Federal Way threesome competes at prestigious soccer showcase

The United States Soccer Development Academy hosted the first Academy Fall Showcase last weekend at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. and Federal Way was well represented by Decatur High School senior Kevin Day and Federal Way High School teammates Murphy Campbell and Kelyn Rowe.

“It was one of the best atmosphere’s I’ve played soccer in,” Campbell told “My impressions of this are like, wow. It’s a great atmosphere.”

The showcase included 36 teams from 18 elite clubs, as well as two U.S. Youth National Teams to play 38 matches during the three-day event. In addition to U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley and other U.S. National Team coaches, the event drew scores of college coaches from around the country.

“The Fall Showcase launches what we feel is a very important initiative to provide the best possible opportunity for young players to reach the elite levels of our sport,” Bradley said.

Day played for the under-18 Washington Premier club team, Campbell played for the u-18 Crossfire Premier club and Rowe suited up for the Crossfire u-16 team.

Day had an impressive tournament with Washington Premier, based out of Tacoma. Day’s team finished 1-1 during the showcase and Day tallied a goal in both games — a 3-2 loss to Kendall Soccer Coalition from Miami, Fla. and a 5-1 win over Birmingham (Ala.) United.

Campbell played midfield for the u-18 Crossfire Premier club out of Kirkland. Crossfire finished 1-0-1 during the showcase with a 3-1 win over Atlanta Fire and a 1-1 tie against Concorde Fire Soccer Club. Campbell tallied a goal in the fourth minute during the win over Atlanta.

Rowe, the Mirror’s 2007 All-City Player of the Year as a freshman, showed off his talents with a hat trick during an 8-1 win over Atlanta’s Concorde Fire Soccer Club on Sunday morning. Rowe scored goals in the eighth, 29th and 67th minutes. The u-16 Crossfire team finished 2-0 during the tournament. They also beat Atlanta Fire Soccer Club on Saturday, 4-1.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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