Scott Griffin will be headed to Belize on a mission trip to visit a boys school. This school has a lot of athletes with very little equipment and proper safety protection. Last time Jeff visited he noticed some of them were playing barefoot with no shin guards. Jeff leaves November 8th and has asked SMSC for our assistance collecting gear. Needs are shoes sizes 5-10, shin guards, socks and practice shirts. These items do not have to be new, just usable. These boys maintain their own soccer field and Jeff plans to bring back pictures to show how nice they keep it. Soccer is a big sport there so they would love to show up with a suitcase of equipment for them. Oh, if y’all have any soccer balls laying around that would be great too. Please have all donations into Jeff Bruni by November 5. JeffBruni@bellsouth.net
FC United had a strong finish over the weekend racking up the trophies at Sugarfest in Raceland, LA. Congratulations to the U9 Boys Arsenal and the U10 Girls Riptide for winning the U10 Division. The U12 Boys Blue Spurs won their division. The U15 Boys Blue Devils won the U16 Division and the U17 Girls Mississippi Sounders were champions in their division.
Great job teams.
Several FC United teams competed successfully over the weekend, taking home trophies in multiple tournaments. Congratulations to the FC United 06 U9 Boys Barcelona and FC United 00 u15 Boys Blue for taking 1st place in the Gold Division of the Gator Classic in New Orleans. The FC United 04 Girls U11 Quickshots also took first place in the Gold Division of the Publix Super Cup in Orange Beach, AL. Congratulations teams.
We have reached and exceeded our player registration goal! As a result, registration for the Coca-Cola Juniors Skills Academy is now closed. For those who have already registered, please watch your emails and this website for news on the Academy. The Academy starts Tuesday, September 2nd, with U5 and early session U7-U9 players starting at 5:30 pm, and late session U7-U12 players running from 6:30-7:45 pm. Thursday, our U6 players will start at 5:30 pm. Please plan to be early during the first week and remember to check all players in at the check-in tables, as jerseys and balls (u7 and above) will be handed out.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - 32 youngsters from South Mississippi are participating in a three-day soccer camp.One of the soccer players, 16-year-old Krey Easterling a junior at Biloxi High School ,caught the eye ofU.S. Soccer National staff coach Juan Carlos Michia.He’s a guest at the camp on behalf of local FC United coach, Tony Schibeci.”Every year Fredy Clavijo and I hold a soccer camp and pretty much to identify the players that are on the coast who want to move up to the next level and have the talent that it takes to play up,”stated Schibeci.Coach Michia travels throughout the United States searching for talent, young players who have the ability to one day play for the USA soccer team or play professional soccer.Michia said,”We have training centers all over the country the last four or five years. We get them together and we evaluate them. See if they have a chance for the next level.”Krey Easterling was singled out at the camp. He’s been invited to one of the national training centers.”He told me he wants me to come to Atlanta and go to the Academy and practice,” said Easterling. “I guess with the National team. He wants to see me, how I play with the big boys.”Easterling’s father, Anthony, said Krey was raised in Germany and he started playing soccer for 12 years.”We’ve been working on this ever since he was 4-years-old,”said Anthony. “That’s his dream to be a professional soccer player and if he gets that chance that would be great.”Juan Carlos Michia believes Easterling has the talent to advance to the next level.”Good left football. Good technique. Plus, all the stuff like, he has a good attitude during the game and that’s what we need,”stated Michia.He said it’s not going to happen overnight but say Easterling is on the national radar for developing soccer talent.
Sports News -Tony Schibeci, FC United soccer coach, soccer scout and director of coaching for Pearl River Futbol, has landed a deal with one of the top clubs in Italy to showcase James Pipper, a soccer player from Picayune, Mississippi.
Pipper, who leaves for Italy in July, will meet with the Genova Calcio Club to play along the side with top soccer athletes from around the world, looking for a chance to get drafted.
As one of the top players in South Missippippi, Pipper will have the chance to play in front of many soccer scouts and general managers in hopes of landing a contract outside of the USA.
Tony Schibeci, PRFC DOC, FC United Coach
SMSC-Select Soccer History: The South Mississippi Soccer Club (SMSC) is celebrating 36 eyars of existence here on the Gulf Coast. SMSC was established in 1978 as a full member of the Mississippi Soccer Association (MSA), which was formed in 1974 with the United States Youth Soccer Association. In 1982, SMSC started the original select soccer program in our area. The founding fathers of this program were volunteers. The original SMSC select teams were named “UNITED” to signify opportunity for taleneted players from any area to play. Other team names were “Coke United” and “Coke Express”, after the local Coca Cola bottling company generously became a sponsor of the program. In 2012, SMSC/FC UNITED merged with Biloxi Real Mississippi Select program to form the largest pool of soccer players on the Gulf Coast with a membership of over 2000 players. Become a part of the soccer heritage in the most successful program on our Gulf Coast!
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