SPORTS SOURCE SHOWCASE Draws hundreds of college coaches
Top level teams will be playing Saturday and Sunday, allowing players to display their skills in the 18th Sports Source Showcase.
Photo by Phil Stephens
Now in its 18th year, the Sports Source Annual Showcase and College Style Soccer Clinic starts Friday and proceeds through Sunday. The clinic runs Friday at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), while the Showcase games will be played at the Russell Creek Soccer Complex in Plano on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7.
This tournament has grown in stature through the years, strengthened by its sponsorship with the Sports Source. More than 250 college coaches are registered with the showcase, meaning it will rival attention from coaches with next week’s adidas showcase in conjunction with the College Cup Final Four.
There will be 134 teams participating in the U-16—U-19 age bracket, both boys and girls. Teams will be here from all over the United States, as well as several from Canada, such as the Foothills and Ottawa South United both out of Canada. Other well known clubs that will field teams in the tournament include IMG Academy, Michigan Wolves - Hawks, RUSH Soccer
Club, Dallas Texans, Texas Lighting, DFW Tornados, Texas Football Club,
Solar Soccer Club, Albion Hurricanes, Eclipse SC, Littleton United, MC
United out of MO as well as other top teams from Florida, Missouri,
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado and Texas.
But this tournament isn’t just about teams. A number of guest players, approximately 60 this year, will be paired with teams here so they can be scouted by the coaches. These players come from coast to coast, working with the tournament and visiting teams to have a good showcase opportunity.
“This is about the kids, bottom line,” said Charlie Kadupski, Sports Source founder and former professional player. “I was asked to start this tournament by several clubs here nearly 19 years ago. There weren’t so many tournaments in those days. There was the Cotton Cup then at the end of the year and of course, the Dallas Cup and a few others, but not nearly as many as there are now.”
Kadupski was affiliated with the Storm Soccer Club and picked up where the Cotton Cup left off, with the club’s help.
“We had 48 teams that year,” he said. “It has grown in size and quality and we have been able to help a lot of kids continue their soccer dreams in college.”
The tournament bends over backwards to accommodate the incoming coaches. The soccer clinic on the day preceding the showcase is new and is another opportunity for the players to interact with college coaches, as well as show off their individual skills in the clinic. Club coaches also like to observe the clinics and use the chance to network.
Over the years, many thousands have helped earn their chance to attend college and play their favorite sport (and some even have even gone on to become pros) through the scholarship opportunities given by the college coaches patrolling the sidelines of these games.
The Showcase games start at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday and the final games each day start at 3:55 p.m.