Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-15 Residency will travel to the Netherlands for the 2018 Rotterdam Football Cup, organized by AcademyTrips.com in cooperation with Dutch side SBV Excelsior Rotterdam.
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The tournament will take place from Saturday, March 31 to Monday, April 2 in Rotterdam, Netherlands with the ‘Caps facing a host of European academies in their seeded group, including:
KV Mechelen (Belgium)
Irish FA (Northern Ireland)
Feyenoord Rotterdam (Netherlands)
FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark)
“Our expectation is that we go and compete,” said Whitecaps FC U-15 head coach James Merriman. “We will give everything we can to test ourselves both collectively and individually. It’s an experience that will help every one of our players develop.”
Aside from their group competition, the tournament features some of the most high profile academies in Europe, such as Chelsea FC and Paris Saint Germain.
“It’s an important part of our development to challenge ourselves against top European academies,” noted said Merriman, “Our young players have big goals and aspirations in the game.”
Saturday, March 31
vs. Irish FA (4 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. local time)
vs. FC Nordsjaelland (8:30 a.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. local time)
Sunday, April 1
vs. Feyernoord Rotterdam (2 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. local time)
vs. KV Mechelen (6 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. local time)
vs. Besiktas (9 a.m. PT / 5 p.m. local time)
Follow the team’s travels on Twitter at @WFCResidency.
More information on the tournament can be found here.