"Some of the games that Dol tied or lost in the league were never played. They just couldn't play them due to state cup and tournaments."What does this mean? that it is a reason or an excuse why they are not consistent in league and tournament plays? they could not reschedule the games? and how can you tie a game if it was 'never played'? wouldn't that be a loss? Also, if I remember correctly, the state cup games had to be played by a certain date, like about a month apart, so the teams arrange the date and time to play their game. And you certainly know the dates for a tournament well in advance, so I don't understand why they cannot reschedule the leagues games. So the statement above that they could not play the league games is about what?
Looks like SDFC is co-sponsoring a tournament at Randalls Island next month. Applied teams from NJ in this age group include EB,Logan, the two STA teams and the two FC Copa teams. Manhattan Villa is also on the list along with 3 teams from Florida, one from Texas and the reigning State Champs from Vermont.Registration was supposed to close on the 14th so I don't know if any other notable teams will be added. But even with what they already have, it should be a decent event.
"Like it or not, a win is a win...no matter how it's achieved."DOL can win all their games with this "gritty" style. But honestly what does that achieve? College coaches hate teams that play like that so they could go to every good tourney in the country but college coaches will get tired of seeing and above average kick and run team. It doesnt matter that they are 1 in the state or even 1 in the country, in the end, none of them will be able to accomplish their goal of playing D1 in college. And the sad thing is, these kids are technical enough that they shouldn't have to play the way they do. They can be aggressive but they still have 5 or 6 quality kids who could play a pretty style of soccer. Think about what happened to Marlboro. It was a kick and run team who consistently won. And there were technical kids on that team. But then they left because they realized that winning is not always as important as playing pretty. Everybody knows that story about the player that got recruited after his team lost 7-0 but they played really well. DOL better think about changing their style if they want some respect as a team in NJ
Who said college coaches hate teams like that? College coaches want to win and they care very little about pretty soccer.
what is going on with SDFC...
I heard that their are only 6 players committed to SDFC
Guess who's back. It's the anonymous source and while it hasn't checked this page in a while, it now has some important things to tell you. Sdfc is looking pretty good with many players (8 to 10) already committed. These players are of the top class with 5 from tsf and 2 from pda acadamy. More acadamy kids are expected to try out. My sources tell me that this team will compete in edp in the first division. It (the source) says that there will be 6 tournaments competing in. 2 in the fall/winter and then 4 in spring. Edp cup in fall, Disney cup in my winter, Manhattan, delco, edp and rider cup in spring. Rumour has it that over 100 people have tried out. Only 18 are expected to make it. As for tsf, the team may not be splitting up because other players are going there. So while the team won't split up, it will be much less competitive than it was before.
Sounds like the Rider Cup will be included with the hope of actually winning something.
i also thought it was weird that they were going to rider cup. shouldn't a good team like SDFC says there going to be go to better tourneys. this year, there was horrible teams at rider cup. go to a better tournament like state cup or something.
SDFC is a good club and I'm sure they'll put a good team together. The cost will be much less than PDA and TSF.
This just in: 4 red bulls kids have been cut. I know that at least 2 of them are now looking to play HS and club while the other 2 are looking for a good acadamy or a club team.
I don't think SDFC would do the Riders Cup. All SDFC teams do the NYC cup in July which is a competitive college showcase on Randall's Island.
I don't think it's fair for a new team to go right to the top flight but it happens based on the club's name. All TSF teams are in EDP whether they deserve it or not, Cedar Stars Newark teams were put right into EDP. Same with NJCSA teams. The list goes on and on. EDP will now take any team that pays.
While I remain skeptical about the chances of SDFC magically waving their wand to produce a new U16 "SUPER TEAM," I have no problem with a league flighting any team properly. If I was at EDP and a team entered the league next spring with a roster including a few recent RB Academy defectors mixed in with a good number of players with 1st Division EDP experience from current teams, I would think the top flight would be the appropriate place to put this group. The goal should be to build flights based on competitive balance and not on tenure. And it's not like there aren't some relegation candidates in the 1st Division at this point.I think it would be hard to sell parents on a new "top flight" team without being able to offer a "top flight" league as part of the program. But the tough part is that, once you've made this sale, you'd better be ready to deliver the goods.Yeah, I still think the SDFC thing is a failure waiting to happen. But I could be wrong and only time will tell.
Sorry to ramble, but here's one of my concerns about SDFC's real potential.If my son were about to leave one of the top Academies in the country so he could play for his HS and was looking for a club team to join as a result, would I look for a start up program with no track record in this age group or for a club with a proven program.I might very well be looking at SDFC in this case, but it would be at the U17 Rangers if I was.
I'd rather my son join a new team at SDFC than a team with 22 players on the roster. After one season, they'll have a track record.
It is fair that edp accepts theses good teams and puts them in the bracket because they perform. These new teams are all mid to top of the bracket. And the only people who are complaining are the teams that are average and now are in the second bracket. While sdfc might fail, the hype on this team says it deserves to be in the first bracket. Why would you let stallions and ironbound continue to get 6 or 7 points in an 8 game season. Let this new team have a chance. It has nothing to do with money because they're all paying the same. I feel like te only frustrated people are the ones who are worried that their team will be in the second bracket or worse because there are better teams. But news flash, if it's true that there are 4 or 5 acadamy kids on the new sdfc team, why shouldn't the be allowed to be in the First bracket. I think edp will be shacked up next year with multiple new teams comin in including sdfc, parsippany, mainland and teams leaving will be stallions, ironbound, possibly tsf and maybe patriot will go back to the south bracket. As for sdfc in the tourney over the summer, I'm not sure that the team will be formed yet.
"...the hype on this team says it deserves to be in the first bracket.""Hype means nothing. Show me the roster!"..if it's true that there are 4 or 5 acadamy kids on the new sdfc team..."This is really the question. Because if there are, then there are 4 or 5 parents who will have made a questionable decision.
If your about to be former Academy player is now looking for a club, you are used to traveling to training. So EB, MF, Parsippany, TSF, and even Gottschee are logical destinations.Nah, I'll take my son and his 3 Academy buddies to SDFC with the hype and hope. SDFC will provide a host of supporting players who are willing to watch our kids have all the fun while they pay the fees.If you can't smell how bad this idea stinks I can't help you.
Sdfc may be hype. But these kids are willing to take the risk. And if all of these tsf and pad kids go, it will be a good team.
TSF says kids get playing time to keep the "VIP" parents happy. Such BS. Everyone should go,
An incredible number of comments here about a team that doesn't even exist yet. And, should they ever come into existence, won't do so until next spring.I'm looking forward to more SDFC posts in the future. But am hoping you'll spare me until you've bought your new uniforms.
And the one who said they'd take their U16 Academy player to a U17 club team is the only comment on all this that made sense to me.
No the age thing doesn't work for me because if you play with an older team, scouts will look at those kids but not want to look at your kid until next year, and by that time, it will be too late.
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