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Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:27

Bickley, Griffin to Play on Traveling Tour

Matt Bickley and teammate Andy Griffin have been invited to play for the "Soccer Evolution Academy" Matt Bickley and teammate Andy Griffin have been invited to play for the "Soccer Evolution Academy"

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – 2013 NSCAA-NAIA First-Team All-American Andy Griffin and 2013 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Matt Bickley have been selected from Baker University to play in the first-ever Tourbeau Sports "Soccer Evolution Academy".

Tourbeau's Soccer Evolution Academy is a selected group of graduating seniors at the NAIA Men's Soccer level who are believed to be the best-of-the-best in this year's class.

Every player picked to take part in this year's event is either a NAIA All-American, Conference Player of the Year or First-Team All Conference player.

As a part of this year's academy class, Tourbeau is inviting these players on an eleven-day US-based tour from March 6-17, 2014. The scrimmage and/or exhibition schedule will include five USL-PRO clubs, two NASL clubs and a MLS club.

The goal of Tourbeau's Soccer Evolution Academy is to provide the highest talented players in the NAIA with an opportunity to showcase their skills to professional clubs and coaches, while representing the quality of talent shown throughout programs in the NAIA, playing alongside the best-of-the-best and potentially having the chance to earn a trial with a club or sign a professional contract.

Tourbeau Sports Group has been a go-to resource for NAIA Men's Soccer for six years now, and it is our desire to continue building the brand and exposure of talented men's soccer players at the 'small-college' level and helps provide the platform for them to become successful in their future career's. Below are the teams the Academy will be competing against.

Friday, March 7- Carolina Railhawks (NASL), Charleston Battery (USL
Saturday, March 8- Charlotte Eagles (USL)
Monday, March 10- Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)
Wednesday, March 12- Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Friday, March 14- Columbus Crew (MLS)
Saturday, March 15- Indy Eleven (NASL)
Sunday, March 16- Dayton Dutch Lions (USL)

For a look at the entire squad, please click here.


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