The results are in.
Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch yesterday released results from the 2012 Nike International Friendlies Tournament, held Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. at SMR's Premier Sports Campus.
The tournament, which attracted more than 6,000 players and 15,000 fans, generated more than $11.3 million in economic impacts to the region.
“The event was a great success for the area in every way,” said Premier's Director of Sports Tim Mulqueen. “We brought the very best youth soccer teams in America here for all the community and future soccer stars to see and aspire to be. The four international games were exciting, with 37 goals scored. The final match between the U.S. and Portugal drew thousands of spectators who saw a thrilling 4-3 win by Portugal.”
Of the 176 teams represented at the tournament, now it is second year at Premier, all but 10 were from out of state.
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