NextGen Participates in U13 Champions League
NextGen Select Squads
Earning the Respect of European Giants
NextGen 2003 Squad finishes ahead of Real Madrid & PSG in Prestigious U13 Champions League Tournament in Bassevelde, Belgium.

The NextGen Squad produced an impressive performance both on and off the field competing against some of the biggest Champions League Clubs in Europe during the U13 Cup in Bassevelde, Belgium May 27th – 29th.

The U13 Cup is known as the U13 Champions League. The sixteen participating teams included Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam, Paris Saint Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Glasgow Celtic, Club Brugge, PSV Eindhoven, Bayer Leverkusen and RSC Anderlecht.    

On the field the team played some excellent soccer narrowly missing out on a Quarter Final spot having been beaten by German giants Borussia Dortmund in a Penalty Shoot Out in their final group game.

Off the Field, the NextGen Squad won the Tournaments Fair Play Award which recognized the team that showed the best Attitude and Professionalism during the tournament.
NextGen Squad Win Fair Play Award
Character of Champions Workshop
Tony Williams, NextGen’s Director of Youth Development said, “To come here with a group that has never played together before and finish ahead of European giants such as Real Madrid and PSG demonstrates the quality of talent we have in North America.  To produce world class players for Professional Leagues and National Team Programs, our best young American players must be playing “Best with Best” against the world’s finest youth academies as early and as often as possible.  It was especially rewarding to see the boys recognized for their behavior and professionalism, they were immaculate both on and off the field. These character qualities of responsibility, discipline, and respect are very important to learn as they will help the boys in life regardless of how high the soccer ladder they climb. The result of their personal development is more important than the results of the games.”

During the eighth day International development experience, the NextGen Squad participated in two-day training camp in Rotterdam, Holland hosted by S.B.V Excelsior, the Dutch Eredivisie Club that produced Robin van Persie.  The group then made the short travel into Belgium where they trained at Club Brugge and played a warm up match with SV Zulte Waregem.
NextGen training at SBV Excelsior Stadium in Rotterdam Holland
Club Brugge Academy Director, Pascal De Maesschalck talking with NextGen Squad
In their opening game the NextGen were beaten 2-0 by a very strong and impressive Hertha Berlin team. In the second group game they bounced back to beat the host club Basselvelde 3 – 0, then faced German Giants Broussia Dortmund and tied 0-0 and were beaten on Penalty Kicks.  The boys then showed great character to produce an excellent performance to beat Belgian Champions Club Brugge 3-1 on Sunday, which on the Europa League Final where they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by a physically dominant v SEL.Team Nieuwsblad.

The NextGen Squad was comprised of sixteen 2003 players representing seven U.S. States together with three players from NextGen Canada. Lawrence Aydlett (MD), Joel Brown (MD), Gus Bachmann(MD), Sklyer Cunha (NJ), Toshi Davis (MD), James Doidge (CO), Connor Dupuis (ON,CAN), Johnathan Fellini (ON, CAN), Brandan Fednard (NY), Marcelo Flores (ON,CAN),  Ethan Horrobin (NJ), Eliot Jones (CT) , Niko Neal (MD) , Gabe Norris (PA), Blake Pope  (TX), Joel Sobalbarro (MD), Noah Smith (NC),  Johnathan Valladares (MD), and Joey Zalinsky (NJ).

Over the summer NextGen will take Select Squads to participate in Prestigious International Tournaments and Pro Academy Tours to Spain, Portugal, Argentina & England.

To nominate players for future NextGen International Select Squads contact 
Tony Williams  tony@nextgenusa.org

To learn more about NextGen USA visit  www.nextgenusa.org
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