Sigma FC arrived at the Adidas Potomac Memorial tournament riding the crest of a wave that started back in December when more than 60 coaches came to Mississauga to take in the Academy's signature university showcase.
Sigma FC technical director Bobby Smyrniotis said at the time that the participating teams, "put Sigma on the map" south of the border. Word was getting out, he said. Sigma teams were worth watching.
It stood then, that there were some heady expectations with Sigma's first foray into the U.S. university showcase pressure cooker at the Potomac Memorial tournament. Suffice to say: Sigma FC brought it and expectations were met.
With more than 20 coaches in attendance at each game, and with some taking in multiple games, Sigma two teams (B1, B2) put in a stellar 7 win, one loss record. The Sigma B1 squad won the U17 Division championship, winning all five games and scoring 19 goals and allowing three. Sigma B2 fared very well, winning twice in the preliminary stages and only dropping a game to the eventual division champions from Portland, Maine.
Wins and losses were academic, however. Performing well in front of university coaches was the main goal.
"The event provided us an opportunity to showcase our players to a wide array of coaches who have not had the opportunity to see our boys in the past along with many who have been following their progress for some time," said Smyrniotis. "Our boys did a great job throughout the tournament irrelevant of the competition and were professional in how they handled themselves in each game.
"The fact that that each of our games was heavily scouted is a success in itself when coaches have so many teams and fields to be at. It certainly looked as though we provided a great brand of soccer and entertainment for onlookers"
Sigma FC teams resume training and prepare for a busy schedule of OSL league games in the next few weeks. Several of the student-athletes on Sigma will be preparing for their first SAT test which is a key step in their progression from high school to post-secondary opportunities.
June concludes with the Sigma International ID Camps, which continue into early July. Following camp commitments, Sigma FC teams will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Score Showcase, which is another academy tradition.
SIGMA FC B1 (U17)
SIGMA FC B2 (U16)