[THE CHANCE] The 16 finalists in Nike "The Chance" competition continue their world tour with stops at Juventus and Manchester United following their stay at
the Home Depot Center, where they beat the U.S. under-17 national team, 4-3.
American Brian Iloski assisted Swede Bubakary Sonko on the first two goals as the Nike all-stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead. They led 3-1 before Rubio Rubin pulled the U-17s even, but Spaniard Saifeddine Alami Bazza gave the Nike all-stars the win.
The Nike squad spent a week in Southern California training under head coach Jimmy Gilligan before heading to Turin, Italy, for more training and a match against Juventus.
The final player selected from the global tour will join the Nike Academy -- a full-time player academy based in England and supported by the FA Premier League -- at England's Loughborough University March 1 for the remainder of the season. The Nike Academy plays a series of games against FA Premier League reserve and academy teams.
Since the start of The Chance competition, 16 players have turned their participation into a professional club contract. The most recent, Australian Tom Rogic, signed for Scottish champion Celtic.
Iloski, who plays for San Diego Surf, has signed to attend the University of California.
The Chance finalists:
Ismail H’Maidat (Belgium)
Dario Van Den Buijs (Belgium)
Dimitris Komnos (Greece)
Marco Vinicius Di Lauro (Italy)
Ryosuke Kinoshita (Japan)
Kirill Laptev (Russia)
Petar Golubovic (Serbia)
Teboho Charlie Tsotetsi (South Africa)
Saifeddine Alami Bazza (Spain)
Gonzalo Balbi (Spain)
Bubakary Sonko (Sweden)
Jose Figura (England)
Brian Iloski (United States)
Kevin Salazar Chiquiza (Colombia)
Joel Bravo (Ecuador)
Fernando Canales (Peru)