Cayman to Welcome International Teams for U14 Football InvitationalCayman Youth Cup - Cayman Airways Invitational
Cayman to welcome international teams for U14 football invitational
Grand Cayman can look forward to welcoming six top-tier international teams that will be arriving on island to participate in the Cayman Airways U14 Invitational Youth Cup held June 20-25 at Truman Bodden Sports Complex and Ed Bush Stadium.
Visiting teams include Cavalier FC and Harbour View FC from Jamaica, Gillingham FC and Tottenham Hotspur from the UK, and REV SC and IFFDC from the USA.
Making the trek from the UK is English Premiership Club Tottenham Hotspur. Among those selected from their academy are Sashon Aird Munn, Joshua Setchell, Marqes Muir, and Dennis Cirkin. Academy representatives say that the purpose of the programme is to “attract, retain and develop top quality players” and to eventually move players up from the academy to the first team squad.
Playing for Cavalier’s U14 team in the tournament is star forward Michael Allen. Michael has scored over 70 goals in the last three years of his football career. Unsurprisingly, he has been awarded leading goal scorer multiple times, including last year’s title for the KSAFA U-15 league. He was also awarded MVP for the U-13 KSAFA in 2014. Outside of football Michael is also speedy on the track, where he has been awarded both 100 and 200 meter champion for prep schools in 2014. His speed and scoring ability will be tested during the tournament as Cavalier look to take the glory back home with them.
Among the players coming to represent Harbour View FC in the tournament is goalkeeper Ricardo Laing. Ricardo is a student at St. Andrew Technical High School who is praised for his fast hand-eye coordination that allows him to win one-on-one situations and penalty kicks. Ricardo’s coaches also speak very highly of his communication with the defence and his ability to conduct the back line with authority. He will look to use those skills to keep a clean sheet for Harbour View during the tournament.
Coming all the way from the UK to participate with his team Gillingham FC is Tommy Lamb. Tommy has been with Gillingham since he was eight years old, and originally joined through the club’s highly regarded regional Development Centre system. He is from Ramsgate in the East of the County of Kent, which is also where Gillingham is based. Tommy predominately plays as a midfield player but his coaches are proud of his adaptability and ability to adjust to varying positions on the pitch. Aside from playing the tournament, Tommy says that he is really looking forward to visiting the Cayman Islands and meeting new people.
Coming in from Minnesota is REV Soccer Club from Minnesota. Among their players are Zach Susee, Mason Faint, Sanat Iyer, and Ben Lessert. REV Academy Teams play at the highest level possible, both regionally and nationally, participating in the Midwest Premier League (MRL), the US Club Soccer League and the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA), generally at the Premier level.
Rounding out the list of visiting teams is IFFDC. IFFDC acts as an intermediary between young players and professional clubs, aiming is to offer individual training plans to strengthen a player before connecting them with an appropriate club. Players from IFFDC participating in the tournament include Jason Garcia, Angel Escorza, Alexander Brown, and Carlos Santamaria.
For more information about visiting players and teams visit www.caymanyouthcup.com or follow them on social media at Facebook.com/CaymanYouthCup, Instagram and Twitter @caymanyouthcup, #caymanyouthcup.