Wednesday, July 1, 2015

U17B - Competition is thick, diverse and talented

What can we say?

This age bracket attracts a lot of attention and several teams have very different rosters going into Fall 2015.

Better than ever.

Region 1 at this age bracket offers a lot of talent at the top of the rankings.

U17 Boys soccer is where the action is.

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Anonymous said...

Very true. Great level of teams participated

Anonymous said...

SSC out of Potamac tournament

Anonymous said...

Why all the negativity. These teams are all real good. We lost to a Canadian team that was as good as I have seen from top to bottom. Beat s good Marlboro team that we were fortunate we weren't 2 down at half. Tied a good east meadow team but we completely outplayed them just didn't finish. At this level anything can happen.

Anonymous said...

What's negative about saying you're out of the tournament? If you won, you'd be shouting it from the rooftops.

Anonymous said...

Why are you following us. Envious?

Anonymous said...

No, but if you won Id be impressed

Anonymous said...

I don't think MF would say they were fortunate to not be down 2-0 even if it was true why would they say it idk just my opinion

Anonymous said...

Why not maybe it is true. They won so it is easier to be truthful maybe??

Anonymous said...

MF parent. Fortunate might be a stretch but they could have had 2 goals. We could have had one first half goal too. They collapsed we didn't

Anonymous said...

Nice showing by holmdel. All the way back power 6. Wish you were playing monday?

Anonymous said...

Way to go Holmdel! One NJ team is playing a final!

Anonymous said...

2nd tier team winning 2nd tier flight.

Anonymous said...

Marlton was in that flight and they're considered a top team.

Anonymous said...

MF parent here. Good luck Holmdel!

Anonymous said...

SSC played in the 3rd tier flight. Why hate on Holmdel calling them 2nd tier? Good on them. Good luck Holmdel.

Anonymous said...

too bad this forum can become so weak with all of the back and forth negativity. to quote the blog guidelines, "Keep the discussion informative, lively and engaging not negative"--so why not try discussing some actual issues instead of always firing petty shots at Matchfit, SSC, SDFC, Marlboro, and Marlton? how many parents on this board have sons who are talking to college coaches? what is that process like so far? who thinks that they have a son who will play at say D1 or D2? What do you all think matters in the profile of a player who wants to be recruited at a competitive college program?

Just some examples of informative and useful conversation topics.

Does anyone know of a comparable blog for NJ youth soccer that has more consistently meaningful discussion?

Anonymous said...

Talking to D1 or D2 coaches? They can't talk to you right?
And good luck holmdel

Anonymous said...

Congrats Holmdel!!!

Anonymous said...

Big

Anonymous said...

Coaches can talk to you but you have to contact them. They can't reach out to you until the summer after your junior year. There can certainly still be contact now, just not from coach to player, rather from player to coach. This is my understanding as conveyed by a coaching staff.

Anonymous said...

Parents of those players on top teams that their sons come off the bench.

Does the team have an established policy on how much time these players are told they will play.

Before my son joined, I ask the coach not to take him if he was not going to see significant playing time off the bench. I assumed he would not start since many came before him. He said that was the case but in reality the coach lied and he sees very limited time regardless of his play. The coaching staff seems to do this with all the bench players. Regardless of how they are playing, they are pulled out after 10-15 minutes.

I must say that at times some of the kids coming off the bench are contributing more to the win then the starters but regardless, they are pulled off and some times not played the next game.

Totally frustrated at the club for bringing my son on under false promises.

Anonymous said...

Which team is your son on?

Anonymous said...

MY son was in a similar situation where it was understood that he was not a starter but told in writing that EDP is a development league and playing time would be evenly spread out among all players. Most games he would receive 10 min in 1 half and 0 in the other. I came to the conclusion that there was a set number of minutes designated to subs and it was not going to change any time soon due to club politics. We lost all trust in that club and we're now at a new club.

Anonymous said...

No way I would name the club.

I would move him but that means he starts all over at U17 and the chance of being seen by colleges them would be thru his high school team. That won't happen



My son says he will work it out with the coach but each time he speaks to the coach, the coach says be patient; you will get your chance.

Twenty games played with 8 left.

That coach should be ashamed of how he lied to one of his players. Especially a 16 year old.

I would talk to the Director of the club to get him fired but my son keeps thinking that the coach is being honest an I should stay out of it.

Any good advice out there

Anonymous said...

It's a tough call. Changing teams now is not easy. Especially if you are trying to move to a better team, but it's not impossible. Next year is a very important year for these kids. Hopefully your coach will understand that a college showcase is for just that, giving colleges a chance to see your kid. College coaches don't care whether the team is winning or losing, I bet they want to see how you handle both. If your team is on track to be playing in the upper flights of the right showcase events you should probably stay. You need to reach out to college coaches that you are interested in. If they are going to be at the tournament your team is playing in then your coach should make a concerted effort to get your son a decent amount of playing time.
None of the other stuff matters now. It is all about getting kids exposed to college coaches if playing in college is what the kid wants to do. Also get your kid to camps. Your coach can't not play him then.

Anonymous said...

Try to arrange a meeting between you, the coach and his manager so you're all on the same page. It sounds like your son is the one who will be hurt in the end.

Anonymous said...

Get better. Coach wants to win and I he feels you will elf then minutes will come

Anonymous said...

Why was SSC playing in the 3rd flight at Potomac?

Anonymous said...

@12:27
I think you should wait and see what happens between now and the end of the season. If your son's playing time does not improve, find a new team next spring. College Coaches will still be interested in a good player regardless of what team he plays on.

Anonymous said...

Significant playing time off the bench......? They are pulled after 10-15 minutes regardless of how they are playing you say. Maybe your son just isn't any good find more time on a lower level team. Most benches for top teams have 4 guys who could be starting. Those guys play. if 18 can suit up an be brought the last 2 guys won't contribute as much as the first 4 off the bench. 10-15 minutes is great for the last kid on the bench.

If players don't want to compete for time on a good team then they can always give up be a star on some low maps team. They will play more but they won't get any better.

College coaches aren't interested in kids who can't play at the youth level. Sorry be realistic with your kid. Play for fun.

Anonymous said...

If that was the case.

He has come into three games and twice made the pass to allow for the winning goal and once made the goal to win the game.

He was pulled off the field after his 15 minutes and didn't play rest of the game.

He has come in several games and shut down the others team offense and than pulled out after 15 minutes.

I have been fairly objective over the course of my son's playing history. That fact he was offered a spot in a top team says he has quality.

That is too strange for me to understand

Anonymous said...

There are so many variables with playtime issues. Does the coach have a relative on the team? Does the coach play people who pay for extra training? Are there a lot of mids (if he plays mid as an example)? Are the defenders ever sub out? What is his attitude like, maybe the coach just doesnt like him.

Anonymous said...

beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The coach probably just trusts the other players more. You can't put your head down. When given the opportunity to play even if it's only 10-15 make it count. Continue to assist like you said he has, continue to shut opposing teams offense down. Continue to play positive minutes and more should come if the player produces the coach will recognize that. It won't happen over night. Hard work and patience is the right attitude.

Anonymous said...

But running out of time. Next year is a big year.

Anonymous said...

Academy teams have a 20% start rule. Why don't club teams?

Anonymous said...

It's a privilege to be on a good team.

Playing time is not your right because you are on the team.

The player has had almost a full year to prove his worthiness to the coach and hasn't done enough to secure a more meaningful role.

Look at the players whole body of work.

Has there been noticeable progress in his work at practice, in games and with what he does on his own to improve everyday.

If you believe that he has worked hard enough off the field an produced enough on the field to earn his spot without a reasonable doubt than you have an argument.

You the parent would know if the player is honestly doing everything he can to play.

If he shows up to practice twice a week and games once he is doing the bare minimum.

Think about it, and be honest with yourself not this anonymous blog

Anonymous said...

If you really want to be honest, VERY FEW will really play considerable college soccer at a big program. If I am correct, and I am, move to a team where he will play. You only have 2 years left.

Anonymous said...

More will play, there are a lot of good NJ teams and players.

Anonymous said...

Looks like my kids team will no longer be one after this season. What top 20 type teams in Monmouth/Ocean counties are looking for players? Can play defense and mid.

Anonymous said...

Holmdel, Howell, Marlboro are the first that come to mind.

Anonymous said...

Howell is the team breaking up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information but I was hoping someone would know for a fact that they were looking for players. I guess Howell is out of the question. thank you.

Anonymous said...

Wait. You do not need to jump at a team right away. Do your research, go to practices.

Anonymous said...

You could also go the NJSA or NJCSA academy route. I dont know how the break it down, they are not classified as U17 next year. I dont know if they still go by birth years but it is an option.

Anonymous said...

Boy, this blog has died.

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Anonymous said...

LVU wins big against Marlton in EDP game today! Wondering if LVU are that good !

Anonymous said...

C'mon Marlton!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Top flight of Edp are all good. Don't get caught up in scores they don't tell the story

Anonymous said...

Marlton 0 - 3 Europa crunch At delco

Matchfit 7 - 1 Europa crunch. Edp

What's the non story with this one??

Anonymous said...

The story from this post is MF is really arrogant and they like to put all other teams down because MF believes they should still be playing academy,

Anonymous said...

If they are so good then why recruit players during the game? Yes it is happening.

Anonymous said...

They recruit players so maybe next year they will beat the 1 v 1 Canadian team

Anonymous said...

zzzzzzzz.......

Anonymous said...

Just like I recruited your mom

Anonymous said...

Never takes much to get the MF haters worked up. Tough Spring for you guys...

Anonymous said...

SSC b team is better than the A team. Seriously. In practice, or I'm told, the b team wipes the floor

Anonymous said...

Funny. I guess your son didnt move up to the A team.

Anonymous said...

Don't all teams recruit? No big deal if MF or anyone else is recruiting. Are there even any roster spots available on MF? Why would they be looking.

Anonymous said...

MF recruiting, that's funny. U14, 15 and 16's are the best in the state if not very close. If the end game is college for your child, you should be recruiting MF.

Anonymous said...

According to MF of course.

Anonymous said...

so how do you recruit during the game? Is there an agent there with a contract running up and down the sidelines trying to get a kid to sign? Is the coach sittin on the other teams bench talking to kids?Jeez. Matchfit has proven that for the most part, kids getting trained at an academy level in terms of numbers of sessions, year round investment in time, etc are better then town teams that dont. Wow - amazing news. Alert the media. Best in NJ? Compared to what? Are you better than all the other academy teams that are still academy teams? If Red Bull U16 decided they weren't an academy anymore and joined the mix would you beat them like you beat Marlboro? Two more years - then everyone has to play with the grownups in college - then we see how good they really are. But then again - the really good ones wont be playing in college - they are already on their way to a professional career. So all you top U16 players in NJ, that think because you won a state cup you are at the highest level.....guess what.....you are multiple levels below the top level.....even in your own age group. So keep it real.

Anonymous said...

Which is why my son is moving to the academy level. Been to some practices and the top academy players are very good but for the most part the academy teams offer depth where the club teams do not. Enough of the coaches who think they know everything but really are just cashing in.

Anonymous said...

Good for him. My son will continue to play at a high level in club, play with his friends and classmates in high school, continue to excel in academics, get accepted into some great colleges as a result, and probably end up playing soccer for one of them while getting his degree and beginning his career in the world of grownups. And if all that happens, I will have done my part and he will have done his.

Anonymous said...

No need to play in HS any longer. Grades are most important and the HS you choose is just as important. HS does nothing but get you hurt, it gives no college exposure.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with you on that point. I have seen college scouts at Shore Conference games looking at selected players. They probably noticed them at club events first. It gives them some perspective on how players perform when everyone isn't the same age and size. The overall soccer isn't as good, but depending on the teams, the athleticism and physicality is better. The game gets rougher once you get out of the U## system. In my opinion.

Anonymous said...

While you may find an occurrence where a local college showed up to see a HS game the larger point is correct. By and large, Colleges don't use HS games when they are looking at players. Get your kid to the top flights of the right tournaments and go to camps. That's your best chance.

Anonymous said...

What teams in NJ are there that are pass the U18 category? Just curious to know since my son, most likely, will play beyond that.

Anonymous said...

GotSoccer has a U19 category - if you just sort New Jersey - there are a small number of teams - maybe 30 or so. Don't know about after that age. But once they get to college age it is tough to get them together for any meaningful play.

Anonymous said...

EDP Cup flights, have they been released? I cant find them.

Anonymous said...

Edp Cup schedule posted. Visit their site, flights/schedule right there.

Anonymous said...

60 minute games??

Anonymous said...

Should be 70 minutes!!!!

Anonymous said...

60 minute games are a joke

Anonymous said...

EVERYONE write into the EDP Cup organizer and demand a change. Only way change will happen is when the consumer stops buying a subpar product.

Anonymous said...

certainly hurts teams with big rosters. Shouldnt a showcase have enough time to do just that? SHOWCASE

Anonymous said...

EDP is following FIFA ethics. Shame.

Anonymous said...

8 yr olds w/ 8 player rosters play 60 minute games. Joke. Who do we complain to at EDP?

Anonymous said...

Good luck getting a change, it would mean getting lights. The last games start after 7pm as it is.

Anonymous said...

Club coaches and mangers should complain. Nothing will change this year but EDP will know this is not acceptable and maybe it will change in the future. EDP is charging a lot for this and it's not fair to their customers.

Anonymous said...

Is this really true? Are they really 1 hour games? seriously a joke if so.

Anonymous said...

How many minutes do you want your kid to play? Most will play 180 minutes, some will play 240 over the weekend. That's two full games for some and almost three for others. In most cases the kids will play 2/3 full games in less than 36 hours. Get your heads out of your asses!! I don't buy into most academy rules, but the one game and occasionally two a week rule works. These are 15-17 year old boys for the most part looking to play college soccer. Do you seriously think a kid playing the 115th minute of soccer is at his peak and is going to show well for the coach that happens to see him at that moment? Go play 60 minutes, stop for 3 hours (cool down). Then warm up again and play another 60 minutes. Oh yeah and do it again the next day. Get a grip!! I understand that a 60 minute game can sometimes balance the playing field in favor of a lesser team, but oh well. At this age we have to start separating winning games from getting your kids exposure. At this point ill take a healthy, rested player over winning games any day of the week.

Anonymous said...

Okay, Mr. EDP. Teams can bring guests and spread out more playing time than normal to the subs. 60 minutes is flat out too short.

Anonymous said...

I think that the priority for most coaches is winning (parents and players also) not show casing their players, They'll play exhausted starters whether it's a 60 min. game or a 70 min game.

Anonymous said...

Some games it takes 20 minutes for a kid to get into the flow of the game or even get more than a touch or 2 on the ball. That's 1/3 of the game.

80 minute games for U16-U18 is appropriate. 10 minutes less would be tolerated. 20 less is outrageous.

60 minute games does more damage to the boys mental health than 80 minutes does to their physical health. No question.

Anonymous said...

We will see how quickly EDP administrator change the rules back if the majority of teams boycott the tournament.

Anonymous said...

NYC Cup is a showcase.

Each team is guaranteed 3x 80 minute games.

BOOM. Drops the mic on EDP Cup.

Anonymous said...

Marlton 2 Stronghold 1 in EDP play today. Good state cup Final rematch.

Anonymous said...

How were the Stronhold parents behaving?

Anonymous said...

Mainly ok. A couple ugly comments by the 2 men. They are like the 2 old guys in the balcony at the muppets

Anonymous said...

How about the stronghold dad coach who barks at opposing players?

Anonymous said...

Was the game at Stronghold?

Anonymous said...

Game was at Marlton.

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Anonymous said...

Call them. Tell them your thoughts and let us know what they say. You have an issue stop butching and do something about it

Anonymous said...

EDP heard your complaints and will revise to 70 minute matches.








Yeah, right.

Anonymous said...

The comment was removed about EDP being greedy. Funny. EDP has become a huge machine with a monopoly. Will this post be removed?

Anonymous said...

60 minutes is not a good soccer decision but may be a good business decision. Where else you going?

Anonymous said...

Exactly! Monopoly! The D in EDP is for development. Now it's just a business.

Anonymous said...

Anyone have any thoughts on super u league for this age group?

Anonymous said...

Don't you mean Super Why?

Anonymous said...

Funny how my comment was removed about the EDP sham. $1,100 registration per team, for three 60 minute games, and maybe a fourth. That's almost unbelievable. Again where is all the money going? Is EDP a non profit or a for profit organization? That's a legit question. Cool, we have our own version of FIFA right here.

Anonymous said...

If you have 18 on a team, that comes out to 20 per player per game. That includes fields/refs/medical care.

Anonymous said...

Super Y

Anonymous said...

LOl. 9 flights at U 16 age. It's all about EDP making money. Showcase tournament. How many college coaches do you think are coming to watch the bottom half of 9 flights, especially when their time is so limited? It's laughable. The reason it's 60 minutes is to jam as many teams paying $1100 in as they can, nothing more. Rationalize all you want but it's insane.

Anonymous said...

It's difficult to get 18 players into a 60 min game.

Anonymous said...

No, it is impossible to get 18 players meaningful minutes in a 60 minute game. God forbid someone should get hurt, no added time at all.

Anonymous said...

Boycott EDP future tournaments if they are going to proceed with the unimaginable American created rules of freaking 30 minute halves. By the way parents, keep an eye open to see if college coaches are present. Most likely only one may be walking around.

Anonymous said...

Accept only the top teams in each age group and make the games 40 minutes. EDP cup just wants everyone's money. No need for lights if there's only a certain amount of teams. Plus they have so many other fields they don't use at tuckahoe. This is a showcase for top teams. The coaches are going to be at these top games anyway. Mine as well make them longer so the kids get more looks in front of the coaches. Like someone said before 60 minutes is a joke. EDP needs to change something but we all know they won't.

Anonymous said...

Any top EDP teams still holding tryouts?

Anonymous said...

Why complain only about EDP, check out the so called Embassy Cup. Organized by Bethesda Soccer Club, to be held on Father's Day weekend. That, is a joke. Everyone is in this to make money.

Anonymous said...

That's a new one and at least they are trying. Different scenario I think.

Anonymous said...

What's going on with SDFC at EDP cup they lost both games yesterday?

Anonymous said...

I saw their game against YMS and that and that team is big,mean, and physical. They just bullied SDFC off the ball.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha Marlboro is so bad

Anonymous said...

Keep the coaches, fire the kids. Sounds like a plan!

Anonymous said...

Since everyone was a flop at this paseds weekends EDP cup no one speaking up today hun!!! I guess the top 5/6 whatever you guys call yourselves, did not play like a top 5/6.

Anonymous said...

That's correct. It was a bad weekend.

Anonymous said...

Weekends are made bad by poor coaching. Why would any coach not start and sparingly play the most talented player on a team? Why would a coach carry players that he has no intention of playing and when he does he knows that they are not up to the same level as the others? Why would anyone believe that college coaches really go to a showcase when all they have to do is look at the empty coaches only car lot? Why would any coach register for a showcase that allows for a 60 minute game? The reality is that some players are realistically attempting to get into college and play soccer while most others think this will just come to them. Is your coach contacting college coaches for you? Is your coach reaching out to those in attendance? Is it part of what he does or is it a burden? How many teams were in attendance at a showcase this past weekend? They all have these issues and if you don't you are VERY lucky.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, angry post.

Anonymous said...

Very few college coaches attend these showcase tournaments. And if they do, they all see the same handful of players and nothing comes of it. Complete waste

Anonymous said...

That may be your point of view and I do feel there should be more at the showcases but I know my son has received quite a few contacts from playing at these showcases. I dont know if he will attend any of these schools but he has emails with specific moments of matches so they must be there. Maybe you play at a low level? Maybe you play at a high level but are not getting noticed because of your play? Maybe they just had their back turned when you scored or made a good defensive play?

Anonymous said...

Maybe your son is so awesome that everyone notices him!

Anonymous said...

Even if that is so you just confirmed that if you are worth being watched you will be

Anonymous said...

Put yourselves in coaches shoes...seriously, do you think they have the time to watch mediocrasy players? They are interested in the high caliber players. If your child is not high caliber, don't waste your time filming them. Accept the fact that they are not first division players and are not scholarship category. I have.

Anonymous said...

90% of all NCAA DI - DIII soccer players are not high caliber players, so not sure what the comment above is getting at. There is not a single NCAA player on the entire U-20 USA men's national team. Not one. So that tells you about the caliber of college soccer. Can't even put one player on the national team.

Anonymous said...

Not concerned about my kid not making national team. Just want soccer to help him get into a high quality college. That's the end game.

Anonymous said...

The national team players should do well in life without a degree. Soccer pays so well in th US

Anonymous said...

The team referenced in 3:48 is shlock. Nothing more. Nothing less. Shlock.

Anonymous said...

MF wins EDP league. 3-2 win over SDFC last night.

Anonymous said...

Good job MF. MF did show they are the best in this tough EDP division but surprisingly MF although better was not much better as they are an academy team.

Anonymous said...

You see goal differential?

Anonymous said...

7.34
I don't know what you mean. There's no team mentioned.

Anonymous said...

I do see the goals for and against. MF is the best team, in my opinion. Just thought that when I saw them I would be wowed, and I really was not.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure MF is the team with the pompous dad who says his son gets contacted by "quite a few" college coaches while putting down other people's children.

Anonymous said...

I object! Speculation, your honor.

Anonymous said...

Where did he/she put down anyone? If the facts disturb you then tell your son to be better.

Anonymous said...

Good job MF on State Cup and EDP. Excellent team

Anonymous said...

10.41
Post 12.01
You don't consider mocking a boy putting him down? Classy. You must be an MF parent too!

Anonymous said...

If you think 12:01 was mocking someone then you have some real thin skin or you are just upset because you are finally coming to the realization that this soccer stuff all has an end date.

Anonymous said...

Twist it anyway you like. It's somebody making a mean spirited comment and hiding behind anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Pathetic that you feel that way.

Anonymous said...

3 NJ teams in the nations top 5 on got soccer, good job NJ!! Great accomplishment for the boys and the coaches!

Anonymous said...

NJ is very good competition. Not a surprise here.

Anonymous said...

I agree that NJ has good teams but in last weekends EDP tournament, Pa and NY won the top flights.

Anonymous said...

There was only one top flight (9 flights) and yes a team from NY won it. What's your point?

Anonymous said...

EDP Cup U16 Boys top flight was won by a team from Connecticut. They beat a team from Delaware in the finals. We played the Connecticut team today, lost by 1 goal, good team but beatable. Was a good experience playing them, well mannered kids, parents and coach.

Anonymous said...

5:19
The point is that NJ has good teams but no NJ teams dominated play in this tournament in top flights, not just the top one. Other states have good teams too.

Anonymous said...

It's been a good run for Match Fit so far, but all of that is going to come to an end. They're going to get schooled in West Virginia. Best of luck Match Fit, you're going to need it.

Anonymous said...

Why would you think that? Marlboro did well in regionals last year and MF is better

Anonymous said...

Why everyone mad about this MF team. They are just good

Anonymous said...

7:01 Have you seen the regionals schedule? What team is going to give Match Fit a hard time?

Anonymous said...

The team from Pennsylvania in their group, and if they are lucky enough to make it out of their group, whatever team waits for them in the semi's.

Anonymous said...

sounds like somebody got cut... enjoy your weekend playing video games.

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Anonymous said...

Amazing how you have this blog figured out. You know exactly who is posting what... Your theories probably reveal more about you than you are willing to admit.

Anonymous said...

not a theory. Either an idiot posted it or someone looking for praise posted it. Either way it does reveal a lot about me, I have common sense.

Anonymous said...

Really? I just hear anger and cynicism.

Anonymous said...

So you believe that MF has not chance and will get schooled in regionals? If so you too are not too bright.

Anonymous said...

I am a well informed neutral and will tell you how Regionsls will go.
Group A - Penn Fusion wins the toughest group because Arlington can beat any of these 16 teams on any given day.
Group B - Baltimore Celtic will destroy this group as would the top 3 teams in PA, MD or VA. (The Marlboro group of last year)
Group C - Match Fit's only competition is Arsenal (big and physical), but it's not enough. MF will easily win the other 2 games.
Group D - Loudoun wins easily, but NYand DE will make them earn it... probably the most balanced group, but Loudoun clearly the class.

Semifinal matches include 4 teams that could all make noise at Nationals and get to a final. I am confident about the groups, but this is TOUGH!
Semi #1 - PF v Loudoun (both teams already punched a ticket to Tulsa for Nationals via National League) I'll pick Loudoun in a 1-0 game pitting some of the best coached teams around.
Semi #2 - Celtic v MF (neither qualified for Nationals so a lot to play for) I'll take Celtic in a 2-1 battle.
Final - Celtic v Loudoun (both now qualified for Nationals) Loudouns D and keeper (UVA committ) are the difference in a 1-0 win.

That will put SDFC, Loudoun, PF and Celtic at Nationals - a testament to the quality of Region 1 soccer.
That is all.

Anonymous said...

MF and Celtic are both high scoring teams, it will be a tough battle and a wonderful game if they do end up playing eachother

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, I know some parents are taking their sons there to tryout now.

Anonymous said...

Tryout where now?

Anonymous said...

If Matchfit plays Celtic, they will lose. Matchfit has proved That they struggle against top tier teams, such as 1v1 soccer from Canada.

Anonymous said...

True. One game is a history. Lol

Anonymous said...

So is SDFC and Stronghold not top tier? They may take offense to that haha

Anonymous said...

Definitely not at this moment! They know it too.

Anonymous said...

MF lost to more teams then 1v1, how about YMS, Marlton, Marlboro, STA? They also win a lot more then they lose. MF will do just fine at Regionals while everyone else is at the beach.

Anonymous said...

Good luck MF. All things considered, and having gone to a regional in the past, I would rather be at the beach. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! You're probably right!!

Anonymous said...

MatchFit wins 2-0 against PA West in it's first regional game!

Anonymous said...

One down!!

Anonymous said...

New day. New challenge. Prepare perform perfect

Anonymous said...

You are right, we can't win

Anonymous said...

You're awesome MF. Please keep us all updated. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Matchfit wins the second game against Massachusetts team 3-2 and are now through to the semi finals.

Anonymous said...

tough competition so far...PA West -- they're barely top 20 in Region 1. And a Mass team? MA is almost the worst on the east coast...just ahead of NH, VT and ME. But credit to you...you won. Let us know when you beat some real footballers.

Anonymous said...

Pathetic post above. Sitting in nj

Anonymous said...

10:45, classic knucklehead who is doomed to spend his life rooting against other teams rather than for his own. Let me guess, you are an Eagles fan too.

Anonymous said...

So I guess there are no good football teams here in NJ. Please don't tell all of the college coaches that are watching our games!

Anonymous said...

There's good and there's very good.
MF good.
Celtic very good.
Sorry, but you're done tomorrow MF

Anonymous said...

If you believe the got soccer rankings, MF is the better team.

Anonymous said...

Giant fan actually. Still doesn't change the facts

Anonymous said...

What do you do when your not living vicariously through kids from other states?

Anonymous said...

What do you mean? Nobody said anything about kids from other states or are you trying to say everyone in NJ should be rooting for MF? Maybe everyone would if you were a little more down to earth!

Anonymous said...

What have I said that is not down to earth? I am just commenting on you. Apparently I hit a nerve! I apologize.

Anonymous said...

Another year, another NJ team advances to semis but just comes up short. Good try MF.

Anonymous said...

Great effort MF and outstanding season. Must have been a tough game. Would have liked to see you advance to Nationals. Regionals is a tough tournament.

Anonymous said...

MF bites the dust of Celtic, not enough quality players. Thats why they are recruiting.

Anonymous said...

Getting to the semis is not what you wanted I am sure. Still a very good accomplishment. However, you profess to have major college players on your team and more than a few. Maybe you should have advanced a bit more.

Anonymous said...

There were at least a dozen college coaches watching the semifinal of the regionals. How many were watching you or your kid playing FIFA? That game could have gone either way. It was won on a penalty kick for a handball in overtime. Good luck, Celtics!

Anonymous said...

That sucks, feel bad for that kid he will unfortunately never forget it.

Anonymous said...

It was tough, but he will be fine. He also saved a goal earlier in the game.

Anonymous said...

Good, I hope he remembers that.

Anonymous said...

Hey 1:03, Celtic has 3 kids who have already committed and a bunch more that will be playing in college. No shame in losing a great game to those guys (no way a good ref makes that call). Should be a great final tomorrow between them and Penn Fusion. Have to admit, not too upset about not going to Tulsa.

Anonymous said...

1:02. No need for us to recruit, plenty of kids looking to come.

Anonymous said...

You don't recruit? Is that what you are saying? I don't care if you do, everyone does, just don't hide from it.

Anonymous said...

Nobody is hiding anything. If everyone does it then why does 1:02 seem to take exception to it? It is not the first time this "recruiting" issue has been mentioned on this blog. An open tryout was held a few weeks ago, maybe some kids were encouraged to attend. If that is recruiting, then so be it. All current players have been offered roster spots for next year. End of story. See you guys next Spring. Best of luck to all in their High School seasons.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. Again, I don't care if you do it and even if you did it wouldnt mean they got a spot on the team. The only negative is the sign you are sending current players on your team. I like the way MF plays and I think you are a very good team, just not as good as some on that team think you are.

Anonymous said...

Whatever, it's all about college recruiting now. All of our kids are getting ample opportunity to do that. We have accomplished our main goals and should be in top flights of all showcases next year. I hope every kid, including other teams get to play at the next level if that is what they want. Good luck to all, I really mean that!

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