Commentary | Premier Development League players demonstrate skills to Palmetto Elementary students to celebrate looming World Cup

May 20, 2014 

IMG Academy Premier Development League players David Abidor, Myles Englis, Konrad Kucharski, Terry Delancy, Daniel Barboto, Jamie McGuinness and Sage Gardner celebrate all things soccer Friday with Palmetto Elementary School students. PROVIDED PHOTO

In preparation for next month's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, members of the IMG Academy Premier Development League visited Palmetto Elementary for a soccer demonstration last Friday to celebrate the impending festival-like atmosphere surrounding the World Cup.

The school's music director led students in singing past official World Cup songs, then the PDL players performed a juggling contest and one-on-one skills that incorporated involving the Palmetto Elementary students.

David Abidor, Myles English, Konrad Kucharski, Terry Delancy, Daniel Barboto, Jamie McGuinness and Sage Gardner were the PDL team members who made the Friday trip.

Manatee Magic tryouts

In just the third season since MAYSO revived its competitive soccer program, the 14-and-younger girls team has developed some successful campaigns and now moves into the U15 division for the 2014-15 season.

Tryouts are scheduled May 29 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and May 31 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) at G.T. Bray park.

The squad built a 23-5-9 record since the inaugural 2011-12 year that saw them take first in the division.

For more information, contact MAYSO's Shane Cline at 795-5925 or visit

Special Olympians excel

Bradenton's Jonathan "Rocket Man" Moore and "Fast" Eddie Balen competed at this past weekend's Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games in cycling.

The Summer Games were held at Disney's Wide World of Sports, with Balen finishing the 500-meter time trial in 1 minute, 25.78 seconds and the 1K-mile time trial in 2:52.32 while Moore snapped off times of 2:13.51 (1K-mile time trial) and 14 minutes, 22.65 seconds (5K time trial).

DeSoto races resume

DeSoto Speedway is holding races this weekend in the various divisions: open wheel modifieds, pure stock, mini stock, modified mini, dwarf cars and legends.

The gates open at 4:30 p.m., while the racing begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The general admission pricing is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and children ages 12-and-younger are free.

In celebration of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, anyone wearing patriotic apparel receives $3 off the adult general admission, and all veterans will pay $10. The special price cannot be combined.

No coolers will be permitted, and there are two full concessions (one on the grandstand side and one in the pit area).

For more information, visit

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.

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