Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Youth: Fusion merger has been smooth sailing

It’s been a little over two months since the Black Watch Soccer Club and New Tampa Soccer Association merged to become the Tampa Fusion Futbol Club, and according to Director of Soccer Operations Jim DiNobile, the transition has gone very smoothly.

“The transition has been good as far as where we are now,” DiNobile said. “We have a lot of very good people involved and working hard.

“There’s a lot of work still to be done, we’re continually trying to get everybody on the same page as to how we’re doing things as the Fusion, and we’re taking the best of both worlds and bringing it together to make it happen, and I think it’s been very productive.”

The Fusion opened play in the USA League last weekend, and open play in the Club Directors League this Saturday as it faces Hillsborough County United in the opening round of matches.

COLBORNE HONORED: Former Black Watch/Fusion standout Evan Colborne was recently honored, being named the recipient of the 2008-2009 Region C Davis/Hackworth/Rosen Scholarship.

Nominees for the award are judged on their academics, citizenship, soccer commitment and commitment to the game and other extra-curricular activities. Colborne, who also attended and played for Hillsborough High, was a straight ‘A’ student in the school’s IB program, and was considered a leader on Black Watch’s boys under-18 Celtic side last season.

Colborne has just begun college at Colgate, where he will be the placekicker for the football team.

REGION III SELECTIONS: Four Fusion players have been named to the U.S. Soccer Olympic Development Program Region III rosters, with Ellis Curry and Raymundo Marquez being selected to the boys under-17 squad and Logan Jones and Eric Mubang to the boys under-14 squad.

Overall, 13 Fusion players were selected to the Florida ODP teams.

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