Saturday, February 13, 2016

U16B - Are you ready for some football?

Teams are streamlining at this age group, fewer teams comprised of more talented high school age players.

Many clubs have new coaches, new leagues and new competition that spans several states.

High school soccer, club team, academy team.

Buckle up for an exciting ride.

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Anonymous said...

I find it very interesting how Logan is the only good team in that whole club impressive how they're this talented coming from a mediocre club.

Anonymous said...

There is not one kid on the team that lives in Logan

Anonymous said...

Why all the hate on Logan I personally think they can be a top team in NJ they just need some work they have lots of potential.

Anonymous said...

SJEB were not even in the hardest state cup. Not real state champions and they cannot compete with the top teams in the region. This weekend will prove who the REAL state champ is and anyone one of the 4 teams left can win it.

Anonymous said...

I will post my NJ top 8 and whether you will agree or not I do not know because after this I am done.
1. PDA Rooney
2. TSF
3. MF Black
4. Parsipanny
5. Gottschee
6. East Brunswick
7. Logan Blackjacks
8. MF Blue

Someone must be a fan of East Brunswick? I say Mainland and DOL are better teams. East Brunswick have not won a game in EDP this season and are not a .500 team overall. Likely will be dropped to second division EDP for Mainland, SJEB or STA. They did a good job sending older players to academies. What left is average team.

Anonymous said...

EDP Spring Showcase schedules are out and now we know directors don't think and just focus on got soccer to flight teams. What the hell is nj stallions doing in the 5th bracket above teams like STA and Monroe that beat them 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. I mean, as parents we know that stallions sucks, and these directors are supposed to know more than us and they still disappoint me time and time again.

Anonymous said...

Don't speak for all parents. Do you think parents of Stallions team think they suck?

Anonymous said...

Yes... They lost 3-0 to Parsippany B team, who are not on the level of a MF B team

Anonymous said...

SJEB moving up to 3rd in the state

Anonymous said...

Better redo your top 8 then if SJEB 3 now.

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha TSF #2. TSF sour grapes because SJEB won.

Anonymous said...

That is blasphemous

Anonymous said...

A few changes already to the EDP Spring Showcase Brackets.

And why are points being distributed for the Champions League when the season is not over? I am assuming that they adjust.

Anonymous said...

Score predictions for this weekends state cup semi-finals and finals.
PDA 3 STA 0 MF Black 2 Logan 1 Finals MF Black 1 PDA 0... thoughts??

Anonymous said...

core predictions for this weekends state cup semi-finals and finals.
PDA 3 STA 0 MF Black 2 Logan 1 Finals MF Black 1 PDA 0... thoughts??

PDA over MF in the final

Anonymous said...

1:18 PM

I am not affiliated w/ TSF in any whatsoever and am not a fan of theirs. While I appreciate your enthusiasm and am truly happy for you, TSF is and will always be a far superior team. I am not taking anything away from your win. You should be proud! The game could have gone either way. In some instances points are very deceiving. The only thing that points are good for is getting into higher brackets at tournaments and for bragging to your friends who know nothing about club soccer that their son's team is Ranked ? Although I am wishing you success at Nationals, it will be a big wake up call for you.

Anonymous said...

OK but I don't agree with you. If you think TSF is a "Far" superior team they would have easily won but they couldn't score. They play safe, defensive style, nothing special about them.

Anonymous said...

The game has be over for about 4 days now why do you care so much they lost.

Anonymous said...

654 were u at the game the one thing TSF is not is a defensive style team but you probably know best

Anonymous said...

As a player on TSF we apologize to the whole state we saw sjeb and we we're like this is a joke but they worked hard and fouled the fuck out of us but hey that's soccer they didn't deserve to win but a close match was definitely what happened. We apologize to the state as its embarrassing for us parsippany matchfit pda etc to have them represent us.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure I diced your whole team up in one play bro but that's none of my business tho TSF "player"🐸☕️

Anonymous said...

Man you think SJEB is so bad haha there the team going to Colorado and you guys rnt bc during the game instead of worrying about it you guys were to busy shoving your thumb up the refs ass asking for a call. A player on TSF even flipped off his other teammate so that was pretty fun watching and what was even more fun then that was winning the fucking state cup.

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Anonymous said...

Don't talk about acting like a champion when this whole page is filled with sore losers

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Anonymous said...

Be a leader not a follower, it will help you in life as well.

Anonymous said...

"Guard your tongue in youth, and in age you may mature a thought that will be of service to your people."

Anonymous said...

Last two comments are well said about life.

Anonymous said...

TSF was much better. SJEB won the game. I even think SJEB players/parents would agree that they were outplayed.

Anonymous said...

Time to move on from that game. NJYS State Cup games this weekend. Hope the four teams in it play well and good luck to all.

Anonymous said...

How was SJEB outplayed if the won? May i ask

Anonymous said...

Never possessed the ball, really had no opportunities. Have you never been to a game where the team that played better lost?

Anonymous said...

If TSF is so sure you should've won, you should be embarrassed that you couldn't put Barons away. Why should Barons be embarrassed? Better luck next year sore losers.

Anonymous said...

I never said SJEB should be embarrassed, in fact they should be very proud of what they did. TSF is the better team, SJEB won the game. Pretty simple actually.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to tomorrow's games. Any predictions.
STA vs PDA and Logan vs Match Fit.

Anonymous said...

PDA and MF will cruise to the final and then I'm sure this one could be one for the ages. After seeing MF get played off the pitch by TSF though, I believe PDA will squeak this one out and win the cup. Oh, and before I get accused of anything, I am a parent of a team that was not in either state cup semifinals so I have a completely neutral point of view and I hope I am taken seriously! Good luck to all!

Anonymous said...

For those related to SJEB:

Congratulations for winning the NJ Cup. It is a tremendous accomplishment and you should be proud. No matter how you won, well done.

With that said, please act appropriately. We get it, you won. It is basically a consensus that you were not the best team in the field, but you managed a victory and it was well deserved. Do not act like everyone should have expected you to win. Hopefully you guys do well at nationals.

Another important point though that all need to understand is that the nationals that SJEB will be attending in Colorado, while they are nationals, are not the highest level of competition. USYS is a far larger national soccer system, and few states have multiple state cups. The Nationals that SJEB qualified for are generally not attended by the best teams in the country, as shown by the fact that you can get there simply by winning a rinky dink regional qualifier tournament at PDA.

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Anonymous said...

3:57

Thank you for clarifying how much of a farce the Colorado Nationals are. Can we all please move on from SJEB? Who cares anymore? We did not participate in the NJ Cup so I have no hard feelings. Just tired of the conversation about a "Rec Team" Good luck to SJEB & good riddance?

Anonymous said...

"Rec team" Don't even know what that's supposed to mean. Are you trying to be funny?

Anonymous said...

3.57
Nice back handed compliment. No one cares!

Anonymous said...

Well we can all agree we hate SJEB which is good

Anonymous said...

PDA wins over Logan 5-0 and MF down 3-0 so far

Anonymous said...

I meant to say PDA wins over STA 5-0 and Logan is beating MF so far 3-0

Anonymous said...

"MF Black should cruise by Logan easily"
Logan 3-1 MF Black

Anonymous said...

I hate to recite what I've been saying all along but... anyone can beat anyone! MF probably the more consistent and 'better' team in terms of style, but Logan is in the semifinals of state cup for a reason. Don't forget to give teams credit where it is due, and Logan deserves a lot for that stellar performance today.

Anonymous said...

Going to be a physical battle tomorrow

Anonymous said...

SJEB

Anonymous said...

Player #3 is all Logan have! They dump the ball forward to him and let him do the rest.

He scored a hat trick today against a Swiss cheese MF defense.

Let's see if they can do it again tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

If that is all they have. Then why was MF only goal a PK?? Seems to me they have a lot more than that

Anonymous said...

Do not get me wrong, #3 is a fantastic player, but in the past 2 games vs. DOL and MF black #4 has assisted all six of his goals. A team could not win against other top knotch teams with 1 good player. Logan is underestimated and so is the talent on their team and they play wth a chip on their shoulder. This is why I cannot wait to watch them take on PDA tomorrow for the state final. I believe they lost to PDA in the Semifinals last year but I am not sure.

Anonymous said...

6:50

We were eliminated early on by neither team so there is no bias. Not a fan of PDA and am hoping to see Logan win the cup, but it will be no easy task. Logan was dominated by MF Blue early in the week. MF Black's defense was "Swiss Cheese" yesterday as their starting lineup was not on the field due to injuries. You can't judge yesterday's performance by MF Black on what to expect from PDA today. PDA had no flaws and are playing very well although they squeaked past Mainland. Although I would like to see Logan pull this off in a stunning upset, unfortunately I predict:

PDA 3
Logan 0

Anonymous said...

How many MB Black starters were missing?

The defense did look weaker than usual.

Anonymous said...

Logan goes up 1-0 30 seconds into the game. This one will be interesting.

Anonymous said...

Final?

Anonymous said...

PDA 2
Logan 1

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Rooney for winning and restoring at least some semblance of order to this age group's state championship mess.

Bad planning and strange results in the past couple of years have rendered these competitions rather meaningless to me. DoL/Mainland was pretty bad last year and SJEB/Logan would have been another joke.

So with the age group changes pending and resulting restructuring of teams in this age group coming in August, here are my ALL TIME NJ TOP 10 for this age group.

1: Rooney
2: EB
3: Millburn
4: MF Black (NJ history only)
5: Gottschee
6: Marlboro
7: TSF
8: SJEB
9: DoL
10: Parsippany

Please note that the inclusion of Millburn and Marlboro are clear indications that these rankings are based on results over the past 5 or 6 years and not the present.

Anonymous said...

Spring '12 - Spring '13
Millburn Titans won 3 straight State Cups. On the run in the fall they beat EB & Rooney (6 players went on to play academy for Rooney)
They were the dominant team over the last 5 yrs. Millburn #3? I strongly disagree.

Has any other team ever won 3 straight State Cups?

Anonymous said...

Old stallions were very good too

Anonymous said...

I don't consider PDA Rooney an academy team. PDA has club teams as well as academy teams. Rooney is a club team or they wouldn't be playing EDP league.

Anonymous said...

"They were the dominant team over the last 5 yrs. Millburn #3? I strongly disagree."

They were the dominant team for about 3 years. But they don't exist any longer and have been gone for a while. So for the past couple of years they have been useless.

Finishing 3rd without having been in the game for a couple of years is rather impressive. Placing them 1st when they haven't won a game in years would be silly.

Anonymous said...

"(6 players went on to play academy for Rooney)"

This is not correct.

Anonymous said...

"Old stallions were very good too"

The Gunners were pretty good. But this was just another stop along the way for what was originally the Galicticos. This group would have made my top 10 had they worn the same jersey for more than a year. And they kind of made my list anyway as a number of these players are now at Parsippany.

Anonymous said...

EB has produced the most players moving to professional or development academies.

Anonymous said...

"EB has produced the most players moving to professional or development academies."

This may very well be true(although it might not be too). Regardless, I'd say the poster making this claim is heading in the right direction about what "success" really is about for youth programs. In the end, accomplishments like state championships earned at 14 or 15 years of age are great at the time, but become nothing more than memories soon thereafter. All right, they're good memories...but they're memories nonetheless.

For me, hoping my child will become a professional has always been pie in the sky. So I don't pay much attention to aspirations like these. My "goal" with my kids' youth soccer has always been to allow them a chance to develop to a point where their ability with this game will enhance their collegiate opportunities. So in this regard, I see the teams (and coaches) who have helped players the most in this manner to be the real winners. From this perspective, teams like Millburn or Marlboro are no longer significant as they didn't survive long enough to finish this task.

Anonymous said...

Good point made by the poster above.

The ultimate goal of the Elite teams these boys play for is to continue developing them so that they can compete at the collegiate level if they choose to do so.

A small fraction of club and even academy players will make it to the pros.

EB has fallen out of top 10 in the state for the first time ever, and it does jibe with the fact that they've lost many players to professional academies.

Anonymous said...

Define professional academy. You're contradicting yourself by saying the goal is collegiate play so what's the goal of professional academies? Is there a difference between academies and professional academies?

Anonymous said...

Either way...you choose.

My point is that even when a player is accepted into a Development Academy or a Professional Academy (MLS), a small fraction of players will make it to the pros. Hence, my assumption that most if not all players in this situation WILL want to play in college.

Anonymous said...

Assume all, and if 1 makes it to the actual big team consider it lucky.

Anonymous said...

Galactcios/Gunners are the best because one of their players is now on the roster for the u17 tournament in India so where did marlboro kick and run and millburn kick and run get them. Half the millburn kids on sdfc with the other half on tsf. Who knows what happened to marlboro. East brunswick also had some very good kids who are now professional. There is not really another team other than PDA who constantly competed with these top teams.

Anonymous said...

East Brunswick had kids who went professional? Where? Are they still in HS?

Anonymous said...

6:59

I am sorry to say but you sound like a bitter jealous father of a "rec" soccer player. As long as your son had fun and learned valuable life lessons should be enough to make you happy. I feel badly for people like you. This blog is not meant for people like you.

Anonymous said...

All Millburn players have left TSF to join the hugely disappointing SDFC team. Also, where did the MF black team come from? I know they were Princeton Black before MF but weren't they from Pennsylvania previously?

Anonymous said...

I know many of the players on Princeton Black came from the old Match Fit Chelsea squad.

Anonymous said...

5:40

All Millburn Players? I believe only 5 or 6 players went to SDFC..the 2012 Millburn team went in different directions after the season..although a very bad start at SDFC, they are a brand new team at the u16 age group..

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call SDFC hugely disappointing. Their results seem ok to me.Why do you think that?

Anonymous said...

Wow! Big shakeup in rankings at the bottom of the top 10 in EDP Central.

Anonymous said...

MF Black was Princeton Black after they first moved to NJ from PAE where they were Patriot Black.

Anonymous said...

"I wouldn't call SDFC hugely disappointing. Their results seem ok to me.Why do you think that?"

I would agree that their results don't look too bad. But having seen them play on two different occasions, I wouldn't say they are fun to watch. As a matter of fact, it's looked pretty ugly to me.

But they definitely play hard.

Anonymous said...

Gottschee beat PDA 4-3 with PDA trying to catchup after goin down 4-1

Anonymous said...

It's been said a million times on this blog.

Any top team can beat each other on any given day, so this should not be a surprise.

Anonymous said...

Gottschee beat a PDA team comprised of U15 & U16's playing together. Rooney had at least 7 players not show that night.

Anonymous said...

Yeah whatever!!!

Likely excuse.

Anonymous said...

Why would a team like PDA have 7 players NOT SHOW UP for a game? That wouldnt be accepted on a Bridgwater B team.

Anonymous said...

11:29

Great point..

PDA Father:
Just accept the loss & move on. Your players didn't show up. It doesn't matter. They got the "W" and you got the "L"

Anonymous said...

"Rooney had at least 7 players not show that night. "

Maybe PDA Dad wasn't speaking literally, but figuratively instead?

Anonymous said...

wasn't there some disucssion before that you play whoever you play?
whether they had 7 players show up or not, literally, figuratively or otherwise, there was a game to play. if pda is going to grouse about 7 players not showing up and losing a game, then they shouldn't be so smug when they beat a team who is playing injured or missing key players. eh whatever.

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