agreement to be signed between ANB Futbol and Le Havre FC.
  • Attractive level of futbol within the younger ages (2004 – 2002).
  • Attractive level of play in women’s Futbol … additional invite to follow.

 

Benjamin Bureau, ESTAC Troyes FC, France Ligue 1

  • Victor De Giorgio 2002  … Invited for trials …  pending club approval.
  • Andréa Nguionza 2002 … Invited for trials …  pending club approval.
  • Victoria Duraes 1998 … female to be invited for trials … pending club approval.
  • Jonathan Ingram 2004 … player to be monitored for future trials.
  • Adam Rustami 2004 … player to be monitored for future trials.
  • Daniel Jebbison 2003 … player to be monitored for future trials.
  • Ashlee Lewis 2003 … female player to be monitored for future trials.

 

Matt Dunn, Academy Coach, Brighton & Hove Albion FC (England Championship)

  • Adonijah Reid 1999 … Invited for trials …  pending club approval.
  • Daniel Jebbison 2003 … Invited for trials …  pending club approval.
  • Adam Rustami 2002 … player to be monitored for future trials.

 

Ian Lavery, Academy Scout, Everton FC (England Premiership)

  • Daniel Jebbison 2003 … Invited for trials …  pending club approval.
  • Jonathan Ingram 2004 … player to be monitored for future trials.
  • Sahjiah Dickson 2004 … player to be monitored for future trials.
  • Adam Rustami is 2004 … player to be monitored for future trials.

General remarks from the European coaches about ANB Futbol & the 2016 ID Camp:

  • Great set up overall.
  • Good level of training.
  • Great futbol environment.
  • ANB Futbol is a very good host.
  • High level of professionalism at ANB Futbol.
  • Commendable player’s attitudes and behaviors.
  • Attractive level of play at the younger ages (2002 – 2003).
  • Positive exchange of ideas among ANB coaches and the European ones.
  • Friday night presentation format change was more successful than previous years.
  • Disappointed with the playing and motivation levels of the older players at the ID camp.
  • Great work ethics from younger players, in particular the (2004 – 2002) age categories and all the girls players.
  • Euro coaches ran training sessions at all team program level for a week before finishing the week with the ID Camp. Euro coaches were very pleased with the experience and requested more involvement in future events.

2016 ID Camp