Wednesday, July 27, 2016

U18B - Fewer teams, better quality, look out

What can we say?

Fewer teams, better quality, look out.

U18 Boys soccer is no joke.

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Anonymous said...

Any Marlboro updates? I wouldn't be surprised to see an upset here.

Anonymous said...

No score is reported, anyone know? Would be a nice shakeup if Excel wins. Not out of the question, it is a team with a lot of HS state championship players on it.

Anonymous said...

NJCUP has it reported 4-0 NJCSA Marlboro

Anonymous said...

Ok, and with that result we now have the Elite 8. Good luck to all the teams that are still standing.
Of the 8 remaining 6 are 98’s and 2 are 99’s. Of the 99’s CSA is a favorite to win it all and Mainland United as a relatively unknown dark horse. Most of the 98 powers have moved forward with Wall the lone Cinderella story.

SJEB 98 vs STA 98NPL

SJEB is #4 in NJ and has won their 3 games 9-0, 3-0, 1-0, although they have not played a top team to this point and were heavy favorites in each of those games. STA 98 NPL #8 in NJ won 4-0, 3-1, and pk’s. This is a strange matchup because SJEB has really not proven much yet and STA will be their first true challenge yet STA has not played great teams yet and have moved on but not by big scores. It took PK’s to get away from Hudson and they should not have been in that situation. I give the edge to STA in this one 3-1.

NJCSA Marlboro vs Wall

NJCSA Marlboro is #1 in NJ and has wins of 4-0, unreported, 4-0. Wall is #34 in NJ and was wins of 3-1, 2-1, and 2-1. Marlboro will be the favorite in this game and has not allowed a goal in this tournament while scoring many. Marlboro is the reigning NJ Cup state champion and also went on to win the National Cup last year. They are a team filled with college bound players and will be a tough match for Wall. Wall has a very impressive win over Marlton and also beat SJEB 99 who is also a reigning NJ Cup champion. Wall too has some college bound players but I feel that Marlboro will be too much of a complete team and will win this 4-1.

CSA 99 vs Stronghold

CSA is #1 in NJ and has wins of 6-1, 6-0, 5-0. Stronghold is #7 in NJ and has wins of 3-0, 1-0, and 6-0. Stronghold has long been a super power in NJ soccer and has some of the best players available. CSA is newer to the scene but these boys have chemistry as many play together not only on club but also in HS. CSA is coming off an impressive Dallas Cup Championship and has destroyed all teams in the NJ Cup. Stronghold has a big win over Go Soccer, but that tells me nothing. CSA will continue to roll with a 3-2 win.


Mainland United vs TSF 98/99

Mainland is #17 in NJ and has wins of 6-0, 2-0, and 5-0. TSF 98/99 has wins of 2-1, 3-2, and 1-0. TSF is a solid team but has not put up the totals expected against the competition they have played. They will now go up against a Mainland team that has not allowed a goal and has a very impressive 5-0 win over a real good Holmdel team. Mainland HS did win a group 3 championship so there is talent there. I am going to ride the hot pony and take Mainland over TSF 3-1

Anonymous said...

I am not surprised Marlboro won but I do know some of the players on Excel and they are good players. I will admit I am a bit surprised at the final score, I thought it would have been more competitive, actually thought they had a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Nice predictions to the above poster. Interesting pick with CSA over Stronghold. Stronghold has been a longtime force and CSA is the new kid on the block. Stronghold won a national championship 2 years ago so I think they will hang on to this one.

Anonymous said...

If CSA is playing with the team that won at Dallas Cup there is no way Stronghold win.

Anonymous said...

How would you know this. Were you in Dallas?

Anonymous said...

I have been there and I know the quality teams in that tournament. It's very impressive to win your division and if you check out CSA's scores, they had an easy time doing it. SSC is a good NJ team but CSA is a good international team.

Anonymous said...

With the level of players on this CSA side SSC does not stand a chance. There are a few CSA players who were recruited to play there and represent their country on a national team level.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is already crowning CSA, just like everyone was saying SDFC would crush SSC last year semi state cup. Ended up Ssc crushing SDFC..it's state cup game anything can happen.. CSA is a newer team with some good players added. SSC has the experience has been in the cup final for the last 5 years.

Anonymous said...

SSC will not lose this game. Don't fall into the hype trap.

Anonymous said...

How would anyone know what players actually participated in Dallas? They could have had 3 players not normally on the team and that could make a big difference. Agreed, the Dallas Cup scores were very impressive indeed, but only CSA would know who played. I am sure they are a very good team, maybe the best team money could buy but as a 99 squad and new to the scene there are very few people that can actually say they have seen them play.

Anonymous said...

I think that some people on this list don't fully understand the level that the CSA team is playing on. This is a team of many high level international players who have been hand picked/recruited to play at Benedict's. Even though Benedict's did not have a great season this past year, it seems like these players have now gelled and are playing like the elite level team they were supposed to be. There is an individual offensive talent that may be headed to the Brazilian national team, and the rest of the players are superb. There are no holes in this team. This is soccer though and anything can happen, but I'd say the odds of them winning the cup are very high. Marlboro or TSF could match them in some phases of the game but there is the matter of the Brazilian attacking player that I don't think any team left in the cup will have an answer for.

Anonymous said...

Agreed that CSA is a very good team but why are you suggesting that only Marlboro and TSF are a challenge for them? Every good team can challenge them. Probably won't win but they can play a good match.

Anonymous said...

Do you think SSC HAS A LEGITIMATE chance.

Anonymous said...

Sure, there's a chance but SSC are the underdogs in the match.

Anonymous said...

If you look at their past performances TSF and SSC lose their fair share of matcheS. NJCSA Marlboro has lost 2 games in the past year, two! CSA loses games but everyone seems focused on the Dallas count. Is that the same team the play with when the lace them up normally? They are also 99's and although it isn't a huge difference it is still a difference. I wish them luck and would even go out to see premier level players play

Anonymous said...

TSF got pounded this weekend. They do not look like much of a threat, new players not meshing.

Anonymous said...

Not a lot of EDP scores posted this weekend. I see the TSF score and Marlboro beat Marlton 4-0. Any others?

Anonymous said...

MF had two wins and a tie this weekend and Holmdel went 1-1 with one game not recorded. MF won one game 10-2, in a regional league showing their power over teams out of state.

Anonymous said...

10-2? How bad was this team? A lot of strange scores this season.

Anonymous said...

CSA won 8-1 against the Elizabeth firebirds in the usys quarterfinal

Anonymous said...

They beat the Elizabeth Fireballs? That is a huge win!

Anonymous said...

To the Wall doubters we are approaching game time!

Anonymous said...

Mainland should handle TSF. They are up and coming team and even though they are a 99 team, it seems like they are playing more impressively right now. They have good talent and probably more hunger and fire than TSF. 3-1 Mainland.

Anonymous said...

Cant say I have ever seen either play but the 5-0 win Mainland had over Holmdel is perplexing. TSF scores have been spotty but they have always been a very good 2nd tier team, always banging on the big boys doors. I think TSF wins a close one.

Anonymous said...

To the Wall poster above, you still playing in this rain?

Anonymous said...

So did you play? Who won?

Anonymous said...

If Wall won, they would have already posted something at 6 am this morning!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok so I was wrong

Anonymous said...

TSF over mainland 1-0

Anonymous said...

Respectable score.

Anonymous said...

Respectable for mainland, TSF's supposed to be an elite team. The score doesn't reflect that.

Anonymous said...

In a tournament where you lose and are out--any win is a quality win.

Anonymous said...

I don't know much about tsf or anything about mainland but that comment about judging how elite a team is based on margin of victory seems strange for soccer. Basketball maybe, but margin of victory in soccer? On all levels beyond rec and town soccer, goals are generally at such a premium that I can't see how that metric reflects much significance at all.

Anonymous said...

Really? Seems odd that you wouldn't know much about either team. They're discussed on this board all the time. I think everyone would agree that a 1-0 win is not a huge win by any standards. The score indicates that the teams are for the most part an even match.

Anonymous said...

Then most soccer matches are played between evenly matched teams, genius.

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