MLS Preseason 2015
Your visit to the area can include the exciting, thrill-packed action of professional soccer! The Bradenton Area is the Florida home of Major League Soccer pre-season training. Presented at the new, state-of-the-art IMG Academy Stadium.
Major League Soccer Pre-Season
For the second year in a row in February, world-reknowned IMG Academy will serve as the East Coast training hub for a group of MLS teams for both spring training and tournaments. A dozen Major League Soccer and international clubs are set to take part, with a number of teams arriving on a rolling basis for training through Feb. 15. Following the training period, eight separate clubs will arrive for the inaugural IMG Suncoast Pro Classic, Feb. 16-28.
The tournament will feature a round robin competition format with the top two teams from each bracket moving on to the championship match. Bracket 1 will comprise Toronto FC (MLS), New York Red Bulls (MLS), HB Koge (Denmark; Danish First Division) and Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO). Bracket 2 will include the Philadelphia Union (MLS), Columbus Crew (MLS), TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of the Congo; Linafoot League) and the Costa Rica U23 Men’s National Team.
A community kickoff event is slated for February 16 in downtown Lakewood Ranch and will include opportunities for fans to meet players from participating teams. The most up-to-date schedule and ticketing information for the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic can be found at http://www.imgsuncoastproclassic.com.
Our sports academy offers young, beginners and pro athletes alike the opportunity to improve their performance and play the game like never before. Summer camps, weekend programs and year-round sports academies are available to obtain the training you need to play at the top of your game. IMG Academy features programs throughout the year in tennis, golf, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, football, and athletic & personal development.
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