For the first time ever, Tourbeau Sports has unveiled its newest project called the "Soccer Evolution Academy" starting with this year's Class of 2014.
Tourbeau's Soccer Evolution Academy is a selected group of graduating Seniors at the NAIA Men's Soccer level who are believed to be the best-of-the-best in this year's class.
Every player picked to take part in this year's event are either NAIA All-Americans, Conference Player of the Year or First-Team All Conference players.
As a part of the this year’s academy class, we are inviting these players on a (11) eleven-day US-based tour from March 6-17, 2014– alongside the best 20 players in the nation this season. The scrimmage and/or exhibition schedule (announced on Jan 28) will include 5 USL-PRO clubs, 2 NASL clubs and a MLS club.
To now see the COMPLETE GAME SCHEDULE, Please see the New Game Schedule Page HERE!
The goal of Tourbeau’s Soccer Evolution Academy is to provide the highest talented players in the NAIA with an opportunity to showcase their skills to professional clubs and coaches, while representing the quality of talent shown throughout programs in the NAIA, playing alongside the
best-of-the-best and potentially having the chance to earn a trial with a club or sign a professional contract.
During those twelve days, they will travel the East Coast and play eight (8) friendlies versus US-based professional teams during their pre-season campaigns.
Tourbeau Sports Group has been a go-to resource for NAIA Men’s Soccer for six years now, and it is our desire to continue building the brand and exposure of talented men’s soccer players at the ‘small-college’ level and help provide the platform for you to become successful in your future career.
On Tuesday, Jan 8th, the TSG management group also announced current NAIA and Holy Cross College Head Men's Soccer Coach, Omar Gallo, will lead this prestigious group of players on tour this March.
Gallo, finishing his 4th season at Holy Cross at Notre Dame, has strung together two consecutive record-breaking seasons in the NAIA and the CCAC at the helm in Northern Indiana and has helped produced several successful 1st-Team All Conference and PDL products in his time there. To learn more about Gallo, click on his bio HERE
Later in the week, TSG also announced Tim Byrnes has been selected to assume the role of Assistant Coach for the 1st-ever Tourbeau Soccer Evolution Academy. Byrnes, the Associate Head Coach at Belhaven University, comes with an incredible pedigree as an Assistant under Coach McMahon and the 2012 NAIA National Champions.
Byrnes has been instrumental in the development of top NAIA players each season at two national powerhouses in Greenville (IL) and now Belhaven in the NAIA. More importantly, he has the drive and vision to see players in the NAIA get a shot at the next level! See more on Byrnes, HERE
For the full list of players who will be attending the Academy and travel on the
tour, they can be found on the new TEAM ROSTER PAGE, HERE
Tourbeau Sports has teamed up with Mitre, to become the official soccer sponsor of the All-Star tour. The top-shelf soccer ball manufacturer will provide the coaches and players with the "Ultimax" soccer ball for its tour to use in training and matches.
The "Ultimax" ball is the former English Premier League and MLS official soccer ball, and the Academy is looking forward to using this important piece of equipment on the pitch in March.
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