*Release Courtesy of Global Football LTD
*USMMA's Alex Coviello will wear #2 during the game for Team Stars & Stripes
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012 – GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – The Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) will be broadcast live via a webcast from the La Fortaleza Azul (The Blue Fortress) in Guadalajara at 12pm CST on Saturday, December 15 as Team Stars & Stripes faces Mexico's CONADEIP All-Stars.
The NCAA Division III All Stars from 26 different colleges in the United States, led by Don De Waard of Central College, take on the cream of college football players from Mexico, who are coached by the legendary Frank Gonzales of Tec de Monterrey.
Host university Tec de Monterrey Guadalajara will produce and stream the game, which will be available live in Spanish language only at http://sinapsis.gda.itesm.mx. Live game updates will also be posted at www.Facebook.com/GlobalFootballLTD and on Twitter @GlobalSportsGuy.
In preparation for Saturday's fourth annual game, Team Stars & Stripes hit the practice field on Monday and Tuesday having arrived and settled into the Tec de Monterrey campus during the weekend.
"The Guadalajara campus is very impressive, and the people even more so," said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge. "Of the 15 years we have brought teams here to play in post-season games, this may be the best overall set up we have had. We have some great kids, totally inspiring coaches and wonderful hosts. Now we get ready for a very competitive football game on Saturday.
"As I meet with the game day directors here at Tec, the team continues to come together. It is so much for them to grasp in so short a time. I am amazed each year by the football intelligence of these young men. It is a bit odd for them to complete their college football careers as they started, with two-a-days!"
The 26 universities and colleges represented on Team Stars & Stripes are: Amherst College, Augustana College, Buena Vista University, Central College, Centre College, College of Mt. St. Joseph, College of St. Scholastica, Dickinson College, Elmhurst College, Framingham State, Illinois Wesleyan, Grinnell College, Grove City College, Hanover College, Kalamazoo College, Lake Forest College, Loras College, Manchester University, North Central College, Ohio Northern University, Salisbury University, Susquehanna University, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wartburg College, Waynesburg University.
"It has been fabulous down here," said defensive backs coach Steve Briggs from Susquehanna University. "I did not know what to expect, but everything has been first class. The accommodations are great, the facilities are terrific and the meeting rooms are NFL caliber.
"I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of our players. All our defensive backs are talented and can play. We need to keep them healthy, keep them fresh and not overwhelm them too much and we will be just fine.
Team Stars & Stripes also boasts some potent offensive weapons for quarterbacks Joe Furco (Elmhust College) and Alex Coviello (US Merchant Marine Academy) to target.
"We have a good group of guys at receiver this year," explained coach Joe Austin from Southwestern. "I recruited and coached Dan Passafiume (Hanover) when I was coaching there and I coached against Kurt Monix (Manchester), so I know very well what those guys can do. We have a good balance with our skill sets between slot guys and split ends and they are picking it up well. They are smart guys. I expect them to be productive on Saturday."
After practicing this week through Wednesday, the players, coaches and staff will have an opportunity to explore the local region and will take part in service projects on Thursday to make an impact in the Guadalajara community. The group will visit the colonial city of Guadalajara, and the highlands region northwest of Mexico City and will have a chance to interact with the Mexican players throughout the week.