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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

U18 Boys Youth Soccer

What can we say?

Fewer teams, better quality, look out.

U18 Boys soccer is no joke.

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Anonymous said...

Any coaches fielding calls from SSC, Holmdel, and SDFC players? Seems teams do break apart at this level.

Anonymous said...

Holmdel has received calls from a number of players some SDFC and Players from other clubs, will cap team at 22 players most likely. Some players are done after many years of playing, some don't want the commitment, others looking to play a competitive schedule. It's all good.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone come to you if you have 22 on the roster? Can only roster 18 for a game and all 18 cant get real playtime. There are many teams out there, no need to pay and not play.

Anonymous said...

Top level EDP players are ripping it up during the HS season. Good luck the rest of the way.

Anonymous said...

I hope so or all the money and time spent on club soccer over the years would be a for nothing.

Anonymous said...

28 players and still blown out What a difference there is from good reams to great

Anonymous said...

What?

Anonymous said...

Is there a u19 blog section or is this u18 include 1998/1999 teams?

Anonymous said...

Bethesda results . . .

Anonymous said...

Bethesda results were mixed for NJ teams. No real dominating or overly positive results but these teams have not practiced right? At this point do the scores even matter?

Anonymous said...

I'm confused about this blog-is it for the current 1998s which are technically u19 I think, or 1999s which would be u18? I know this says u18, but there is no u19 section. That's why I'm asking. And most of the teams that have been discussed on this section of the blog are in the 98 got soccer division.

Anonymous said...

Marlton, STA, and TSF all finished second in their divisions at Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

10;03
Why shouldn't the scores matter? All the kids have been playing for the past 4 months.

Anonymous said...

2nd out of four teams? I guess that's not terrible.

Anonymous said...

Yeah 2nd of 4 teams in a competitive beacket seems like a good result.

Anonymous said...

Boys, if you are in the top bracket or two you can come in last and still play good competitive soccer.

Anonymous said...

Holmdel still proving people wrong. Players change winning doesn't

Anonymous said...

I'm sure half of Holmdel's players didn't get a chance to play. That roster size is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Wher did they win? I don't see where Holmdel won anything at Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

Why is roster size an issue to you? Just keep on plugging along winning

Anonymous said...

Good for Holmdel, good for NJ, congrats on winning the tournament

Anonymous said...

I thought the first holmdel comment about proving people wrong was sarcastic, as they lost two and tied one at Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

What tournament?

Anonymous said...

You can't be referring to the edp fall showcase because holmdel didn't win the flight, marlboro did.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Is sdfc team still around? I heard that after coach left for CSA, the players scattered. Is this true?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about sdfc. They certainly aren't entering tourneys so far this fall/winter.

Anonymous said...

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?

Anonymous said...

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?

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Who do you mean when you say "they" were more interested?

Anonymous said...

EDP of course. Pretty simple to see that.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

You're crazy about youth soccer, that's for sure!

Anonymous said...

Holmdel trains for college, worry about your own roster.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

10 of those players aren't on the team anymore and 1 is a double

Anonymous said...

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?

Anonymous said...

Strange that Holmdels roster isn't updated yet when other teams are.

Anonymous said...

why do you care if you can see their roster? What would you gain?

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Not sure about scooters!

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know when spring edp brackets and schedules come out?

Anonymous said...

Recruiting sucks. Coaches don't tell you all the facts and you have to guess at what is true and not true.

Anonymous said...

No more SDFC, most are now playing on the U18 team.
MF will now play in the ECNL, anyone else?

Anonymous said...

What's up with ECNL? What other nj teams are playing in this league?

Anonymous said...

I do not see any Holmdel posts? Lost again?

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that nj cup combines u18 and u19 into one group?

Anonymous said...

Accepted by who exactly? Seems like that will be a hard prognostication to back up until teams in their current manifestations from this age group start to play each other more. I'm not down talking MF either, let's wait and see what happens in early spring matchups though.

Anonymous said...

MF is not playing in the EDP league so they probably won't play most nj teams anyway. What is SC?

Anonymous said...

Yes, MF is so much better then all the other NJ teams-------------------------------------LOL

Anonymous said...

If your so great MF, why didn't you win the Bethesda tournament?

Anonymous said...

Stop. Anyone can win or lose at any time.

Anonymous said...

You won 0 games at Bethesda so no one is buying your argument. Keep patting yourselves on the back.

Anonymous said...

Everyone loses, everyone has bad tournaments. Someone that has not cant be named. Tournaments at this age group are attended by different players as many choose not to go. League games at this level will be attended by the greater amount.

Anonymous said...

Are teams at this age group even doing tournaments? What would be the point? Pay 1200 for the tournament, pay for hotel rooms, pay to travel. What will it get you? Any thoughts on this, maybe I am missing the "why to do it"

Anonymous said...

Only reason to play in tournaments is for those players that do not know where they will be playing in college. Reality is that if you are a senior and do not have a solid understanding of what coach wants you by now you are someone they do not want.

Anonymous said...

By senior yr in HS, D1 coaches are done recruiting but D3 coaches may still be interested in good players.

Anonymous said...

For the most part you are correct. D1 schools have been at the fields but they are mostly looking for specific positions to replace kids that may have gotten injured or have quit. They will still be out there at Disney tournament. D3's are all over the place looking at these kids. Could be some great opportunities in the D3 world.

Anonymous said...

The D2 schools are there too, problem is they are trash. Not good schools for the most part.

Anonymous said...

What do you mean when you say not good? Academic program or athletic program? Both are important. If a kid only cares about soccer, he shouldn't be in college and probably won't get in if his academics are poor.

Anonymous said...

Look at the local D2 schools, do they have good academic reputations? No.

Anonymous said...

I think that many at this age still want to play in good tournaments for the competition and to continue getting ready to play in college. Top brackets are filled with players going to d1 and d3 schools, so playing against them in these tournaments is probably beneficial even if it's not for the purpose of recruiting. I mean who really gets seriously recruited at tournaments anyhow? My son has certainly gotten contacted after a coach has seen him play, but the real contact with a coach/program that has mattered, has developed over time with serious research and reaching out on his part, and the coach seeing him play over time.

Anonymous said...

The soccer clubs that hold big tournaments make big bucks. The fees are always rising. Tournaments used to end at u18, now you see u19, u20. We'll probably see u21,u23 in the future

Anonymous said...

Scrambling coaches are the only ones left for graduating seniors. Best case you will be at the bottom of their roster.

Anonymous said...

As I see it the problem will be that each team will have some that want to go to tournaments to be seen and some that have chosen their college and will not care to go. I think this is a problem for all teams. The real question is when will the colleges be allowed to give their incoming freshmen their required times and weights they will need to hit when August rolls around.

Anonymous said...

International play you say??

Anonymous said...

Marlboro #1 in the nation...repping New Jersey well. Good to see NJ at the top

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Marlboro! You collected the most got soccer points.
You're only #1 according to got soccer.

Anonymous said...

MF wins 4-1, in position to win the group.

Anonymous said...

OK it is a slow week so someone from Marlboro posted their ranking. Although I wouldn't have taken the time to do it, it is still quite impressive. Someone then took the time to state they are only #1 according to gotsoccer. In their defense, how else would they have this ranking? So I took some time to look at their last year, again quite impressive. I do remember when they received backlash because they won the US Club Nationals and not the US Soccer. They then went on to defeat Pipeline who did win the US Soccer Nationals. Seems to me that they should be #1, do you have a different team that deserves it for NJ? They played Holmdel and MF and won both games.

Anonymous said...

And someone spent the time to look up Marlboro's record over the past year. Slow week.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how long that takes? If it takes you over 1 minute you failed.

Anonymous said...

12 D1 commits so far. That's all that matters at this stage.

Anonymous said...

Really? What schools?

Anonymous said...

2 Syracuse, 1 University of Virginia, 1 University of Rhode Island, 3 Rutgers, 1 Yale, 1 St. John's, 1 Fairfield, 2 Lafayette

Anonymous said...

Goes to show you that contacts matter

Anonymous said...

Style of play matters. Organizations matter. Getting in the top flights of the top tournaments matters. If you have younger children that want to play in college get them to the right clubs.

Anonymous said...

A student having good grades and test scores is more important than what flight your teams is playing in. The student comes first in student-athlete. As for style of play, it depends on how the college coach wants his team to play.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the club doesn't seem that crucial. Exposure either. What matters is how proactive the player and parents are in connecting with coach and how good the grades and scores are. Of course how talented and hard working the player is as well. D1 soccer is not a major revenue sport obviously, so coaches need to have players come to them.besides the academy kids, they aren't hitting the tournaments that hard for recruiting. Seems like more d3 coaches do.

Anonymous said...

Academy is the best way by far. MF was on the radar for that reason. Academy is the way

Anonymous said...

Is MF the team with 12 D1 commits?

Anonymous said...

Marlboro I think

Anonymous said...

MF has 14 now, don't know how many Marlboro has. If you guys think that D1 coaches aren't at tournaments you are wrong. ND, UVa, Syracuse, Northwestern,Navy, Pitt, Penn St., UPenn, Yale, Rutgers, Princeton and many more were all at Disney last week. The other place that I saw the most D1 coaches was at Regionals. Then comes Penn Fusion friendlies.

Anonymous said...

Of course d1 coaches are at Disney. Dallas cup too. Everyone knows that. Those aren't your typical youth soccer tournaments. Most d1 coaches are not spending their recruiting energy attending many other non ussda venues. That's all I'm saying.

Anonymous said...

MF and all of their D1 commits showed all of those D1 coaches their ability in their 4-0 blowout loss. Do not be fooled, they have some very good players but there are a lot of very good players out there. MF had the advantage of playing in the academy league and that jump started their exposure. You want to play at a real D1 program, go academy.

Anonymous said...

Holmdel has many playing in college also. I am sure that SDFC, SJB, Marlton, SSC and Marlboro have their fair share also.

Anonymous said...

7:53, you sound so angry. 2 kids committed after that loss in the final. Coaches don't care at all about the score of the game. As for the rest of your post you basically agreed with my first post on the subject. If you wanna play in college you have to put yourself in the right situation. There are lots of very good players on many teams but they didn't get to the right tournaments and didn't get seen. The club you play for definitely matters. Just my advice for those with younger players.

Anonymous said...

9:56, 100% the right team matters and DA is really all that matters. Those 2 kids that committed after that loss had already been ID and that match meant nothing to them. All those D1 recruits and still lose 4-0 though?

Anonymous said...

No question, a bad loss. We shot our load night before winning a game we were down 2-0 with 12mins left. Team from Miami area was skilled, fast, physical and tough. They took it to us. Gave up 3 in a 20min span in first half. Last goal was a pass back to our goalie that took bad hop. Bad loss in the finals of Disney, agreed. We still view it as a good tournament. It happens...

Anonymous said...

It does happen. Best of luck to all that will be playing at the next level.

Anonymous said...

MF is not DA so why are you saying only DA matters?

Anonymous said...

No disrespect but 9:56 and others could use a bit more nuance in this discussion of right club being so critical for playing d1. Also, to a few others, academy is not only route to d1 whatsoever. Maybe the absolute best route to take for trying to get the sparse amount of $ that a d1 coach has to offer, but there are far more d1 roster spots than academy players first of all. In terms of the right club mattering, I guess to an extent but in terms of clubs, really you could look at the top 7-10 clubs of this age group as essentially being in the same boat as seen by the eyes of a college coach. What you want in a club is excelent coaching/training and a group of competitive players players to play with and against week to week. So being on a club that plays in top flights does matter in that sense. The real keys for recruiting though are the combination of initiative/connections that allow one to get on a coaches radar (and this is not something that is simply achieved by playing for a certain club), obviously being a highly skilled/physical/motivated/aggressive player, and the grades. College coaches want very good players who will succeed on and off the field and will not result in any kind of headaches whatsoever. They don't have the time, resources, and institutional power for the most part to deal with any headaches. These are things we have learned from knowing several players who have recently been on this journey.

Anonymous said...

MF was DA and they got their attention while there. Other than that the DA is the real place to be for recruiting purposes.

Anonymous said...

College coaches do not have the time or resources to find the diamond in the club team. Does it happen? Yes, but they would rather take the 18th man on an academy team any day of the week. These coaches have jobs and must perform or they will lose it. It is much easier to defend your losses when you have foreign and academy players on it. There is a difference to playing D1 and being on a D1 roster. For those of you that this is the first time going through this, you might be very surprised at the lack of playing time is available and even more surprised when you find out that many players will not even be on the team 2 years from now. Someone brought up D1 money earlier, if money is what you want go play D3 as those schools have the ability to hand it out much more easily. It will not say you got it for soccer or any other sport but you will quickly realize how you qualify for an academic scholarship that you really shouldnt qualify for and the various other scholarships and grants they can give out.

Anonymous said...

Clubs need to stress the importance of good grades if kids want to play in college. All they seem to do is brag about their "professional playing" experiences. Impressive to kids but at the end of the day. so what? You take kids out of school to take expensive trips so they can feel like professional players? Not what they need.

Anonymous said...

Agreed that grades are VERY/MOST important but if you think that missing 1 or 2 days of HS will impact your grades then your grades are already an issue.

Anonymous said...

Not 1 or 2 days, weeks. And now because of travel to far away tournaments, more time off. Fun for kids but not helpful to academics.
Giving kids the impression that the world revolves around soccer is hurting them in the long run. I know a kid who missed so much school because of soccer, he dropped out because everyone gave him the impression that he would be a star and make loads of money. Not working out as he planned.

Anonymous said...

And players need to be prepared for the incredible grind of a college soccer season which really makes academic success in the fall semester a very difficult prospect. The training, travel, and multiple games per week make for a rather ridiculous season and this is something that d1coahes are trying to address with a move to a season that is spread over the fall and spring, but for now the season is such that incoming freshman really need to be aware and prepared for this insane schedule just as they are acclimating to a new college environment.

Anonymous said...

11:42 your facts are wrong. Coaches will tell you and studies have proven that the team GPA is higher in season then it is out of season. The structure helps in the fall and lack of structure hurts in the spring.

Anonymous said...

D1 coaches may help their players to keep their grades up but it's still an uphill battle. D3 soccer is more compatible with academics.

Anonymous said...

Why is D3 more compatible with academics?

Anonymous said...

11:56--don't think the "facts" as you call them are wrong. Maybe debatable, but clearly there is a legitimate groundswell of support from college coaches for such a shift:

https://www.nscaa.com/web/News/Articles/August_2016/NSCAA_D1_College_Men_Propose_Academic_Year_Season_Model.aspx

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Coaches will tell you lots of things . . .

Anonymous said...

That part of your point was not addressed. All coaches would prefer to have the season in both the fall and spring (it makes sense). If you take the fact that grades are better "in season" that would lead me to believe that grades would be better overall if they took the 2 season approach.

Anonymous said...

Do you really think playing D1 soccer is a simple thing? That's what you're making it sound like. The physical and mental demands put on student athletes are so intense. They have to expect a stressful 4 yrs.

Anonymous said...

Where does it state or give you the opinion that anyone said it was simple?

Anonymous said...

Academics are important but there is a very wide range of academic standards in college soccer. Some schools are looking for ACT score of 22 and some are looking for 32. Some schools require players to take summer classes so they will have a lighter load during the season. It is a challenge, and yes some kids are unhappy after their Freshman year due to lack of playing time or workload. That's why there are so many transfers out there. Key is to go to a school that you would like to graduate from even if soccer goes away. Love the school, like the soccer. Use soccer to help you get into a school that you would not have gotten into without soccer.

Anonymous said...

Yeah 2:23, what are you talking about? Everyone knows D1 soccer is no joke, and a very challenging way to go through 4 years of college. Coaches are pointing out how inordinately taxing the current fall season can be given the amount of games per week, lack of proper recovery time, and a large amount of missed class time in the fall. Maybe some want to argue about these points, but they are coming from the coaches. I'm seems to me that the physically taxing part of the argument can be partly verified by the tremendous amount of injuries suffered. Expecting a stressful four years is One thing. Playing and studying in a system that is not optimally set up for ones health and academic success is another.

Anonymous said...

Is it better to go to a D1 school where you might never play or a D3 school where you have a better chance to play and less stress? Academically speaking, the D3 school is a lot of times the better option but you do not have the D1 label. My son has an option to go to a D1 school, I fear he will choose this for the D1 label only and not really look at all the options.

Anonymous said...

There are some fantastic D3 schools out there. Many with great academic reputations. One thing about a lot of the real good D3's is they tend to be small schools. If your kid is good with that then D3 makes a lot of sense. Many D3 schools play better soccer than D1's. The academic/sports mix is probably better at D3's. I also hear you about kids wanting to play D1. I guess it depends on what schools you are talking about. I would prefer my son to graduate from Tufts or Amherst over many D1 schools. But most kids probably don't see it that way. At the end of the day not too many of these kids are going to make a career out of soccer. They should go to the school that gives them the best chance to get employed in the field they choose.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone shed a light about the Main Line friendlies in PA. How good is the competition over there. In terms of college coaches, do you get a fair amount of coaches scouting there. I looked it up on the web, but could not find much on it.

Anonymous said...

I think that is the tournament organized by Penn Fusion. It is one of the best showcases I have seen. They invite a small group of top teams in each age group. College coaches are there in force. Been there last 2 years, if you get invited go.

Anonymous said...

A bit too late to try to be seen for the first time, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

May not be for him. This blog says U18 which is the '99's. if they are graduating in 2018 it's not too late. For the '98's you are correct probably too late.

Anonymous said...

It is never too late. All teams will lose a recruit or two that they thought they had and will take on a random player at this time to fill out the class. I would suggest NOT being that player but you can get yourself on a roster.

Anonymous said...

Again, do not choose your college with soccer as your main priority. Some D1 schools do not offer the best bang for your buck when it comes to education and job placement. Why go to Binghamton, FDU or Rider to name a few when you can play at Tufts or Carnegie Mellon? Which will get you the ultimate prize, a great career.

Anonymous said...

Admission standards are a lot tougher at carnegie mellon and tufts. A student athlete who wants to go to a very selective school is putting academics first, which will of course, mean a great career. There are other student athletes who just want to play D1 and put soccer first. That could also be fulfilling. You're only young once.

Anonymous said...

You can take out CM and Tufts and put in many other schools with great academics and placement ratios. You stated that you're only young once, that is true, and then you need to work for a living. Playing at a low level D1 standard (maybe playing, maybe never seeing the field) and not getting a quality education is not the wise way to go IMO.

Anonymous said...

who said anything about low level D1 schools? A kid could be a great player and be a starter. You can always get more education and start a career later. There's more than one path.

Anonymous said...

My response was just following along the conversation, of course someone could be a starter, each team has 11 of them. However, the majority of the players are not as each roster has anywhere from 28 to 40 players on it

Anonymous said...

It is funny how a blogger asks one simple question and things just start spiraling in different directions. One person came in the blog asking how good is the Main line Friendlies is in terms of competition and college coaches and one person is saying that is the same as the Penn Fusion Friendlies (is it), than another is saying too late to be seen by college coaches(we don't even know what grade the kid is in), the next 2 are talking about how education is better CM and Tufts then FDU and Binghamton. This blog is too funny.

Anonymous said...

Or, there can actually be two topics discussed at once. Too taxing for some. It is not too late for a HS SR to bee seen by a college coach, they just need to understand that the money has been dispersed for the most part and if they are being seen for the first time, well it is not a great sign. I do agree with the choose your school over choose your soccer. If you are able to play at a top school like Rutgers or Maryland for example and even have a chance at playing soccer that would be great. There might even be some playing time at Rutgers available as their 2017 recruiting class is not that strong.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't just leave it there, had to leave with an insult. Almost set a record, we went at least 5 days without any nastiness. Now the blog is back to form!

Anonymous said...

Why are you saying that the Rutgers class is not that strong for 2017? Is that because of couple MF players are in that recruiting class.

Anonymous said...

I give that Rutgers coach a lot of credit, he recruits NJ and almost exclusively. It has not given him wins lately but at least he isn't going overseas like other coaches are.

Anonymous said...

Takes a helluva an ego, guy thinks he knows soccer better than Dan Donigan...

Anonymous said...

What do you mean? It's true that RU isn't winning many games and the roster is mostly NJ kids. Big ten is a tough league.

Anonymous said...

Have to recruit better if you are going to survive the big 10 and keep your job.

Anonymous said...

Funny how people jump to conclusions, I thought that was a compliment to the Rutgers coach. I guess a MF parent whose kid is going there is a bit paranoid.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. It's a NJ State school. Nice to give NJ kids roster spots. Recruiting overseas players is not helping US players .There's plenty of talent in nj.

Anonymous said...

No doubt that NJ talent is there, just need to recruit the correct talent. Past history is not on his side but time will tell if the 2017 group works out. Best of luck to this class.

Anonymous said...

Soccer is like no other sport I know, you have players that are very talented playing D1 and D3 soccer. I couldn't tell you the difference in these players and in some cases I would say I would prefer the D3 player over the D1 player. There does not seem to be any flow to the recruiting and placement of these players. Also, what happened to D2, not a lot of options there at all.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of excellent D3 soccer programs out there. For instance, Amherst could probably beat some of the top 25 D1 teams out there on any given day. They are a top 25 academic school too. So people make choices for different reasons.

Anonymous said...

I think we all know players that went to a D1 school last year and saw no playtime. Speak to them, they hate it. We also all know players that saw little or no playtime at the D3 level, they hate it too. Bottom line, know where you fit best, unfortunately this is almost impossible to project.

Anonymous said...

Edp brackets out. What's up with NPL division?

Anonymous said...

Can someone please explain to me how Ocean is not in EDP 1st division Central?

Anonymous said...

Because Ocean isn't good....

Anonymous said...

Ironbound and Philly COPA are better? Come on.

Anonymous said...

Obviously in the eyes of the league iron bound and philly cops are better than ocean.

Anonymous said...

Philly Copa maybe, but IB is ranked far below Ocean. Not sure that it matters as any of these teams will get smoked by the likes of Marlboro, MF, SSC.

Anonymous said...

SSC is still a team? They only played half their EDP league games last year....peculiar that they get a mention and even a place in the league again

Anonymous said...

These matches mean little at this point anyway. Just don't get hurt and stay in shape for college. No one will really care about the outcome.

Anonymous said...

coachrichjs@gmail.com

FOOL

Anonymous said...

Good question. Is Stronghold still a team? I cant imagine that they folded and walked away from that money.

Anonymous said...

SSC is in shambles unless you're one of the shysters who cash in from the team/club. So our son like others left, we lost money and they could care less.

Anonymous said...

I am not aware of their issues, what are the problems? If no team, will create a hole in the schedule for many.

Anonymous said...

Won't all of these teams have dedication issues this spring? What is the summer plan for players moving on to play in college? Do they play games and train or just train? Where are they supposed to train?

Anonymous said...

Dedication issues? Not sure if that is correct, most of these guys love the sport. Scheduling will become an issue as the coaches try to schedule their games when they have their stars available, but that should not be any different then any other year.

Anonymous said...

Most players have committed by now, this is a very good time to reach out to colleges you are interested in, they may have openings due to the fact that they didnt get some players they planned on getting.

Anonymous said...

Another FDU signing, but this one is a good one.

Anonymous said...

You are correct good but not much above that. Let's be honest daddy.

Christopher McDaniels said...


YMS U18 Boys are looking to add 1-2 field players and a goalie for the spring season. Players could be 98's or 99's. Our season will run from now until mid-May and we will train 2 nights per week and play one game most weekends. We will compete in the Region 1 Eastern Regional League, Pennsylvania NCS State Cup, and the APL.


Please contact Chris McDaniels (ASAP), head coach, if you are interested or have any questions.

chris.mcdaniels24@gmail.com
267 254-5435

Anonymous said...

***SSC Parents**** timely post above so your kids soccer season won't be a total washout.

Anonymous said...

You left, we get it. We are fine thank you.

Anonymous said...

Grass or artificial turf, which do you prefer to play on?

Anonymous said...

Depends on how deep the grass is. If mowed properly I'll take grass. If it's 3-4 inches long then turf.

Anonymous said...

Grass every time for me.

Anonymous said...

Saw the NJ Cup brackets came out. STA 98 NPL seems to play no real threat, am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

You missed SSC's big MAPS challenge for the cup. Bye or BUY? How you merit a bye when you forfeited something like 5 games last season?

Anonymous said...

That is a very good point. Why would SSC be rewarded for their immature behavior last season? Too late now, and I guess it doesnt really matter but maybe they should not have been left in at all. Or, make them play MF every game this year, that will show them.

Anonymous said...

Leave MatchFit out of this. No dog in this fight, focusing energy elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

You're correct go back to your dailey activities.

Anonymous said...

What are you guys gonna do with yourselves next year??

Anonymous said...

Truth hurts. SSC was disgraceful last year. MF is the dominant team in this age group.

Anonymous said...

Oh boy! Somebody is looking to stir things up...

Anonymous said...

Sorry that was a typo meant to say Marlboro.

Anonymous said...

How is 1:21 "stirring it up"? You don't believe those are two truths? SSC did NOT honor the game last season, and MF is a dominant team. There are other teams that are very good and of course can beat MF on a given day but going into the game who is the favorite? MF

Anonymous said...

MF, Marlboro, Holmdel, STA are the four you know will be top teams in NJ this year. Stronghold is always good but they did lose an all-american to MF so that cant be a good sign.

Anonymous said...

Oh right, Marlboro beat Holmdel for the "National" championship. Forgot, my bad.

Anonymous said...

Not a big US Club state cup fan but who do you play for that would allow you to talk down to Marlboro and Holmdel? They played in the finals why? Because they beat the other teams to earn that right. Those teams were from all over the country, it just worked out that way in the final. So again, what team do you play for? Why werent you there?

Anonymous said...

Only someone that does not play these two teams would make such a stupid statement. Both have talented players and have the results to prove they belong where they are.

Anonymous said...

Taking these games and teams so seriously is ridiculous. Just let the kids play. Adults act like there's so much at stake here. They are youth teams. No team is "threatened" by any other. You win some you lose some. Have fun! A player is only all american because his HS coach gives him that honor. Maybe another coach wouldn't see it the same way.

Anonymous said...

Hold on a minute. Are you suggesting that a HS coach can simply hit a button and their player is an all american? There are no other obstacles in the way?

Anonymous said...

Yes

Anonymous said...

NO possible way. If that was the case everyone would be an all american.

Anonymous said...

Don't kid yourself for one second if you think those honors aren't political and it's who you know and who you blow. Just like those NJ.com player of the week where you can vote hundreds of times.

Anonymous said...

Someone is completely out of their mind. You may agree or disagree with such appointments but to state that all that has to happen is a coach recommend you is a joke.

Anonymous said...

Come on, HS soccer isn't serious. Everyone knows that. The coach sees the big kid who scores a lot of goals by running onto the ball as a great player. If you want to believe there's more to it, go ahead.

Anonymous said...

All-American is serious! Seriously.

Anonymous said...

All American is 70% serious and 30% fluff. Not all selections from NJ (and other states) are seriously not All American players. Seriously.

There are kids who are All American who aren't even key players on their club team, but they were able to toe poke some goals against low quality HS teams and that makes them top in the country?


Anonymous said...

You forgot Marlton as a State Cup contender. Always a good team, this could be their year.

Anonymous said...

You can also say you forgot about 20 teams as contenders. With the age change no one knows who is playing on what teams. Could be a whole new group of top teams.

Anonymous said...

20 teams? Let's not get crazy. One of the top 5 teams will win the State Cups.

Anonymous said...

Top 5: Any game between the top three would be just phenominal to watch and no sure bet to win. Great work by the Kids, Parents and Coaches in being the top teams in the Country.

Marlboro
Matchfit
Holmdel


4-5 slots are: Very good teams that play with a lot of heart.
Marlton
SJEB
-on the bubble Stallions

I don't know the status of STA? If they are still in the age group I would put them at a solid 4 ranking. SSC's status is questionable as well, with the loss of key players to competing clubs, thier forfeiture of the remainder of last season and tournament participation, I'd put them in the 7-10 ranking however, they are unquestionably not in the top 5 at this time.

Anonymous said...

Not sure how you could know any of this for sure. Teams change, players leave, some have graduated and are in college at this point. Teams at this point can be very different from what you state and no one really knows how it will all shake out.

Anonymous said...

Regardless, the top team is MF.

Anonymous said...

Graduated and are in college in this age group? Sorry, but 99/98 teams either dropped down to 99 or they remained intact and play 98 (U19). So not sure how they could have graduated and are in college when they haven't graduated HS yet and the younger still have a year to go?

It's an opinion-based hyposthesis partly derived from past performance and the top teams are and have thier rosters pretty much intact. So unless 4-5 teams merged thier best players then it's a possibility they might shake out somewhere but not as a top competetor in the state.

Anonymous said...

Most 98s have graduated high school and are now in college.

Anonymous said...

Carding was in August, those 98's were not carded and on the team at the start of this season. I give Marlboro the edge over Notfit.

Anonymous said...

I don't think you should be so confident about teams that haven't even had league play yet. You might be surprised. Every season is a new chance for teams to shine.

Anonymous said...

Keep knocking on MF, no one added...LOL

Anonymous said...

Surprised by what? There isn't one team outside the top 5 that can compete at thier level then or now. They had thier chance and face it you're not there.

Anonymous said...

I guess that begs the question 8:07, who is the top 5 in your mind?

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