Although the goal of a showcase event is for players to be recognized and evaluated by college coaches, spectators at the FC Alliance Southeast College Showcase for boys were treated to many exciting games over the weekend. Some of the best teams in a radius covering six states played close game after close game at Shumpert Park in North Knoxville. It is safe to say many players who participated earned college opportunites by the end of the event. Nearly 50 college coaches, from NCAA Division One to NAIA, were in attendance. Teams who went unbeaten were: Javanon 96, Bluegrass SC U15, FC Alliance 95 Black, FC Alliance 95 Red, Brentwood Elite U16, Ohio Galaxies Elite 94, Javanon 94, Norcoss Fury Premier U17, NASA 12 Elite, East Ridge Express Red 94, East Ridge Express White 93, HFC Red U18, Metro FC Rapids U18, MYSA Inferno U18, and NSA 92 Elite.
SATURDAY STORY: 46 teams took the field on Saturday afternoon at Schumpert Park, and they were treated to gorgeous weather and excellent fields. The conditions were optimal for players to show their abilities to a long list of college coaches and scouts in attendance. NCAA Division One collegiate visitors included Kentucky, UNC Charlotte, UNC Asheville, Marshall, Memphis, and ETSU. This is the third consecutive year the FC Alliance Boys College Showcase has drawn multiple Division One teams. A host of other top schools were also represented.
The popularity of the event with college coaches is not surprising. Some of the top U15-U19 teams from six different states have converged here in Knoxville to play three games each, with players hoping their play can earn them opportunities to play at the next level. Some of the finest from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee are all vying for one thing: to be noticed.