For the second consecutive year, all matches at the Super-20 League Championship presented by Nike will be streamed live thanks to a partnership with Tourbeau Sports. All group stage matches will be available live and on-demand with audio commentary, while the championship match will be available for free on YouTube. Tourbeau Sports will provide live scoring, HD-quality broadcasts and live audio commentary for each match of the Championship.
Twelve teams have qualified for the 2014 Super-20 League Championship presented by Nike, with the event set to open Thursday, July 17 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The field includes six returnees from 2013 including semifinalists the Toronto Lynx Jrs., who fell 1-0 last year against the eventual champion, Force FC. Other returnees include, Beachside SC of CT, 2012 champion the Chicago Fire, IMG Academy, Ironbound SC, and Junior Lone Star FC.
“It is always an exciting opportunity to watch the top U20 players in the country competing for a North American Championship,” Super-20 League Senior Director Ryan Brooks said. “We are eager to welcome the 12 teams who have demonstrated excellence throughout the summer months to Bradenton, and wish them the best of luck on the fields.”
A blind draw was conducted and the teams have been drawn into two groups of six for the group stage.
2014 Super-20 League Championship
Beachside SC of CT
Brownsville Bravos Academy FC
Deportivo Coras USA
Junior Lone Star FC
Grand Rapids Crew
Tampa Bay United
Toronto Lynx Jrs.
Each team will play three group games from Thursday through Saturday, with the group winners advancing to Sunday’s championship match.
Tourbeau Sports Group has produced live broadcasts of U.S. Soccer National Team Friendlies, U.S. National U17s and U20s, as well as USSF Developmental Academy Playoffs. Tourbeau also works alongside several USL PRO clubs including the Richmond Kickers and Wilmington Hammerheads FC. Tourbeau has also served as the production company for other major soccer events for the NWSL and US Youth Soccer.
“First and foremost, I want to thank the entire staff of USL for their support to invest their resources and give TSG the opportunity to provide quality HD productions for the second consecutive year at IMG,” Tourbeau Sports Group President Chase Neidig said. “Both of our organizations understand the importance of providing major coverage for the top under-20 players in the country, and most importantly giving the clubs, families and fans a destination to connect for a digital game-day experience from afar.
“As a soccer-specific production company, we see this partnership with USL as a growing one, and as the next step in our desire to provide professional video streaming services to soccer organizations at the professional level for a fraction of the price of most production houses,” added Neidig.
The Super-20 League Championship group stage matches are available as a pay-per-view option for all fans, as well as on-demand by navigating to the Tourbeau Sports Group Network at: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/tourbeau.portal. All games will also be available for order after the tournament in the form of HD video files, so players, coaches and fans can have a great memory and tool from the
Championship. Videos can be ordered from Tourbeau Sports Group at: http://www.tourbeausportsgroup.com/video-downloads---orders.html.
The 2014 Super-20 League Championship will also serve as an important player identification event for the PDL, as well as for U.S. National Teams. PDL coaches will be in attendance to scout talent, along with USL National Technical Director Peter Mellor, a longtime USSF Staff Coach.
The Super-20 League Championship found a new home in 2012 at the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and education complex at IMG Academy. For the next several years, the Super-20 League Championship, the W-League championship, the W-20 Championship and Super Y-League North American Finals will all be held at the Bradenton complex, an amazing opportunity for some of the best talent on the continent.
For more than 30 years, IMG Academy has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport, by providing world-class coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities within an energetic environment across a 450-acre campus.
2014 Super-20 Championship Schedule
7/17/2014 9 a.m. Grand Rapids Crew at Brownsville Bravos Academy FC Field 1
7/17/2014 9 a.m. Parsippany SC at Deportivo Coras USA Field 2
7/17/2014 11 a.m. Beachside SC of CT at IMG Academy Field 2
7/18/2014 9 a.m. Brownsville Bravos Acad. at Parsippany SC Field 2
7/18/2014 11 a.m. Deportivo Coras USA at Beachside SC of CT Field 1
7/18/2014 1 p.m. IMG Academy at Grand Rapids Crew Field 2
7/19/2014 11 a.m. Parsippany SC at IMG Academy Field 1
7/19/2014 1 p.m. Beachside SC of CT at Brownsville Bravos Academy FC Field 1
7/19/2014 1 p.m. Deportivo Coras USA at Grand Rapids Crew Field 2
7/17/2014 11 a.m. Chicago Fire at Triangle FC Field 1
7/17/2014 1 p.m. Toronto Lynx Jrs. at Junior Lone Star FC Field 1
7/17/2014 1 p.m. Tampa Bay United at Ironbound SC Field 2
7/18/2014 9 a.m. Tampa Bay United at Toronto Lynx Jrs. Field 1
7/18/2014 11 a.m. Triangle FC at Junior Lone Star FC Field 2
7/18/2014 1 p.m. Ironbound SC at Chicago Fire Field 1
7/19/2014 9 a.m. Triangle FC at Tampa Bay United Field 1
7/19/2014 9 a.m. Junior Lone Star FC at Chicago Fire Field 2
7/19/2014 11 a.m. Ironbound SC at Toronto Lynx Jrs. Field 2
7/20/2014 9 a.m. Championship Match Stadium
7/20/2014 9 a.m. 7th-Place Match Field 1
7/20/2014 11 a.m. 9th-Place Match Field 1
7/20/2014 11:30 a.m. 3rd-Place Match Stadium
7/20/2014 1 p.m. 11th-Place Match Field 1
7/20/2014 1:15 p.m. 5th-Place Match Stadium
As the longest standing and most sophisticated U20 men’s North American amateur league, the Super-20 League provides the platform for top 17- to 20-year-olds in the United States and Canada to compete at the elite level. While serving as a reserve team system for many PDL teams, the USL Super-20 League features teams competing in regional divisions, playing in 8-10 regular season matches