Wellington, Fl - National power Raleigh Elite visits the Pumas this Saturday, 6pm at Village Park in Wellington. The game location has been changed from the International Polo Club to Village Park due to maintenance on the polo field.
Raleigh Elite is packed with talent from NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference programs. The program has several NCAA All-Americans and US U20 National Team players. Most of their players on the 2006 Roster have returned from the 2005 squad that finished 8-4-3 in one of the leagues toughest divisions. The season included a win 3-1 over the Pumas at Raleigh’s SAS Stadium. Raleigh has played only one game this season that resulted in a 1-1 draw to the Nashville Metros. The program has had 2 weeks off, using the time as an important preseason fitness program. The Elite play 3 games this week starting with Augusta, Ga. at home on Wednesday and then traveling to the Cocoa Expo before visiting Palm Beach on Saturday. “Playing quality teams is what the PDL is about. We look forward to the challenge and will be focused for the task. This game provides a great opportunity for local youth players to watch some of the top level college players in the country,” said Coach Bobby Lennon.
2005 Pumas vs Raleigh Elite
At SAS Stadium
Some of the Key Players for the Elite
#11 Steven Bickford (Forward)
UNC- Chapel Hill
National prep player of the year ... Second year with the Raleigh Elite of the Premier Development League and CASL Under-18 ... Chronicling his rookie season at Carolina in a journal at ESPN's soccernet.com.
#7 Michael Harrington (Def/Mid)
UNC- Chapel Hill
Three-year starter for the Tar Heels' and top playmaker in the midfield ... Last summer, played with the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland and the Raleigh Elite of the Premier Development League.
#1 Justin Hughes (Goalkeeper)
Played with the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland ...Played last summer with the Carolina Dynamo of the Premier Development League ... Shown great instincts in goal and helped give the Tar Heels one of the nation's top goaltending tandems.
#10 Michael Videira (Forward)
Soccer America Freshman of the Year, ACC Freshman of the Year, U20 National Team
For the rest of the Elite Roster Click Here
Saturday May 27 @ 6pm
Village Park in Wellington
Village Park in Wellington is located at 11700 Pierson Rd.
§ From Forest Hill Blvd. go south on Fairlane Farms Rd. Follow until the road ends and turn right on Pierson Rd. Park is on your left after commerce park.
§ From South Shore Blvd. go east on Pierson Rd. Park is on the right after traffic circle.
§ From Lake Worth Rd west of 441/SR 7 go north on 120th Ave. South. At traffic circle turn right onto Pierson Rd. Park is on your right.