Monday, September 30, 2013

U16G Soccer in PA, NJ, MD, VA & NY

Note: These high school women at age 16 are no joke. Many are looking ahead to college soccer play. They tell their stories here.

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Anonymous said...

They were complimenting NJ soccer.

Anonymous said...

Is there nowhere in NJ that has turf fields for the State Cup??

Anonymous said...

So where is everyone playing Memorial Day Weekend? A lot of top teams missing from local (NJ) tournaments.

Anonymous said...

PDA, FC Delco?

Anonymous said...

That's it though. A lot of top 10 teams not attending. Copa? Crush? YMS?

Anonymous said...

MF has how many U15 girls teams now in NJ?
PDA has how many in NJ?
NJSA has 2 I believe.
Are there any regular non academy teams left for a girl to play on?

Anonymous said...

No more town teams left for the girls. just MF NJSA PDA. but parents are willing to pay alot more for some of the same coaches. Oh yeah they are getting new Jerseys. What a shame what happened to the soccer clubs in NJ. I hear some teams are leaving and trying to go back to where they were, but the problem is not enough girls for the team

Anonymous said...

What about Medford, Mount Laurel, Thistle & Wildcats. Aren't these still some of the better non-academy teams?
And besides, most of these teams that add "academy" to their name donn't necessarily make them a true or recognized academy.

Anonymous said...

What the wildcats price tag? Prob would fall under academy in my book. Academy just a name.

Anonymous said...

Good opportunity to check out Medford this weekend. They are looking for guest players for FC Delco.

Anonymous said...

- Academies actually only exist for boys according to US soccer

- you can call something an academy. what does it actually mean ? Its really an attempt at creating a perception that a higher level soccer is being taught and played. Something more elite.

- Wildcats is NOT a town team. I am not sure what their OLSA stands for but I am guessing the A stands for Academy. They want you to consider them as an academy. As does PDA. As does NJSA. As does MF. As does COPA. As does about 15-20 other companies in the state.

Anonymous said...

reply to 5/18 10:43 pm

I think the reason is that FC Delco is not what it once was and the PDA tournament having an ECNL and Non-ECNL bracket is the reason for some teams not playing in it. I think a tournament should be the best teams play each other regardless of league. It really hurts the game since sometimes you will only see some matchups once a year and with this segregation maybe never. Again maybe some teams like it this way to feel like they are the best but I say let the results speak for themselves.

Anonymous said...

Go to the Honeybadgers

Anonymous said...

With player movement this time of year how did it impact the new PDA Shore program. Did an entire team move over?

Anonymous said...

why would an entire team move to PDA?

Anonymous said...

to this poster of
April 26, 2014 at 2:35 PM"

You need to get your facts right, New owner cares about the Girls side, he lowered the cost on all girls team, bought land and NJCSA will have Girls teams in u11,u12,13(2),u14 u15 and u16,
lossing DG was a loss, But MH is just as good and a little nicer and positive to the player while he is coaching.

So now you know!
THE GIRLS MATTER TO NJCSA





"Anonymous said...
So what does it say about the club, when every year, girls leave in droves from NJSA? One year they lost 11 players. It says, "it's a temporary environment". That's all it says. The owner doesn't care about the girl's side at all. He is only focused on the boy's DA. It's always been that way, it always will be. I'm actually surprised they even have any girls teams left. How many? 2-3 girls teams now? Pathetic. (How many college placements for girls have they made too? Um, none I believe).
April 26, 2014 at 2:35 PM"

Anonymous said...

12:26 You're talking apples and oranges. Different club now. Different coach. OBVIOUSLY changes were made and HOPEFULLY for the better. Only time will tell.

So now you know! lol

Anonymous said...

good info, I didn't know it had changed ownership. looked like a partnership.

unfortunately they are starting out behind. they may be able to attract girls at the younger ages but I think the more competitive U15s and older won't bite.

good luck!

Anonymous said...

It was a merger, a new partner, not a new owner. It will be a great club in about 3 years. DG left and his replacement is not so great, not a good communicator.

Anonymous said...

i am not seeing it.

both have a DA. neither has a girls side in fact NJSA actually looks better than CS for girls.

if they were bringing a strong girls side to the table then I would agree with you but it looks like CS has actually put less effort into the girls side and that is pretty hard.

hope for our future girls that you are right.

Anonymous said...

Cedar Stars is a club started by a wealthy man who wanted a place for his son to play. His son.

Anonymous said...

That's right. And hair club for men was started by a bald man who wanted hair to grow on his head. His head.

Doesn't mean other baldies did not benefit from it.

If this wealthy man did not have a passion for the and want to try to bring some quality to soccer growth with his ideas, then I can think of a lot of easier ways to find your kid a good place to play than starting your own club. While there is money to be made in youth soccer, I don't think his venture is going to add significant to his fortune. There are more lucrative and less aggravating ventures.

Anonymous said...

No one said he was trying to make money, well with the exception of you.

Anonymous said...

money or no money, why would one conclude that the club is not a good place for their child because the founder/owner/leader started the club because he wanted a better place for his son to play ?

Anonymous said...

if I had the money to spend, I'd start my own club. with an extensive background in human resources and customer service I have NUMEROUS changes I would make to the current nightmare called competitive youth soccer.

a board with several key people who truly are interested in making the system better for the kids could do wonderful things.

but then that is just a lottery dream




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Anonymous said...

and why would one conclude that he would care about others?

Anonymous said...

If we could start over again what town/club teams would you bring back?

Anonymous said...

beachwood

Anonymous said...

NJX Milan

Anonymous said...

Toms River Fusion

Anonymous said...

Somerset Hills

Anonymous said...

Wall Galaxy

Anonymous said...

NJX Milan was a joke! Every tournament: Win tie loss. EVERY TIME! They were not good and the players that went to MF weren't either with the exception of 2 of the 3 that went to ECNL.

Anonymous said...

just as many girls left NJSA because of the old sting coach as he drew to the club. there wouldn't have been ANY turnover on sting.

didn't put his initials because forum mod is going to delete it.

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Anonymous said...

wow 4.36 please tell us what you really think.

what team is your little Mia on??

Anonymous said...

Oh, did I hurt your feelings 9:50, former NJX parent? Poor baby. Look at the record. WIN TIE LOSS every tournament. Couldn't win anything ever. The manager (you?) was up the coach's butt and the kiss-A$$ parents were up his and led to that disaster.

That's what I know and my little MIA is at a much better place, thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, here we go with the little Mia comments again. Hold on a second while I go get my measuring stick! Lol

Anonymous said...

and of course I had to be an NJX parent. I think not.

Anonymous said...

NJex

Anonymous said...

I agree that the clubs mentioned above were all quality teams. Especially Somerset.

I would add Marlton and Marlboro into that group.

Its a shame these teams disbanded.

Anonymous said...

I forgot about Marlton & Marlboro. You're right; too bad they disbanded. There was also Delran, but wouldn't want to see them back--dirtiest coach & players I ever witnessed!!

Anonymous said...

u sure u don't mean marlton.

Manalapan was pretty dirty too.

Anonymous said...

3:12 is right. Both of those teams very dirty.

Anonymous said...

3:12 is right. Both of those teams very dirty.

Anonymous said...

Marlboro went to PDA and now pay 4x the money for nothing

Anonymous said...

Youth soccer is littered with fathers, and a few mothers (Oh and some of the fathers are real mothers too) who were always looking for the next angle - the next best move for their team at the expense of the individual player (and I do mean from the top to the bottom of the roster).

They should focus more of their time on learning the game and working to make the kids they selected at the last tryouts as good as they can be instead of thinking how they can move the team up in the rankings so their daughter will be on a better team, or for whatever other motivation they may have power - ego - control.

Development should be focused on the individual and let the team prosper organically through this growth. Instead, the mindset is ... we are only 2-3 players away from being a top 5 team in the state .... or ... what team can we merge with to put the best 8 of their girls with the best 8 of ours and make a super team.

Its the mindset of a shortcut to success, which rarely ever works, and it is done so often times at the expense of developing the kids.

There are some good guys around that actually make an effort to educate themselves and do the right thing for the kids, but from what I have seen, for each good one there are 3 or 4 politician types who think more about the W-Ls than about the individuals they coach. I've seen it and heard it all too often.

Anonymous said...

You are so right.....Amen to that.

Anonymous said...

I will second that 12:23 , parents should evaluate the child as the year has been completed to see where his or her child keeps developing from the program or with a trainer/coach. When your kid starts to flat line , you need to recognize it quickly.

Anonymous said...

9:44 You are absolutely correct. However, too many parents can't seem to see that their child isn't developing or keeping up with the better players. Many times these are parents in "power" such as the manager so their kid keeps getting moved along and many times taking the starting spot and playing minutes away from a more deserving player.

Just get another person to manage the team, coaches, instead of holding back better players and the team as a whole because of one kid.

Anonymous said...

Have there been changes with the Sting & the Wildcats? Early on both teams were looking strong, but lately they seem to be on the downside?

Anonymous said...

Early on when ?

I've heard of some discord at Wildcats. Wildcats is about a year old - right ? Has the training/ooaching/platform they are paying for allowed to them succeed as a group more than the places the girls all came from ? I have not seen them play.

At best, I think you may be looking at a top 10 team in NJ, and that would be ambitious.

One line of thought is as follows: the core of that team was a town team in Monmouth County that never achieved much of anything. Then you add a few girls from this team and that around the county, none of them, from very good programs and none of them top players on the teams they left. So what should we expect.

Actually, I will answer that with a 2nd line of thought: You can expect a lot if their coaching and training is good. I think players can hit their stride at different times. If the girls are hungry, have the right attitude and are brought along properly.

So the question is, what are they getting at Wildcats ?

Sting - I haven't heard peep from them. Always a sound program with good training that was evidenced in the way they played. I have seen here that their coach left and I know nothing of the new person, nor how much turnover they have had.

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Anonymous said...

PDA Shore

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how many Sting players are leaving for PDA shore?

Anonymous said...

who cares

Anonymous said...

You would mean sting grey, right?

Anonymous said...

Obviously they are curious or they wouldn't have asked 4:17. Maybe you don't care, but everyone has the right to ask a question.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and wouldn't it be nice if people could ask reasonable questions without others making immature comments in reply. Just goes to show you the level some of these people are on.

Anonymous said...

Gouveneur Morris

Anonymous said...

Checking tournaments and found a site that lists many tournments and info

www.upper90shot.com

Anonymous said...

Rush 3-2 over Crush for NJYS State Cup Championship

Anonymous said...

Congratulations RUSH!

Anonymous said...

Is it true that MF ECNL coach is leaving? Is so, who is his replacement?

Anonymous said...

R cherry picked enough players to win a SC. They don't play better, just grab better players. Joke

Anonymous said...

Sorry you were "C"rushed.

Anonymous said...

One line of thought is as follows: the core of that team was a town team in Monmouth County that never achieved much of anything. Then you add a few girls from this team and that around the county, none of them, from very good programs and none of them top players on the teams they left. So what should we expect.

Where do you get your information from? Lots of good players all over the state that have played on club town teams but could not or chose not to join a higher level team due to cost until their girls got older! As non top players?? All players, all levels move around and move on. You should expect good coaching and player development!!!! Very happy with the team. I'm a parent of a player and sticking with the team!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Rush for winning the SC.

Why are players leaving this successful program to go to PDA South and pay more money. They can't beat any quality teams in tournaments and play in a sub-par league.

Anonymous said...

They are not aware that key players from current PDA south team are leaving and roster will be 23 next season. Some of them will be bench warmers. Shame for them.

Anonymous said...

PDA, where you get banged for your buck.

Anonymous said...

Everyone thinks the grass is greener at the other club. The real crime is NJYS and USCLUB allow teams to roster more than 18.

An you never know the roster size when you accept a spot since they can keep adding.

Anonymous said...

The real shame is - no matter what - they will always be the B team. Maybe now, even the C team.

Anonymous said...

Lots of good players all over the state that have played on club town teams but could not or chose not to join a higher level team due to cost until their girls got older! As non top players?? ....

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The questions here are:

- Wildcats = a higher level team?
- Do they have the quality of training and the ability to (I won't say ability to inspire because someone might say that the girls should inspire and motivate themselves) not uninspire their players ? Some coaches have the ability to turn kids off of a game due to their personality, approach and lack of rapport. In other words - get less than the best of what one would give (or could develop into).

If their staff can raise the level of the game across the board, for all girls they have accepted,into their program, regardless of the mixed bag of quality they have taken on, then they are worth the money they are getting.

Anonymous said...

So what town team would you suggest is better suited to promote your daughter then any PDA team?

Anonymous said...

Ok confused.... Wildcats team not much different then NJX, Matchfit FC Delco etc .non ECNL teams or NJSA Edp team etc...
My daughter likes soccer, wants to play in college, Yes being on an ECNL team will def get you looks at top D1 programs for most....my experience with recruiting is as long as your child is on a competitive team and plays in showcases he/she will find a college team to play on. Besides, it's up to the parent to market their child and the player to contact the coaches. Also, go on all the clubs websites lots of girls are playing in college programs in the fall at all division levels not only the " academy selected" clubs. Honestly I would not have my daughter try out for an ECNL team I can not afford the traveling fees and time away from family traveling to tournaments a plane ride away etc...you should not put down kids playing abilities or clubs as parents we chose a club that is best for our child and lifestyle. Again there are talented kids everywhere. My child plays soccer because she loves the sport and she says she wants to play in college but geez these girls are only 15 a lot can change in the next 3 yrs. let the kids love the game!!!

Anonymous said...

Well said!!!

Anonymous said...

Agreed? But is wildcats doing a good job at letting the girls love the game.

There are other options out there. You can talk to coach and see what he is all about, if u have your own value set for youth soccer. what do you want for her? What is the coach's philosophy. You'll get no promises, nor should u ask for any, but u will get a feel for what is important to the coach.

Maybe wildcats coach is good for the girls ...I don't know. Seems to be at least one person out here who is a fan. I am sure PDA has some good coaches too, and some jerks.

What are the reasons girls are not happy on their teams ... Not enuf play time... Coach is nasty ..... Can't get along with coach ... Too serious wants more fun less pressure .... Doesn't like her teammates ... Jerky parents .... Teammates playing below her level ... Can't keep up with level of play .... Too much soccer .... Not enough soccer .... Girl is more soccer savvy than coach ... Others?

Anonymous said...

Kids leave teams for all you wrote above. My child is happy playing on her team right now. Likes the girls and is so so with coaches but does not want to move to another team and work her way back to being a starter which is what she is on her present team. She just wants to play soccer. I'm not playing.....she is and the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to all the girls this weekend !

Anonymous said...

By the looks of things, MF couldn't even put together a tournament like they have in the past. They were really reaching for the teams they included this year, at ALL age groups. (mostly the affiliate/town teams included) None of their top teams are participating. Pathetic for an "Academy".

Anonymous said...

NJ Wildcats have a pretty solid program and their U15G team for a new team has done very well this season. Won their EDL division beating NJ Rush, SJEB, LVU, and tied NYSC, to play in the EDL Championship game vs Jersey United to see who plays in the National Championships in NC come July. 1st place in their EDP bracket (2nd division) and got to the 1/4 Finals of SC and beat PDA, as they lost to the NJ Stallions in the 1/4Finals game. I would consider this team a new and up and coming top 10-15 at the end of the year! Good job and best of luck over the summer and next year!

Anonymous said...

Beat PDA, wow. Has PDA scored a goal this year?

Anonymous said...

The Wildcats have the worst owner in nj. Everyone pays A Different price. Makes promises he can't keep. The coaches in several age groups have shady histories. I would stay far far away form that place.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't put beating the PDA 3rd team down as an accomplishment. They are poor

Anonymous said...

Actually the Blues players aren't poor, their positioning is. From what I saw, players in positions where they aren't succeeding. That is coaching.

Anonymous said...

The PDA Blue coach does not know how to size players to positions. Just because you are a D1 coach does not mean you are good at it.

Anonymous said...


Wildcats-Schmildcats - Someone out here either thinks they need to be championed and defended or wants to bang the drum for them.

The question is ... why do they feel this need ?

Anonymous said...

Concerning the PDA Blues team, that particular team was started from Marlboro. They needed 8 players to keep their got soccer points.

8 players were not necessarily the top of Marlboro and just the ones who would drive to PDA.

Outside the Marlboro girls, some of the girls added were political appointments. The girls trained privately with various PDA coaches. If you add that all up, you probably have really 6-8 players that deserved their spots.

Their record speaks for itself, I would not blame the coach. The politics in making that specific team is revealed.

Anonymous said...

Yes the coach has nothing to do with it. He cant control if the girls choose NOT to go to tournaments because they have lacrosse games. It is a team run by parents, my daughter basically left before it really got started as it was obvious what was going on. Better pay for additional training and sign up for the summer camp now girls.

Anonymous said...

8:17am-how is it run by parents? I'm not surprised, i'm just curious to know what the parents input is?

Anonymous said...

To be fair, the team which did mainly come from Marlboro was the brain child of one person who loves PDA. Marlboro was a good team and had talent from the top to the bottom, some chose not to go to PDA but went to MF, NJSA or other places. I don't believe that anyone that went to PDA didn't deserve it, they are a mid level team with mid level talent. I am sure politics occur, but why should PDA be any different. The girls will get better, some new will come and some will choose not to pay the crazy price tag. Nothing crazy going on.

Anonymous said...

The better girls from Marlboro went to PDA.

a willing and committed group of adequate soccer players should improve their stock with superior coaching.

Are these girls not willing or committed ... The lax comment leads me to believe some are not. Is the coaching not superior? At PDA...should that even be acceptable?

I will tell u this ... The man or the woman coaches. Not the letters on the uniform and not the price you pay. The price u pay may but you credibility, or even interest from scouts, but it doesn't make for better players.

I wish we had an objective consumer reports nj youth soccer orgs. Some categories that could be rated...

Price
Player Turnover rate
Quality/demeanor of coaches
Coaches turnover rate
Reputation among recruiting coaches
Commitment to development
Parental satisfaction
Trust and Integrity - player decisions made solely on soccer ability, effort and potential. No outside influences
Promotion of the game / inspiration to succeed

Player satisfaction

Anonymous said...

PDA have some poor coaches. My younger daughter plays a PDA team regularly, their coach does NOT travel to away games. Instead a younger female coach takes the team. Go figure that one out.

It's all about who you know at PDA, not what you know. As evidenced by some of their coaches.

Anonymous said...

The better players did not got to PDA from Marlboro. The top players went to MF and NJSA.

Anonymous said...

apparently you don't need 50% of the players to keep your GS points.

MF Black/North/whatever walked into MF Thunder's points without ONE returning player on the roster.

Anonymous said...

yes, whoever said they took 8 players just to have them is wrong and most likely jealous that they weren't asked to go. PDA does a good job of giving play time to all and finding a place for them to play.

Anonymous said...

I completely disagree: PDA got the much better crop of Marlboro refugees. NJSA and MF - lol.

I guess that's what makes a horse race.

Anonymous said...

The two that went to MF ECNL are very good. No LOL from me.

Anonymous said...

Why are we discussing a mid level team that cant beat anyone good and cant score any goals. Wow, they are from PDA and they can play the ball backwards 100% of the time. Are you so impressed that they cant handle any pressure at all? They will play and they will get training that they can get anywhere for 1/3 the cost.

Anonymous said...

Girls on mid level teams play in college with girls , who played on top academy teams...... But their parents invested a heck of a lot less. Not everyone can afford to pay academy fees yet their kids get picked up for college teams on " non academy " teams at showcases!

Anonymous said...

Girls on mid level teams play in college with girls , who played on top academy teams...... But their parents invested a heck of a lot less. Not everyone can afford to pay academy fees yet their kids get picked up for college teams on " non academy " teams at showcases!

Anonymous said...

every girl that plays in college was not part of an academy team. so I have to agree with 8:59 and 8:56 who crazy as it may sound, posted the exact same comment only minutes apart.

What are the odds of that ?

Just throwing something out here, but let's see where it goes ... as All-American and wonderful as our US Collegiate and HS sports institutions are, and as much as its the only thing we know, and we accept it as the only way, and even though I realize it is not going to change, to me, its idiocy to mix sports and academics.

School should be for students. And sports for athletes. And I am not saying that college students should not play sports - they should if they enjoy it, but those that are more serious about the game and show a higher level of talent should pursue the game for solely for the love of the game. Sports talent should not be a ticket into college. Then those who are serious about the games can be drafted into minor league football and basketball.

with an established and lucrative men's league in this country (hope we are getting closer) they can do the same.

Now with this getting drafted into a team, part of the system will subsidize the minor league player to go to a college local to their team, if this is what the kid wants. This way, it would not be one or the other - they can have their shot at a high-level career in sports while also getting an education. But their grades would still need to be good enough to get them into the school of their choice.

For the girls though, this would be a problem - the money is just not there.

I'll bring this up at the next NCAA board meeting.

Oh well - back to the drawing board.

Anonymous said...

8:56 You got that right. I see older girls consistently being picked up for college soccer that play on mid level teams. That said, most of these colleges are NOT what you consider top schools. If your kid wants to play soccer and doesn't care about what school they go to then fine. I would rather my kid go to a better school and NOT play soccer than settle for a mediocre school just to play soccer. If that's the kid's only ticket in, then maybe a different story.

Anonymous said...

All this banter about the PDA Blues reminds me of the same types of comments that were made against PDA SAMBA (IMPACT) when they were the new team. They are a very respectable team now. Give the coach and the girls a little time before lighting the torches and picking up the pitchforks.

Anonymous said...


That's because IMPACT had time to get better. They were a new team at what U13?

Blues have no time when starting at U15.

Anonymous said...

Blues have time. If their players get faster, more aggressive, and better ball skills they will be in good shape. They can NOT score, they have no scoring threat at all. They don't give up a lot of goals so I suppose the defense is good.

Anonymous said...



That's a long list of things they need. Not sure if have plenty of time if those are things they need.

Anonymous said...



That's a long list of things they need. Not sure if have plenty of time if those are things they need.

Anonymous said...

Is the South Jersey Academy team the remnants of TR fusion , Beechwood Dragonflys and other hanger ons. If so it seems like it will be another Matchfit surge situation , which was highly unsuccessful

Anonymous said...

Matchfit surge WAS this year's MF NPL team among others. Now they all left to go to SJA and he picked up others along the way. You need a directory to follow all these changes. lol

Anonymous said...

703 -seriously? To be a top player to play on a top team you need to be able to afford academy fees and also be a very good player.. Not all top academy players go to top D1teams. Also, most girls will not get phenomenal scholarships to play soccer in college anyway!! Geez let the girls that want to continue playing soccer pick a school that fits them both academically and for the sport they love. Do you seriously think all girls will be recruited to UNC like schools with scholarships or even play when they get there? Let the girls decide. By the time they are juniors they will know if they want to play soccer in college. BTW my oldest plays D 1 Soccer at a smaller school with great academics and received a lot of athletic $ also.... plays in games and is happy and can't wait to return to her school for both academics and soccer. Isn't that what you want for your child ? What if a coach does not recruit them for a school that does not fit your expectation? Then what? Tell your daughter that's it no more soccer for you? A sport you supported her through the years with the expectations to play in college?

Anonymous said...

June 11 10:12

Lol accidentally posted 2x

Anonymous said...

"That's because IMPACT had time to get better. They were a new team at what U13?

Blues have no time when starting at U15."

I have to agree with the person that recently said "do you people THINK before you post?"

yep, that's it. any kid on a new team at 15 is done, no chance at all to play in college, development ends at U14 or U13 or whatever.

seriously????

Anonymous said...

809, don't u know that according to many people who have been blogging out here for years, if a team is not tops by u12 with the best players then they have no chance at ever being good. Over the years ... This u12 team has no players and the parents are fooling themselves and their little Mia's if they think they are going to amount to anything. There is no development after u12 - u15. The best players will continue to be the best as will the best teams since u can't alter the real madrids of youth soccer. It's just destiny. So if your child is not a top player on a top team today, she may as well just pack it in. The scholarships are all going to go to the girls who peaked on teams like toms river, crush, pda, njsa and bec at u13.

That's the way it seems by listening to people wilting about scholarships on this blog since u12 and bashing quality of other teams.

Anonymous said...



I would say a kid as an individual can develop and improve at any time, but as a brand new team at this stage time is not something they have a lot of.

Anonymous said...

People paying the high academy prices have to realize their investment may not have a payoff.

--From Time magazine concerning Basketball->While graduation rates for student athletes are improving, poor outcomes remain a serious problem. In this year's tournament, only 42 of the 68 teams graduated at least 60 percent of their players. (worse than the rate, is they give them 6 years to get a degree when they measure this statistic)

Anonymous said...

6 year graduation rate is a parent issue. allow your kid to coast and that is what happens.

extended programs or additional cert excluded of course.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a time management issue not a parent issue-

For instance, a look at a top program’s training schedule looks like this:

Preseason: 3 hours/day training
In-season: 1.5 hours/day training + 2 hours weightlifting/ week + 2 games/week on Fridays and Sundays with extended road trips
Out of season: 8 hours/week training (two of them weightlifting)

Teams usually play about 16 games, plus conference tournaments plus the national tournament, when the top 64 teams are invited to a multi-weekend play-off that culminates in December. The competitive season runs from late August to November, although the national championship is usually played on the first weekend in December if your team gets that far. Total time investment for a player? Roughly 1000 hours a year (three per day). If you are not willing to give three hours a day to your development as a soccer player, then you should not strive to play at the D-1 level.

Anonymous said...

Striving to play at D1 level and striving to be the best you can be because you love the game are two different concepts, even though they are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

If my daughter gets a scholarship, I expect it to be an academic one. That does not mean she is not a very good player, striving to get better. She does want to play in college. Div1 will probably not be for her, and that is absolutely fine with us.

If it turns out she somehow garners attention based on her developing skills and talent, then maybe we would have a decision to make.

Her motivation however does not come from wanting a D1 scholarship. It comes from loving the game and wanting to be better at it.

No one / no club is selling me on their claims of their program and their credentials attract college coaches. What sells me is the coach, his/her philosophy, ability to encourage, inspire and impart soccer smarts, his actions during training and games and my daughter's enjoyment and development.

Anonymous said...

I see that PDA Impact has several OReilly players rostered for the NPL Nationals. I guess this is allowed but I'm not sure how I would feel about this if I was an Impact player. There are at least 5 girls rostered from OReilly. Perhaps they are switching teams??

Anonymous said...

They have been using O'Reilly players all season and I doubt any of them are switching teams. Can't imagine what the Impact players think of being benched or playing time cut for this - I bet none of the new players are even aware of the situation.

Anonymous said...

Send them to the Blues. Need them

Anonymous said...

R1 bracket just came out.. Good luck NJ Rush.. You can do it!!

Anonymous said...

is Rush favored?

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say favored but they are on a roll - beat TSF, Rage, Celtics and Crush to get there. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say favored but they are on a roll - beat TSF, Rage, Celtics and Crush to get there. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

But, Rush has recently lost to Mt. Laurel, Wildcats & TBBA in league games. So anything can happen. Good luck to all teams--play hard, play fair.

Anonymous said...

I just looked at NJ Rush bracket.. They have YMS in it.. I don't see Rush beating them

Anonymous said...

exactly what I was going to say.

I knew they lost to MLU 3-0 but lost to 3 teams recently? I wouldn't brag on that SC win too much. luck of the draw.

also heard that their coach was less than professional? calling players and opposing coach nasty names? still in HS? that is someone I want my kid playing for...LMAO!

they will never get past YMS.

Anonymous said...

YMS already qualified for Nationals through the National League. How does that play into things?

Anonymous said...

If YMS wins, they will take the finalist also.

Anonymous said...

EDL Championship game is scheduled tonight between NJ Wildcats vs Jersey United 7pm @Heavenly Turf Fields in East Brunswick. Good Luck to both teams as they fight for a spot at Nationals in NC come July...

Anonymous said...

Congrats to FC Copa Celeste on winning the Southeast Regionals in NC this past weekend. Good luck at Nationals!!

Anonymous said...

Yes well done Copa on driving all the way down to NC for Regionals when the Northeast Regionals are at PDA 10 minutes from you with better competition. Sensible

Anonymous said...

Why would they do that? Why are they allowed to do that? The answer I guess would be easier competition but they cant say that to the girls or the parents. So, what did you say?

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a silly organization. Guess they were not able to beat teams here, which caused them to go down south.


Anonymous said...

The other teams were from western PA. Not sure what any of them were doing playing in the southeast regionals. I wonder if US Club did that because they weren't getting any clubs to compete. Lets face it... US Club Nationals is kind of a joke.

Anonymous said...

US Club Nationals can be manipulated but the winners of their respective state cups deserve to be there.

Anonymous said...

US Club has nothing to do with state cups.

I do think the national winner of the USYS, NPL , and ECNL should all square off for one ultimate "Best in the Nation."

Anonymous said...

Jersey United won their EDL league (part of the NPL)after a grueling 5 game schedule (including the final) Talk about taking the express lane to the NPL finals. Hope they do better then last years performance.

Anonymous said...

Jersey United won EDP, NPL and the National Cup and they were also State Cup Semi-Finalists. Well done. Plus you may want to edit your comment and use proper grammar.

Anonymous said...

4:04, what about JU winning the NJ Cup as well or is that what you meant when you said National Cup? Is there a difference?

Anonymous said...

JU beat an EDP 2nd division team in the final and had an easy run to the final..good achievement for an "elite team"

Crazy, unethical coach..crazy parents with cool aid stained lips and a big turnover of players!!

Their results are terrible against good competition but they keep riding the coattails and win at all costs philosophy!!

Anonymous said...

They had such a great year beating good competition consitently - Crush, Copa, STA, etc. The coach is a class act - great enviornment and everyone is happy.

Anonymous said...

JU did not go to the NPL nationals last year. They were in the US Cup nationals.

I'm not a JU parent but I have to say that they are a pretty solid team. Not top tier but a good team. And they actually don't have much turnover so I'm not sure where you get your info.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of haters. These are 15 year old girls we are talking about. If you win your league you move on results speak for themselves. Case closed.

Anonymous said...

JU has only 7 loses in 31 games in 2014, won jersey cup, goes undefeated in EDP league, lost in Semi finals of States. Qualified for ASL playoffs. Most importantly the girls are becoming better players. If you ask me that is a pretty good year. Maybe best year of any non ecnl team in NJ.

Anonymous said...

5:31
Basically every team has crazy parents that have tasted the kool aid and turnover of players.
Obviously you are on a perfect team compared to the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Credit where credits due..JU have had a good year

They do well with what they have and pick up 4/5 better players each year..not much development there but the team gets stronger..how many kids on the current team are left from U12? 4/5?

The forward is very good, probably too good for the team and a few girls ride her coat tails.

Overall a good year though!

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:04...
The Eastern Development League (formerly the NPL Division of EDP) joined the NPL in 2011-12 with boys and expanded to include girls in 2012-13.

http://npleastern.demosphere.com/schedules/2014/66131442.html

"Eastern Development LEAGUE" - no longer EDP. And the point of the post was it was only a 5 game league schedule while most NPL's play 12 to 15 to earn their spots.

Anonymous said...

EDL league where you play 4 games and then a final to make nationals is hardly a league.

Anonymous said...

JU lost to Mount Laurel, an unranked team, in regionals this morning. Was the star striker who carries the team not there?

Anonymous said...

The last poster really has envy issues. That must really stink to live your life that way.

Anonymous said...

Agreed 3:01. Probably just a local parent or coach. Mt Laurel played well and deserved the win. JU played many players from their club team so kudos to them to give their second team a crack in a game and tournament that does not mean very much to them.

Anonymous said...

What do you mean Mt. Laurel is an unranked team? They are ranked. Did you mean not a top ten team? Mt. Laurel has a history of being a good team.

JU always says they played club players when they don't do well. Club has their own team and tournaments. Don't enter if you don't have the roster.

Anonymous said...

MLU unranked, that is funny. you obviously don't get around much.

MLU also beat NJ Rush (state cup champions) recently so pretty good for an "unranked" town team that keeps losing players to PDA and such.

Go MLU! and no, not a parent.

Anonymous said...

LOL!!

JU win and they are the best team ever..lose and it's a meaningless tournament with club team players playing

Which is more meaningless EDL National Championships or the Mid Atlantic Cup?

What a joke...

Anonymous said...

You know what you all hide behind anonymous comments. Bottom line these are 15 year old girls. The JU haters are obviously STA parents. Give it a break. Your Red team treats the White team like crap. You have never lost a game..... with out some type of excuse Refs bad fields etc. It all comes from your leadership. What an arrogant group of people. I for one have stayed out of the bashing of PDA Matchfit etc. I apologize for lowering myself to this level but enough is enough.

Anonymous said...

"You know what you all hide behind anonymous comments," says Anonymous! Got to love it! Lol

Anonymous said...

Hey "Anonymous" from 10:40... (who is obviously a JU parent) why would you say "Your Red team treats the White team like crap." Do tell? Perhaps that would substantiate your " What an arrogant group of people." statement.

Anonymous said...

JU and STA are out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update!

Anonymous said...



10:40

Keep trying to stir the pot have no clue what your talking about

Anonymous said...



PWSI team very good should take the whole thing

Play a good game and have some very good individual players

Anonymous said...

YMS has one girls team. Once there gone so will the club

Anonymous said...

wow what happened to match fit at the ecnl national? ouch

Anonymous said...

Looks like they went 1-1-1. Sounds okay to me, only lost one game. They did get killed by the team that will probably win it all. Beat De Anza. PDA barely squeaked into the final, but they did get through. That's a good thing...much more competition in the ranks.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck to PDA Impact at the NPL Championships.

Anonymous said...

Still not sure why Impact needs to bring guest players, dont they have enough good players? 8:34 do you know?

Anonymous said...

They are playing some very weak teams. NPL is a joke.

Anonymous said...

Why is NPL a joke? Weak teams? What does that say for all the other teams that dont play NPL?

Anonymous said...

You can say every league is a joke then. ECNL is a joke for that matter. They take ENTIRE clubs not just single teams, so in many cases, the weak ride along on the coattails. Too many weak teams in ECNL to even think about bragging about them. NPL can be a joke too. Many times the ECNL players get time on the NPL teams so the NPL team can make it to the finals. It's all a racket. Sit back, enjoy the fun. lol

Anonymous said...

Many times the ECNL players get time on the NPL teams so the NPL team can make it to the finals. It's all a racket. Sit back, enjoy the fun. lol

That is the case here for Impact

Anonymous said...

You are saying that Impact needs OR players to be sucessful? Impact can hang with any of the teams they play on their own. Would destroy Blues and as OR what they did with them.

Anonymous said...

It is a fact that Impact has used players from OR to play with them....they are carded to both teams for that reason.

Anonymous said...

Question for @10:00. How do you know they are using those guest players? Where did you find the roster for the NPL finals?

Anonymous said...

The OR are at ECNL nationals so I am presuming the players not rostered are being given the opportunity to play with the Impact...if there is space on the Impact available why wouldnt you give players from your OWN club a chance to play? Utilization of resources is why PDA is the best at what they do..I know some disgruntled parents will jump onboard bashing PDA but deep down that's where the kids want to be and where the parents want their players to be! People bash out of unnecessary jealousy instead of concentrating on developing their child at the appropriate place PDA or not...

Just my two cents...let the bashing commence!!

Anonymous said...

PDA has and will always share players. In this age group there are now 4 teams, and yes the coaches talk and share resources. They will put each player into what they consider to be the best situation for them. Downside is that they carry about 22-24 players but we all know they cant roster them all and even those that are on the roster wont all play. If you have 24 players per team that is 24 right off the mark that cant be rostered for a match. If you play 16 per game you now add another 8 that wont play.
That means 32 girls are there to financially support the program, and oh yeah train.

Anonymous said...

PDA is a business, remember that.

Anonymous said...

What's going on with the ODP teams? Are they still training / playing? I though I heard their was ODP event this week and it makes me wonder what the ECNL and NPL girls who play ODP would do. Anyone have insight into the ODP schedule?

Anonymous said...

I understand the sharing of the players (or resources as you called the girls) but only to fill needed spots. I don't think it's right if Impact is pulling better girls from OR just to win and therefore forcing regular Impact players sit. I hope that's not the case.

I don't know of any ECNL players that play ODP. Not saying there aren't any, just none that I know. I do know one NPL girl who is not going to camp so that she can attend Nationals. Shame to pay all that money for ODP and now you won't have a chance to be recognized at camp.

Anonymous said...

PDA impact can't field a good team without guests

Anonymous said...

PDA Impact 14-0-1 in NPL league play with one guest from PDA Blues and one from PDA OR (for one game).
Now at nationals and are 2-0-1 with two guests from the Blues since two players were in able to attend. So a total of three guests all season. Don't think people on this site have the facts but just want to start issues. I will let the fact speak for themselves.

Anonymous said...

6:06 FALSE. They played with OR players a few times during the regular NPL season. My daughter's team played them and there were OR players on the field for them.

Anonymous said...

Blues??? Really??

Anonymous said...

YMS has absolutely no connections. It's a town team with some athletic players. The team itself is decent but the club as a whole is total garbage... I'd like to see if any of them receive scholarships to respectable colleges..

Anonymous said...

I just wonder what the kids would say if they saw what their parents are writing on this blog.

Lets set a new standard do not push the publish button unless you think your kid would approve of your message.


Anonymous said...

I read this blog for some laughs from time to time. My daughter's team has been successful and there are often lies and unjustly criticisms made about the team and the coach. I imagine much of that is the same for these other teams who have been successful. You people need to get a life. I feel really bad for you that it makes you feel better to minimize the success of others.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to SJA on their first tournament win!

no, not a parent.

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Anonymous said...

5:15 what tournament?

Anonymous said...

That's easy to say when SJA played a bunch of no/ranked low/ranked teams. A vision of their future?

Anonymous said...

6:17 - Just let the parent be proud of their daughter's team for doing well at a tournament.

Try to have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

just glad my daughter's friends had a good weekend.

sad you have to be nasty just to make yourself feel better.

Anonymous said...

Your team sucks. Not deserving if a comment

Anonymous said...

Even with guests covering for a depleted PDA team, Impact couldnt win. Time to mix Impact and Blues and make a real competitive team.

Anonymous said...

9:30 Sorry but adding Blues to Impact will just weaken it. Fact.

Anonymous said...

9:46, are you saying that by combining 2 teams it wouldnt make 1 stronger team? Every player on Impact is better then every player on the Blues?

Anonymous said...

Adding Blues would weaken? Really? So why do you have a Blues player almost full time? What do her teammates think of this? Both sets of teammates.

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