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Apr, 2018

Bethesda Soccer Club Academy USSDA ‘03 Team Makes MIC Cup Quarterfinal History

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Bethesda Soccer Club Academy USSDA ‘03 Team Makes MIC Cup History

Second Only American Team to make MIC Cup Quarterfinals

The Bethesda 03 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) team travelled to Spain over the 2018 spring break. Competing in two prestigious tournaments - Madrid Youth Cup and MIC Cup, Bethesda played against top academies from Spain, Japan, Argentina, Denmark, Colombia, and Sweden.

The MIC Cup has held near the coastal town of Rosas, Costa Brava and is the largest and one of the most competitive tournaments in Europe. Valencia, Liverpool, Celta Vigo, Zenit St.Petersburg and other top European academies participated in the tournament.

After 3 difficult group matches at MIC Cup, Bethesda finished first in their group and advanced to the top playoff flight. After a solid 2-0 win in 1/8 round of playoffs, Bethesda advanced to the quarterfinals where they faced the eventual tournament champions, Celta de Vigo. The boys gave everything they had, leaving their passion and spirit on the field, but were defeated with a score of 3-0.

Despite the tough loss, Bethesda 03’s will go down in the history books as only the second American team to ever make it to the quarterfinals in the MIC Cup history. The boys received excellent praise from coaches from many Spanish academies for their style of play, character and determination.

The Bethesda ’03 Team began their trip in Madrid, playing in Madrid Cup 02-03 (Cadets), where Bethesda earned 2-1-1 record. Their most prominent match was against the Atletico Madrid. Despite a 3-1 loss, Bethesda created many chances and controlled portions of the game.

On the day off, team visited Real Madrid famous training facility Valdebabas where players enjoyed watching U-19 Real Madrid training session. See photo above for the Bethesda ’03 Team at Real Madrid Training Facility.

Congratulations to Coach Yuri Bogdanov and the Bethesda ’03 USSDA Team! 

Please find below a video summary of the trip

Bethesda ’03 USSDA Team at MIC Cup:

Luca Ulrich

Holder Woodings

Samuel Zapata

Ethat Fraser

Philip Bogdanov

Gelber Lemus

Kofi Amoah

Sam Bjarnason

Rameses Gaines

Isaiah Foster

Gabriel Tafara

Luke Micale

Jonathan Yowell

Issa Ahmadu

Manu Salazar

USSDA U15 '03 Team Information:




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