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Boca Raton, Fl. July 24 – More than a hundred soccer players from U6 – Adult, who gathered last Sunday at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton for a Memorial Tournament to celebrate the life of Coach Josef Schulz, received a surprising treat – an appearance from US National Team striker Jozy Altidore and his family to pay their respects to his former coach.

3 v 3 action

3 V 3 action

Schulz Academy, (, an international soccer residency program which trains and positions talented soccer players in clubs abroad, joined with 3 V 3 Live to celebrate the life of the Academy’s late founder and Head Coach Dr. Josef Schulz who lost his battle with cancer last year. “We were so deeply touched to see Josmer and his family walking on to the field,” said Schulz Academy owner Barbara Schulz. “We always think of him as part of our family and it made for a perfect day.”

Altidore with Barbara Schulz and a Schulz Academy team

Altidore with Barbara Schulz and a Schulz Academy team during the tournament

The soccer phenom who currently plays for English Premier League team, Sunderland, spent more than an hour kindly fulfilling requests for his signature and group photos from young soccer players and their parents. “I’m here with my entire family because that’s how much Josef meant to us,” Altidore said.

U19 - Adult 3 v 3 action

U19 – Adult 3 v 3 action

The soccer tournament opened with registration at 8.00am and continued through the afternoon. The 3 V 3 format offered fast paced, skill building, fun soccer with every player involved constantly touching the ball. The top four teams in each division are qualified to play in the 3 V 3 Live Regional Championship Tournament. In addition to its residency program, the Schulz Academy offers year round training for boys and girls aged 7 – 20 years old. Practice sessions are conducted three times per week at Sandalfoot Cove Park in Boca Raton from 6 – 9 p.m.(Mondays & Fridays) and from 9 a.m. Saturdays. Tryouts are welcomed anytime. The Residency Program and home school players practice at Cypress Creek Park Field 5 in Coral Springs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with morning and afternoon sessions of practice conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

more 3 v 3 action in U19 - Adult

more 3 v 3 action in U19 – Adult

Dr. Schulz coached Altidore from the young age of 8 years old until the young soccer phenom’s professional debut with the MLS at the age of 16. Dr. Schulz was awarded “National Coach of the Year” by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) in 2012. Altidore, a striker on the United States men’s national soccer team, was also one of the top goal scorers as a forward for Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, where he scored 39 goals in 67 appearances before moving to English Premier League side Sunderland.
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