The Kansas City Wizards Juniors U-16's have qualified for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs. This is a tournament in the same format as the World Cup. There are 32 qualified teams (out of 75) in 8 groups. June 25-29 in Browns Summit, North Carolina each team will play the other teams in their group. The 8 group winners will advance to the finals July 9-17 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
The Wizards Juniors finished 8-2-8 in their first year to qualify and went 1-1-1 in the recent Showcase Tournament to grab the last spot in to the Academy Playoffs.
"I really felt like we deserved to be there, there is 4 teams out of our conference that qualified" Coach Jon Parry explained. Coach Parry is the Head Coach of the U-16 team and also the Director of the entire Junior program for the Kansas City Wizards.
Despite being the last team to qualify, Coach Parry describes his confidence in the team, "There is not one team out there that I don't think we can play with. We played the best team in the country at the showcase, it was the Baltimore Bays and I think we will end up playing them again. They beat us three to one but we were up one to zero and we can play with them, we're excited. You just have to get to the dance and we are there."
Interviews with Wizards Juniors players: