Friday, June 27, 2008

Good morning from Greensboro

It's 7 a.m. in Greensboro, and the staff is preparing for a busy day at the Development Academy Showcase. As you can see, the fields are empty, and so are the parking lots, but already the busy workers are filling the tent to prepare for the long day.

Competition will begin at 8:30 a.m., continuing well into the night, with the last match starting at 6:30 p.m., so make sure to check back for updates throughout the morning and afternoon.

The big event for the day will come when the draw is set up for finals week, which will take place from July 12-19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The eight conference winners from each of the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups will be split into two groups of four for the finals. 

The games will be broadcast live on ESPN networks, with the U-17/18 Championship match to be seen on ESPN2.

To this point, only two teams have clinched a spot in Finals Week (U-17/18 Baltimore Bays and U-17/18 CASL). The rest of the teams will clinch their championships here in Greensboro. 

Check back here and at for more information as the day goes on.

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