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...

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.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that every college coach has his own methods for recruitment but it seems narrow minded for anyone to assume that the best players are in the higher fights at Richmond. It's a top tournament with all quality teams. Players choose teams for many reasons, cost,distance from home, travel requirements, playing with friends, likability and philosophy of coach and club. As far as rankings go, I don't think they're an absolute judge on quality of a team, they're more of a probable quality. It seems to me that there are ways to gain extra pts. by playing extra games and tournaments and all tournaments don't offer the same number of points. Also, it's typical to bring guest players to tournaments to help your team win .

Anonymous said...

I would agree that there can be very good players at all levels of a tournament like the Jefferson Cup. But to dismiss the idea that the overall quality of the players improves as the flight level does as "narrow minded" seems rather delusional to me.

Rankings clearly have flaws. But, for the most part, at this age they provide a reasonable guide for tournament organizers to form competitive flights that don't include many 7-0 matches. And when lopsided results do happen, it's rarely in the top flights. A perfect guide? No. A reasonable one? Yes.

Of course, there are a number of different levels of competition in college as well. So maybe they should knock off calling these flights "Championship" and "Elite" and whatever and just start calling them D1, D2, D3 and NAIA.

Okay, I'm kidding about that but let's be serious. The teams in the top flight at the Jefferson Cup would drub the teams in the 5th flight with no doubt (except maybe MF Blue?)

Anonymous said...

And one other thought about guest players.

Understanding that my son's (and his teammates') goals at this point are to play well in front of coaches they want to impress at showcases like the Jefferson Cup, I'd be one ticked off paying customer if a "guest" were to be given time on the field with his team at this point.

That was cute when these boys were young and winning was all that mattered. But the only reason I could stomach a guest at this point would be a short squad that desperately needs a body.

Anonymous said...

reasonable, probable. Is there a difference? It is fact that it is common to see a team awarded an extra 100, 200 300 or more pts. for beating higher ranked teams. If someone believes a player to be a superior player based on his team's ranking, maybe that's a little delusional.

Anonymous said...

I think this is devolving into a dumb argument (from one side).

If you were a college coach and your were told you could recruit from only one of the flights at this tournament, which one would you pick?

I think that answer to that would differ depending on the level of competition the coach's school plays at. But I'm pretty sure I know which flight would be the choice of a coach from a top 25 D1 school. And I think you do too.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree that this argument is losing its point. College coaches definitely would like to spend most of their time at the highest flights of a tournament, seeing the best teams. The players on these teams are for the most part, better than players on lower-ranked teams, I think we can agree with that. Of course not all players, but the majority of good players will be on better teams. Does a player have to be on a great team to get recruited? Of course not. Does it help and get the player some more exposure? Obviously. However, there will be plenty of coaches looking at lower flights as well, to pass their time if nothing else.

Anonymous said...

"College coaches definitely would like to spend most of their time at the highest flights of a tournament, seeing the best teams. The players on these teams are for the most part, better than players on lower-ranked teams, I think we can agree with that."

Sorry if this turns out to be a duplicate post as I thought I'd already replied to this quote. But it seems to has disappeared. Anyway, thanks for summing this up so clearly and concisely.

Which brings us back here...

"Regardless...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."

So there's really no good argument to the contrary of this.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like more TSF propaganda to convince all the parents to join them!

Anonymous said...

Another change in EDP leagues as Ironbound is out of 2nd Div Central and seemingly out of EDP altogether

Anonymous said...

Has Ironbound really been in this age group of late? A great club with a long history for sure. But I can't say I've seen a decent team from them in this age group for years. My guess is that the kids from Newark somehow migrated to Den of Lions, right?

Anonymous said...

"Sounds like more TSF propaganda..."

Couldn't be MF or EB "propaganda" just as easily?

Take it anyway you want. But the message isn't going to change unless the Jeff Cup changes the flights.

Anonymous said...

I know how arrogant TSF is so this sounds like them for sure!

Anonymous said...

Yes some ironbound kids did migrate to Den of Lions but recently alot of players from DOL migrated to CSA

Anonymous said...

Can't say I've caught a lot of TSF arrogance over the years. I mean, really, what could they possibly be arrogant about? They've been also-rans in this age group for as long as I can remember.

Anonymous said...

You're absolutely right in that they have nothing to be arrogant about but comparing their players to world cup players is one example of their arrogance. And how about declaring themselves winners of a college showcase because they're in a higher flight.sh

Anonymous said...

The schedule for Jeff Cup and who each team is playing has been posted

Anonymous said...

"And how about declaring themselves winners of a college showcase because they're in a higher flight."

That wasn't anyone from TSF. It was me.

And along with MF and EB, the are the NJ winners at the Jeff Cup because they were placed higher than other NJ teams which is what really matters at this point.

Jumping to wrong conclusions about anonymous posts is a bad practice on boards like these.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that the Jeff Cup doesn't break the 12 teams in each flight down into groups of 4 for the purpose of standings. I guess the team with the most points and best goal differential amongst all 12 in each flight will be awarded the "championship?"

But that seems pretty random as there are really 3 groups of 4 in the Elite and Superior flights who will each face completely different competition. And the Platinum flight is even weirder with no clearly defined groups (Ex: Gottschee and Mt. Olive play two of the same opponents but a different 3rd opponent as they don't play each other?)

Anyway, here are the NJ teams' opponents...

ELITE:
MF BLACK/Calverton(MD)/Storm SA(GA)/Pleasant Valley(NYE)

EB/Piedmont Triad(NC)/Carolina Elite(SC)/Coral Gables(FL)

TSF/Lyons Township(IL)/Lockport(NYW)/BRYC(VA)


SUPERIOR:
NJ FORCE/CASL Red(NC)/VA Legacy(VA)/Pachuca(MD)

PARSIPPANY/Olney Rangers(MD)/Lake Norman(NC)/FC Fredrick(MD)


PLATINUM:
GOTTSCHEE/Boston Bolts(MA)/World Class(NYE)/Springfield(VA)

MT OLIVE/Springfield(VA/Boston Bolts(MA)/Albertson(NYE)

CLASSIC:
FC COPA/FC Stars(MA)/Penn Fusion Predators(PAE)/VA Rush(VA)

MF BLUE/Madison 56ers(WI?)/VA Rush(VA)/WCWAA Black(NC)

Good luck to all the NJ teams!

Anonymous said...

It's a showcase, so typically the 12-team brackets are divided into three 4-team groups. At that stage, the groups are independent of one another, so you are only competing against the 3 other teams in your subgroup.

For GotSoccer purposes (apparently a big thing in the Northeast), the top finisher of each group of four will receive championship points minus an adjustment of roughly 10%. This is to compensate for the fact that no semifinals or finals take place. Keep in mind that only the top finisher receives points, so if two teams finish 2-0-1 with a tie in their game against one another, the one with the bigger goal differential gets the points, and the other team goes home empty.

When the brackets/subgroups don't fit into this neat little mold, it is common to have 3-team divisions crossover to play other 3-team divisions. This way, even though the teams may not face one another, they will all have common opponents to measure their success against.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on the points. And yes, they remain a big deal here in the Northeast (at least) as they play a clear role in determining flighting for these showcase tournaments.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I was making an assumption about the subgroups based on how I've seen it done most often, but I believe I was wrong. Since the Jefferson standings are calculated using 6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, and points for goals scored and shutouts, they will probably be in groups of 12 as shown with the champion, finalist and semifinalists determined by total points.

I've never been a fan of this format. I remember seeing one huge showcase with 30+ teams all in one group. At least 5 teams went 3-0...so you could go undefeated and still wind up being a semifinalist or even a quarterfinalist. Not fair unless the groupings were very evenly balanced. You could do really well against a couple of very strong teams and not get rewarded for it because an improperly seeded team rolls over 3 cupcakes.

Anonymous said...

Brackets not out yet but what about Manhattan kick off classic. Could be exciting this year if it doesn't get cancelled.

Anonymous said...

Cedar Stars Newark has a strong team.
One of the teams to look out for this season.

Anonymous said...

New players at Cedar Stars Newark? Or are you seeing a big improvement from the team that's been in place there?

Anonymous said...

Cedar Stars Newark pick up DOL players and just now 2 best players from East Brunswick. 2 great midfielders.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, moving from EB to Cedar Stars Newark at this point seems like an ill-advised mover to me. But, hey, I'll look forward to seeing them play some time late next fall when they've had enough time to promote themselves to a high level of competition.

Anonymous said...

But I'm going to take your word that all these great players are heading for Cedar Stars Newark...to compete in the Maps Elite North division.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Annandale has a good field of teams as well. 80 teams at U16 and a solid top Showcase. Impressive!

http://www.gotsport.com/asp/directors/tournament/vieweventteamscleanb.asp?EventID=45307&Group=Boys_16

Anonymous said...

They must play at Cedar Stars Newark. They are accepted to a very good high school and must to play at Cedar Stars Newark.

Anonymous said...

They all got accepted to a very good high school? What high school?

Anonymous said...

I believe he may be talking about St Benedicts in Newark. Not a bad jump as I believe it is a pretty good school. And their soccer ranking cannot be overlooked. Didn't Tab Ramos also attend St B's?

Anonymous said...

St. Benedict's is a power high school when it comes to soccer everyone knows that, but in terms of academics, I heard from parents whose kids attended there that the academics is not that good. I heard that from multiple parents.

Anonymous said...

Depends on what school you are coming from. It's all relative.

Anonymous said...

Okay, the St. Benedict's angle adds a lot of credibility to the Cedar Stars Newark angle. There's a known relationship between the two (that includes Tab Ramos) so I'm starting to buy that this team may turn out to be the juniors (and some seniors and frosh) from the St. Benedict's team. And if so, then yes they should be pretty darned good.

Anonymous said...

"Looks like Annandale has a good field of teams as well..."

Thanks for posting the Annandale link. But it looks to me like they've stretched the top flight to include a number of teams that have no good reason to be included.

Ironbound? Seriously? Weren't we just talking about their insignificance in this age group? So what kind of tournament would "top flight" the Navigators? One that has been given poor direction IMO.

And Bracket C looks surprisingly weak to me. Easy (and undeserved?} points for one of those teams IMO. Hopefully the team from MI will be decent.

Don't be surprised by some 7-0 scores in this one!

Anonymous said...

I should shut up...but I won't.

Olney Rangers and Northern Steel in the 2nd flight at Annandale while Ironbound is in the top flight?

I can only hope they know something that I don't.

Anonymous said...

To be fair though, there are a number of very good teams going to Annandale.

After what I would think will be an ugly group stage, there should be some very exciting semis and a great final.

Anonymous said...

One final (I promise) thought about Annandale. Ironbound may not be the worst team in the top flight as Logan is there as well.

I really will shut up now and thanks for bearing with my rants!

Anonymous said...

I know I said I'd shut up, but...

I'm picking Cedar Stars Newark (aka the St. Benedict's HS team) to win the 4th flight at Annandale!

Call me crazy!

Anonymous said...

The Accepted teams for Manhattan have been posted.

I'm guessing they'll have an 8 team top flight and Dix Hills, Yonkers, Rooney, TSF, Manhattan Villa, FC Florida and NYSC all look like likely selections for this to me. There are plenty of options for the other couple of slots though including ISA, Revolition Utd., Pleasant Valley and maybe even Gottschee (NJ) or Parsippany?

NJ teams are:
PDA (Rooney & Jinky)
TSF
Gottschee
Stallions (Madrid & Santos)
Parsippany (Blue and White)
Mt Olive (A, B and C)
Westfield
Torpedoes
SDFC
JS Boca Jrs.
Arsenal Maximus

Good luck to all the NJ teams!

Anonymous said...

"To be fair though, there are a number of very good teams going to Annandale.

After what I would think will be an ugly group stage, there should be some very exciting semis and a great final."

U16 and up rarely play semifinal and final rounds in these 3 day tournaments. While a final is possible, I would expect three games only for these teams.

Anonymous said...

They've posted the flights now for Annandale and it appears that they plan to have a 12 team top flight with semis and a final as I suspected.

http://events.gotsport.com/events/results.aspx?EventID=38656&GroupID=355294&Gender=Boys&Age=15

Please note that they have this posted as the U15 age group but that appears to be an error as all the teams included are U16.

Anonymous said...

"They've posted the flights now for Annandale..."

Nevermind. My bad.

The links to the accepted teams and schedules I found are from last year. Sorry for being a dummy.

Anonymous said...

Looks like EDP leagues are still changing as I noticed that PDA Rooney was added to 1st Div Central and Parsippany B-team was added to 2nd Div Central.

Anonymous said...

Is everyone's team being hit by this birth year reorganization? My son's team is. I'm not exactly sure why they're doing this but it will heavily impact this age group, especially the late 99's who will miss their entire u17 season. Does anyone have answers as to why they're doing this and who's being affected?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the move to birth year, it does rock the boat for just about all age groups. But it really has to be done at some point and sooner is better than later. Simply put, the August to June thing was a mistake that was made long ago and, as we try to become more in line with the rest of the world, needs to be addressed.

As far as the depth of the affect, it will be much easier to bear for bigger clubs who have strong talent across a span of age groups. For them, "1st half of the year" players will lose their older teammates but will pick up a younger "2nd half of the year" group that are relatively capable.

Smaller clubs who have just one strong age group will be hit hard as their teams will be broken in two. I'd imagine this will result in plenty of migration and that bigger clubs will end up picking up a lot of this talent.

As far as this particular age group goes, it's probably easier to deal with than for younger ages in that the players are all physically mature at this point and they are used to playing with and against opponents of older ages. For many younger age groups, players will face a requirement to "play up" which may or may not be a good thing for them.

Harsh? Yes. But necessary? Yes again.

Anonymous said...

As far as college recruitment goes, junior year is probably the most important year for players. I don't think that missing their u17 seasons will make a difference in this regard, although it may be more difficult for college coaches who now have to watch 2 different age groups to scout players.

Anonymous said...

"... although it may be more difficult for college coaches who now have to watch 2 different age groups to scout players."

I think this is a very good point. This has already been a concern for current U16 juniors. But it will be much more of an issue once the age change is completed.

Anonymous said...

Current U16 juniors probably wish this had happened a few years ago so that College coaching staffs had already become accustomed to watching two different age groups of juniors. The current ones have struggled to get coaches to pay attention to their age group at this point as most players are still sophomores.

So, in the long run, everybody should benefit (including college coaches who may be able to justify another body at key tourneys)

Anonymous said...

"So, in the long run, everybody should benefit (including college coaches who may be able to justify another body at key tourneys)"mesm

Sometimes I spew out thoughts and then think better of them over time...and this is one of those cases.

Adjustments to recruiting budgets are probably not all that readily realized. So the fact that colleges may need more bodies to cover juniors playing in 2 different age groups at showcases may take some time to be fully understood and financed.

But I still have no doubt that while the age group change will be harsh on some, in the long run it is for the best for all.

Good topic! Thanks for bringing this up!

Anonymous said...

The flights for the Manhattan tournament have been posted.

NJ TEAMS
First: Rooney and TSF
Second: Gottschee Stallions (Madrid) and Parsippany A
Third: SDFC, Mt Olive A, Arsenal Max
Fourth: Boca Jrs and Torpedoes
Fifth: Westfield and Jinky
Sixth: Stallions (Santos) and Mt Olive B
Seventh: Mt Olive C
Eighth: Parsippany B

Anonymous said...

Also the brackets for NJ Cup have been posted:

Super group: http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=462021&tclass=Boys%20U16%20Super%20Group

Premier Group: http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=462021&tclass=Boys%20U16%20Premier%20Group

If the links don't work, you can access the brackets through newjerseycup.net

Anonymous said...

Big games in the first round: sdfc plays parsippany so we will finally see if they are a team to be reckoned with. Gotschee plays mf blue which could be exciting. Tsf plays the other parsippany team. And then we could have some excellent match ups in the qfinals because east Brunswick vs tsf and sdfc or psc vs matchfit black. In my opinion, the right side of the bracket is much harder and it looks as though on the left side, the only nice team is matchfit. However, if we learned anything from last year (mainland) expect the unexpected.

Anonymous said...

" However, if we learned anything from last year (mainland) expect the unexpected."

I hear you! I'm picking the Elizabeth YSC Hurricanes cause I've never heard of them before!

Anonymous said...

"Looks like Annandale has a good field of teams as well..."

Thanks for posting the Annandale link. But it looks to me like they've stretched the top flight to include a number of teams that have no good reason to be included.

Ironbound? Seriously? Weren't we just talking about their insignificance in this age group? So what kind of tournament would "top flight" the Navigators? One that has been given poor direction IMO.

And Bracket C looks surprisingly weak to me. Easy (and undeserved?} points for one of those teams IMO. Hopefully the team from MI will be decent.

Don't be surprised by some 7-0 scores in this one!

I have a feeling C is going to be more competitive than you think. And who knows about a random team from MI. I agree that in D you're going to see some blowouts though. Maybe even A.

Anonymous said...

"However, if we learned anything from last year (mainland) expect the unexpected."

Sure, but I still believe MF is the class of NJ right now (PDA also but they're not in NJ Cup), and the MF Black team is going to win this cup.

Anonymous said...

The random Michigan team was a solid National League team last year. Middle of the pack anyway, but they finished above BRYC and Baltimore Celtic. I would say they are the favorite in their group.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts on the Champions League which has already started?

Not much in terms of showing for NJ other than MF Black and PDA Rooney.

http://events.gotsport.com/events/results.aspx?EventID=48605&Gender=Boys&Age=16

Anonymous said...

"Any thoughts on the Champions League which has already started?"

Here's a thought: How the heck is the Hauppauge Blue Crew in the "Elite" Blue group? Okay, that was a question and not a thought.

Could anyone who's "Blue" have gotten in? MF Blue or Parsippany Crew Blue? Sorry, more questions.

Okay, here's a thought: A Hauppauge Blue Crew vs Parsippany Crew Blue matchup would be confusing.

Anonymous said...

https://events.gotsport.com/events/results.aspx?EventID=50022&Gender=Boys&Age=16
Manhattan tourney outside

Anonymous said...

To me, Rooney's tough match in the top flight at the Manhattan Kick Off looks like the host club's team. I'd be disappointed if they didn't win their first two against PDB and ISA and impressed if they beat Villa.

And also in the top flight, TSF gets FC Florida first followed by Dix Hills and then Yonkers. I think they'll have done well if they can get a draw out of those three.

In the second flight Gottshcee and Parsippany have Stallions and Northport before they face each other. I'd be disappointed if they both weren't 2-0 when they play. Stallions are in the same boat as TSF.

Can't say I have a good feel for any of the other flights.

Anonymous said...

What teams do you think will make to quarter, semi, and finals of state cup?

Anonymous said...

DOL vs. Gottschee (I think MF Blue vs Gottschee could go either way however)
Mainland vs. Copa
EB vs Parsippany (Again TSF vs parsippany could go either way)
MF Black vs. SDFC

DOL vs Mainland
EB vs. MF Black

DOL vs. MF

MF Winner

Anyone else got thoughts?

Anonymous said...

You think Parsippanys b team is going to beat TSF?

Anonymous said...

I disagree with DOL because look at their performance on the most recent tournament they had this weekend. So I say gottschee v. Matchfit for finals

Anonymous said...

I think today's BIG news was "C" over "B" by a score of 5-4 in the "Mt. Olive Derby" at DTS.

Anonymous said...

"You think Parsippanys b team is going to beat TSF?"
I have no idea why I thought that was their A team. Of course TSF is gonna win that. I meant the SDFC vs Parsippany game which I think SDFC is going to win.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of DTS I just looked at those results and they are far from what I would have expected. Parsippany B finishes the group over Den of Lions? And NJ Force? Without giving up a goal the entire tournament? Weird stuff. Either DOL had a steep decline or the Parsippany B team is much better than what I expected.

Anonymous said...

Parisppany used their A team for the DTS tournament this weekend

Anonymous said...

Of course, I should have guessed. I really hate when teams do that. Drops easy points into a lesser team's pocket.

Anonymous said...

"Of course, I should have guessed. I really hate when teams do that. Drops easy points into a lesser team's pocket."

I hear your point. But I think that's the point entirely.

Simply put, clubs who field new teams in an established age group suddenly need a whole new point fix. Let's not kid ourselves as points are probably the most important determiner in tournament flighting. So if the "B" team is at least decent, they need to collect some points pronto so as to avoid the time it takes to build them up against lesser competition.

When I think of it this way I can get over it. And under different circumstances, I had no real problem with MF sending a bunch of players from the new "Blue" team to Disney to play with a couple of the "Black" team's players (assuming this story is true) either. I guess I see "picking your points" as a luxury afforded when your club fields more than one team.

Anonymous said...

Well the MF case is different, since they sent their "lesser" team players to play for their "A" team. If they're good enough to play at a tournament like Disney then I really have no problem with that. The Parsippany case is sending their better players to accumulate unearned points for their B team. Although I know a ton of clubs do that, its essentially cheating the system in my mind. The B team should have to collect points for themselves just like every other team out there.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can enter every tournament around to collect points. Isn't that cheating the system as well?

Anonymous said...

Maybe not cheating. But probably pretty expensive.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe they can enter every tournament around to collect points. Isn't that cheating the system as well?"

Why would this be cheating? If you don't care about the cost and have a good team, then it is definitely better to play a lot of tournaments and get more exposure to college coaches. If you aren't good, then you're not gonna get points, simple as that. On the other hand, sending out your A team to collect points for your B team is I believe out of line. What if Real Madrid were to send out their first-team players to play for their youth academy teams? Would that be considered out of bounds?

Obviously we are not in La Liga here. But my point is that (not to pick on Parsippany in any way), the Parsippany B team will get a lot of undeserved points. I don't know if they are a decent team or not, but tournament directors will look at their results and say, "Hey, this team tied with the best team in NJ, and beat a top 15 team. Maybe they deserve a higher flighting."

Anonymous said...

I don't see that as a problem. Clubs with multiple teams at the same age group move players around. The important thing is exposure to college coaches. In my opinion, every player at the club deserves the same chance. They're paying the same money. We shouldn't be overly concerned with points. Is the goal preparing players for college play or getting the most points?

Anonymous said...

" Is the goal preparing players for college play or getting the most points?"

Isn't this a "Catch 22" though? College play requires the eyes of college coaches and higher flights at showcases better one's chances of this. So with points determining flights...

Anonymous said...

Points, points and more points. Me need points.

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought. Make a highlight tape of your child and send it to college coaches. No points needed.

Anonymous said...

"Here's a thought. Make a highlight tape of your child and send it to college coaches. No points needed."

Highlight tapes help get eyes on a player. But do you really think a coach doesn't want to see players in person? I think highlight reels are the bait to get a coach come see an actual game.

So both highlight reels and points are helpful.

Anonymous said...

USSDA teams don't collect points but their players are the first to be recruited by college coaches.

Anonymous said...

"USSDA teams don't collect points but their players are the first to be recruited by college coaches."

Thanks Captain Obvious!

But here are some numbers to consider:

There are 79 USSDA teams fielded in the U15/16 age group. Assuming 25 players rosters for this team, there are approximately of 1,975 players involved on a national level. And with this age group covering 2 birth years, that means about 1,000 players per HS class.

There are 820 NCAA College teams when D1 (205), D2 (205) and D3 are combined. Assuming the same 25 player roster, that means a total of 20,500 NCAA players. Some of these are foreigners and the estimate I found on this was 12.1% which would mean about 2,500.

So if you take out the foreign players, you're left with a total of about 18,000 Americans across 4 classes which breaks down to about 4,500 per class.

So of these 4,500 American players, less than 1,000 could have come from USSDAs. The remaining 3,500 come from club teams.

So, aside from those who mistakenly think their poop doesn't smell, points matter.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, points

Anonymous said...

"Hmmm, points"

Hmmm, math! I'm not surprised that this may be a new concept for you.

And for any other snooty USSDA folks, here's another thing to consider. My son grew up in a community along with 3 other "serious" players with the other three all going the Academy route. One of them has a chance to play for the US National team as I have no doubt that Klinsmann at least has heard his name. Another has committed to a D3 school with an incredible academic record so good for him! The 3rd looks like he'll end up playing D3 as well. My son is in the process of honing down interest from a number of D1 schools. He will play D1 without doubt.

I paid more for it for sure. But at the club level, my son has managed to make himself more interesting to D1 schools than half of the Academy players he grew up with. And points have helped out a lot in this process.

Anonymous said...

Points, points, points, points. More points, more math. Points got my kid into a D1. Yeah points!

Anonymous said...

3.03
Your argument is absurd! Your son's a good player. good for him. Points prove nothing about him personally. They're awarded to a team. He's the same player with or without points. Why are you so obsessed with points? I've never read a college profile about a player mention the amount of points his team earned.

Anonymous said...

Cedar Stars Newark is putting on a show in Anandale. Watch out for them!

Anonymous said...

A good day for Newark all around as Ironbound got a top flight win at Annandale to go along with a draw with Pachuca.

But the lopsided results that looked likely to me at Annandale came to pass with both Pipeline and Saverna Park showing they have no business in the top flight of a strong event. They combined for 4 losses, scoring a combined 2 goals while conceding a whopping 20. Not a good day for Logan either as they're also in over their heads in the top flight here (despite being in a much easier group than Pipeline or Saverna).

STA and Gottschee's B team each got a win and took a loss in the 2nd flight at Annandale.

And in Manhattan's top flight, TSF took one on the chin from FC Florida while Rooney murdered a PDB team that also shouldn't be in a top flight at any good tournament.

In the second flight, Parsippany beat up Northport while Gottschee edged Stallions.

It was like Opening Day today! Nice to see the boys outside again!




Anonymous said...

Surprise of the day was Yonkers 4-1 over Dix Hills.

Anonymous said...

Why does DoL play in so many crappy tournaments?

They played DTS last weekend and had to think was going to be an easy win (even though it didn't turn out that way for them). But with good competition available at both Manhattan and Annandale this weekend, they've apparently decided to sit these two out.

Next weekend they'll miss the Jefferson Cup in and will play the likes of North Plainfield and Buckingham Utd. at the MAPS Spring Challenge.

It doesn't appear to be about budget or travel as Manhattan and MAPS Challenge cost about the same and neither require hotels. As a matter of fact, Manhattan's closer to home. So why pass on the more competitive tournament and then play easy marks the following weekend instead?

It would be nice to see NJ's #1 ranked team actually challenge themselves instead of looking to pick the low hanging fruit all the time.

Anonymous said...

"February 10, 2016 at 1:19 AM

...it looks to me like they've stretched the top flight (at Annandale)to include a number of teams that have no good reason to be included.

Ironbound? ...what kind of tournament would "top flight" the Navigators? One that has been given poor direction IMO.

And Bracket C looks surprisingly weak to me. Easy (and undeserved?} points for one of those teams IMO. Hopefully the team from MI will be decent.

Don't be surprised by some 7-0 scores in this one!"

While I'll admit that Ironbound surprised me at Annandale yesterday, I don't think I'm the only one. But, in general, I'd say my read about this one back on February 10th was pretty accurate.

Brackets A and B here each have three very good teams in Fewster, North Utd. and LDC (in A) and Montco, Baltimore Celtic and BRYC (in B). The fourth teams in these two groups (Pipeline and Saverna Park) are nothing more than punching bags here. And while I was exaggerating about "7-0" scores, yesterday we saw an 8-2 and a pair of 4-0 results in these groups.

And Group C is pretty weak. Calverton is a good team and will likely win this group. But I wouldn't like their chances at all in either Groups A or B. So their chances of some cheap points here still look good.

A number of very good teams here. About 8 of them. So splitting the 16 team top flight into a first and second flight shouldn't have made scheduling any more difficult and would have made this a much better competition.

Anonymous said...

Cheap points? Get over yourself. Calverton ended up finishing 3rd in that "weak" group. So are you going to read them their last rites along with Pipeline and Serverna Park?

Give the organizers some credit for putting together a pretty balanced and competitive top flight. Yes, Pipeline and Serverna Park were severely overmatched, but there was a lot of parity among the rest.

Anonymous said...

Forgive my mistake on Calverton who laid an egg today. It happens. So instead it was Maryland Utd. who ended up with the cheap points powered by their impressive win over Logan.

How would you have liked Maryland Utd's chances had they been put into Groups A or B in place of one of the punching bags?

Are you serious dude? Their were about 8 top flight teams at Annandale and enough very good teams for a strong 2nd flight. Sorry, but the organizers made a mess of it.

Anonymous said...

Anyone seen the results for Manhattan?

Anonymous said...

I think this weekend shows a lot of things. Tsf can't compete with the big teams but would be a good fit for 2nd bracket. Parsippany had a chance to win their bracket but lost 3-0 to gotschee. Dol is a team who plays for points but it will catch up to them when they don't get looked at by colleges because almost college coaches were at a tournament other than maps kick off. Stallions showed they deserve to be in the second state cup bracket, gotschee showed they can play but they need more consistency, and sdfc won both their games after drawing the first so they could be a team to beat.

Anonymous said...

Did you say gottschee beat parsippany 3-0? Wow, I did not expect that from gottschee. I agree that they need to be more consistent but it only shows how much of a threat they are if they beat one of the best teams if not the best team in NJ. . Can't wait to see how they play this year.

Anonymous said...

DOL is not concerned with points. They're a good team that loves to play and does not feel the need to travel to or play in a lot of tournaments.

Anonymous said...

"Forgive my mistake on Calverton who laid an egg today. It happens. So instead it was Maryland Utd. who ended up with the cheap points powered by their impressive win over Logan.

How would you have liked Maryland Utd's chances had they been put into Groups A or B in place of one of the punching bags?

Are you serious dude? Their were about 8 top flight teams at Annandale and enough very good teams for a strong 2nd flight. Sorry, but the organizers made a mess of it."

Maryland United parent here. Why are we getting shelled for playing in the C bracket and assume we wouldn't be able to compete with A or B? I know things change but apparently no one remembers us beating Fewster in EDP in June 3-0. As for this weekend, we were a little inconsistent at times for sure but Calverton is a tough athletic team. And that Michigan team gave us all we could handle. Well coached and well skilled. We were fortunate to beat them. By the way, they had played National League last year with teams like Baltimore and BRYC. As for Logan you're right. They are just not up to the top level. We should probably have scored a couple more on them. Overall, I thought the tournament did a pretty good job with the brackets. Was good competition mixed with decent weather.

Anonymous said...

"DOL is not concerned with points. They're a good team that loves to play and does not feel the need to travel to or play in a lot of tournaments."

I'd say this statement is partially correct. I can fill in the blanks...

DOL is not concerned with points EXPIRING UNTIL UNTIL MAY WHEN HALF OF THEIR'S WILL. They're a good team that loves to play AGAINST TEAMS THE EXPECT TO EASILY BEAT. They don't feel the need to travel to or play in a lot of tournaments OR CHALLENGE THEMSELVES.

See you at the MAPS Challenge!

Anonymous said...

"Maryland United parent here..."

Thanks for stopping by. And congrats on this past weekend's success!

I wasn't trying to be disrespectful. But my opinion remains unchanged. A 3-0 win over Fewster last June was definitely a great win. But a 3-0 loss to Mon U Aresnal last November along with 2 draws and a loss at Disney last December are hardly the kind of bullet points one would expect to see on a top flight team's resume.

In fairness, I would have seen Maryland Utd as one of a couple of teams in contention for the last spot in an 8 team flight at Annandale. But there's no way they'd have earned some cheap points this past weekend had this been the case.

Anonymous said...

"... along with 2 draws and a loss at Disney last December"

I meant mention that these results came in the 9TH flight at Disney.

Anonymous said...

"Did you say gottschee beat parsippany 3-0?..."

Gottschee is a very hard team to figure. They lost 2-0 to Northport team who were beaten up 4-0 by Parsippany. And then Gottschee went out and beat Parsippany?

Similar performance at Bethesda from them. LDC beat Coral Gables 4-1. Gottsche lost to Coral Gables 4-0. Then Gottschee beat LDC?

When they're good, they're very good. But they're just as likely to be lousy. Their the Jekyll and Hyde of U16!

Anonymous said...

The reason for Dol playing low competitive tournamnets a because they lost many key players to csa this season and they are rebuilding their team up and the teams getting to know each other. They're slowly gonna be back on the competitive tournamnets

Anonymous said...

Gottschee actually lost 2-1 to northport but I see what you mean. They need to be more consistent with way they play. They show that they are a very good team when playing against other very high quality teams.

Anonymous said...

I also agree with the strange way gottschee plays.. But I see this as the rise of a better team. Parsippany can beat almost anytime in NJ so this makes me think gottschee will go to finals of state cup and maybe beat any team they face off in the finals. But that's if they make it that far. This is just my opinion and I totally understand if you disagree because of the inconsistency they have in playing.

Anonymous said...

"...I totally understand if you disagree because of the inconsistency they have in playing"

That's funny cause you're right. I have no doubt that they could beat anybody in the final. But I can't imagine that they could ever play well enough over the course of 4 games leading up to it to get there. As a matter of fact, I won't be surprised if they don't see the second round.

Anonymous said...

Well I would be surprised if they didn't make it to the quarterfinals actually.

Anonymous said...

It will definitely be an interesting tournament. And I think the first round matches between two "established" teams in Gottschee and Parsippany against two "newcomers" in MF Blue and SDFC are the really intriguing ones. If these two new teams are as good as advertised we may well see Gottschee and/or Parsippany out early.

Anonymous said...

The brackets are disappointing in the State Cup in that they don't seem to have understood that MF Blue and SDFC should both be pretty good. The Mt. Olive/Jersey Spartans matchup and the Monroe/Elizabeth one too make it look like there will be mediocre teams still playing after good ones have been knocked out.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the brackets are created with those thoughts in mind and are randomly drawn. But don't tell me dol has ever tried to win big tournaments. They get all their points from state cup wins and get minor points from easy tournaments.

Anonymous said...

"I don't think the brackets are created with those thoughts in mind and are randomly drawn."

Well, they've give first round byes to DOL, Mainland, EB and MF Black so that doesn't look random to me. Maybe they had some geographical considerations as well (Vorhees/Boca Jrs)?

I'd say they had at least some sort of seeding ideas with this. But despite this, there will be at least one 3rd round match that will feature what I would consider to be a less than elite team as I can't say I feel that way about any of SJEB, Cherry Hill, FC Copa or Princeton Orange.

Anonymous said...

I watched the TSF vs Parsippany White game last night because my sons team is playing TSF in the next round. However, even though TSF won, they absolutely shouldve lost. They came into the game not expecting a fight and had a real lack of intensity. They were defending for the first 10 minutes and couldnt get out of their half. The game relaxed but 20 minutes in , somebody on parsippany shot a free kick for 35 yards out and it went top corner. It was one of the best goals I have ever seen in a youth soccer match. However, parsippany was so excited about the goal, they gave up a set piece which was taken like a corner and poor marking left a man open at the back post who scored a tap in. The game continued to heat up as it went on with TSF constantly defending. Players were also getting into little fights as the intensity continued. Then in extra time, the goalie from tsf punted it 60 yards to his teammate who passed it to the edge of the 18 and the kid shot, the ball went off the post and with 2 minutes of stoppage time left, tsf lead. Completely against the run of play. Overall, this TSF was not what I expected but maybe parsippany played with their first team or maybe the second team is just as good. All I know is that the second team will definitely be giving teams a run for their money this season, and if tsf was to have a little more intensity, I could see them fighting for best team in the state.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking at the results from Jeff cup and this is the main reason why I dislike showcases. Both matchfit blue and parsippany went 3-0-0 this weekend and did not win their tourney. In one case, a team went 3-0-0 and got third in their group. This is what happens when 12 teams are thrown together into a bracket. Now I know the idea is to get scouted and not to win but matchfit and parsippany will now be deprived of points, which this blog have determined are important, and neither team did anything wrong. Almost all nj teams came to play this weekend and they certainly showed what nj is made of. Tsf won 2 drew another so they obviously got over their previous game. Matchfit black won the second bracket and east Brunswick also had a good showing. Nj force arsenal not great but they didn't get last and gotschee showed up in the bracket below as did mount olive. Finally, in the bottom bracket which still had very competitive teams, south jersey barons got third, Princeton finished mid table and the only disappointment was copa who finished last in the bottom bracket making them the worst team in the tourney. Overall, congrats to nj teams and shows us that we could have an exciting season on our hands.

Anonymous said...

I've been robbed of points this weekend. My boy may now not get into a D1 college. What to do? Back to PDA I guess.

Anonymous said...

College coaches far and few in attendance this year at the top brackets of the Jeff Cup. Did anyone else find this as well? At least at the NJ team games.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else noticed the big dropoff in college coaches at the showcases over the past couple of years? It seems that they're putting a much bigger emphasis on kids coming to their camps rather than getting out an scouting games. Totally the opposite of basketball and football where the athletes are dictating the process. Because of the few scholarships available, it almost seems like the schools are dictating the process.

Anonymous said...

For players not in the absolute top tier it is more beneficial to first attend an ID Camp to get on a school's radar. Then invite them to see you play. If they are interested, they will. Colleges coaches are not going to accept invites by thousands of players from around the country simply because they are on a top 5 team on Gotsoccer in their particular state. It does appear to be the players chasing the colleges now for soccer for those players who do not already have a favorable reputation in their perspective league.

Anonymous said...

The blog has determined points are important? The highest level of authority. It's an opinion that points are so important.

Anonymous said...

"Overall, congrats to nj teams and shows us that we could have an exciting season on our hands."

10 NJ teams (excluding FC Copa) combined for 17 wins, 7 draws and just 6 losses across the 2nd - 5th flights at the Jeff Cup. They scored a combined 64 while conceding 33. So yes, aside from NJ Force, it was a good weekend for just about all of them.

FC Copa doesn't count. They need to go win the 3rd flight at a Pocono Cup or the like. Can't imagine they'll get accepted to any more decent events where there are more applications than spots and teams are being turned down.

And I've decided to ignore the post above as I can only hope this WUM loses interest soon.

Anonymous said...

FC Copa parent here. Obviously our results this weekend were terrible. After beating Princeton FC and Vistula 3-0 and 5-0 respectively in scrimmages prior to Jeff Cup, I was expecting a lot better. It seems like our heads were just not in it this weekend. That being said, I'm confident we can learn from these defeats and build towards a great spring season.
In other news, EDP Easter Showcase schedules are available, and we are in the 6th group down out of 8 in a showcase where there are very few good teams showing up. Personally, I'm very disappointed with the tournament directors as it seems like they put all their consideration on recent games, most notably tournament over the last 2 weeks. Thought we should have been 2 groups higher. In the group above us there is Jersey United who we beat 4-0, and LDC who we beat 8-1.
With all that being said we obviously need to improve our results, we can't just keeping saying we're good. Good luck to everyone as teams really start getting into their spring seasons.

Anonymous said...

So, any other thoughts or predictions about the upcoming EDP showcase? Are there any other tournaments going on that weekend because a lot of good teams aren't participating in that?

Anonymous said...

I'm going to be honest. Fc copa doesn't seem to be a good team. I watched them play and they seem like the don't have any hunger. Maybe I saw them play a bad game but they're Jeff cup showing was abysmal.

Anonymous said...

EDP showcase thoughts and predictions:

Flight 1: Montco vs Match Fit Black final, Montco wins
I think it's always interesting when you have a team from a different country in a tournament. Fun for the players as well I would think.

Flight 2: Ironbound in 1st, MF Blue in 2nd
It will be interesting to see how MF Blue does against better competition. So far, they've been killing off weaker competition, so we can finally see if they're as good as promised.

Flight 3: YMS vs SJEB final, SJEB wins
Difficult to predict this group, but SJEB had a good showing at Jeff Cup

Flight 4: Toms River vs Philadelphia Coppa, Toms River wins

Flight 5: FCUSA vs Jersey United, FCUSA wins

Flight 6: Arsenal Black vs Copa, Copa wins

No idea about any lower than this

Anonymous said...

"Flight 1: Montco vs Match Fit Black final, Montco wins
I think it's always interesting when you have a team from a different country in a tournament. Fun for the players as well I would think."

I knew Pennsylvania was a Commonwealth but had no idea they had seceded from the Union!

Oh, wait! You must be talking about the Canadian team as being from a different country. Sorry, my bad.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the Canadian team doesn't need points to be in the top flight.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm sure its because they don't have a got soccer points system for Canada. I'm sure the Canadian team will be at least decent.

Anonymous said...

"I'm looking at the results from Jeff cup and this is the main reason why I dislike showcases. Both matchfit blue and parsippany went 3-0-0 this weekend and did not win their tourney. In one case, a team went 3-0-0 and got third in their group. This is what happens when 12 teams are thrown together into a bracket."

As I said before, I've never been a fan of the format either because you are competing against teams with uncommon opponents. Especially when points are distributed based on the quality of your individual group—not the bracket as a whole. MF Blue was actually in the "easiest" group from a points standpoint (which means very little of course), so it's probably fitting that their 3-0 was "second best" in their bracket. I'm partially joking, but it shows how arbitrary this all is.

In the 2nd flight, TSF actually benefitted because in the traditional 4 team showcase format, they would have gone home empty after losing a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Illinois team that beat them.

Anonymous said...

God bless GotSoccer for all they have accomplished (which is a lot). But their rankings are so dependent on their own process that they are extremely skewed.

I posted a link to this site previously but no one seemed to have been interested. But I'll post it again just in case:

http://youthsoccerrankings.us/

From this site: "This site ranks 133,000 youth soccer teams in the USA based upon the results of 1.1 million games in the last 18 months. The results come directly from more than 350 different tournament or league websites and are the most accurate and complete set used by any ranking system. The rankings are based solely on team results. Every goal in every game is considered when calculating the ranking of each team."

For whatever it may be worth, these rankings don't reflect my opinion in all cases either. But they look a lot closer to what I see than GotSoccer's take.

Anonymous said...

Just looked at these rankings again and they have somehow elevated two teams I've never heard of to the top of the National Rankings. Once is from Georgia which is believable. But the other is from Hawaii which is not.

Ah well! There is no truly reliable ranking system, But it you focus on U16 Boys in NJ, I think this once is a lot closer to reality than GotDoccer,

Anonymous said...

I've referred to that other ranking site on occasion, and I agree that it is fascinating. It has more data from more games, and I think it does a lot right without falling into the deficiencies of Got Soccer's very well designed but very skewed system. In most cases, I believe it IS more accurate in comparing teams from different states or regions.

But I've also noticed that it's susceptible to wild inaccuracies due to all kinds of factors—some of which I can't put my finger on. These might be just temporary fluctuations, but strange teams with little playing history can sometimes find themselves at the top of their state or near the top nationally. The HI and Georgia teams you mentioned are probably good examples of that. Not that Georgia isn't strong, but you'll notice that there are several GA teams near the top due to league results where many played one another. Even though these teams have limited playing histories, somehow that is causing a spike to those teams as a whole.

Sometimes what might happen is a new team with no resume will play in a high-scoring indoor tournament against little known competition (which isn't advisable, but the system may not know the difference) and win 8-1, 10-2, 6-0 and 9-3. Suddenly, they show up ranked higher than established teams in the same state with a long history of results. This will probably get weeded out, but these anomalies seem pretty common in a homegrown system like this one.

Like, I say...it gets a lot right, but I think it's more accurate when comparing teams with deep histories and relatively current results.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. Scanning NJ, MD, VA, etc., the rankings are pretty reasonable. As logical as anything any of us could come up with. Making comparisons with opponents based on the numbers isn't perfect, but it does seem to work pretty well.

BUT...WOW...you're right about the wild anomalies! The whole thing crumbles when you see that 4 of the top 10 teams are GA teams (United excluded) that played in one league with no other results other than against the other teams in that league. That's nuts.

Anonymous said...

I think the idea of that is to not reward just teams who play tournaments the way for soccer does. That's why a team can lose points even if they beat s team if their opponent is worse and they don't win convincingly. The problem is that some teams that don't play tournaments don't play anyone good but still win and get increase in rankings. What this site does do is ween out teams like den of lions who have points from playing in easy tournaments. It also rewards teams like parsippany and sdfc who don't play for points but play teams that are good. Overall I definitely think this is a good comparison to got soccer because this rates teams via quality.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the 2 top GA teams have already changed their name!

Anonymous said...

Results for some NJ teams this weekend:

Mainland lost 2-1 to YMS and tied Northern Steel Bayern 0-0

Logan also tied Northern Steel Bayern 1-1

PDA Rooney demolished Hauppauge crew 4-0

Copa lost to MF Blue 6-3 but beat Staten Island Gunners 2-1

MF Blue beat Copa but lost to SJEB 3-0

Gottschee beat EB in what seems to be a thrilling game 4-3

MF Black beat NJ Force 1-0

Monroe beat NJ Stallions Madrid 3-1

Parsippany White beat Mt. Olive 4-2

In EDP Open Cup, Logan beat Monroe 2-1

Anonymous said...

What happened to Den of Lions this past weekend. How did they loose to Pasco in the Ironbound tournament final.

Anonymous said...

Maybe because they're not a good team? Only beat North Plainfield and Buckingham by 1 goal each at last weeks Maps Spring Challenge. Lost to Staten Island Gunners at DTS. Soon, the rankings should reflect the actual quality of that team, which I believe is not worthy to be in the top 10 in NJ.

On another note, does anyone have any information on this Parsippany White team? Is it literally the same team as Parsippany Blue or a different team? Or are they sometimes playing with their A team and sometimes B team? Because the results for this team are very weird. Beat Mt. Olive and close game with TSF, yet finish third in the third bracket down at NEFC Showcase playing against poor competition. Also their results at Manhattan Showcase would not point to them being able to compete with TSF.

Anonymous said...

After looking into the recent comments parsippany white played in Massachusetts at midday at nefc and played mount olive at 8 pm. Fishy?

Anonymous said...

Parsippany's 'Blue' Team has 24 players. None for the White. But the same Coach. Can you say Player Exchange?

If parents accept it when their kids have to sit against the better teams then good for them! Interesting to see if they are in contention for the Central Division Second Bracket or a lower tiered Tournament. Will they bring the better players down for the games?

Anonymous said...

5:12 so are you saying that Parsippany Blue and White are indeed one and the same? I believe you're saying that Parsippany has a large squad, so they use the better players (the Blue) for more important games, and the worse players (the White) for less important games. In that case, why don't they just make 2 separate teams? I'm sure they could find the additional 6-7 players. It would save Parsippany Blue players from playing bad tournaments with bad teams.

I feel like I'm not getting what you're saying, though. Please re-explain in a different way, if you can.

Anonymous said...

Parsippany Blue is the NPL 99 team and plays in the NPL. A separate team is Parsippany White and they play in the EDP league. Yesterday while the White was in MA players from NPL 00 and a few Blue players played against Mt. Olive. They are three separate teams (Blue or NPL 99, NPL 00 and White) but with close to 40 players that are U16 sometimes they are mixed to fill gaps. Each player is assigned to their major team. Parsippany Blue has not,to my knowledge, played in the place of the White team. I hope this clears things up a little. If you look at the Got Soccer roster for Blue it is outdated. But the picture in the left corner is not.

Anonymous said...

Okay, that makes sense. But looking at the pictures for Parsippany Blue and White on GotSoccer, they are the exact same picture, with about 30 kids. I am sure that is not the squad for Blue, its probably Blue and White. So it seems very reasonable to think that the players interchange between the two teams regularly. Also, someone earlier said on this blog that Parsippany Blue DID play for White at DTS, so I don't know where you're getting your information from saying "Parsippany Blue has not,to my knowledge, played in the place of the White team". Finally, to further muddle things up, Parsippany Blue is not, looking at the NPL leagues, even in NPL. Nor are they in Region 1 Champs League or any EDP leagues. So, it seems to me that PSC Blue is clearly playing for white in EDP. Either that, or a group of talented players at PSC Blue are just not playing in any league, which is 99% not true. Also, you said something about an NPL 00 team? I don't see that team in got soccer, so what team are you talking about?

Sorry, but you seem to have made things even more confusing.

Anonymous said...

Parsippany Blue is the NPL 99 team and do play in the NPL league.

https://www.nyclubsoccerleague.com/html/npl/current/standing-list.asp?GF=Boys&AF=U16&SEASON=NPL+2015-

Parsippany also has a 2000 team that plays in the NPL league. Some of these boys are born between January 2000 and July 2000 and are invited to play on the Blue or White team.

https://www.nyclubsoccerleague.com/html/npl/current/standing-list.asp?GF=Boys&AF=U15&SEASON=NPL+2015-2016

Boys could be asked to play on either of the three teams if they meet the age eligibility but they have their main team and play for that team the vast majority of the time.

I am not 100% sure but I don't think Blue played in a tournament for White. Maybe some of the players on Blue played but not the entire squad.

Anonymous said...

Right, I got you. I just assumed Parsippany would be in the EDP Division of NPL because thats where most NJ teams are. Didn't think to check other NPL divisions. Looks like the NY division even gives points, unlike the EDP Division, which is a plus. This all makes sense now, although I guess we are still yet to determine if Blue players often play with White.

Anonymous said...

All this talk about Parsippany got me wondering so I got in touch with a the dad of a former teammate of my son's who's boy is there now to get the scoop.

He says there are about 35 players in the age group at this point and there are also some U15's who play up from time to time. He confirmed that they are basically split into two U16 teams with the Blue being the stronger of the two. But he said that nothing is cast in stone and that kids can play themselves off one roster and onto the other based on their performance at training each week. The entire group trains together.

He also said the group at DTS was primarily the Blue team (he wasn't sure why they played as the White team) but the one that lost to TSF in the State Cup was the White team.

Sounds like a pretty competitive environment to me and has me wondering if they may be looking for another player!

Anonymous said...

"Gottschee beat EB in what seems to be a thrilling game 4-3"

That's a couple of good wins for Gottschee of late as they beat Parsippany Blue 3-0 at Manhattan.

Jekyll and Hyde!

Anonymous said...

That information about all the Parsippany u16s training with each other and being able to switch sqauds constantly based on their performance actually sounds kinda cool and innovative. I've never really heard of another club doing that, but the more I think about it the more benefits I can see to training in that kind of environment. It puts more pressure on the kids to perform, making them practice in game-like scenarios. On the contrary, some kids probably don't like that type of constant pressure, and it doesn't really allow for development of team chemistry all that much, since you're playing with players that aren't on your team. In fact, it seems kind of like the environment in high school soccer to be perfectly honest, but interesting stuff nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

I've just noticed that Ironbound have made their u16 navigators a u17 team. They are all the same players, just moved up an age group. I assume this is because of the new age grouping next year, but anyone with more information?

Anonymous said...

"...and it doesn't really allow for development of team chemistry all that much, since you're playing with players that aren't on your team."

I think the idea is that all the players are on your team, or at least on your club. I don't see how this is much different than a team with 18 where the first team play more than the other 7, yet those other 7 are competing at practice to get more game time.

I would agree that bigger squads like this are not common here. But I think this is the way the rest of the world goes about it pretty regularly.

Anonymous said...

"...I assume this is because of the new age grouping next year..."

We're going to see a lot of changes because of this come the fall. But unless Ironbound have already moved some of their younger '00 players to their younger team and some of the younger '99s to this one, I'm not sure why they'd make this move just yet.

Anonymous said...

"younger '00 players?"

Sorry, meant older.

Anonymous said...

I guess gottschee has been getting better as predicted.. Let's see if they stay that way because as of now I defiantly see them making semi finals or finals at state cup.

Anonymous said...

Gottschee jumped from 8th to 4th in the state.. How was this possible?

Anonymous said...

Sorry I made a mistake on the gottschee post I did. I put "defiantly" instead of Definitely... Oops my bad

Anonymous said...

"Gottschee jumped from 8th to 4th in the state.. How was this possible?"

I just saw this and I was just confused. Because just yesterday they were in 8th and now clearly they are in 4th. Doing a quick addition of their points shows that the got soccer math isn't screwed up. Then I found the problem.

If you look at the event details for 2015 EDP Open Cup, it constantly says "Winner of Play-in-Game B" in the quarterfinals, semis, and finals. That team was Gottschee. Looks like it took a year for GS to figure that out, or for Gottschee to notify someone, before they got it right, and gave Gottschee the points they earned.

Anonymous said...

Talk about a massive mistake.. Or at least I think it is because that could have had gottschee play in higher levels in tournaments. For example they could have played in the same level in tournaments as TSF. I'm not saying they would do better and win but at least they would have a chance to gain more points if winning or coming out finalist or in semifinal.

Anonymous said...

You're quite right ... that's one huge mistake. And I can't imagine that it took Gottschee a year to notify GS, what with points being such a big thing on getting into major tournaments and the like. I got to say that this was a major goof by GS. Why did it take them so long to fix it?

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