MLS star to host clinic for youth players

Jozy Altidore won the MLS Cup with Toronto FC. (Image courtesy Major League Soccer)

Major League Soccer’s MLS Cup MVP Jozy Altidore comes to Cayman this week, where he will be the featured guest at fundraising events and conduct a clinic for players at the Mini Slam tournament hosted by Academy Sports Club on Saturday, 6 January, 2017.

The MLS Cup champion with Toronto FC is hosting a weekend of events to inspire Cayman youth through athletics and raise funds for Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the Caribbean. 7 Mile Society is organising an intimate VIP dinner reception, a fundraising benefit party and a golf outing as part of the weekend’s activities.

Undoubtedly, a big highlight will be the United States national player’s visit to the tournament at Academy Sports Club for the tournament from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“He’s going to spend the whole day with us. He’s going to coach some of our kids in a clinic and he’s also going to present the trophies, hang out with the kids and provide some inspiration to the young Caymanian players,” said Academy Sports Club coach, Paul Byles.

At a previous Mini Slam tournament last January, young players got a chance to meet former Trinidad & Tobago national player and Manchester United star Dwight Yorke, as part of a promotional tour of the Caribbean.

Dwight Yorke was a big hit with the youngsters last year.

This weekend’s 7v7 Mini Slam will feature boys and girls teams participating at the U11 and U13 levels. Teams have already been confirmed from Academy Sports Club, Future Sports Club, Sunset Football Club and new outfit 345 Select, along with Triple C School.

It follows on the heels of another Mini Slam tournament hosted by the club in December for U15 and U17 players. That event saw former Italian national player and Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola conduct a clinic with young footballers focusing on taking free kicks.

Club officials say they host the tournaments to increase competitive games for the youngsters in addition to school leagues and the CIFA leagues, the latter of which are yet to start for the season.

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