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TFC Academy ready for Dallas trip
April 2, 2009, 7:11 AM
Filed under: TFC Academy, Toronto FC

TFC Academy’s Senior Team leaves on Friday to compete in the Dallas Cup Super Group. TFC qualified for the prestigious tournament after reaching the semifinals of the MLS Youth Cup in Denver last summer. They open the tournament with a match against Tigres of Mexico on Sunday, before facing AC Milan and Manchester City in other group play.

TFC Academy coaches Stuart Neely and Jason Bent were presented with engraved watches by Movado Group of Canada in recognition of their work during the first year of the Academy’s existence. “Any time you get recognized for your work is very reassuring and rewarding. We love what we do and this is tremendous for us,” said TFC Academy head coach Stuart Neely.

“We wanted to present the coaches with the watches to thank them for the work they do with the Academy and in the community,” said Movado Group Director of Sales Gino DeVuono. “They achieved a lot last year and deserve recognition.”

“The Academy has not even been going for a year so for them to recognize us and the work we have been doing is fantastic,” said Senior Team head coach Jason Bent. “Working in the Academy is enjoyable for us and a real pleasure. Sometimes the hours just fly by because we enjoy what we do and hopefully we can keep the good work going.”

Bent has been preparing the players for the challenge of facing some of the top youth teams from around the world when the Dallas Cup begins this weekend, and he believes his team is ready for the tournament. “The boys are really excited and you can see they are very focused in training. I am sure they are a little bit nervous but I don’t expect anything different. Before each match they should have some competitive anxiety but I’m sure once they kick a ball they will play football the way they know how to.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the players. Not many Canadian teams have participated in the Super Group so we feel very honoured and we’re going to make a good go of it. They are all storied clubs and will present us with a big challenge. I have played against Mexican teams at the youth level as well as European teams so I have an idea from past experience of how they will play. We will come up against three different styles of play from different areas of the world and it is a great experience for our kids at this time of their careers,” explained Bent. “It’s an opportunity to measure our boys against big clubs with potentially very good players and it is also a good measuring stick for the coaching staff and everybody else involved.”

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