An unparalleled period of success for Sigma FC's university graduates in the NCAA and CIS, has created a huge buzz for the 4th annual Sigma FC University Showcase this year. As in past years, the event takes place at Mississauga's Hershey SportZone complex over two days, Dec. 19-20 and allows the 10 invited teams from the Greater Toronto Area to perform in front of coaches from Canada and the United States.

Last year more than 60 coaches attended and this year organizers expect upwards of 90 coaches to attend including those from top US Conferences like the ACC, Big 10, AAC and Big East to name a few. Many will be making their way north of the border after attending the USSF Development Academy Winter Showcase event in Florida. Sigma graduates had a stellar year south of the border in 2013 and it built on an already impressive track record, one that produced two first round MLS SuperDraft products in 2013 in TFC's Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman.

Alex Halis - Syracuse

Mark Anthony Gonzalez - Evansville

In addition, the players from Sigma's Class of 2014 and 2015 have already generated a lot of interest from recruiters.

"There's a lot of interest for coaches to get up here," said Sigma FC Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis. "Part of it is the success of the past and part is what we have in our program right now. Everyone knows there are bigger and better things coming with some of our players."

The 2013 NCAA season was a landmark one for Sigma grads. Mark Anthony Gonzalez was named to the All-Midwest Region second team for Evansville and first team All-Missouri Valley, while Syracuse's Alex Halis was an All-ACC rookie team selection. Chris Nanco, also at Syracuse, proved to be quite a handful for ACC Conference defenders all season. Cyle Larin, at UConn was twice named's national player of the week, to name only a few of the accomplishments of the more than 30 players at the college level.

"All these players have played a big part in what we do," said Smyrniotis. "You see it in the top-ranked programs that we have players at, and you see it at programs that were not winning but have turned it around."

Smyrniotis said that programs like Bryant is a good example. The Bulldogs have Lucas and Matt Guerriero on the roster and narrowly lost in penalties in the conference championship in their third year of NCAA Division I play.

"We have several players at the Divisoin II level that have excelled," noted Smyrniotis, who highlighted the fact that grads Lucas Feritto (SFU) and Dominc Samuel (Southern New Hampshire) reached the NCAA Final Four. Samuel and SNH won the national title.

"And you see it also in the success we had with our boys at Roanoke in Div. III (Oresits Illias and Aidan Nagy). You start getting contacts from schools that play against these teams and they take note and come up."

"They start figuring it out that it might be a good place to come see some players."

As in past years, the showcase will be made up invited squads from SAAC and from club teams. Smyrniotis says the primary goal is to work with programs that SIGMA has a history.

He's most proud of building an event that allows Canadian players to be showcased in Ontario, without having to travel far and wide to be seen.

Chris Nanco - Syracuse

Cyle Larin - UConn

Domenic Samuel
Southern New Hampshire

"At the end of the day, you are playing in a quality showcase in your backyard, don't have to travel hours and hours south of the border. When you can get one close to home, and with the quality of programs that are in attendance here. It's a great event."

The structure of the showcase makes the event particularly beneficial to the players. Coaches have an unobstructed view of the proceedings from the spectator gallery at the Hershey Centre, and only one game is going on at one time. This increases the chance of being noticed.

This showcase event is just one of many, both at home and away that provides players at SIGMA exposure to the game beyond the youth level. SIGMA works with the players prior to and during their graduating season to identify schools that they are interested in and to make contact. Most players have their academics goals identified and have taken steps to ensure that they will be eligible and meet the NCAA and CIS requirements to be a student athlete.

The 4th annual SIGMA FC University Showcase 2013 takes place December 19 & 20, 2013 at the Hershey SportZone complex in Mississauga. Media inquiries can be directed to Sasha Nagy at (416) 616-5864

2013 Showcase Schedule

GROUP A- 2014's GROUP B- 2015's
  1. SIGMA FC A1
  2. Mississauga-Vaughan
  3. NMSC
  5. UMSC
  1. SIGMA FC B1
  2. Vaughan
  3. AJAX FC
  5. NMSC

Thursday December 19, 2013

29amAjax FCBryst FABMain
512pmSIGMA FC A1Bryst FAAMain
71pmAjax FCVaughanBMain
82pmSIGMA FC B1Bryst FABMain
93pmSigma FC A1NMSCAMain
104pmUMSCBryst FAAMain

Friday December 20, 2013

118amNMSCBryst FABMain
129amSIGMA FC B1Ajax FCBMain
1411amVaughanBryst FABBubble
1511amSIGMA FC A1Mississauga-VaughanAMain
1612pmNMSCBryst FAAMain
1712pmNMSCAjax FCBBubble
192pmSIGMA FC B1VaughanBMain
203pmMississauga-VaughanBryst FAAMain