Grande Sports Academy - Real Salt Lake U-18 Elite- G.Cleverly - Danny Moreno (2)CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The Grande Sports Academy will be back on the road this Thanksgiving Weekend for the second consecutive year, as the Real Salt Lake U-18 and U-16 Elite are set to participate in the 2013 Nomads Thanksgiving Tournament in San Diego. The Academy teams are off this weekend and will return to league play in two weeks.

Full weekend schedule and tournaments rules at bottom of page

GSA coaches will have their hands full at the Nomads Tournament with a combined six matches in two days for the U-18 and U-16 Elite teams. Both Elite teams will compete in age groups that feature twenty-four teams broken up into seven groups. The winning team from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, which will be held on Saturday night for both the U-16 and U-18 age groups. There is one wildcard spot available for each age group. The Semifinals will be held on Sunday morning with the Championship match on Sunday afternoon.

The U-16 Elite team will be the first team to play, which will be on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. against Placer United 98B Red. Five hours later the U-16s will square off against Encinitas Express and wrap up group play on Saturday against Diablo FC 97B at 8:00 a.m.

The U-18 Elite team will kickoff group play with two matches on Thursday. The first at 11:00 a.m. against Strikers FC Whittier – McManus and the second against San Diego United at 3:30 p.m. They close out group play on Saturday morning against Inter FC 96 Premier at 11:00 a.m.

Official Nomads Thanksgiving rules

POINT SYSTEM: Two (2) points for each win One (1) point for each tie Zero (0) points for each loss.

For divisions with wildcard teams, the wildcard teams will be the teams that do not win their bracket, with the highest point totals. In the event of a tie on point totals, the below tie breaking system will apply.

1. Head to Head (where applicable).
2. Fewest goals allowed.
3. Most goals scored.


U17 – U19 35 minutes
U15 – U16 30 minutes

U17 – U19 30 minutes
U15 – U16 30 minutes

Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches ending in a tie will go to PKs. Championship match ending in a tie will have two ten (10) minute overtime periods (not sudden death) and if still tied PKs.

Nomads website

Group Stage

Date Time Team Team Location
Nov. 29 9:30 AM RSL U-16 Elite vs Placer Utd 98B Red University Gardens Park #1
Nov. 29 11:00 AM RSL U-18 Elite vs Strikers FC Whittier – McManus UCSD #1
Nov. 29 2:00 PM RSL U-16 Elite vs Encinitas Express Clairemont High School Stadium Turf
Nov. 29 3:30 PM RSL U-18 Elite vs San Diego United UCSD #1
Nov. 30 8:00 AM RSL U-16 Elite vs Diablo FC 97B UCSD #4
Nov. 30 11:00 AM RSL U-18 Elite vs Inter FC 96 Premier University Gardens Park #1

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