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The Toughest Of Decisions: Play For High School, Or An Academy?

The Toughest Of Decisions: Play For High School, Or An Academy?

Some of the state's better boys soccer players have been forced to make a difficult decision: continue playing for their high school or pay to play exclusively for one of the state's academy programs.

Players can't do both. In February 2012, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program moved to a 10-month season, making players selected to an academy team -- an elite level team for athletes from around the region -- ineligible for the high school season.

Evan Hughes of Farmington decided to stay with soccer at his high school. Tommy Nickerson of Bacon Academy-Colchester chose to make the 63-mile trek to the Oakwood Soccer Club in Glastonbury and has given up playing for his...

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