SAAC Championship Weekend: Wrap-Up Report

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SAAC’s Championship Weekend 2017 at Centennial Stadium was a huge success on all ends of the spectrum. Firstly, 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. Here are the results from Day One and Two of #SAACChampionship Weekend

DAY 1:

Division Competition Time Home Away
U16 Male Academy Cup Final 11:00 AM Futuro SA
Spring Champions
FC Durham Academy
 Fall Champions
U20T2 Male Academy Cup Final 1:00 PM Sigma FC B1
 Spring Champions
ANB Futbol JR.
 Fall Champions
U20 Male Academy Cup Final 3:00 PM Sigma FC – A1
 Spring + Fall Champs
FC Durham Academy
2nd runners up

U16 Male: Futuro-Shiled-with-Argentina-Blue(PMS-2905)vs. 

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In our first match of SAAC Championship Weekend, Spring Champions (Futuro SA) and Fall Champions (FC Durham) played a great match which saw two penalties being saved, one from each team! The game ended 3-1 with FC Durham Academy taking home the 2017 U16M Academy Cup.

U20T2 Male: vs. 

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We follow that up with Spring Champions (Sigma FC B1) who took on Fall Champions (ANB Futbol JR.) in the U20T2M Academy Cup Final. A very strong showing from ANB Futbol saw them keep a clean sheet against Sigma FC with a 3-0 victory.

U20 Male: vs.

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Finally, we wrapped up ‘Day One’ of Championship Weekend with Spring and Fall Champions (Sigma FC – A1) taking on Runners Up (FC Durham Academy) in the U20M Academy Cup Final. An absolutely enthralling match that came down to penalties! FC Durham and Sigma FC exchanged goals ultimately ending 3-3 after the full-time whistle. A save from the Sigma FC keeper corralled them to complete the treble and win the U20M Academy Cup.

DAY 2:

Division Competition Time Home Away
U13 Male Fall Challenge Final 9:30 AM Eurostar Lions ANB Futbol
U14 Male Academy Cup Final 11:30 AM Eurostar Lions
Spring Champions
ProStars FC
 Fall Champions
U15 Male Academy Cup Final 1:30 PM London FA
 Spring Champions
Rush Canada
 Fall Champions
U20 Female Academy Cup Final 3:30 PM ANB Futbol
 Spring Champions
London FA
 Fall Champions

U13 Male:  vs.

Screen Shot 2017-11-10 at 4.15.36 PMScreen Shot 2017-11-10 at 4.12.49 PM.pngTo kick-off “Day Two” of SAAC Championship Weekend, Eurostar Academy and ANB Futbol battled for the U13M Challenge Final. One of the best games of the weekend ended 1-1, with the ANB keeper making an absolute world-class save with just seconds to go in regulation time. During the penalty kicks, Eurostar were clinical in finishing all five and securing the U13M Fall Challenge Trophy. Congratulations to both teams on a hard fought match and good luck in the competitive stream next season!

U14 Male:  vs.

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Next up, Spring Champions (Eurostar Academy) took the field against Fall Champions (ProStars FC) in the U14 Male Academy Cup Final. From kick-off, this match had non-stop action, with Dandre Williams of Eurostar Academy scoring an incredible four goals and adding an assist. A dominant performance worthy of the U14M Academy Cup Trophy.

U15 Male: vs.

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Our next game featured Spring Champions (London FA) taking on Fall Champions (Rush Canada) in the U15M Academy Cup finals. Rush opened the scoring with an amazing lofted header, but London quickly drew level. Both teams played a tremendous game, but in the end London was able to cement the Academy Cup win with a 90th minute goal to go up 4-2.

U20 Female:  vs.

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Our final match of SAAC’s Championship Weekend was between Fall Champions (London FA) and Spring Champions (ANB Futbol) for the U20 Female Academy Cup. Although London FA burst out to a quick 2-0 lead, ANB Futbol buckled down and brought it back to 2-2. A very spirited contest saw London FA put away the eventual game winner through a penalty kick in the 80th minute.

 

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

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#SAACGameOfTheWeek

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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.

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Instagram: @SAACSoccer

YouTube: SAACTvCanada

Signing Day – Social Media Gallery

Yesterday was “National Signing Day” and several players within SAAC have put pen to paper and were officially signed to their respective colleges/universities. Don’t have Twitter? Here is a Social Media gallery for those selected players who were signed yesterday.

Congratulations to all and we wish you nothing but success in the future!

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SAAC News: National Signing Day

SAAC Press Release

February 1, 2017

It is National Signing Day and SAAC has some tremendous news to announce!

Below is a list of academy players within SAAC that have signed with colleges/universities today. We wish them continued success and growth in the sport!

Faisal Ghaffur (Sigma FC) – Akron University

Sean Merrick (Sigma FC) – College of the Holy Cross

Simon Triantafillou (Sigma FC) – Syracuse University

Interestingly enough, Chris Nanco who was recently selected 55th overall by the Philadelphia Union at the 2017 MLS SuperDraft is also a Sigma FC and Syracuse grad. He shared some kind words for Simon and Sigma via Twitter:

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Lindsay Albani (FC Durham) – Jacksonville State University

Bayley Sullivan (FC Durham) – Niagara University

Remeya Ganesh (FC Durham) Mississippi Valley State Unviersity

Ronia Pierre-Louis (FC Durham) – Mississippi Valley State University

Tia Williams (FC Durham) – Morehead State University

Co-Founder of FC Durham Academy, Rich Hirst, had some kind words for Williams in an interview with the Morehead State Eagles:

It is exciting for Tia and her family to be joining the Morehead State University family,” Hirst said. “Tia has been in our academy program for four years and has taken many strides forward on the field, in the classroom, and as a person. She will be a tremendous asset to the women’s soccer program and the university culture.” See the full article, here.

Congratulations to all academies and especially the players on taking the next step in their careers. All the best going forward and we hope to hear of your continued success!

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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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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