Saturday, March 28, 2015

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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I always wonder what might have been posted that was so inappropriate the admin felt the need to delete it.

Anonymous said...

Just looking at the teams on the list for next month's EDP Cup/MSSL Showcase and it looks like there will be a very strong top flight there.

Montco, Fewster, LDC, North Utd., Pachuca, Patriot Red, and Parsippany would seem to be locks for what has typically been an 8 team top flight. And there are some interesting options for the remaining spot. My guess is they'll take Delaware Rush, but teams like Mainland and even Pipleine might warrant some consideration. There's also a Canadian team that I know nothing about.

And there are a number of new teams on this list including the SDFC startup, a new Match Fit team (99/00 Blue?) and a second Parsippany team so it will be interesting to see where these teams are flighted.

And with teams coming from as far away as Canada and VA, I think the EDP organizers should be applauded for regularly staging high quality tournaments in Tuckahoe. Great venue and pretty convenient for Jersey Boys!

Sorry for looking ahead so far but the HS soccer I've been watching has been pretty horrible and I'm anxious to see a decent level of play again!

Anonymous said...

Pleasant Valley has now been added to the EDP Cup list of teams. As the 8th ranked team in NYE and a finalist in the NYE State Cup, I think they too should get some top flight consideration.

Who knows, maybe EDP will break from tradition and expand the top flight? I doubt it but you never know. The tournament doesn't kick of for another 6 weeks and a couple of more highly competitive teams could make this a possibility.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm the only one who appears to care about the EDP Cup but I couldn't help but notice that there are some new teams on the applied list.

New flight contenders include Northern Steel(PAW), Maryland Utd. and PDB Utd (NYE). Northern Steel made the semis in Delco's top flight last spring. Maryland Utd. is ranked 75th in the country and 6th in MD. And PDB Utd. is ranked 5th in NYE and 59th nationally.

In alphabetical order, the list now includes:

1. Delaware Rush
2. Fewster
3. LDC
4. Mainland
5. Maryland Utd.
6. Montco
7. North Utd
8. Northern Steel
9. Pachuca
10. Parsippany
11. Patriot Red
12. PDB Utd.
13. Pipeline
14. Pleasant Valley

I'd say all of these teams have resumes that would support top flighing. And I think it would be great for this tournament if they expanded from the usual 8 team top flight and got them all in there.

But I'll be surprised if that happens.

Should be a great tournament regardless though with an extremely competitive Championship flight so I'm really looking forward to it.

(I should also not that DoL has put their "B" team (Galaxy) on the list. Too bad the NJ Cup holders don't appear to be playing.

Anonymous said...

After a quick review, Pipeline should probably not be on that list.

Maybe a 12 team top flight?

Anonymous said...

But then again, if some of the stronger "local" teams like EB, DoL, Dix Hills, Calverton, Batimore Celtic, Penn Fusion, etc. were to still get on board, this could turn out to be one of the more competitive tournaments in the country.

I'll go away now!

Anonymous said...

Basing merit on GotSoccer rankings isn't a great way to go about this. Pipeline isn't a "top flight" team. Pleasant Valley isn't either and Mainland is a stretch. Nor are Smithtown who are now 4th in NY according to Got Soccer.

This will be a very good 8 team tournament. Northing more and nothing less. There may be some good teams that are left out but there aren't enough to expand the top flight beyond 8 teams.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Pda is having a tournament the same weekend as the Edp cup? Just went on their website and found nothing. That site is definitely not updated!

Anonymous said...

Try pdasoccer.org

Anonymous said...

The pdasoccer.org site indicates there is a U16 tournament starting 11/27 but doesn't give much more detail. It will be interesting to see if some of the top NJ teams who are not on the EDP list are playing there instead.

In other tournament news, the Disney Accepted Teams list has been posted.

http://www.gotsport.com/events/teamlist.asp?EventID=45988&ShowAll=&Gender=&AgeFilter=16&ApplyFiltersButton=Apply+Filters

Just two NJ teams in this age group (MF Black and Parsippany) but a number of other "local" teams like Dix Hills, NYSC, Manhattan SC and Yonkers.

Anonymous said...

How can a club like PDA put on a tournament at this level and not have any information on their website? Do they think that are that exceptional? How about an accepted teams list and a "colleges attending" list? This tournament is in three weeks and nothing is posted. How are the boys supposed to contact coaches if they cannot go to a list of who will be attending? Is this the way PDA runs their club? It seems to me that this club is just not what it used to be!

Anonymous said...

The Accepted Teams list for the PDA tournament has been posted and includes Rooney, EB and MF Black among others. But still no schedule for this one.

And there's still no schedule for the EDP Cup either.

Meanwhile, Disney kicks off a month after these two and the schedule is already posted. Both MF Black and Parsippany are in the second (Premier) tier of flights with MF in Premier Black and Parsippany in Premier Gray. Good luck to the Jersey Boys!

Anonymous said...

I've been looking at the Disney groups and can't imagine how hard it must be to set the flights for this tournament. So many teams with stellar resumes.

My thought is that Disney should find a way to get beyond the 8 team groups they're used to and expand to a 32 team top flight like the Dallas and Surf Cups.

Should we assume the Showcase Red winner is the best team? Might it really be the Showcase Black Champ? And who's to say the Premier Black winner wasn't really the best team in the entire tournament? Let the players decide who the real champion is instead of trying to chop the tournament up into bite sized pieces.

Anonymous said...

Still no schedule the PDA tourney but an indication that this will be posted on 11/18.

And along with Rooney, it looks like PDA's "U15 Academy" team will be in the mix there. Not sure if these are the same players as the U16/16 Academy team that has been taking a pounding in the Academy League or not. But, if so, it will be interesting to see how a lower level Academy teams stacks up against Club teams with established quality (EB, MF).

Anonymous said...

...the same players as the U16/16 Academy team ...

Sorry, this was intended to read "U15/16 Academy team."

Anonymous said...

The brackets finally came out for edp cup. In the top is only 6 teams consisting of 2 brackets of 3. One bracket (group of death) is fewster, parsippany and pachuca while the other side are patriot montco and North united. Thoughts comments? I guess montco and fewster go through but anything can happen

Anonymous said...

Bethesda attendance?

How does this stack up?

Anonymous said...

The brackets for the EDP Cup are odd. The teams in the top flight don't play the teams in their own group, but the three teams in the other group. And there doesn't appear to be a final on the schedule.

So it looks like all teams will play just three games (1 each on Fri, Sat and Sun) and the team with the most points (or best in tiebreakers) will be the winner.

Not sure I like this idea. Definitely haven't seen it before. But if I've got this right, at least it means just 1 game a day for the players.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Bethesda vs. EDP, strong fields in both with a number of teams making both trips. But I've got to think that, overall, Bethesda looks slightly better.

And the set up looks better too. 4 teams in a group so 3 games for each in 3 days but you can't lose to a team you don't even play like it looks like could happen at EDP.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why all these tournaments have such small brackets. By having small brackets, a good team but not a great team could end up being in the third or 4th bracket. Delaware Rush is in the 8th with Ldc in the 7th. Both these teams were discussions for a top 8 team but have been relegated. What I think it does is when a college asks which bracket your in and u tell them the 7th, they look at u like u must be joking and go watch pachuca play montco in the top bracket. I know this isn't always the case but sometimes it has to be. And another question, why even play in the bottom bracket. Which colleges look there? Overall, I'd say Bethesda is better but that is also because they are a more prestigious tournament and do t have to compete with pda tourney. As always, good luck to parsippany, sdfc Logan, mainland and all the other jersey teams. Do our state proud!

Anonymous said...

I'd say the small groups have to do with limiting the teams to one game per day without having the tournament last more than 3 days. Disney and Dallas run for 5 days so they have enough time to have bigger flights.

And regarding Bethesda vs EDP, I think a look at the coaches attending makes the comparison of these two pretty easy. Bethesda is a much better place to be seen.

And coaches may see a lot more than the top flights at these tournaments. Both have some very good teams in "lower" flights.

Anonymous said...

But I also disagree that the PDA tournament offers any real competition to either of these. The "top" teams at PDA are well down the flight lists at Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

And regarding the placement of teams in these tournaments, I'm hoping the organizers know something I don't. Cause sticking the PAE State Champs (LDC) below teams like Logan, Lower Merion, SJEB and Penn Fusion's B team is very hard to understand.

Anonymous said...

Another interesting team placed low is Delaware rush who are in Disney premier bracket.

Anonymous said...

Taking a look at Delaware Rush's recent record, the Disney flighting may be the more curious one. This team finished 9th in the Spring EDP league and has won just one of their 7 matches since then (against a NYW team named Lockport?).

And the more I look at LDC, I'm starting to think they must have asked for lower flighting at both Bethesda and EDP. They're 7 flights down in both and it seems to hard to believe that both tournaments would coincidentally move them so far down their lists.

Anonymous said...

In agreement about Bethesda and it is interesting. I appears as though Matchfit, EB and Mainland have done the same thing. Bracketed in flight 5 or 6. You would believe a State Cup Champion or a 2 or 4 ranked team in NJ would want to be more competitive based on their track record and be in one of the top 3 brackets.

Anonymous said...

Ah, but we need the points. Its all about the points.

Anonymous said...

Being bracketed 5th or 6th in a tournament with 4 team flights is the same as 3rd in a tournament with 8 team flights (which most of us are used to). And with 20 more teams at EDP this Thanksgiving than last year for this age group, the competition for seeding at top tournaments is probably tougher as well.

Can't say that EB or MF weren't bracketed properly at Bethesda. I mean really, what has either accomplished lately?

I, too, wish Jersey teams warranted more respect. But aside from Parippany's impressive showing at Surf Cup this summer, I don't see any recent NJ results that deserve this.

Anonymous said...

- Parsippany was beaten by both Den of Lions and EB last year. Handled rather easily by EB as a matter of fact. They're a decent team but hardly the class of NJ.

So please, stop patting yourself on the back

anonymus said...

The PDA team mention above, is the 2000/U15 Pre-Academy team!

Anonymous said...

"Parsippany was beaten by both Den of Lions and EB last year. Handled rather easily by EB as a matter of fact. They're a decent team but hardly the class of NJ.

So please, stop patting yourself on the back"

LOL! I had no idea that my "patting myself on the back" would somehow ruffle your feathers so badly! But I think you missed the point so I'll try again.

The point was that there is no "class of NJ." That top teams from NJ don't typically seem to fare too well against those from other states. In last spring's EDP Central, 7 or 8 NJ teams ALL finished behind the two PAE teams. When's the last time an NJ team actually won a high flight at a big tournament? Am I forgetting one or do we need to go back to U12 to find it?

So if you thought I was calling Parsippany the best team in NJ, I regret I didn't make myself clear. The only point I was illustrating is that their semi-final finish in a 32 team flight at one of the most competitive tourneys in the country is about the most impressive result I've seen from an NJ team (compared to teams from other states) in a long time. And that the fact that there are no NJ teams in the very top flights of the best tournaments shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone at this point.

Got it? Now fix your feathers and chill Bro!

Anonymous said...

"The PDA team mention above, is the 2000/U15 Pre-Academy team! "

Thanks for the clarification. I would think they're pretty good and won't be surprised if the win.

Anonymous said...

Yms won their first game at Bethesda 5-0 so I'm beginning to wonder if they really deserve to be as low as they are in the brackets.

Anonymous said...

"Yms won their first game ..."

I think you mean LDC, right. Easy enough mistake to make.

And yes, they thumped both of their first two opponents with a 4-1 win in their second game.

They get NJ Gottschee tomorrow and that should be an interesting match.

Anonymous said...

Looks like TSF and NJ Gottschee won their groups at Bethesda today. The 6th and 8th of 4 team flights so no the highest level of competition. But wins nonetheless so congrats to them both.

MF Black was the highest flighted NJ team in the 4th group and finished 2nd to ISA. EB appears to be the runner up in the 5th group to Maryland Utd. although it's conceivable that Logan could have passed them with a great result in their game where the score isn't posted.

The result from Gottshcee's game on Friday still isn't posted either which seem odd.

Had this been the traditional 8 team flight format, MF would have earned semi-final points in the 2nd flight and EB (or Logan?) would have done the same in the 3rd. TSF would have made the 3rd flight final and Gottshcee would have made the 4th...although the groups may have been set up very differently in this case.

Sorry NJ lovers but the results are far from flattering to the Garden State.

Anonymous said...

With a recent lack of quality results from nj teams, if a New Jersey team Doesn't win a top 4 bracket this week at edp cup, I will finally believe that nj isn't the soccer state it used toBe for u 16.

Anonymous said...

If you were to cut up the Atlantic Regions states into countries like Europe and use a UEFA-like coefficient to determine Champions League invitations, MD, VA, PAE and NYE would be the equivalents of England, Spain, Germany and Italy.

New Jersey, at best, would be Holland,

Anonymous said...

And with FSA and Revolution Utd., CT might be the equivalent of Portugal and a step ahead of Holldand!

BTW, Fewster won the top flight at Bethesda and are the clear cut favorite at EDP.

Anonymous said...

New Jersey would be Belgium because they're are teams you may have heard of but nobody too special

Anonymous said...

I can live with Belgium. But I was thinking Holland because of the great tradition combined with the lack of current success.

Either way, right now we're far from even France!

Anonymous said...

"Regarding Bethesda vs. EDP, strong fields in both..."

Don't know what kind of Cool Aid I was drinking when I posted this. The field at Bethesda was much better than what EDP has to offer this weekend.

Sure, Fewster and Montco are/were in the top flights at both. But aside from Patriot Red, EDP lacks any real achievers. The 3rd flight at Bethesda included solid teams like BRYC, Penn Fusion, Manhattan Villa and Calverton. The same seeding of teams at EDP includes the likes of Logan, Lower Merion and an SDFC team that hasn't even played a match yet.

Aside from attracting one of the real class teams from the region (Fewster), EDP falls far short of Bethesda. So sorry for being a dummy back on 11/16!

Anonymous said...

thoughts on EDP Cup?

Anonymous said...

"thoughts on EDP Cup?"

The best team won.

Anonymous said...

Any feedback on the PDA Tournament? Winners, Losers, Surprises?

Anonymous said...

UMMMM. My son Julio Ceasar is a member of the prestigous program know as the Players Development Academy. I just wanted to tell you all, that the "Rooney" are vey in gear this year. Not Only are they the best team i have ever laid eyes upon including the "barcalona" team. Although my son is only a member of the practice squad, i think you should know that it is only because of the unstobbable talent of their power forwards. We left Parsippany because we wanted more of a challange for my son Julio, who i adopted from Nigeria. He first tried to make it as defender but their back line is as solid and hard as my abs. (which are crazy hard). OUr midfield dices and slices teams as though they are tomatoes and salad. Although he is only a member of the practice squad i wanted to warn you all of the increadible tallent that Players Development Academy team "Rooney" have. So i hope you are all ready. I am really looking forward to playing against those feeble minded people form parsipany. And i look forward to the free win the FC Copa will present later in the year.

Anonymous said...

^^^ 1:22 ^^^ Best post ever!

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Anonymous said...

My son rides pine for a highly ranked team and can not sleep at night due to reoccurring nightmares of the unstoppable Julio Cesar and FC Copa.

And my abs are flabby.

Anonymous said...

I like the fact that he is bragging about his son being on the PDA's practice squad. Power to you brother!!!

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Anonymous said...

And the FC Copa stuff was intriguing enough to make me look up the results of the PDA tournament. The lost to "PDA U16" by a score of 6-1 on the first day. Then this PDA team lost to NJ Spartans the next morning and then NJ Spartans last to FC Copa 4-0 that afternoon.

What kind of rinky dink tournament is this?

Anonymous said...

But the best part of the PDA tournament is the list of about 150 college coaches who apparently attended. This is about the same number of players who were there. And it looks like each and every one of these schools thought this one was too important to send just a lowly assistant so the head coach from every one of these schools is listed.

If you were a D1 coach, would you opt out of Bethesda so you could go watch FC Copa and the Jersey Spartans in Zarapeth?

Anonymous said...

Parsippany SC (Bayern Munich u9 Academy) is a very good club with solid defense, los papitos in the midfield and a powerful striking force that can't stop scoring goals. They can easily keep up with any of the best clubs in the nation.

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Anonymous said...

don't understand how parsippany 8 in state ..

Anonymous said...

Look at the points. It's all about the points and the number of tournaments you are successful in.

Anonymous said...

points mean absolutely nothing LOL

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Anonymous said...

So apparently a high profile d1 college coach is in contact with the FC Copa Porto. His interest has prompted other college coaches to show some serious interest as well. There is talk that one player on that team has already committed. I was surprised by this as are most of you I presume, but looks like Copa is on the rise.

Anonymous said...

the immaturity of the post from 10:18 is astounding. Just because you are jelous does not give you the right to attack another team. I am sorry that you disagree with the rankings but each team has the same point system so getting to 2nd in the state is very impressive. While 8th is much more open for debate.

Anonymous said...

he meant 11:51

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Anonymous said...

There are a group of very immature and juvenile coaches from a mediocre soccer club that pretends to be an academy, This club tries to convince everyone that they are something special but serious youth soccer fans see right through them. These ridiculous posts probably come from them. You know who you are.

Anonymous said...

The point system is far from perfect but serves its' purpose for the most part. Tournament Directors could hardly be expected to consider the details of every match played by every team they receive an application from and probably rely on points and rankings to help create groups at their events. And with most groups at most tournaments being reasonably competitive these days, that's probably a good thing. This wasn't the case years ago before the points arrived.

But with that said, points can be very fickle. The difference between a win, draw or loss in just one match can have a significant effect on a team's points. Under the right circumstances, one measly goal can make a difference of as many as 6-10 spots in a team's state ranking and that seems to give points an undeserved weight.

But I'd say the flaws of this system are outweighed by the benefits as good coaches will make a good case for their teams at big tournaments if they warrant it.

Anonymous said...

Points do serve their purpose for the most part.

One large drawback is, for example, an upper to mid ranked team collecting thousands and thousands of points because they request to be in lower flights in fall tournaments and then waltz through these tournaments. Are they actually trying to get their players ready for the spring schedule or simply collecting ego points? Some of the Tournaments really need to look at their flighting procedures.

These teams and tournaments know who they are.

Anonymous said...

The point system is set up to limit a team's ability to "play down" for "ego points" though.

The top flight at EDP was worth 10,000 points while the second flight was worth just 3,018. Oddly enough, the 3rd flight was worth more than the 2nd, as was the 6th.

The 6th flight was one with 2 games each on Sat and Sun so maybe some of these teams opted out of a "higher" flight to avoid playing Friday. That would make sense for those who had to stay over as it would have cut their travel costs in half. And the competition was at least decent in this one with LDC and Rev Utd. so I've got no problem with that.

Anonymous said...

At U16 Friday travel should be expected. But understandably, costs are a concern. I do however agree with the previous poster. There are several teams in the top 10 which play in top flights in the spring but lower flights in the fall to keep their points up.

Anonymous said...

I think that Tournament Directors, and not coaches or managers, decide which flight a particular team is going to play in. I believe the teams that apply to a tournament must accept wherever they are placed.

So I think those who believe that teams dictate their flight in order to "play down" for points are mistaken.

Anonymous said...

"At U16 Friday travel should be expected..."

But in this case, Thursday travel would have been required for many teams to be ready for a Friday game.

I was harsh on EDP for not filling a bigger top flight as I thought they'd attracted enough quality teams to do so. But the reality is that they had just 3 day (at most) and you need at least 5 days to have a big top flight.

Anonymous said...

Coaches can absolutely make requests to be in a certain flight in league play or in tournaments, They know the pts. are not the best way to judge a team. A team will keep their pts. for two seasons. A lot can change in that time. Some managers know how to work the pt. system to their benefit.I've seen several times where a team is in one flight one day and moved to a lower flight the next.

Anonymous said...

Personally I'm very surprised with Mainland. They won their flight at edp cup and seem to be one of the best in the state,

Anonymous said...

'I think that Tournament Directors, and not coaches or managers, decide which flight a particular team is going to play in. I believe the teams that apply to a tournament must accept wherever they are placed.'

Being a coach, I am familiar with the process. Coaches request the flighting and the Tournament may shuffle it a bit based on team history. But, you can generally talk them down with situations that you either lost a lot of players or the roster has changed dramatically. The tournament will usually make the adjustment downward. Not to the point of being ridiculous but at least removing from an elite bracket (where they belong) and placing them in the next lower tier.

It's apparent this year with a few team although some tournaments have adjusted the number of teams in the top flights. Top ranked teams not even in the top 4 or 5 Elite flights even though they have been in the top flight for the past several years at this particular tournament. They request to be in a flight lower than the Elite because they know they will not win. The only team to constantly play up seems to be SJEB. Look at the higher ranked teams than SJEB and see where they are flighted and ask yourself how the tournament can permit this.

It's really not a big deal for most teams. But some coaches are doing a disservice to their players if they are a quality team and are requesting to play down to win and gain points instead of challenging their players.

Anonymous said...

Thursday travel would not have been required for many of the teams.

How many times have we left homes at 5am to make a tournament game? We've been doing this since U8. Why is it such a big deal now?

If you honestly cannot play on Friday to accommodate a top flight then go to a different tournament instead of flighting down to the point where the competition is ridiculous. What is the benefit for the team? Paying $1,000 for a weekend scrimmage is silly.

Anonymous said...

Those people trying to say that you can get points by playing in lower flights... you can't. Gotsoccer has a formula to determine the amount of points a team receives by placing in a tournament, to limit that kind of thing.

Anonymous said...

You are missing the point.

Rather than playing in an elite flight and not gaining any points they flight lower to achieve those points.

The point is they still receive points for ranking purposes.



Anonymous said...

Some points yes. But extremely minimal. Teams ranked in that mid-tier from about 8-20 in the state may be able to get some worthwhile points from playing in lower brackets, but the top tier teams can not sustain their points by playing in low flights. Got Soccer for the most part does a good job with that. Not perfect, but a very good job.

Anonymous said...

Disagree

Look at the Winter Challenge. A state Cup Champion - ranked 3rd in the State is permitted to enter the Plat group (7th tier) and earn over 2,000 points. Meanwhile a 10th ranked team is placed in the second group of the Super Group (2nd tier). 3 or 4 of these a year keeps you in the top 5.

Several NJ teams do this as well. Check the history of the top 5 or 6 in NJ over the past. Tournaments shouldn't give such large points for such low tiers.
Look at the tiers below. Does this make sense? 195 points for a Super Group (7 tier) Entry but 3,600 for a tier (8th) below that?

Super / Primera Liga
10000

Super / Bundesliga
3018

Super / Premiership
4417

Super / Serie A
2068

Super / Nationale A
895

Super / Eredivisie
195

Platinum
3600

Gold
2594

Anonymous said...

I understand your argument about teams managing to snag "sure" points instead of risking the considerable chance of coming up empty in a more competitive group.

But at this age, and at a "showcase" tournament, isn't the chance to be seen by a coach you want to impress more important than snagging some cheap points?

My guess is that teams like EB and MF Black would be offered higher flights than either of the current state champs at any tournament they applied to and that their players would be better served by this than points.

Anonymous said...

That's my point exactly. At this age showcasing against better competition is more important than just snagging points.

With respect to EB and Black. Black was in a higher bracket at Bethesda even though EB is ranked higher. But neither were in a top bracket so both were guilty of playing the point game. Though Black has proved they are the better team over the past several seasons. PDA and DOL are the class of NJ right now.

Anonymous said...

Still not understanding how teams are snagging "sure" points. Look at edp showcase again. 195 points for 6th tier, 3600 for 7th tier. But its 3600 for that flight because the teams are good enough to warrant such a high flight value. The 6th tier doesn't have a team with more than 750 points. The 7th tier doesn't have a team with under 6130 points. I don't know why the flights are like this, probably the tournament directors being idiots, but clearly its not easy for a team to get easy point. In fact, I have seen teams on GS not get a single point for winning a tournament because the other teams in the flight were not good enough.

Anonymous said...

Quite honestly: this is absolute wank. How is a new good team like matchfit supposed to get points when they're in a bracket with 195 points if u win. They got more points for beating a team above them then for winning the tournament. Meanwhile, a bracket below where no teams could beat them get 20 times as many points even though if they were up a bracket they'd get 0 points. It's unfair and its multiple people's fault. First it's on the coaches who ask to be in a lower bracket. Play a challenge and deal with it if u lose. Playing for got socce points at this age is sad. Second it's on tournament scedulers and bracketeers who allow and put these teams in lower brackets. Third, whoever decided to put the 6th bracket which was a premier bracket as the lowest for gs points is rediculous. So until these things are changed, it is what is it and tournaments are never going to be taken seriously. And on another note, dol is far from the top of nj. Top 5 in no order are pda matchfit parsippany mainland and eb. This is sad because all of these teams are average but hopefully matchfit and parsippany will show up at Disney.

Anonymous said...

Wank

PDS, MF, Mainland are top. I would not dismiss the DOL. They demolish EB last summer in State Cup. When entire team plays they are very strong. Parsippany is on the rise and very strong. TSF and Logan Blackjacks as well are strong. EB slips fast as players leave to academy.

Anonymous said...

Can't say I disagree with the last post in anything. However I would say PDA/Parsippany top of the state and then the likes of DoL MF & Mainland. EB is indeed slipping fast

Anonymous said...

That post about matchfit getting very few points... What do you mean a flight lower no team could beat them? Did you not look at that flight at all? The lowest ranked team is nj stallions 11th in the state. Again, the quality of the group is why they have a flight value of 3600, compared to MF's 200. No one's getting free points here.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the flights at EDP, I'm starting to think one needs to look at this one as two separate events held at the same venue at the same time. The "Super" flights were part of a 3 day tournament where teams played on Friday and only once each day. The remaining flights went to a 2 day tournament with a more traditional 2 game per day schedule. If you look at it this way, MF Blue was in the last flight of the "Super" tournament and LDC were in the top flight of the 2 day competitions.

MF Blue are a new team (as is the 2nd Parsippany team) so putting them in the bottom flight of the "Super" event seems reasonable enough to me. The fact that they won their flight should allow them to move up their next time out. The inconsistency here for me is SDFC team is also new but were somehow placed in the 2nd "Super" flight. Not sure how one new team doesn't appear to have had to pay their dues as other new teams from well established clubs.

Anonymous said...

At first look this seems true, until you look at sdfc's results, beating lower merion, tying manhattan villa, and beating pdb. Compare this to match fit, who at a terrible bracket in pa classics showcase, lost their first game and barely won their second. Maybe unintentional by the tournament directors, but sdfc seems definite to be a top 10 contender in the state by the end of spring, and as a start-up team that is extremely impressive.

Anonymous said...

The original post was about Matchfit Black, not Blue and the requested fighting of top ranked teams.

Who really cares about B teams and SDFC.

Anonymous said...

DOL has lost most key players this season and will begin to fall.

Anonymous said...

It seems like half the starters from
Dol left to CSA Newark

Anonymous said...

"At first look this seems true, until you look at sdfc's results, beating lower merion, tying manhattan villa, and beating pdb."

You're not talking about the EDP tournament only, but the Massapequa tournament as well. And while a draw with Manhattan Villa sounds impressive, a 3-0 thumping by Yonkers would appear to steal that thunder.

Still early for this team. But there's nothing yet that indicates they're anything more than a second tier at best.

Anonymous said...

Quite frankly, a "high profile" tournament like Massapequa may have been a good opportunity for Manhattan Villa's second team to get so playing time.

Anonymous said...

In other words, I'll need to see SDFC beat a good team at a good tournament before I start paying any attention to them.

And if they played MFC Blue tomorrow, I wouldn't like their chances.

Anonymous said...

FC Copa Porto with a great showing at PA Classics

Anonymous said...

Let me make sure I got this right. FC Copa played in what equates to be the 9th 4-team flight of a rather unimportant tournament and managed to beat the likes the LDC B team some horrible Council Rock squad to earn 343 points out of a possible 546.

And after this amazing accomplishment, someone felt the need to post about it here?

Okay, I get it. And in news of similar significance, Sparta beat FC Volendam today in the Eerste Divisie (which is the 2nd Division in Holland)! SO IT'S PARTY TIME!!!

Anonymous said...

LMAO!!!

Anonymous said...

It's ridiculous to compare youth teams to professional teams so I don't see how that's funny! If this blog wasn't anonymous you wouldn't be making such mean comments, Grow up!

Anonymous said...

10:14 seems like a real man. However, it is guaranteed that Copa will be top 5 in the state by the end of spring. Watch and enjoy the beautiful soccer played by this beautiful club, wanks shall be proved wrong.

Anonymous said...

Your an elitist SOB and I can guess which club you represent.

Anonymous said...

FCUSA New Jersey were in the very last flight at the PA Classics showcase and lost all 3 of their games. But they were apparently able to follow directions well enough to show up at their various fields on time and in uniform so I think that warrants a SHOUT OUT here on the BLOG!

THESE DUDES CAN "GPS" WITH THE BEST OF THEM! AND THEY ALL KNOW HOW TO DRESS ALIKE TOO!!!

GO FCUSA NJ!!!

Anonymous said...

And I should add that this same FCUSA NJ team (00/99 Boys Green) won the Bloomsburg University College Showcase back in May! They earned 189 of a possible 293 points in that one!

Anyone know who's going to Bloomsburg next May?

Anonymous said...

I would expect to see FC Copa at Bloomsberg next year. Looks like this one is right up their alley.

Anonymous said...

Haters will hate. Copa will win.

Anonymous said...

Wanks?

How is High School JV soccer? We are debating with a HS student who is not even on Copa. I know who this is. Such a shame. Concentrate on your own team which is falling fast.

Anonymous said...

Pda is trash. Papitos left pda to go to parsippany and the rest of them left too. Their centre backs went to sdfc and tsf, midfielders to copa and strikers to matchfit so now their team is poor. Like chelsea

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Anonymous said...

Perhaps he has been the one talking trash about PDA and doesn't want anyone to know.

Anonymous said...

When a kid talks trash, nobody takes it too seriously but when an adult does it, it's pathetic! They're supposed to be leading by example. A lot of what kids say is just repeating what they hear from trusted adults.

Anonymous said...

What did he port? What team was he bashing?

Anonymous said...

Trying to piece this all together and am starting to wonder if Papitos is either Julio Cesar or the wank.

Could be either or neither.

Who knows?

Anonymous said...

EDP Leagues for spring are out. Thoughts?

Anonymous said...

who will win NPL season

Anonymous said...

"EDP Leagues for spring are out. Thoughts?"

Have you got a link? I don't seem to be able to find this. (Probably just me though)

Anonymous said...

https://home.gotsoccer.com/rankings/event.aspx?EventID=49344

Anonymous said...

Divisions for Central are odd

First Division
SDFC Celtic ranked 16
Matchfit Blue ranked 84
NJ Force ranked 14

Second Division
Logan Blackjacks ranked 2
Mainland ranked 4
SJEB ranked 11
Ironbound ranked 10
NJ Stallions ranked 12


Seems that Mainland, Logan and Ironbound are very mis-grouped in Group 2. MF Blue is a surprise in Group 1 as they have no track record.

What happened to PDA?







Anonymous said...

First of all let me start this by saying that coaches pretty much get to decide what group of edp their team is going to be in. That may answer some questions. MF blue is probably going to get killed in edp going by their results so far, but we shall see. 2nd div central seems fine, logan is ranked high but doesn't play a great style. I've seen them play a few times and am surprised that they're ranked so high. About PDA, i guess they're just not doing edp this year and just sticking to the region 1 premier league. Also didn't see East Brunswick for edp.

Anonymous said...

EB is back in Division 1 Central where they've been for a while now.

I saw MF Blue at EDP and think they'll fare better than some expect. Not saying they'll win the league or anything like that. But I expect them to be at least reasonably competitive and maybe even better than that. I'll go out on a limb and say they finish higher than the SDFC team.

Defending Champs Patriot Red didn't look great at EDP. So I'll pick Montco this spring. But MF Black is always tough. And who knows? Maybe Gottschee will revive themselves.

Don't know what to make of NJ Force. Haven't seen them play since they were Howell Utd a long time ago.

And it is curious that DoL is in the 2nd North Division when the 1st Central seems like such an obvious place for them. Also interesting that TSF is in 1st North instead of Central. Maybe their tired of playing the same teams over and over again?

Also interesting that the new Parsippany B team ended up in the 4th Central Division. I saw them at EDP too and thought think they deserved a flight better than this.

And looking at the South Division, I see there are already 10 teams in the 1st flight. But Calverton's placement in the 2nd Division is a surprise to me. Maybe they've lost some key players?

Should be another great season. EDP has managed to keep growing and deserves a lot of credit IMO.

Anonymous said...

Another thought...

Just two PAE teams (Patriot Red and Montco) in the EDP top Divisions? Didn't PAE used to field a bunch of very good teams?

I guess Penn Fusion feels like they get enough games in the Region 1 Champions League (along with Rooney)?

Anonymous said...

Things have been changed up some it seems by looking at the groups now.

Anonymous said...

I can't say I spot any changes from what I saw last time. Am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

All I can see is that Logan has moved from 2nd div central to 2nd div south, and they have been replaced by monroe heat in central

Anonymous said...

i think DOL has moved to a diff division.

Anonymous said...

DOL looks to be in the same place I saw them originally...2nd Division North.

But it does look like Logan has moved to from 2nd Central to 2nd South. Previously there were 10 teams in the Central Division and just 8 in the South so this looks to be an effort to even out the numbers and have both groups play an 8 game league schedule. And I suppose it makes sense geographically as well.

Delaware Rush dropping to the 3rd level in the South makes me wonder what's gone on with them. Used to be a very competitive team.

Anonymous said...

2nd div central teams won't be happy with the logan move. Less points to go around in that group (not that I'm saying points are the end all be all but just as a point to note).

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't Mainland be in group 1 and either NJ Force or EB be in Group 2?

Anonymous said...

I would have to agree. Mainland should be in group one simply based on the State Cup Championship. NJ Force or EB could be moved down into Group 2 as neither has done anything except garner some points in lower flights of tournaments last season. Although any of the three did anything at Bethesda even with their low flighting.

Anonymous said...

2nd div central seems like a very interesting group. Thoughts on how that group is gonna play out?

Anonymous said...

1. Mainland
2. Ironbound
3. SJEB
4. Copa
5. Princeton
6. NJ Stallions
7. Mount Olive
8. Monroe
9. Staten Island
10. STA

Going off what I've seen, from past results, a little by rankings, and making whoever is hyping up Copa on this forum happy.

Anonymous said...

Your 2nd Div Central predictions look pretty good to me. But I think you probably are being kind to Copa. And maybe to Stallions as well as I think there may have been some migration from there.

I'll be a contrarian and pick Princeton to win this one. No good reason. Just a wild stab.

Anonymous said...

I think mainland is a lock for top 2, the rest is all up in the air. Monroe beat sjeb recently, yet lost to Tottenham a month earlier. Sjeb beat stallions, yet stallions demolished iron bound 5-0 albeit that was in June. Ironbound lost a close game to mainland 3-2 in edp cup. This group is up for grabs.

Anonymous said...

Stallions lost a lot of players. So did Ironbound

Anonymous said...

Would be nice (IMO) to see a revival of the old Monroe team. They had a good group years ago but then dropped off the charts. So while they are effectively a "new" team, they feel like they've been around for a while to me.

And for the same reason, talk of relegating EB sounds like blasphemy to me. I won't argue results from the past year justifying this. But they've arguably been the best NJ team in this age group over the past 4 years.

And I still haven't seen Midland play so forgive me for being a doubter. But I'll need to come across they somewhere of real significance before I give them much credit.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Mainland and not Midland.

I guess my mistake is an indication of how skeptical I am about them.

Anonymous said...

I was very skeptical of both Mainland and Logan also. But recent results have convinced me that these are two good teams. Logan won their last two tournaments, and have consistently beat second-tier competition. I would say this puts them near top-tier consideration. Not near the likes of Montco, Fewster, etc. but with EB, DOL, FSA. Mainland same thing, after their win at edp cup, where they beat a good Maryland United squad.

Anonymous said...

I saw Logan at Delco last spring for the first time. Oddly enough, they managed a miracle draw with Montco before getting completely whacked by both Fewster and Gottschee. I was not at all impressed by them there.

Could they have gotten better since? Perhaps so. But I'd easily take the EB team I saw last spring over them any time.

Anonymous said...

I may be mistaken, but I have heard that Monroe is made up of a mixture of ex-academy players from different clubs. All of the old Monroe players have been with EB for the past year or so filling the void after the original EB players left for the academies. And they certainly should not be relegated to the second group.

Anonymous said...

EB that is. Should not be relegated to the second group.

Anonymous said...

Why is TSF in the 1st Division North? Doesn't make much sense to me.

Anonymous said...

The North part or the 1st division part?

Anonymous said...

I am surprised to see TSF in the first division because they didn't finish at the top of EDP second division last season. They won their flight at Bethesda but it was a low flight,

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying this board of late. No nasty sniping but plenty of reasonably stated opinions.

Thanks fellow anonymous contributors!

And Merry Christmas to all!!!

I think TSF is at least a decent team. I would hardly expect them to be near the top in D1 North this spring but doubt they'll embarrass themselves either.

Anonymous said...

I think TSF will do fine in that group, middle of the pack finish.

Anonymous said...

Anyone ever come across these rankings before?

http://youthsoccerrankings.us/

An interesting alternative to Got Soccer.

Anonymous said...

I've never seen that ranking site before. And I'll agree that it is interesting.

A good 1st day at Disney for NJ with both MF Black and Parsippany wining their matches. MF beat Lobos from TN 4-2 while Parsippany beat GPS Orlando team 2-1.

GO JERSEY!!!

Anonymous said...

And KaloNJi from GA got a draw! So all the "NJ" teams had a decent first day!

Anonymous said...

MF Black and Parsippany are both still in the hunt after the second day at Disney. Both need a win tomorrow to advance to the final. Well, I suppose Parsippany could get there with a draw but I wouldn't count on that.

So good luck to them both as it would be a nice boost for NJ to have two finalists there.

That other "NJ" team (KaloNJi from GA) got knocked out today.

GO JERSEY!

Anonymous said...

Parsipanny lost their third game at disney, finished third in their group. Match Fit won their third game and is going to play fsa in the final, which I believe they should win.

Anonymous said...

Very good win for MF Black to take their group against a very good team. They get FSA in the final and I'm afraid that will be a very tough match for them. But all the best to them!

And yes, Parsippany had a bad day dropping from 1st in their group after yesterday to finish 3rd and miss out on even the consolation game. They ended up with a win, a draw and a loss which is not great but not too bad either. Nice try guys.

Let's go MF and JERSEY!

Anonymous said...

As I suspected, FSA had too much for MF Black today so no Jersey Champs at Disney.

Still, a pretty good showing by MF who are clearly one of the State's best in this age group. Who knows, maybe even the best?

Anonymous said...

We'll see about best in the state but they were the best out of the two NJ teams that entered the Disney Tournament.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that MF Black does well in Disney, but most of the players were from MF Blue.

Way to get GS points to raise your team in the GS rankings.

Anonymous said...

The problem I have with the ranking system is that the points are earned only by entering these expensive tournaments. The fact that MF could afford to enter and travel there does not mean there better than other top teams in the state. Sure, they did well but how would other top NJ teams have done if they were in that tournament? It's pay to play. Same with Parsippany going out to San Diego. Very expensive!

Anonymous said...

I think you've got the "expensive tournament" points idea wrong. Many of the teams in the really big tournaments (Disney, Surf Cup, Dallas Cup) are from parts of the country where the market hasn't been cornered by GS like here in the northeast. So GS point totals in these tournaments are frequently less rewarding than you can get at tournaments a lot closer to home.

The point total for MF's flight at Disney was 7,000. There were 3 flights at Bethesda worth more than that and while Parsippany's flight at Surf Cup was at the 10,00 max value, they had to compete with 32 teams there to earn anything.

Don't kid yourself. The very best place to earn GS points is Tuckahoe and most of us don't need a hotel to play there.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if the claim that the MF team at Disney was mostly players from the Blue team is true or not. But if it is, I don't have a problem with that.

I think Disney is more about the experience and the opportunity to play with a LOT of college coaches watching from the sidelines. So as long as they showed up with a competitive team (which they obviously did), combining players from two different teams to go there is fine with me.

Anonymous said...

Anyone have any inside information on this MF Blue team? I saw their results and saw part of one game and they didn't seem great, but some of the posts on this forum are pointing to them being quite a competitive team.

Anonymous said...

The Jeff Cup acceptances have been posted with 10 NJ teams on the list.

MF Black and Blue, TSF, EB, Gottschee, Parsippany, NJ Force, Mt. Olive, Princeton and FC Copa.

And a lot of very good teams from elsewhere so this should be a very good tournament!

Anonymous said...

Haven't been able to find an accepted list for Annandale yet. But it looks like most of the top NJ teams from this age group have targeted the Jeff Cup this year.

There should be a really strong U16 field in Richmond and my guess is that the 2nd flight is the best NJ can hope for with MF Black. It will be interesting to see where all the other NJ teams get flighted. What to do with EB, Gottschee and Parsippany? And where does TSF belong? Tough job to flight this one IMO!

If getting in front of college coaches is the goal, the Jeff Cup is probably a good way to go.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how long GS points are supposed to last? Only a year right?

Anonymous said...

From what I heard, match fit did indeed send down their blue team but because that team is new and doesn't have gs points, they used blacks points so expect them to compete for edp this year. Tsf should be in the first bracket because they are a better team this year than last year. From what I hear, they lost many kids to sdfc but not all. Possibly those mill burn kids who won the state cup like 4 years in a row. Even though tsf lost all those kids, they made up for it with the good stallions kids and some red bulls goalie. They did need a goalie because both of their other goalies went somewhere else with one going to sdfc and the other going to matchfit. Also heard that pda Rooney has gotten better this year and while they don't compete in many tournaments are a team to be reckoned with. Tsf also is going to Dallas and no other nj teams are on that list. I would expect that parsippany or matchfit would also try to go but I guess not. I think the brackets for edp are good because mainland was good for a year but probably lost players or whatever. The reality is both nj force and them should be in the second bracket but that would leave the first bracket short. I watched stallions at edp cup and they are really poor this year. I recognize 3 kids from prior years and it's not the good ones.

Anonymous said...

Have you got a link to the Accepted Teams list for Dallas?

Anonymous said...

Regarding GS points, yes, they typically expire after one year. But I think there are some cases (some league play?) where they seem to last longer than that.

But for the most part, 1 year is correct.

Anonymous said...

To find a link for accepted teams in a tournament, go on got soccer website and click on tournaments. Then search up the state and specific tournament you are looking for. It will tell you accepted teams and the brackets when they come out. Websites like Dallas cup and Disney don't have the brackets on their page so it's helpful to know this.

Anonymous said...

What's the big deal about Dallas Cup? Just another expensive tournament. Hardly any NJ teams go there. For some reason TSF wants all there teams there. Are we supposed to be impressed?

Anonymous said...

Expensive, worse competition, and farther away. Meanwhile, Jeff Cup is going to be packed, very excited for it.

Anonymous said...

The 2014 World Cup featured 39 players from 11 different countries who had played at the Dallas Cup. So anyone with any sense would surely be impressed.

Some people are not only ignorant, but are apparently proud of it too.

Anonymous said...

"To find a link for accepted teams in a tournament.."

I'm pretty familiar with GotSoccer and can't find a link there to an accepted team list for the upcoming Dallas Cup. So if someone has a link to this I'd appreciate it if they'd post it here. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Wait! I just found it on the Dallas Cup site:

http://www.dallascup.com/tournamentinfo/bracketsschedules/753054.html

Anonymous said...

Nevermind! That link was for 2014! LOL!

(I saw TSF in the U16 group and thought it was for this year)

Anonymous said...

"Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVII, which will be held from March 20 – 27, 2016, will host over 180 elite clubs from around the world, including teams hailing from all six global soccer confedrations."

The Jeff Cup will be a great one this year. I'm really looking forward to it myself. There will be a lot of great American teams and plenty of American College coaches (I hope). But those who think Richmond is a better place to be than Dallas are crazy.

Anonymous said...

Really TSF? You have players who will be playing in the World Cup? Keep selling that to parents. Maybe they'll drink the kool aid. Your players want to be seen by the same college coaches that are at most tournaments. just like every other club.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one a little confused that TSF has been accepted into Jeff Cup as well?
Here's the link:
http://www.gotsport.com/events/teamlist.asp?eventid=46792

Anonymous said...

Going back to the topic of Match Fit, why would Match Fit send their Blue team to Disney instead of their Black? Isn't Black the A team? I can understand sending a couple kids from Blue, but I don't understand why they would send their (presumably) B team to show off to college coaches instead of their A.

Anonymous said...

"Really TSF?" - Really envious idiot?

"Going back to the topic of Match Fit" - Might it be that Black had the credential but no interest in going to Disney while new Blue wanted to go but no track record to get in there? So a convenient switch of identity punches Blue's ticket and drops some GS Points in Black's lap?

Anonymous said...

"Am I the only one a little confused that TSF has been accepted into Jeff Cup as well?"

It's much more difficult to get accepted at the Dallas Cup. They have their own unique way of picking teams and you never know if they will accept you or not until they make their final decision. So applying for the Jeff Cup as well make sense as a backup.

Anonymous said...

And it doubles the chances to get a lot of got soccer pts.

Anonymous said...

I don't know that it "doubles" the points opportunity. MF Blue didn't get any points from Disney even if it was them who played there.

But if this really was the case (and I have no idea if it was), then MF Black got a nice point boost in return for "loaning" out their identity to their club mates. And MF Blue got to play in a tournament they otherwise wouldn't have been accepted to. So a symbiotic sort of set up where both teams win.

Of course, MF Black ran the risk that Blue would get thumped down there and tarnish their reputation. But that didn't turn out to be the case.

Anonymous said...

When TSF enters both Jeff Cup and Dallas Cup they're doubling their chances for got soccer pts. TSF and MF enter more tournaments than most clubs.

Anonymous said...

Club fees are related to the number of tournaments entered. The more expensive clubs are going to enter the most tournaments so it's no surprise that their teams have high rankings.

Anonymous said...

Hold on, how does entering into more tournaments necessarily mean more points. I was under the impression that Dallas Cup and Jeff Cup were at the same time, from the talks about TSF. If so, having a back-up tournament in case you are not accepted into one is obviously a good idea, but does not mean "double" the GS points. Otherwise, yes, to be a top ranked team it helps a tremendous amount to just play a lot of games and tournaments.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Cup and Dallas Cup are not at the same time. TSF is playing in both tournaments.

Anonymous said...

4.49
I didn't say double GS pts. I said double the chances of earning them.

Anonymous said...

8:12
Yes, I agree with you in that case. Thought the two tournaments were at the same time. The more the merrier for GS points.

Anonymous said...

Matchfit admits they combined blue and black players on their own website.

"Match Fit Academy U16B comprised of players from our Blue & Black teams were finalists at the prestigious Disney College Showcase with an overall record of 2 wins, 1 draw & 1 loss."

The things is that when you look at the picture of the team that participated, there are only two MF Black players there.....the rest are MF Blue. I'm not so sure they consider one team the A team and the other the B team. I was under the impression that MF blue was the former MF Academy players.

Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff about MF Blue.

I'm wondering who's going to risk a third straight "snow out" and apply for the Manhattan tourney. We probably won't know until about 2 days before the event as Manhattan SC is notoriously slow about posting who will be playing there.

Anonymous said...

Thinking about this a bit more, for the past two years Manhattan SC has been notoriously slow about posting who WON'T be playing there!

Anonymous said...

The Jeff Cup groups are to be announced on Friday morning at 10:00.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Jeff Cup twitter page is going to announce top flights only today. So it seems unlikely we'll see any news about NJ U16 teams there.

Anonymous said...

As expected, the top flight at the Jeff Cup includes 12 teams that are not from NJ. MF Black and TSF have higher GS rankings than Manhattan Villa (who got in) but I can't really say the have too big of a beef.

The real snub looks like Braddock Road who's #12 national rank, championship at Bethesda and semifinal showing at Disney wasn't enough to get them in. Meanwhile, CYA (whom they beat over Labor Day did. And they beat Manhattan Villa at Bethesda!

I guess that loss to MF "Black and Blue" at Disney hurt them! But I'd be pretty ticked off if I were them. Of course, they'll be a strong favorite in the 2nd flight.

Anonymous said...

The full set of Jefferson brackets has been posted. No surprises as all the teams mentioned above are in the 2nd flight.

http://www.gotsport.com/asp/directors/tournament/vieweventteamscleanb.asp?EventID=46792&Group=Boys_16


Anonymous said...

The basic group outline is out for jeff cup under "accepted teams"

Anonymous said...

Jeff cup groups are out. Teams will play 3 games each inside of the 12 team bracket.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Do people even read each other's comments?

Anonymous said...

^^^ I thought the same thing at first, but it's obviously because of the page break after 200 posts.

Anonymous said...

Think the Manhattan Kickoff organizers are looking out their windows today and thinking "Oh no, not again"?

Anonymous said...

Thoughts on how jeff cup is gonna play out?

Anonymous said...

Not sure how the Jeff Cup is going to play out as we still can't be sure who will be playing who.

Obviously, the top flight is not a focus here in NJ doesn't have any teams there.

The 2nd flight includes MF Black, EB and TSF. I'm not sure you can assume the teams will be grouped as the are listed. But if so, MF would appear to have a very tough draw as both Calverton and BYRC are usually very difficult.

I'd say Parsippany's "relegation" to the 3rd flight is interesting. Seems that playing competitively (but not earning points) in strong flights at both EDP and Disney isn't good enough to avoid slipping down the Jeff Cup list if you don't earn points. And Gottschee's fall to the 4th flight might be a bit harsh. But both of these teams have a chance to change this by earning some points in Richmond.

The other interesting placement to me is MF Blue in the bottom flight. If this really is the team that played so well at Disney, it looks like the Jeff Cup organizers are unaware of this and have placed them well below their appropriate level of competition.

Regardless, it's a showcase format so they'll all play 3 games in 3 days in what are effectively 4 team groups with the real prize being the attention of a coach or two you want to impress. And as that's probably easier to accomplish in the higher flights, MF Black, EB and TSF already look to be the Jersey winners here.

Anonymous said...

I don't agree that you have to be in a higher flight to get a college coach to look at you play. If you invite them to come watch you play, they will come. They're interested in the player, not the team.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I said you HAD to be in a higher flight to have a coach come see you. I said it was "probably easier" and I an sure that is true.

Higher flights offer coaches better players to watch. So while a coach may have an interest in a couple of players, one in a higher flight is likely to get more of a look as the other players on the field are likely to be of more interest to the coach than those in a lower flight.

I could be wrong of course. But it seems both logical and likely to me. There will almost certainly be more coaches watching the top flight in Richmond than the 5th.

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