@9:45A constructive thing happened when my daughter, who is a freshman, started looking at colleges. Initially she was only interested in playing D1. Once she started researching D1 colleges in her desired geographic area, she discovered that the colleges she thought she wanted to play at didn’t offer the proper curriculum in the career choices that she is interested in and also that the Arts programs that she was interested in also weren’t as extensive as she desired. Now on top of her wish list is still one D1, school followed very closely by a D3 with her third choice being a D2. She has revamped her criteria for what she wants out of a college. I’m very happy she is realizing that Soccer is not the only thing to consider when picking a college. As for getting hits on the recruiting, as a freshman who is not a top 10- 20 player in our state, she has not received and did not expect to receive any contact from coaches. She views her freshman year as a learning process and said she will consider participating in some ID camps sophomore and junior years.
@ 7:36 & DCI’m just a casual USWNT fan so definitely no expert but I’m pretty sure they won the last Olympics and finished second in pk’s of the last World Cup. I just found out today that the Algarve Cup is a big deal but I see they have won 9 out of the last 15 of those. The most recent was 2013. They seem great to me and I’m anticipating great things from them next year in the World Cup! Of course one of the privileges we get as fans is to criticize and analyze. Enjoy.
12:47 What you say is correct, but the last 12 months+ of the USWNT has been well below the expectations. Just a few weeks ago, they were thoroughly dominated by France. In December, they were in Brazil and it was a far from impressive tournament. The Algarve Cup for which you are right, they won 9-15 tournaments was a complete disaster last lear. They fired their Coach and jill Ellis has appeared out of her depth as a coach. My biggest criticism is that the team has not evolved in play or in roster since the 2012 Olympics and similar to the last world cup roster. The roster for this year's World Cup will be by and large the same as the Olympics. The USWNT has essentially been standing still while the rest of the world has been advancing at a pretty rapid pace. The Algarve Cup and the World Cup will either prove or disprove this point.In the US, we love to have our stars. Other countries are far more brutal at leaving stars off of rosters than US.
The soccer pundits agree that the WNT is rapidly losing ground. here's a good review and some loose plans on what Gulati etc wish to do about it:http://equalizersoccer.com/2015/01/30/uswnt-youth-development-plans-academy-residency-ncaa-nwsl-training/Note also the suggestion of a residency program and girl's DARegarding recruiting... We were surprised that several college coaches, even top 25 (one top 10) schools reached out to our player through her coach after a national level recruiting event. We did not expect such interest in her as she had not reached out to any coaches prior to the event. She did not do this because her coach felt she was improving rapidly and thought it better to defer scrutiny of her for a half a year or so. She is now setting up spring unofficial visits. The college coaches have indicated dates where they plan to take recruits to basketball games or to see spring season soccer games. She is to spend the night. Not exactly sure what happens from there. The recruitment spreadsheet show 2018 recruits sprinkling in and we are told 2017 is in full swing to be wrapped up at least by fall's end. This is for, non IVY, top 100 or so schools.
@9:50 AM"Even though teams have to be able to play a possession game does not make it the right approach for every game."---> agree game situation may effect the way you play...but I don't see our current WNT as able to play THE GAME. Yes, some players can (based on previous training and experience) but as a group impossible imho. Especially with certain players involved. Abby Wambach 'in' means THE GAME goes bye bye. I think we both agree that our current team has been passed by. I'm not happy saying it. Quite the contrary. @12:47I love and support the USWNT but I am not going to call them great. Not at this point. I liken it to boxing. Versus TOP competition, which admittedly is still just a handful of teams at the moment, the US always has a punchers chance to win. But the problem with these types of fighters is that they either win or look ridiculous and outclassed. I am afraid we are looking quite ridiculous too many times recently. OK, my opinion but I am sticking by it.Depending on what you believe at least one respected coach lost his job basically for trying to buck the system and let a few aging starts go out gracefully. Only they did not want to go and U.S. Soccers priorities differed. The coach was dismissed and the players remained. How's That Working Out?DCShore
DC If you believe the stories, it was kind of like Youth Soccer and parents complaining when their little Mia loses playing time. The Coach was exploring different lineups and rotating rosters and the Superstars complained and got the coach fired.Sermanni's Record 18W-4D-2L. How many times have you seen little Mia's parents complain and the coach gives in and it hurts the team. That's the USWNT situation, there are better and dare I say more technical players ready to play, but they will se very little time.
At the invitation of the college coach, top 25 D1, directed to her from her club coach, going to her first "unofficial" visit. This looks pretty official only we pay the flight etc. She sleeps over with a player? A little worrisome for a 14 year old. She goes to a spring game (could have picked a date when she could have gone to a men's basketball game) tours the campus, locker room, and talks with coaches. It is pretty scheduled and they plan for multiple recruits on several specific assigned days. This is our first kid so I didn't know any of this. Club has not laid out any advice on going to these visit. How do you find out what to ask, expected responses etc. I cant imagine that they will make an offer to a 9th grader. I don't know what's up after the visit either.
Doesn't this whole college decision depend on what drives the school choice? If the focus is on where you can play soccer first than getting exposure to a broad set of ID camps and showcases would make sense. If the school choice based on curriculum, (ie what is the best pre-Med school for me) is driving the decision then I would think you would want to narrow you school choices down to a few schools and be very focused on the coaches at that smaller group of schools.
You can't (and probably should) consider both?Most schools offer a wide variety of options. What your 14 year old thinks she wants to be now and what she ultimately turns out to be runs in parellel for the minority of students.
my child's team has not done any tournaments, no scrimmages so far, no winter league and no indoor tournaments, no futsal and zero and we are paying as much as much as the high level academies a year Is this normal. We just train and will do a few local tournaments in the Spring?
Normal for what? If your child aspires to play D1 college soccer, then what you describe is not consistent with a schedule that will support her achieving these goals. The non ECNL teams that include players with such aspirations have already done at least one fall tournament: Bethesda or CASL and some have also done Disney and/or WAGS. Most are scheduled now for at least Jefferson cup, Champions league or at least EDP, State cup, and PDA. The ECNL clubs went to Sanford and are going to PDA along with their league play this spring. If qualifying they go to Seattle for playoffs.If your child's schedule has no overlap as above, then she is disadvantaged in the recruitment game.
8:06 My view is that if you are paying $1800-$2500/year for soccer then your child should be getting a 10-month training schedule. Otherwise there is little value for money and you're not getting the the development that you are paying for. This ssems to me to be someone taking advantage of people willing to pay.
What's the name of the club?
Is it Njcsa ?
@3:47 Read the article, thanks for posting it. Obviously *Pundits know significantly more than me about the game but I still believe that the people who are actually running, training and developing the USWNT at all levels know more about who the right players should be and have the courage to make the difficult decisions. It is the job of the pundits to analyze and criticize. Interesting quote in the article from U.S. women’s technical director “Heinrichs says that on average, it takes 5-8 years for a U-20 U.S. player to make the senior team.”So I’m going to keep saying how great the number 2 team in the world is and I promise not to come on here next year and say I told you so when they make it to the finals. *It appears the author of this article is a 25 year old ex D3 player that came off the bench in many games. Nothing wrong with D3, might be where my kid ends up playing, but he’s probably never played on a field with anyone with National Team potential. April Heinrichs was playing, training, coaching and developing high level soccer players before this pundit was born.
9:11 Yes it would be nice if we trusted the people that know the game, but there is not much evidence that this team is moving in the right direction. They brought in Tom Sermanni to coach, he was adjusting the lineups, playing different players and shaking things up to prepare the team for for the World Cup. His record as coach of the USWNT 18-2-4D. What did he get for it, he was fired because the star players have more say than the coach. Jill Ellis is not going to challenge those star players and it has been the same USWNT with out much advancement in the play. Forget about rankings because it rewards what you have done not what you are doing and this US team has been quite poor against high level competition even thought hey can still beat Argentina 7-0.As for it taking U-20 players 5-8 years to crack the USWNT, well the Number 1 team in the world for mens and womens, has teams whose rosters are by and large clustered around 25 years of age with a high proportion of players in the lower 20s. As for rankings, Spain went into the Men's world cup as a favorite in the world playing their tiki-tak soccer and the world caught up and evolved to the team that had been so dominant and they were pitiful in soccer. The signs have been very clear recently. I am very pessimistic about the direction of the USWNT, but we will start to see if there is any improvement over the last few months starting tomorrow.
Is the USWNT old, outdated, or just supremely experienced? I read an article recently, I will post if I can find it and it was a comparison of the relative experience of the different teams. The USWNT averages a team with about 100 caps - there are 11 players with more than 100 caps, and 5 that are closing in on 200 caps. The German and Brazilian team averages about 40 caps, the French about 60. I checked the German Mens national team, and they average 23 caps. I think it is relevant because the idea of winning a last second game off the head of Wambach or direct play from the midfield to Morgan is not a recipe for success. It's an old team and if they cannot technically keep up, they can't win.Flav
@911Did you watch the French Friendly? If so, understanding that Rapinoe was injured and is one of the US best players, how do you think they stacked up against a French team even down Necib after her early injury?How do you think they looked against the English B team?
I did not watch the France game. I’ll check youtube and see if there is a way I could watch it this weekend. Time is difficult to come by. I didn’t even get to read the article that was posted till over this past weekend and I also watched the u17 game that someone posted a link to. Thanks to the posters for the links. I’m admittedly a casual fan and don’t follow the USWNT as extensively as most on this board do. I am enjoying the conversation and the education I’m getting. I am hearing everyone’s argument but my gut tells me the people running things are more concerned with development then wins and losses in non-Olympic, non-World Cup games. Someone mentioned the previous coaches won lost record. I’m thinking the top people aren’t as impressed with won lost records but more concerned about a long term development program. Development > W-L? , except World Cup and Olympics. Somebody posted earlier that USWNT has an important game tomorrow. I’ll check their website and hopefully be able to watch the match.
1:08 I believe the Algarve Cup is going to be on Fox Sports 1. The point about Sermanni's record was they he accomplished it while trying to improve the team tactically and technically. He was experimenting with different player combinations, he wanted more youth, and the players revolted. US Soccer gave in to the players and fired him. US Soccer has made the decision that the time for change is after the World Cup, Tom Sermanni felt the time for change was before the World Cup.Jill Ellis has looked well over her head in in game decisions and not only has the team not won against top teams they have looked bad doing it.
First few games in the group stage of the Algarve Cup, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland shouldn't pose too much of a problem.
That's what everyone thought about Denmark...
PDA 2015 recruitment list is out impressive!
Do you have a link to the list? I'm a bit skeptical. Last year they published where all of their players were going to college not where they were recruited to play.
Can a player be carded to two teams. One is just a tournament team and one is a team who plays Edp and nj cup? Player is already card to us club and njysc.
Algarve Cup – USWNT looked ok to me, showed some character coming back from being down 0-1. On the other hand Germany surrendered a 2 goal lead while allowing 4 goals against. I liked the #23 player. I believe her name was Press. Is she fairly new to the team, I don’t recall her from the Olympic squad?
USWNT looked OK. I have 2 concerns, Norway should be a team the US dominates and second Wambach should no longer be on the field. She can keep up and it changes the whole style of the US team. I hope Elis recognizes this. Hopefully, she is looking at this as an opportunity to fine tune the roster for the World Cup. Lloyd seems to be a bit ageless however.
I saw the PDA list. I am happy for any girls that can go to and play in college. That said, a number of those schools are far from out of reach and have rosters full of many Club/Town players. I am always curious as to who got money and who did not. Is that published or should we assume they all did? Perhaps that would be the "impressive" part.I did not catch the WNT game vs Norway but saw the recap. Unfair for me to comment on the play.@1:42 PM---> Yep, pretty much agree with your view on things.For the post above referencing Spain. See USWNT. Same thing. Aging stars. No serious challenge for unseating the old guard. And yes, the game as evolved and top coaches/teams have figured out how to beat 'straight-up' Tiki Tak' play.DCShore
It's nice that PDA and other clubs put out lists of where their players are attending, but almost all of them got nothing in Athletic dollars. They may have received Academic dollars though. Had the players received Athletic Scholarships, PDA would have announced it. Don't drink the Kool-aid from PDA or any other club. Congratulations to the players for being accepted to these schools and if they get to play soccer while earning a degree, even better.
Just like the PDA shore girls who were never PDA until this fall and won their titles As a TRFC team and were born and bred TRFC United. Now all of a sudden PDA got them into college. Just More Bunk.
does someone have a link tot he list?
Don't be fooled by this list. It only lists the colleges these girls are going to attend, many aren't even playing soccer in college. They listed my older daughter and she is not playing next year. Earlier posted is correct, if any of these players got a full ride, it would be plastered all over our website.
Great point 3:53PDA would have plastered the names and praised the college.Here is a link to the list - http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=5d31b971-e6b7-49a0-975e-b22d7c73dee8&c=b64cec30-eb37-11e3-acb7-d4ae527b8c41&ch=b6a3e5d0-eb37-11e3-acd9-d4ae527b8c41
There's no doubt that is where the kids are going to college rather than recruited players. But the recruiting list seems to make a clear point that the ECNL matters and those kids get into top notch schools.For the other PDAers I'm not sure that PDA offers any benefit to kids that can't be gotten from any other top 15 club in the state.
@8:54Let's face it. The Business Development Academies prey on the uneducated consumer. And their emotions. The past couple of years I have been 'around' many a BDA practice and many a BDA parent. I'm even acquaintances of a couple of coaches. The average BDA parent, though certainly not all, is a little higher on the Socio-economic scale. Trying to 'cover' all their bases and make little Johnny or Cindy's dream (hopefully their's and not just the parents) come true playing soccer for a big school, at the Olympics and in a Word Cup. The average BDA parent still does not watch or know soccer beyond what is in front of them (their child's team and the matches they play) and/or the occassional professional league match fundraiser they attend. Same applies to the average Club/Town team parent too I am afraid. Only at bargain prices. The average BDA coach knows that what they are offering is vaporware. Otherwise there would be a money back guarantee...but of course all coaches can fall back on the "she didn't really want it" reason. I don't blame someone for taking a check in a profession they love. I just can't turn a blind eye to it either. So the truth is, the average BDA player gets good/very good training. They get to feel the 'hype', they get to travel around a bit more (or more likely an expanded geography). Hopefully they also get some rock solid memories...though they are just as if not more susceptible to the agony of politics and disappointment as a town/club player.My guess is the average BDA player resembles their town/club counterpart. They probably are good to above average students. They probably are solid citizens in the classroom and out of it. They probably are experience junkies though I understand that really depends on the level BDA team you are on. Some may fall hard to the empty promises, others I am sure will excel beyond even their expectations but for sure most will wind up playing side by side with their town/club counterparts in college and beyond (assuming they continue to play). There are always a small percentage of Academy/Club/Town players who just burn out and the minute they are free from their parents direction they ditch the game.DCShore
I have never heard the expression BDA before. Who exactly does it refer to, thanks.
Just looking for advice. Our team has only played one game and one scrimmage, no tournaments and/or indoor leagues. we have paid 2,500 for the year and are schedule to play three low level tournaments. Should we leave now or just ride it until the end of the Spring and start going to other tryouts. Our team in not a priority and we don't even deserve scrimmages. We were promised higher level tournaments when we joined.
@1:02If you are unhappy you should leave. The moment you sign the check you endorse the process. No sense in complaining.DCShore
I say ride it out You already paid and it will probably hard to get picked up by another team till tryouts
Hopefully you at least researched the coach before you signed up. Why pay that much and not have a great coach that will develop your daughter. If he / she is a great coach stick it out.
How is the team going to develop as a whole if they only train and maybe scrimmage against each other. Why pay that amount when you can get much more in another team. Stay for Spring and start looking at other opportunities. What area are you in?
on the PDA College acceptance list, I find it interesting that only the girls from ECNL were accepted to some Ivy's but not the other groups
Congrats to the USWNT on winning the Algarve Cup. I’m only a casual USWNT observer but they made winning one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year look pretty routine. Looks to me they like they need to tighten up some stuff but are in as good a place as anyone heading into the World Cup.
Woo hooSoccer begins this weekendGood Luck to all the girls,Hopefully we can get some mud slinging startedIt's been a boring winter on the blog Looking forward to some pda and match fit bashing !
PDA and Match Fit PARENTS make it so easy....
@10:44Yes, Congrats to the UWNT. I did not catch the match so I have no commentary but what I have read i fairly positive. I am very happy for the players and US Soccer.DCShore
I feel pda parents are among the best human beings in the world !
You mean the finest ?
You meant finest ?
9;54What is the connection between GFA, Valkyries and TSF? I thought TSF was out of Lincoln Park in North Jersey.
I think people fail to realize that when you play for the greatest club ever created, you have every right to have a superiority complex.
TSF, valkaries and GFI formed some teams out of Metuchen. Right now they have a u15G team made out of ex TSF, Matchfit, and FC Copa players, NJSA 04, (u14 players
Another Frankenteam of D1 prospects? I kid, I kid.DCShore
Everyone knows all the PDA girls will snatch up all the D1 scholarships, at least that is what our coach says!
You need to spearate the PDAs, looking at the recruitment list of the north, I'd say that they pretty much meet their promise. The rest not so much. You can play for any NPL team and get the same results. Coaches see through that the remainder of the PDA teams play low caliber competition, crumble when they are challenged, and normally get placed in a protective bubble at PDA tournaments or like the NPL showcase so they can't fail.
It's also kind of funny that PDA put 3 teams in the NJ Cup. It's kind of like the lottery, the more more you enter the better chance you have to win.
PDA BREAKERS lost NJSA Bulldogs 5-1Embarassing
You got it wrong EDP has score reversed on schedule
SDFC tied PDA Shore 1-1, SDFC had lead until last 10 minutes of game.
You guys get to caught up in what the score was, who led most of game.. who really cares, the question for any of these games should be who possessed the ball more, who had better chances. That's what matters. I'm so surprised that Adults on this blog still concern themselves with irrelevant aspects of the game, this isn't U11 or U12.. grow up, it really shows the ignorance of some.. Good luck to all teams heading to Jeff Cup this weekend, hopefully all will represent Jersey well!
@ 11:44 I agree to a point, you still have to remember the girls playing the game care about the results. People are allowed to say what they like without being told they are ignorant. No need for being negative. Good luck to all the teams in Jeff Cup. Have nice day!
You are correct! But... I'm willing to bet none of those girls are talking about the game played yesterday or on the blog boasting about who led most of the game, to be honest.. it sounded like a parent who thought their team didn't have a chance and was surprised of the outcome. That should never be the case if you play for a quality team, which both mentioned are... not being negative, just wish the blog for this age group could be a little better. Talk about how some of these games are played and less about who was leading or beat who.. let the kids worry and boast about that.
@2:25Completely agree. I'd rather here about how each team played the game. 1-1, 5-1, 1-0...does not mean much to me.My daughter's team has played their best soccer in many of their losses and looked like complete garbage in victories.I usually chalk it up to self-absorbed parents.DCShore
PDA May have submitted three teams for NJ cup but don't kid yourselves, Pride and Breakers will be sufficiently padded with Gunners, just like they did last year. Hopefully they won't suffer the same fate as last year...
Keep your eye on the prize. The goal is an NJ Cup. How it is accomplished doesn't matter. It will just be one more misleading link to recruit the future generations.
Good Morning everybody, Anybody have predictions on Jeff cup this weekend? Looks like weather will be bad on Friday ok on Sat and Sun>
YesPDA doesn't place first or second in any division they are in !
Doesn't seem like anyone is biting on your PDA rant.. what a miserable life you must live if you allow an organization or better yet a group of teams filled with 14 and 15 year old kids consume so much of your thought process concerning youth soccer. Are you that scarred to feel that way about youth teams with innocent kids who love playing the game and having. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree my friend, there is enough evil in this world.. look in the mirror! What if your child was on the receiving end of your rants? Good luck to all Jersey teams @ Jeff Cup this weekend, represent well..
Good luck to all the Jersey Girls!
Wow The truth really stung youJust stating factsBut you had to make it personalThis wasn't aimed at hurting the girls feeling Your response should have been Will see after cup
Didn't sting me at all, I just believe in being a good person and was hoping I could get you out of the way of that thing call KARMA! It doesn't matter where any of the Jersey teams finish as long as they play to their full potential. It is a Championship format at a College Showcase.. again just shows your ignorance to the game..
2:49/4:21's behavior is consistent with that of an individual struggling with confidence issue. Repeated attempts to demean others are intended to boost self-esteem. Common among young adults, it can be observed during play dates, on the playground, within blogs and even on the pitch. Some individuals may be predisposed to it while it may be a learned behavior for others. The scary part is that he/she likely has children learning from his/her behaviors.
@421 - You suggest that you are "just stating facts". What facts? At best, your post is a wishful thought. In the future, please spare us all from "your" facts.
I'm not 2:49/4:21 but I do know from experience that people put up with a lot crap and let their children's self-esteem get brutalized by coaches just to say their kid plays at special well known club, and this is often driven by the parents not the kids because the parents have a dream. Those coaches do nothing help build those kid's self esteem back up. No that job is left for the parents. There is no doubt in my mind that there are many parents of kids on clubs carrying 20-28 kids that have to work to repair self-esteem every weekend so they can live the dream and wear the jersey.
That's right !
I'm not 249/421 either
I'm not 2:49/4:21 either and find it amusing that we feel compelled to disassociate ourselves from such cowardly posts.
Ok, so when PDA wins all their brackets (Pride in the 5th??), all the PDA haters will be chastised and we will realize you ARE the best club in NJ.
@249, yes they do, they place well at the PDA spring tournament and the PDA NPL showcases!
7:52 As far as I know there is only one person on this blog that signs his name to his posts. What is more cowardly and amusing is people that call others cowardly while being cowardly themselves. Perhaps you are willing to associate yourself to your posts.
I agree with 651 in that there are coaches out there that can damage a player's self-esteem as I personally removed my child from such a situation. Such coaches are not necessarily associated with well know clubs or teams with large rosters. I have found these coaches are more apt to be working among the mid-level clubs/teams chasing unrealistic goals. The well know clubs can be more selective and have the ability to remove the bad apples and the local town clubs tend to engage well intended volunteers.
I'm assuming the cowardly act being referred to is wishing failure on kids and the teams they play on, you can say your not directing the negative comments toward the kids but.. they are the ones competing and playing the game, who else could you possibly be referring to? Wish all Jersey teams well and keep it moving, why have such negative feeling toward one group of kids.. as far as coaches tearing down kids confidence on teams with 22-26 players, why blame the coach? I can't figure out why a parent would agree to have their child on a team with a large roster like that, unless your child is in the top 14 it makes no sense. That is strictly the parent being delusionalin thinking their child will Crack the top roster. I'm sure every child wants to be on the field rather than sit, there is a team for everyone at every level. Parents get caught up with who their child plays for and feels the need to push their child to a situation that may not be best for that kid. Parents make poor decisions that eventually hurt the kid.. remember, kids want to play not brag about who they play for. If parents would stop living their dreams through their kids, we wouldn't even be having this discussion. There is a level and team for every kid involved in youth soccer, it's up to the parents to find the right one for their child
I am not 2:49/4:21 and can only imagine why they don't associate themselves with their posts.
I had some catching up to do this morning. Looks like the bully (2:49/4:21) has woken from their winter nap. Most would agree that this blog would be better served if they simple went back to sleep.
8:00 AM Why is someone expressing a belief or a hope the PDA does not succeed at the Jeff Cup bullying? I'm sure almost everyone on this blog favors one team or another for one reason or another. I'm not the guy who wrote the Jeff Cup PDA comment, but I get it. Some people dislike PDA because they are successful, some people do not like PDA because they believe their model is bad for soccer, and some people don't like PDA because they feel that have left a trail of kids with empty promises and treated them very poorly. Yes, I don't like the PDA model and how they have treated players, it is nothing against the kids, but I'd prefer to see other clubs being more successful.
ExactlyI am against the bda modelYou don't develop you recruit or in the case of the breakers you out right by a top ten teamBut all you pda robots try to say We are insulting the girlsAbsolutely not !I'm with you 229/421
Bullying can take on many different forms. For example social bullying generally involves the manipulation of others through gossip and being mean. In my view, 249's post is essentially that. Although irrelevant, their reasoning could range from counteracting low self-esteem, having been bullied themselves, submitting to peer pressure, repeating observed behavior, defensive response, jealousy, etc.If the intention is to initiate some sort of change, there are a countless number of alternative approaches such as identifying clubs with good models, wishing other teams success, promoting clubs who deliver on their promises, highlighting coaches who display desirable qualities, etc. Although it may be an overused cliche, "you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar".Over time, some on this blog have diminished its value through the use of bullying. Regardless of their reasoning, bullying should not be tolerated. It is not funny or entertaining ... it's just mean.As suggested earlier, we'd all be better off if the bullies were to craw back into the holes they came from.
I think your wrong, and I've seen far worse bullying py players and coaches at PDA and at other clubs and I think this is a good place to voice their views. It's going to get worse before it gets better because tryouts are always a time when a clubs true colors show through. Many newly disgruntled people will voice their views. I'm happy we are not dealing with the BS and are in a better place.
Not sure why you think I'm wrong; but, I generally agree with you. My point, which I hope you can agree with, is that posts wishing failure on kids and the teams they play on have no value aside from serving the selfish needs of their author.
How did a question about Jefferson Cup become all about PDA? Is this a Region 1 blog or a PDA (pro or con) blog?
my daughter has played for both PDA and Match Fit. It's neither good nor bad, it only depends on what your expectation is.I think the crybabies on this forum had never experienced how it is to be belong to a top notch academy, therefore the ignorance, jealousy and hatred.grow up, soccer is just a small part of you and your daughter's experience
My daughter was at PDA and I witnessed a lot of bullying taking place. It seemed that everyone was trying to get ahead and get noticed. I can understand kids bullying each other but it seemed like the coach was encouraging it. They're supposed to be professionals Coaches should alwaysencourage his players and provide a positive environment.
My daughter was bullied at a town club where the volunteers did nothing and the professionals at the academy are no better.
The parents sign a code of conduct form but the coaches can do whatever they want and there is no accountability for their actions.Finding the right environment for your child can be difficult.
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I'm not sure of the genesis of this blog but if I had to guess in the beginning i was mostly the parents of daughters on more successful/higher ranked teams bickering over who is "really #1".A whole lot of unfulfilled desires, empty promises, self-absorption and self-praise later the battle continues. I have no problem speaking directly about any situation but it has always been my policy to keep it on topic. In my opinion most of youth soccer is a mess. That ranges from the sloppily cobbled together town teams up tot he predatory, anti-development business development academies. As I do not have a horse in this "my daughter/daughter's team is #1 race" i just like countering the dummy views with some kind of real vision for the sport and what youth soccer might be. There are far more credentialed people involved in the sport trying to do the same thing (so their is consistency and vision at every level...not to be confused with every kid/team will be a great kid/team...but at least know THE GAME) but at present moment there is too much money and too many self-absorbed parents, and financially motivated coaches and club officials. Or in many, many cases folks who simply do not know any better and there is no consistent and readily reliable mechanism to help.This is almost never about the kids themselves. And despite all of the problems I see I am just as happy to see a kid from a BDA realize some of their aspirations as I am the local town team. I just try and keep perspective.DCShore
Look's like 2:49's prediction are coming true even if he is a bully.
Most NJ teams not doing well at Jefferson Cup. Cannot compete with other top teams!!LOL
Another dumb comment from a person whose daughter obviously got cut from a good jersey team. Keep going to your small town tourney and tell your kid to enjoy community college.
Yes 353, let us know when your daughter's dangling D1 free ride happens. Keep drinking the Koolaid.
I sure will what's your number? That's what being a part of ecnl is all about. But I'm sure you wouldn't know about that.
Before it got personal, is is true that NJ teams are not faring well, PDA with 4 teams hasn't won a game yet, Copa hasn't won a game yet, Freehold hasn't won a game, SJEB is 1-1, and TRE hasn't won a game.. Overall, not great. In my view, that's the consequence of what's been happening in NJ. One club is recruiting the best kids from across the state, diluting all the teams in NJ, and then carry 4 teams with 20+ rosters and diluting talent across its own club.
Why do you care. Your job as a parent is to keep your daughter happy. Don't worry what everyone else is doing. If she isn't having a good time or her team is struggling then try something else.
I care, it is a discussion on soccer about the dilution of talent across NJ soccer which I believe has been bad for the state of soccer in NJ. So is your point that we shouldn't be discussing the Jeff Cup?
It's more of a showcase. College coaches could care less who wins. They are looking for individuals that can help their program.
So I guess that explains it, no one cares how a well a team does as longs a college coach is watching your kid. Actually sounds like a recipe for failure where kids focus on themselves rather than team. College coaches show up to teams as well, remember that NPL Showcase in Florida. That was a waste of my and everybody's time, No coaches, well except for maybe Rutgers really cared about watching a bunch of average teams.
I am assuming after this weekend' s showing at Jeff Cup, everyone will be flocking to. PDA tryouts. I bet there were plenty of college coaches watching the 4th, 5th, and 6th divisions looking for talent...
I find it absolutely amazing that there are so many parents on this site who can't wait to see 14 & 15 yo's fail. Not all can win all the time and not all teams loss all the time. Be happy for those who can excel and help their parents offset the cost of their education through scholarships whether it be athletic or academic. Grow up and stop bullying the young girls, this time is such a short period of their lives.
Just got back from Jeff Cup, and we got to see some really good soccer. I know the weather has made it difficult for many of the teams to practice, but there was a lot of quality there this weekend.For all the negativity about PDA, I got to see them for the first time. I caught most of the first half of the Gunners game with FCV. To me, they outplayed FCV but just couldn't break down the defense and score. They had some kids out there that could really play. I wish I could have caught NEFC, but I didn't get the chance. I was able to catch some of the Championship division games and a lot of the Elite (black & orange) games. All the games I saw were evenly matched, and were either draws or decided by a goal.As far as the ECNL vs NPL vs USYS teams, it was a tossup. The quality of soccer on the field was pretty equal regardless of the team.
@7:38PMI agree. That is why we need open leagues. There is quality at all levels but for the truly best to be developed and for the sport to grow we need to stop worrying about D1 scholarships and money. I have seen real quality, teams playing the game, across many leagues. Yes, it even starts at the local leagues. Take a quality teams that are not in ECNL and let them scrimmage the ECNL teams. Within a short span you will see the speed of play equalize and then you have a match.From a quality perspective good soccer can be found from the local leagues on up.Get rid of the $'s you help advance the game and save parents some $'s. Or at least apply the $'s properly to their child.I wanted to go to Jeff cup this year but unfortunately it was iced/snowed out on the boys side this year. I am sure I would have enjoyed watching the girls teams play as well.DCShore
TRYOUTS COMING UP IN APRIL. Can you give me your opinion about smaller opinions such as Nj Stallions, Valkyries, TSF, NJCSA, etc.?HOw is their training and development?
@9:50PMI do not have any first hand knowledge but I do know several players/parents in NJCSA, and coaches at both TSF, NJ Stallions and NJCSA.My honest opinion is that all are able to provide quality training. Impossible to fully gauge that. The groups know the game in general terms and know how to teach it.Execution on game day may be a problem at times, mainly because it is a results oriented business. So you do not always get to see the quality of the training in the actual game. Development is the key question. And much of it depends on how you define development. Is development taking a player on for one season, training them but then cutting them loose if you are able to recruit a stronger/more desired player? This is where most if not all academies fail in my opinion. There is no real commitment to development. They harvest the strongest players (yes even plucking from the "lower" leagues, and work with them for as long as they are attractive. At the end of the day most of us would have no problems with our daughters playing with any of the above groups. Unfortunately a lot more goes into it then just playing. Money, travel, time, politics etc.DEFINITELY try and talk to players/parents in each program. Talk to the coaches/trainers if you can as well. More often than not there are lots of tells as to where a program is and where it is headed. Otherwise, and especially at this age, it is a big leap of faith. You may be switching teams/clubs and buying new uniforms for the next 3 years. A good handful of club team options in the Ocean/Monmouth area as well. It all depends on what you are looking for.DCshore
Quick comment on Jeff Cup. I was there with our team in the top flight, saw a lot of soccer and got a chance to see all 8 teams play. Hats off to all the players I did not see one kid out there who was not giving it everything they had. That said it's a showcase tournament and the coaches there (and there were many) are there to see players not teams. Many of these girls including my daughter have written to a number of coaches letting them know they have interest in attending their schools. At everyone of our games there were multiple coaches on the players sideline talking to our coach during the game. They are asking about the player(s) and what different positions they play, and also asking if they can see them play in those different positions. They might only be there for a half or maybe less. Some stay for whole game, it just depends what they want to see. It's really no different than an ID camp, they want to see players vs players. From this point on it's really not about the winning, it's about showcasing your talents to get into a school that you are interested in attending. In college it will be about winning.
9:42 I disagree that it is like an ID Camp. No coach wants to see individual play of a kid highlight their own skill at the expense of their team. If often happens that you have individuals who get selfish at showcases and coaches hate it. They want to see the player's skill, but they want to see it as part of a team.
Out of interest, after the performance at the Jeff Cup, I'd be interested in how people rank the top teams in NJ.I also wonder what people people think about the Northeast NPL. I think people believed that being attached to an ECNL team would attract talent and build the NPL clubs up. Looking at the results of the Northeast NPL teams at the Jeff Cup at fairly low brackets, it seems to be a plan that hasn't delivered just yet.
10:04 You are correct, my choice of words comparing Jeff Cup to an ID camp was wrong. What I was trying to say is that they are not there to see the teams and could careless about who wins. They want to see players playing soccer. As far as your point about kids hogging the ball at an ID camp - trust me that helps them very little. All coaches look for work rate, skill set and IQ. All have to be very good to play at next level.
People will complain that the regional and national pool has too many ECNL players. The region 1 camp was this weekend. The ECNL teams that had players selected to attend the region 1 combine camp had their players go the camp. Some other teams that had players selected had the players attend the Jeff Cup over the region 1 combine. How are these players going to reach the regional and national pools if they go to tournaments instead of the regional combine camps? Should winning at the Jeff Cup be more important than giving your selected players exposure to regional and national team coaches?
If they need to be seen by a college coach at Jeff Cup, wouldn't that be the priority?
@ 3:58 If the player is good enough to make the USWNT, they will, regardless of whether they go to a particular regional camp, attend the Jeff Cup or stay home and play wall ball. Have faith, the people running US Soccer know what they’re doing.
perhaps, but they set up this regional combine specifically to bring the best kids to the national coach's attention. They are not scouting the 4th bracket at jeff cup. Again the Urban myth that if the kid is good she will be seen no matter for which team she plays. There are clearly matters of circumstance wherein the player has to be in a venue to be seen (alert MSSL is probably not it). Further the player must be competing against a level of competition that inspires confidence in the scouts, whether college or national team, that the player is of the quality they seek.
All I ever hear is it’s not about winning or losing, it’s all about development. Ok but, when is it about winning and losing?
Anyone ever have their child come into the car after a tough game or a tough tournament and say, "Wow, it felt great to be developed today?"
Have had her come into car exhausted and troubled at the limited playing time given to some of her team mates. They understand that not playing the strongest players all game long translates into loses sometimes and they are OK with it.
You only need to look at Winslow Township soccer to know that people spew a lot of BS without really knowing anything. Winslow has 3 girls committed to playing D-1 soccer - NC, NC State, and Georgetown. Go back and look at who and where these girls were playing when they were 15. CJYSA, MAPS, MSSL, EDP, and lower brackets at showcase tournaments. They also played and competed in a lot of futsal. The kids worked hard, went to ID camps, reached out to coaches, and got seen, and they made the most of it when they were seen.Are your chances better at the big clubs, sure, the clubs income depends on it, but they do this by recruiting more than they develop.There is something to be said for playing on a team, sticking with a team and trying to build something rather than the ugliness that occurs with parents and kids where the players and the parents don't even like each other and the coach does little to manage it. Just wait for these showcases in the coming years when your daughter and another girl who plays the same position both invite a coach to a game (it may have already started this year). I promise you it gets ugly and often you won't even know that another player or parent is trying to stab you in the back.Don't believe the hype that you have to be at an ECNL club to be successful. These guys at US Club Soccer want you to believe that you need to be at an ECNL club for exposure and college, and if your not at an ECNL club then you must be at an NPL club. If the Jeff Cup showed anything, good well coached teams can achieve regardless of the letters of their league or the letters on their shirt.
Refreshing post. Colleges need to promote some of these success stories outside of the ECNL juggernaut to encourage this path to success. Talented kids to whom ECNL is not an option need to hear them.
The region 1 combine was more important than the JC. It was an opportunity for the best players in the region to be looked at for the national team. This group of players are already on the radar of college coaches and will be scouted many times.
FYI... the Winslow Tigers team is an exception to the rule.. many of the girls who helped them with their success in their earlier years have all moved on to academy teams, the coaches daughter is one of the best players in the Region and would be just that on any team, she is special! only 3 kids were mentioned as getting scholarships, where are the other 15 going?
Does it really matter where the other 15 are going. 3 kids that played for a town team, stayed with a town team, put in the work and got noticed playing in places that many people lift their noses at. The real point is that if you are a special player, and you put in the effort you can get noticed. I think you made my point that an exceptional kid didn't need to got to the ECNL to be successful. Sure, does an ECNL club have more kids going D-1, yeah but that's because they are actively recruiting kids away from the Winslow type team so they are concentrating talent in one place. Nothing you said changes the fact that Winslow played in CJYsA, EDP, MSSL, and lower levels of showcases. Someone was arguing this morning that you can't get noticed their. People have so much vested in the new US Club Soccer ECNL/NPL model they can't in the least accept that there are other paths to achievement
Yes..the point is that exceptions to the rule exist thank goodness. The marketing avalanche of ECNL would discourage this path which is the ONLY path for many players. The success stories are valuable to those players and colleges that want access to those players.
There only exceptions because they didn't buy into the marketing. What the Winslow story says is that if your talented and you work hard, you don't need the ECNL. But then nothing I say will concince, you've bought into it.
@ 4:21 .... FYI 3 will be attending "R" your power house, and I believe you know this. Others include Towson, Monmouth & Coastal schools. One from what I was told no longer plays soccer due to injury, now is a highly recruited rower. Congratulations to those girls. Would you believe the other's are 2017 & 2018 girls? All of these girls are "special!" More importantly the Man that put his time into this group is special.Clap for him, now my question to you is where have you sent any of your players & who have you developed!?
743 I do not have faith in the people running s soccer at all. Evidence the performance of the u20 in last years WC. No way were they the best u20s in the country. Now to the USSF's defense, they actually did something about the debacle. They now have a way to track even year kids now. That world cup team was dominated by odd year play ups because the feds has no idea who was really available in the even birth year to play.
I think you will have to agree there are many clubs not associated with ECNL that produce D1 talent. ECNL has a great marketing ploy to list their talent. Aside from Winslow Township soccer talents that went on to play D1, there are teams like FC Pennsylvania Strikers that produce D1 talent without drinking the ECNL Kool-aide, also, if I am not mistaken NEFC produces quality talent etc. I think the national pool is focused on the ECNL brand and may have to venture out of that mold to scout talent.
@ 8:43 I’m just starting to follow the USWNT program. The comments on this blog is what caused my interest. One thing I hope that the leadership of us soccer is not overly concerned about is results in a u20 tournament. Everything they do should be about development for the Olympics & World Cup imo. I just watched the Algarve Cup and the USWNT looked as good if not better than any team in that tournament. They had a good mix of youth and veteran players and appeared to be significantly focusing on development and evaluation. The old timers on the team saw their minutes greatly reduced or completely eliminated in some cases. It was clear, to me at least, that they have a solid development plan in place. Due to the information I received on this board I also watched some of a recent u17 USWNT tournament. If I remember correctly, there were 1 or 2 u14 players that saw some minutes for the US side. Again in that tournament I felt as though the coaches were more concerned with looking to develop and evaluate then they were with results. The sky is not falling in regards to the USWNT program. As one article posted on this board stated from one of the coaches, you can’t focus on development and still expect to completely dominate every game and tournament every year without a hiccup here and there.
"The sky is not falling in regards to the USWNT program."-----> I think we all hope that it bottomed out and is.Rebuilding and retooling. A little more time to tell but some of those changes in personnel you mention are significant steps in the right direction.It's tough to evaluate phantom talent. Talent that must be surely out there but we never get to see play.DCShore
You have just started following the USWNT but are now a pundit.The Kentucky coach's interview is interesting regarding winning versus development and He quotes Jill Ellis on the feeling that the u14s on to the full team feel they have to win every event and there is less room for development.http://equalizersoccer.com/2015/02/17/jon-lipsitz-kentucky-coach-analyzes-uswnt-win-development/another one to help you in your quest to become a soccer pundithttp://equalizersoccer.com/2015/01/30/uswnt-youth-development-plans-academy-residency-ncaa-nwsl-training/Jill Ellis, "Our goals are to win at every level. We train our players on how to win during the course of their development, from matriculation when we first bring them on as U-14s to when they matriculate through our program. We train the mentality of finding ways to win all the way through the program.“Any time we enter a tournament we have to play to win, with the understanding certainly at our younger age groups when you go into say an international friendly tournament, that part of the process of developing is playing the players that we bring to a tournament. So you might mix your starting lineup a little bit. The goal is always to win, the goal is to find ways to win."I guess you didn't read Jill Ellis' quote wherein she says we are looking for results
@ 4:39 lol Of course I’m no pundit, as I wrote those were just my opinions. But thanks for belittling my opinions and observations. Is that how you speak in person with everyone who might disagree with you? I’ll go back and read those articles that you seem to have cherry picked quotes from but like I said in my original post, I believe they are continually assessing talent and don’t always have what they might view as the best 11 on the field going for the jugular all the time. In the Algarve Cup game that they did not win, they emptied the bench. Of course I believe the 11 on the field are always trying to win but they might not always have the top 11 or might also be experimenting with formations and tactics while also attempting to get a W.
4:39 is a reason why people use this blog less and less, his tone has no place here, but trying to win every game is not he same as knowing that you will lose some. Players and coaches seek to win every game, that's what competitors do. But the USWNT is seeking to peak at the world cup, so when they play now they are working with new formations an new match-ups which means sometimes it will work and some times it will blow-up. If Jill Ellis gets it right no one will care and if Jill Ellis gets it wrong people will be screaming. I personally believe the USWNT is in a decline that is unfixable for this world cup. They fird the last coach because the players (stars) didn't like that he was experimenting and playing others more than the traditional stars. Wambach can't compete at this level anymore and we will see if Ellis does anything about that. The US can go far but I'm not sure they can hold up consistently against the world's best.
Jeff Cup was a disaster for NJ teams. NJ girls soccer needs a total overhaul Rankings and quality of teams are obviously overstated We argue about who has the best program in NJ but we can't compete against other states. Something is wrong here
Jeff Cup conflicted with Regional TC.NJ can more than hold its own Nationally at this age group.
So I am assuming from the post that only NJ players attended the Regional Camp. No, I believe there is something more fundamental at play. NJ can sustain more ECNL clubs, but because there are only 2 many top level players are going to PA or NY to play ECNL, sitting on a Roster of 24+, or playing NPL. Also, whether we like it or not PDA is a draw so the PDA teams after the Gunners are drawing kids away because of the name. Many kids have been impacted and what we've seen is a dilution of kids on teams across the state.
Perhaps I'm reading the information wrong, but I see nj "top" teams attending the Jeff Cup and they didn't win one game.
I think I have it right, PA did not fare much betterGunners 0 WPDA Shore 0 WTRE 0 WCopa 0 WSJEB 1 WPDA Pride 1 WFreehold 0 WAtletica 0 WMatch Fit NPL 0 WRush Grey 4 WTSF 1 WPrinceton 1 WMercer Magic 1 WJersey United 2 W
Stand by my comment - NJ "top" teams that were seated in top brackets did not win any games. Even if some players were away - it shouldn't have caused this result. Are you saying there is a big dropoff in quality in the girls that remained to play? Something is wrong !
Not that big a pool of players really available. You need to have the talent, motivation and $$$$$ all available in one player. Two of the three are not enough.
Lol. You do understand there is a huge difference in level of play for the teams playing top 2 brackets, compared to brackets 3-6? A tie or 1 point game is a perfectly acceptable result playing against the best teams on the eastern seaboard. And the talent seemed to be evenly spread between ecnl and npl teams.Nothing is wrong with nj and PA teams. This discussion comes up every early spring, and then by the summer the haters disappear because the tri state area has a month to get back outside and back into the rhythm of elite level play again.
Exactly. Weather plays a huge factor. take the top kids off teams and yes,it totally changes the dynamics as well.NJ is just fine.
Several teams in top brackets did not play a single game prior to Jeff Cup. NEFC, Arsenal PA, YMS and other played 4-6 matches prior. If you don't think this makes a difference, you are wrong. If you check the teams in top 2 brackets you will see improvement after first game of any team that lacked previous games this Spring. To come to Jeff Cup with no outside matches or practice and to expect great results is not being realistic.
The weather has been bad from Virginia to Maine. The boys Jeff Cup was cancelled 2 weeks prior because fields were snow covered. If the teams did well we would have heard how great they were in spite of not training. Very few teams have had consistent training and consistent playing.You guys have so much vested in the ECNL model that you have an excuse at every corner. Last year people were on here saying that it was over for the NEFC because their best striker was recruited by an ECNL team. You lost, your team didn't play well, get over it.
Anybody who doesn't think PDA is not at all concerned or embarrassed by their performance is nuts. As a club, PDA won 1 of 12 games.Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, that is not a good showing for a Club that touts itself as the #1 Club in the Country.
I don't see why anyone would bother to draw any conclusions unless they have an agenda? I am Sure PDA goal is to get to Seattle and do well. If they really cared,I am sure they would have insisted that all players were in attendance and not subbed much. NEFC are a great team.PDA are as well. I would love to see an environment in which the best teams faced off in league play, home and away.
Unfortunately, the powers that be do not want have anything to do with league play, so all we have is these tournaments to judge. I think the model is bad that many clubs are excluded from league play. You get arbitrary limits on the number of ECNL teams in a state. With PDA, yes, I guess you can say I have an agenda, but then many if not all people on this blog do. My agenda is this, as a club I think that PDA has harmed NJ soccer to the detriment of the kids playing. They have blocked other ECNL clubs to force kids into their system. It has meant that many high level kids are either sitting on a 24+ roster, going to PA or NY to play ECNL, or playing on an NPL team. PDA ha also sold themselves as something special and drew a lot of kids from other clubs over because of the name and the hope to get on the ECNL team. What I think it has done is weakened teams around the state and by spreading those kids across 3 PDA teams it has weakened the PDA teams beyond Gunners where you have 75 kids hoping they get a shot at the ECNL. I think the model is bad and bad for soccer. NJ teams are not faring well outside of the state beyond the Jeff Cup. The Northeast NPL is supposed to be the next best thing to the ECNL but the competition there has been subpar at best. Yeah, I guess my hope is that we go back to a day where kids can play and stay with a club for a while with out thinking that they have to play in a a specific league or for a specific club. I believe the the Jeff Cup shows that things aren't working. I can accept that the Gunners played in a tough grouping and those games were competitive and could have gone the other way. The Gunners are the exception because they are a magnet for the most talented players. Beyond that, show me a team that was even remotely competitive in Virginia - Was it Copa? Freehold the state cup champs? The 3 other PDA teams? TRE? SJEB? No NJ was not even close to being competitive.
Let's acknowledge in advance that if PDA, Copa etc. fair well in the NJ Cup vs their smaller club counterparts it's all attributable to the fact that for MOST town teams this will be their first games of the season period.YES you heard it hear folks. I see a lot of town team (what's left of them) in some tough groupings. Let's be sure to make excuses for them in advance. In advance any PDA victory in NJ Cup gets an asterisk.I'd like to see may of the local town/club teams get a few cracks at the academies during the season. Of course that will never happen. There is a business to protect.DCShore
Not going to bat for PDA but, the Shore team that played in the second bracket appeared to be very competitive according to bracket results, 2 ties and a loss to Albertson ECNL.. what exactly do you consider competitive? Let me guess, the score! The score doesn't always reflect the results of how a game was played, the team that may have dominated play in many of those games at Jeff Cup may not have gotten the favorable result. That is in any age group.. I saw several Jersey teams compete very well! If you consider the success of several of the teams by score or results, that's sad. Compete is the key word! Obviously many have a different meaning for the word.. I would consider not competing 4-0 and beyond, the Professionals have game's that end 0-0,1-0,2-2 etc.. does that mean the other team didn't compete? There are several Jersey team that will get better as teams get in game shape, Relax
0-0 can be a blowout on the field and 3-0 can be a tight game on the field. And on any given game anyone can beat anyone. But over extended games, if you are the better team, you will win more than you lose or tie. If you read what the poster put earlier, there were 14 teams at the Jeff Cup from NJ, if you throw in the eastern PA teams it's actually a lot worse. 14 teams, likely about 40 games, 9 wins and 4 by one team and almost all the wins in the lower brackets. I think statisticians what not call that a freak occurrence but a trend. If you add in Estern PA YMS won 1, FC Buck ECNL 0, Penn Fusion ECNL won 1, FC Delco won 1, LDC 1, FC Bucks NPL won 2. I think only 2 teams in all brackets from Eastern PA and NJ won more than 1 game. You can stick your head in the sand and say it's the first tournament, but I think the performance shows something far worse happening with the soccer landscape in NJ, but like you said, let's see at the end of the season when there is more out of state competition.
I can assure you there is no College Coach sitting at his or her desk right now in disbelief that any one team beat another team, College Coaches recruit players not teams! People on this forum need to understand that asap, next year will be a very important year for most girls in this age group.. the tournament directors who flight these team and even accept these teams do it very carefully. I will bet that most Jersey teams that COMPETED this weekend will be there again next year, that is because the people who select the teams realize what quality is..the girls who COMPETED this weekend are also a step ahead of several kids who's teams didn't even get accepted to the tournament.. look at the big picture and you may get a better understanding of how this thing called Showcasing works.. this isn't my first go round trust me!
Jurgen, I'm not sure how you switched the discussion to college coaches. We know ECNL has an advantage, we know US Soccer signed an agreement with the Jeff Cup to preferentially provide spaces to NPL teams. This closed environment of soccer is part of the problem. For most of the year, these closed leagues live in their bubble all year, and then like yourself make excuses when things do not go well when they leave their bubble. It's kind of like the Florida NPL showcase, rather than go to Disney US Soccer is trying to create their bubble of tournament when the real tournament was 50 miles away. No matter how you spin it, last weekend was not a good one for NJ and Eastern PA soccer
Trying to understand your fascination with NJ Soccer as a whole. Is it because you really care about the development of the game in this area? Who knows. I know that many of the best kids from these teams in the top bracket did not attend. I know that until the game is open to more players and the best train and play with the best, you will have what you have now.The system is imperfect and people spend a lot of time analyzing team results, yet most only care about one player, their child.NJ continues to produce good players,so something is working.
Agree that score does not indicate the quality.My guess is that the NJ teams far from embarrassed themselves. In fact I have seen several of the team play several times in the past year. They are good/very good teams.My earlier post though is a play on the whole "we weren't ready yet" rationale. To all of those touting it will it apply to the NJ cup results as well? When yo play the smaller town/club teams?I just wish some would more would agree/acknowledge that the pedigree does not indicate the quality either. Many a 'club' team has beaten NPL teams in tournaments. My guess is ECNL would not be far off if they were not in the business of insulating/protecting themselves.IMHO most of these tournaments are for the birds. A dog an pony show.DCShore
You are right, it is about my kid and others like her. We have rapidly moved to a situation where we have these closed systems that have made soccer more exclusive. I have seenmy daughter directly impacted by the active recruited and people believing that you have to be in one of these closed systems to get future soccer opportunities. It doesn't givee pleasure but the Jeff Cup performance highlights the the issue with playing in a bubble. I believe it benefits all to have a more competitive system in the state rather than trying to build a few clubs and their ECNL club and their ABCD teams. Yes it's personal bit I've seen systemic changes that I think is awful for the broader state of youth soccer.
True, there is success outside ecnl. Someone mentioned PA strykers and nefc. Both great teams, but ask either coach what league they would prefer to be in.
5:22. Since it's all about our own kids. I assume your daughter plays for an ECNL club, or is your defense of the top brackets at the Jeff Cup simply for your love of the game.
@ 550 Not a defense at all. Simply an observation. at this age the game is about players. The top teams have the best talent, whether they be ECNL NPL or whatever. Very few are having tactical sessions, breaking down the opposition and such. Win lose or draw, if the kids are having fun and improving, then I dont see the problem. How the ECNL does vs NPL or NJ vs other states really does not concern or worry me at all.
I think we can agree if any player is truly "talented" she is NOT playing for an NPL team, their ECNL team has already pulled her up. Stop kidding yourselves. Pride and Breakers may be kidding themselves but it truly is what it is!
Looks like the Neighborhood Bully was in need of a little help with his/her self-esteem late last night.
Have to agree with posts like 1108 because athletes peak at the the age of 15 years old.
11:08 or there is more demand for ECNL players then there is supply. I've written this before but for a state with the population and population density of NJ, the state is under-representated relative to other states with ECNL clubs. I believe this is by design of the NJ Soccer representatives sitting on the ECNL board.
so in a earlier comment it seems to say that NJ top teams couldn't win a game because some members of the team were at a showcase. Sounds kind of wrong on many levels
It wasn't a showcase it was a USSF sponsored national combine. It meant a lot more than the Jeff cup. Most of the coaches encouraged the kids who were invited to attend that rather than the va tournament. So what's wrong with that?
so because a few girls went to the combine,, the remaining girls on the top teams can't be expected to compete and do well at Jeff Cup? What is that saying?
if you honestly think that taking the top players of teams makes no difference,then no point discussing it really. Competing IS doing well.
I'm guessing that 700/928 will try one more time with the hope of coming across slightly less naive.
Would it not stand to reason, all things being equal, all the top teams lose 1 or 2 players to the National Combine?
They weren't all missing a top couple of players. That's the point.
60 players from the Northeast attended the Combine. It's hard to believe that only one team was significantly impacted by the combine.
60 players attended the combine yet only one team was significantly impacted. Interesting.
I was on here several months ago making a case that if NEFC was truly a “great” regional team, losing 1 or 2 players would not change that. If a team is truly great, losing 1 or 2 players will not make that much of a difference. If a team is completely built around 1 or 2 players, then IMO, it does not meet the definition of a “great” team.
Almost all great teams rely on couple of truly special players. The role players are interchangeable with players on many teams. I would be including NEFC in this characterization. Without their 2 top players they are above average. Both were at jeff cup
The point about NEFC is that they have lost their "best" players to ECNL teams. So they should arguably be worse than last year. It just so happens that they play good soccer with a team of strong players. So when last year their best player was recruited away to an ECNL, it actually seems from their performance recently that they have improved by not being dependent on 1 or 2 stars. NEFC is a great example of how losing their "best" players had little impact.
Why do you think their best player was recruited to an ecnl team. They have a dominant striker and a dominant midfielder. They are still playing for NEFC. I think you may be mistaken
the term great is overused. NEFC are a good team, but it is a stretch to call them great. I would need to see them consistently beat the top teams at the age group to say that. Unfortunately, they do not play. PDA at full strength vs NEFC is an even game. PDA, FC Stars, MatchFit are all pretty even - I see no truly dominant team at u15.
I’m considering PDA, FC Stars, Match Fit & NEFC all “great” teams. What other teams in our region are better? Maybe I’m leaving out a few teams but the point is, if any of these teams lose 1 or 2 top players, they still will be in the conversation of the top 5 teams in region 1. IMO anyway. If being in the discussion of top 5 of a respective region does not qualify as “great”, then I don’t know what does.
You cant sit here and tell me that not playing one real game or even getting to train one time outside does not have a HUGE affect on the ability to play at jeff cup. I saw what it did to our girls. Yet they still hung in. The overall record of northeast teams is not a coincidence. It is proof positive.
I recommend that if you think that NEFC is only "good", you should take a hard look at results in the last 1-2 years. They play many top events and win almost everything they enter. It seems to me they have lost one game in the last year (to PDA last April), including regionals and nationals. They are HANDS DOWN the best team in the NE and maybe the country. I don't need to see them play a bunch of times to come to that conclusion. Strikers are second best team in R1 in a close heat with FCV and PDA. 2-4 are IMHO and subject to some debate. Declaring that NEFC is the best team in R1 seems much harder to dispute.
@847 you simply have a different definition of great. I would be interested to know how many top teams NEFC have faced over the period you state. I would love to see them play against better competition week in week out in league play - not tournaments, before giving theme the crown of best team in the country. I am not convinced they are the best team in the STATE.
Howdy, I have a fourteen year and we are heading south to Wood bridges Jersey this summer. The coach told me ya all focus on foot master skills and where we are at they don't. Coach said find a board and ask ya all where I can take her to sharpen her foot skills. Do ya all have any suggestions on where I can take her? Ya all think private or group is better. Need foot master skills trainer.Tryout for a team is foot master skills all ya all coaches look for? Thank ya all for the time.
It may be a senseless argument, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to debate. NEFC has entered Disney (top bracket) and Jeff Cup (top bracket)in the past 4 months. These are high level events with strong fields. They won Region 1 and Nationals last spring/summer. They may play in a weaker league (NE NPL) but every time they step out of the NE and face top teams from PA, NY, NJ, TX, CA, OH, etc. they win. Teams they have beaten in the last year include: PA Strikers, FCV ECNL/NPL, PDA, Sting, TX, Carlsbad, CA, Cleveland FC, Richmond ECNL, YMS. They won Nationals with Tophat GA and Legends CA in the bracket. They haven't lost a game (at least as recorded on GS) since last April and have only had two ties (that did not prevent them from winning the event) in that span. It is one thing for a team to get a couple of signature wins but also drop some games along the way, but I am sorry, NEFC is simply a dominant team at U15. You are trying (maybe hoping) to find someone that can beat them, but you are running out of options. I can't find one data point that says they aren't at least in consideration for best U15 team in the country. Throw out one team you think is better.
@1008 it is a good debate. of the top 8 teams in the ECNL last year, based off the playoffs in Seattle. How many of them has NEFC played. this is an honest question on a slow day. I am not interested in and ECN vs NPL fight. NEFC have been a good team for a long time and nothing about that is up for debate. I just think the top end of the ECNL is just as good as NEFC are. Just because a team is ECNL, does NOT make them good and a win vs an ECNL team is not necessarily a quality win.
You can only play who is out there to play and NEFC has not shied away from any major competition. I don't think you can separate out the ECNL/NPL debate because NEFC has no way outside of major showcase tournaments to show themselves. There is no doubt the ECNL likes their exclusive club. But while all the ECNL clubs get to show their wares at the ECNL Showcase in December, the NEFC has no choice but to play at Disney. There is no way for NEFC to get into the ECNL championship race, so all we have to go on is how they do when they compete. For the games listed on GotSoccer, they have not lost in 26 games and quite a few were to ECNL Clubs and outside of the region.Certainly having beaten the Gunners, FC Stars, Richmond, PA Strikers, and winning the Jeff Cup, Disney, NPL Championship and the USYS National Championship says a heck of a lot and in my book puts them best in the region which means they can compete with anyone in the Country. Anyone who has been to major competitions knows that even when you are the top dog at a tournament, it is hard to come through unscathed, and they have done just that.
and the ECNL clubs cannot be blamed for not getting a crack at the top NPL teams in anything but showcases. It goes both ways. I would love to see NEFC playing all the top teams. Would be great to see, but I cannot elevate them above the top ECNL teams, just the same way as I cannot elevate the ECNL teams above them. All good teams. Shame that politics deprives us of seeing these games.
I don't think there is an equivalence. ECNL teams have ample opportunity throughout the year. WHile ECNL quality isn't there from top to bottom, those teams are much more likely to get significant opportunities to play teams at an NFC level. NEFC spends a lot of the year playing teams below their competitive level because of the politics. It is a shame what US Soccer is doing because they control the ECNL and NPL, but they want no part of exposing ECNL clubs to high level NPL teams on a regular basis because it would go contrary to what they are trying to build which is the ECNL is the exclusive pathway to high level soccer. There is no reason that US Soccer should not be offering at large bids to major ECNL events for teams that have shown that they can effectively compete with the ECNL.
The reason is power and greed. What do you do with a powerhouse USYSA team without a strong club behind it like the Mongomery county (MD) coyotes team or strikers? I agree the logical thing to do is offer at large bids to include tophat, strikers, legends, carlsbad etc. PDA kind of does that in at least these teams can attend an event where there will be great exposure if not compete head to head. I am sure there will be a ton of coaches present at the non ecnl site if PDA's greed and politics don't prevent a NEFC versus Strikers game.
New topic, how many readers out here would go out and beat a team Thirteen to zero?
Or a club on the same day going 21-0. Clearly there are going to be mismatches in a state cup, but what are people trying to prove? I think this is more humiliating for the club than it is for the teams they played against.
PDA is often a target not always justified, but this one is justified and absurd.
Once again PDA strikes. Seems like they can't get out of their own way with bad publicity. Poster is right about mismatches, it happens but to go out and do what they did is wrong. Shame on the coach and the organization. I'm willing to bet that even the PDA parents are upset about this.
Can anyone from PDA defend this one?
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