FUEL Soccer Talk for 12/27: Disney Showcase Resuming, How to Score More Goals with Jermain Defore, Meet 7 New Members of US Men’s National Team

1. National League Boys play to resume alongside Disney Showcase (Soccer Wire)

The US Youth Soccer National League boys teams will resume league play on December 28th, 29th, and 31st. They will be playing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. These games are held in conjunction with the Disney Soccer Showcase.

“The schedule for Orlando features four of the eight teams per division in the 15U through 19U age groups, meaning 72 boys teams will take the fields to play the next three games of their National League season.”

Each game helps determine which teams will get their chance to compete in the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships in July.

“Half of the girls teams in the 15U through 19U age groups will compete in their second event of the season Jan. 19-21 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, FL.”

These are important games for every team involved, so we expect to see some great games played. We want to with everyone luck in their games and hope that everyone enjoys the Disney Showcase.

Do you enjoy these Showcases? What are your predictions for the Disney Showcase?

2. How to Score More Goals with Jermain Defoe (FourFourTwo)

Learn how to score more goals with Jermain Defoe.

3. Meet the 7 New Members of the Men’s National Team (US Soccer)

Here are the list of new players who will be introduced on the Men’s National Team January Camp:

Corey Baird: From the Real Salt Lake Academy. He also played for Stanford teams that won NCAA College Cups every year from 2015-2017.

Jeremy Ebobisse: Born in Paris but moved to the US at the age of 2, Ebobisse played 2 years with Duke and was selected 4th overall by the Portland Timbers in 2017. During the U-20 World Cup, he scored a goal in each of the USA Knockout Round matches.

Daniel Lovitz: Attended Elon University and is the eldest player in this group (27), Lovitz has come off of a season with career highs in games played (31) and assists (5).

Mark McKenzie: the youngest player on this list (19), McKenzie is from the Philadelphia Union Academy. He was the captain for USA in the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Djordje Mihailovic: A Chicago Fire product, he appeared in 17 matches in his rookie campaign before tearing his ACL. He previously played with the U-17 and U-19 Men’s National Teams. He is the son of Alecs Mihailovic.

Tyler Miller: a goalkeeper, Miller came up with Northwestern University before being selected by the Seattle Sounders in 2015. He played with the U-23 team in 2015.

Auston Trusty: another Philadelphia Union Academy product, Trusty played with Bethlehem Steel. He played every minute of the Union’s 34 regular season matches and helped his team qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Which of these players are you most excited for?