Marlton, STA, and TSF all finished second in their divisions at Bethesda.
10;03Why shouldn't the scores matter? All the kids have been playing for the past 4 months.
2nd out of four teams? I guess that's not terrible.
Yeah 2nd of 4 teams in a competitive beacket seems like a good result.
Boys, if you are in the top bracket or two you can come in last and still play good competitive soccer.
Holmdel still proving people wrong. Players change winning doesn't
I'm sure half of Holmdel's players didn't get a chance to play. That roster size is ridiculous.
Wher did they win? I don't see where Holmdel won anything at Bethesda.
Why is roster size an issue to you? Just keep on plugging along winning
Good for Holmdel, good for NJ, congrats on winning the tournament
I thought the first holmdel comment about proving people wrong was sarcastic, as they lost two and tied one at Bethesda.
You can't be referring to the edp fall showcase because holmdel didn't win the flight, marlboro did.
The holmdel team playing in the u20 bracket in Bethesda finished last in their bracket and the u19 at edp showcase finished 2nd in the bracket. The roster size is an issue with me because half your team isn't playing. It is a showcase but I guess you don't care about that, Winning is what matters to you.
Is sdfc team still around? I heard that after coach left for CSA, the players scattered. Is this true?
I don't know about sdfc. They certainly aren't entering tourneys so far this fall/winter.
Why didn't EDP put Holmdel and Marlboro in different groups so that they would play each other? They both won all their games. They are both good teams. Why didn't they match them up?
The bracket was loaded with teams ranked #1 nationally to #25 nationally. What would make you think that EDP would know that those two teams would both go undefeated?
Setting up a rematch of the US Club National Championship Final seems like a no-brainer to above all else get as many college coaches as possible to attend.
They did setup a match between both the US Youth Soccer champion (Pipeline) and the US Club National Champion (Marlboro). Maybe they were more interested in that. Marlboro and Holmdel are bordering towns right? I am sure they can play as much as they would like too.
Who do you mean when you say "they" were more interested?
EDP of course. Pretty simple to see that.
EDP didn't set anything up. The coaches did. EDP deals with hundreds of teams so the chance that they will focus individual attention on two teams is unlikely. Simple to see that
2:10, you think the coaches pick the brackets and schedule the matches? You stated that EDP deals with 100's of teams, yes that is their job. That is how they make money. Even at this stage people still are crazy about their soccer. There are two youth soccer organizations, both had national champions, both played in the same tournament. A 6 year old would know to make that matchup.
You're crazy about youth soccer, that's for sure!
Holmdel trains for college, worry about your own roster.
Are you saying that Holmdel players don't need to get playing time? Training alone will get them into college? If so, I don't agree with that and neither would college coaches. I can tell you that I wouldn't want my son on a team with a roster that size but I guess some parents do.
I understand your point, and it is not a bad one. Holmdel challenges their players to play at their peak and if they dont then they will not be on a game day roster. This will bring out the best of everyone in practice and in turn will bring out the best of all at all times. Sorry if it is not perfect or fits in your plans.
Great idea to challenge your players! If you had two teams, the players won't do their best. If you could combine three teams, all the better. More money for you and the players will be at peak performance fighting each other for a chance to get playing time.
10 of those players aren't on the team anymore and 1 is a double
Do you think Holmdel is the only team carrying more than 18 players? There are more. Injuries, work, school, a lot happens at this stage of their senior year. I think it is great that many still want to play, look at it that way. They only issue will be when everyone is healthy and able to play, who doesnt get put on the roster?
Strange that Holmdels roster isn't updated yet when other teams are.
why do you care if you can see their roster? What would you gain?
Here this blog goes again. Another really meaningful and enlightening back and forth over one team. There must be more worthwhile topics like how families are dealing with recruiting and college soccer opportunities for example. Also, what do people think about klinsman firing and the current directions of us scooter in terms of how we see it from the developmental vantage point of youth soccer.
Not sure about scooters!
When you have a roster of thirty players, development of youth players is not the priority and if anyone claims to love this sport and wants to see a great US Mens team, youth players would receive excellent training and plenty of playing time. I'm tired of seeing huge rosters and listening to coaches claim that only training matters.
Anyone know when spring edp brackets and schedules come out?
Recruiting sucks. Coaches don't tell you all the facts and you have to guess at what is true and not true.
No more SDFC, most are now playing on the U18 team.MF will now play in the ECNL, anyone else?
What's up with ECNL? What other nj teams are playing in this league?
I do not see any Holmdel posts? Lost again?
It is almost universally accepted that MatchFit will be the SC favorite and by a fairly healthy margin. There are some very good teams out there but I do not believe anyone has a roster from top to bottom as good as MF.
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