The SIGMA ETC program came to an end for the 2007/08 season this past weekend with a series of matches for the SIMGA A1 squad. The group played 3 matches over the two day period in the presence of coaching staff representing the University of Central Florida, University of Denver and Holy Cross. The performance was at its best with the group winning all three matches with a score of 4-0, 4-3 and 4-0. All matches were played against the Winstars academy. With two matches on Friday and one on Saturday the SIGMA group had the opportunity to showcase their abilities to the visiting coaches who left Toronto with a full scouting list of players.
"Our players definitely stepped up their game up for this weekend and acknowledged the importance of performing in front of our visiting coaches". In the end of the day the quality of play is what is of importance. The match scores are secondary to the quality of play the boy's showed over this weekend. As a coach I was very happy to hear the comments from my peers who made the trip from various parts of the USA to watch our boy's along with the Winstars and my good friend Bobby Graham. I am happy that because of this weekend we will have a number of our players receive legitimate offers from top University institutions. We as coaches have the responsibility to guide our players and provide the necessary tools to perform. At this age, it then comes down to the ability of the players to perform in the match pressure situation. They succeeded with this over the weekend."
As the Managing Director of SIGMA (and SEG Canada), Constantine Smyrniotis was also very pleased with the final event of the season for the SIGMA boys, "We set an initiative with the group at the beginning of the year to provide as much exposure to the boys close to home without having to travel to the US. We have had success in consistently having coaches make the trip up to Toronto to watch our boys play which is a testament to the quality group we have and all the hard work they have put in place alongside the technical team. This is definitely a good start and quite encouraging given all the attention our 2009 graduates have received already."
This exposure will continue in the summer with the addition of US Division 1 coaches to the SIGMA AJAX Camps. Players from U-13 to U-18 will have the rare opportunity to train under the direction of the AFC AJAX staff along with prominent US University coaches. This will definitely be a true scouting camp/combine for all interested players"