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Revs headed to SUM Under-17 Cup

 A combination team of Under-18 and Under-16 players will travel to Houston for the fourth-annual Under-17 Cup held in conjunction with the 2010 MLS All-Star Game.

NEW YORK (June 16, 2010) – Soccer United Marketing and adidas today announced the schedule for the fourth annual SUM Under-17 Cup. For the first time, all 16 Major League Soccer teams will be represented and competing for the title.

The 16-team pool is comprised of U-17 youth development teams from each of the 2010 MLS clubs. The teams will compete in a round robin group phase, with the four group winners advancing to the semifinals. Returning to the tournament are the two-time SUM U-17 Cup champions, D.C. United U-17 Academy Team, as well as the 2008 SUM U-17 Cup champions Real Salt Lake.

This tournament is being hosted at no cost to all participants as Soccer United Marketing, adidas, and the MLS teams are covering the costs of player travel, accommodations and other tournament-related expenses.

“The SUM U-17 Cup continues to offer elite young players the opportunity to compete against players at their same skill level from across North America. We are committed to offering these athletes opportunities to hone their skills in a competitive soccer environment, while the primary focus remains on individual player development,” said Alfonso Mondelo, MLS Technical Director, Player Development and Scouting. “Now, in just the fourth year of this tournament, we are pleased to see former SUM U-17 Cup participants on the field for their MLS clubs contributing to the first team.”

Several current MLS players have participated in past SUM U-17 Cups, including homegrown players Tristan Bowen (LA Galaxy), Andy Najar (D.C. United), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), John Agudelo (Red Bull New York), and Brian Leyva (FC Dallas).

The preliminary SUM U-17 Cup schedule is as follows with the first three rounds being held at Centennial Park in Houston. The semifinals will be played at both Centennial Park and Carl Lewis Field on July 27. The 2010 SUM U-17 Cup final will be played on July 28.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
D.C. United FC Dallas New England Revolution LA Galaxy
Chicago Fire Seattle Sounders FC Chivas USA KC Wizards
Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes Philadelphia Union Toronto FC Red Bull NY

Group Phase Schedule:
(All times are local)

July 23

Group A DC vs CHI 6:30 pm COL vs SJ 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group B FCD vs SEA 6:30 pm CLB vs PHI 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group C NE vs CHV 6:30 pm HOU vs TFC 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group D LA vs KC 6:30 pm RSL vs RBNY 8:00 pm Centennial Park

July 24

Group A DC vs COL 6:30 pm CHI vs SJ 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group B FCD vs CLB 6:30 pm SEA vs PHI 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group C NE vs HOU 6:30 pm CHV vs TFC 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group D LA vs RSL 6:30 pm KC vs RBNY 8:00 pm Centennial Park

July 26

Group A CHI vs COL 6:30 pm SJ vs DC 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group B SEA vs CLB 6:30 pm PHI vs FCD 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group C CHV vs HOU 6:30 pm TFC vs NE 8:00 pm Centennial Park
Group D KC vs RSL 6:30 pm RBNY vs LA 8:00 pm Centennial Park

Semifinal Schedule:
July 27

A1 vs B1 6:30 pm; C1 vs D1 8:00 pm Carl Lewis Field

Placement Games:
July 27

A2 vs B2 6:30 pm; C2 vs D2 8:00 pm Centennial Park
A3 vs B3 6:30 pm; C3 vs D3 8:00 pm Centennial Park
A4 vs B4 6:30 pm ;C4 vs D4 8:00 pm Centennial Park

SUM U-17 Cup Final:
July 28

SUM U-17 Cup Final (Time and Location TBD)

Placement games:
July 29

Teams TBD 8:00 am Teams TBD 9:15 am Centennial Park

About the SUM U-17 Cup
As a part of the “Home Grown Initiative,” the SUM U-17 Cup will focus on player development while providing elite competition for those involved. Offering its participants a great opportunity for dedicated, elite soccer players to meet in a high-level playing environment, the SUM U-17 Cup is both challenging and rewarding for everyone involved.

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