Oh they didn't win Bethesda. I heard they lost the majority of their starting midfield, best defender, and a couple good forwards. That is the problem with GotSoccer, sometimes the points were earned with a team that no longer exists. Sounds like some may be living in the past if they complain about not getting first group and then fail to win second group.
McLean got very lucky . We did not lose are best players the girls that left our team were mediocre at best and we replace them all them with better players .
The North Rowdies win the top flight of WAGS that most of these we are in and they get shafted. They also beat McLean 3-0 in December as well as Smithtown 4-0 in December too. They have been one of the most consistent teams getting to the finals in almost every tournament they have played, but Copa Milan is in the top. They play in the 3rd flights. How NR and FC Penn are not in the top is nuts.
Oh replacing two Region 1 players and a player who was asked to National Team camp with a group of players from a team ABGC would defeat 6-0 at PWSI tournaments is replacing with better players. Hmm.
So are you saying they only lost 3 starters ? I heard like 6 left the team but ABGC still kept the better skilled players at defense and also at mid-field ? Conflicting stories about this team .
Trade Smithtown and Copa for FC Penn and NR then you have the top flight.
Every player who left (except one) went to Mclean ECNL. Then Mclean ECNL defeats ABGC and they get "lucky". Sounds like a little bit of jealousy from one fraction against their former teammates who are having success.
So are we in agreement? PA Strikers should be in top flight and the posters from ABGC/FCV are nuts? That's the gist I'm getting. Couldn't agree more. BTW, watched ABGC squeak by Bethesda at Annandale tournament 1-0 and from the looks of things Bethesda was missing two or three starters. ABGC coaches have no business being in youth sports the way they act on the sideline.
Looks like to me there is a New Sheriff in VA and its name is McLean ECNL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ABGC Coaching Staff is a joke .
And I just checked Annandale site's ABGC Premiere dominating ECNL. They already lost to two ECNL teams (Mclean and FC Delco). How is that dominating ECNL?Are some people on this team delusional?They don't get top bracket at a tournament. Lose in the second bracket. ComplainThen they don't get top bracket a Jeff Cup. Complain. Just a suggestion. Win it on the pitch before complaining.
Can we get a PDA parent to respond about fees? Preferably one whose daughter is a practice dummy for the ECNL team. $4000? Higher? Everyone else has put their cards on the table. Come on...time to put up or shut up.
ABGC cost more then $5000 to play on now tell me who the dummies are now ???????
Yes, PA Strikers should be in top flight. Good luck to them, at Jeff cup. And....someone here needs to chill and not panic when their comment does not show right up. Stop hitting submit more than once...Processing......Do not hit back or refresh key while our site updates and confirms your order. Jesus H. Christ.
Too funny - submit, submit, submit... In all seriousness Strikers and Rowdies should be in top bracket and the only thing I can think of is they weren't there last year. Were they there 2 and 3 years ago? Jeff Cup puts a lot of weight into how you did at their tourney. If this is there first showing (hard to believe that is the case) but if it is they were placed correctly. Rowdies got to consolation game last year not a bad showing.Since there seems to be some ABGC parents on this site is there any truth to the rumor posted a day or so ago that you guys are going to FC Virginia? We won't tell anyone.
If anyone has heard FC Virginia owner, he has been consistent in saying he doesn't believe in recruiting teams. Even if teams come, they are quickly augmented with top players from other teams and the lower end players are released. If ABGC does move, they might find out they cannot dictate terms and might find the current direct style is in contrast with the club's philosophy and with the possibility that the coach is released mid season - the parents are faced with choosing to remain in ECNL or with a coach who seems to get replaced whenever one of his top teams reaches age 15.FC Virginia got rid of the Harkes. Why would ABGC parents think they can bring in their own coach and have that be a long term solution.
Hee Haw !!!!
Pretty sure ABGC doesn't cost anything, let alone $5000 @11:43. Maybe you're confusing the PDA fees with ABGC. I predict ABGC breaks up. Good players will go to Bethesda so they develop as soccer players. Rest either blend into FCV mediocrity or stay riding the gravy train at Annandale. GD and the parent coach fade away. Thankfully, we won't have to listen to them tell their kids what to do every second of the 80 minutes anymore. Agree with @11:36. Those coaches don't belong in youth sports. Classless. The parent coach is probably the one posting gripes about tournament placing. Get over it. Playing a tournament every other weekend to collect GS points does not make you a good soccer team. Look at what Bethesda did to you in Rhode Island last year. That's your future.
U14 ECNL teams in Region 1 STANDINGS World Class beat everybody and now with the rumors about this team and Manhattan Santos merging they will be unbeatable:Under 14 Northeast ConferenceDivision PPG Pts GP W L T GF GA GD01. World Class FC ECNL U14*champ 4 2.73 30 11 10 1 0 45 13 3202. Penn Fusion SA ECNL U14*champ 9*wc 2 2.36 26 11 8 1 2 29 8 2103. PDA ECNL U14 2.20 22 10 7 2 1 26 5 2104. FC Bucks ECNL U14 2.09 23 11 7 2 2 23 12 1105. Match Fit Academy ECNL U14 1.36 15 11 4 4 3 17 15 206. Continental FC Delco ECNL U14 1.00 10 10 3 6 1 8 19 -11
NorthEast NPL standing - This is for ECNL clubs B teams - 2013-2014U14 Girls Pts GP Pts/GP W L T GF GA GDFC Stars of Mass NPL U14 19 8 2.38 6 1 1 33 4 29PDA NPL U14 19 7 2.71 6 0 1 23 1 22Match Fit Academy NPL U14 14 7 2.00 4 1 2 9 6 3World Class FC NPL U14 13 8 1.63 4 3 1 15 16 -1Connecticut FC NPL U14 10 6 1.67 3 2 1 16 13 3Boston Breakers Academy NPL U14 10 8 1.25 3 4 1 11 17 -6FC Bucks NPL U14 6 8 0.75 2 6 0 7 25 -18Penn Fusion WCUSC NPL U14 6 8 0.75 2 6 0 8 22 -14Albertson SC NPL U14 1 8 0.13 0 7 1 9 27 -18September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014
ABGC coach has been shopping his 4-5 best players and of course his coaching 'service" for the last year. They made the MD rounds and now looks like they are lobbying the VA local ECNL teams as well. This is your future when your willing to follow coaches that promote this type of activity. They could not wait to get out of Ashburn, now they want out of Annandale. I'm sure a few of their girls will find a place to play they have some nice players who could find a spot on an ECNL team. Could be the coach holding back their opportunities demanding a package deal… FCV teaches real soccer so hopefully they find their way there so that they can take their skills and understanding of the game to the next level.
WC and Santos merging? Lord that will be a very tough team. We have played all the top level teams (on regular basis) and can honestly say that WC, Santos and FC Stars are the 3 best we played.Feel sorry for teams that don't get the opportunity to play them.
The funny thing is there are some dynamics on ABGC also holding them back. Parents that don't want to leave old friends. Parents who like tailgating more than playing real soccer. Parents who want to have contracts for U14 soccer players and teams. Reality is ABGC defense has 2 good players. Midfield was decimated with the departures. Forwards are good. A couple good wings. As mentioned 4-5 players could go to the ECNL teams, but not if it requires the remaining 12 to 13 players as a package deal and a contract the requires the club to kick out good players from the existing team so that parents can keep their drinking buddies.
Any news on Manhattan Spring Kickoff list of accepted teams being published. Jefferson already posted theirs!!Also when are the EDP brackets being posted? NPL already published theirs!! Get with the program and publish those!!!
Rowdies moved to top bracket, Smithtown Kickers moved to second bracket.
If ABGC wants to play ECNL, they could reach out to VA Rush in Hampton and I'm sure they will take them only to have one decent ECNL team in their portfolio. Eventually ECNL is going to kick out lower end teams and Virginia Rush is near the bottom. ABGC could continue practicing up here and go down there for games. GD could charge the parents more for travel. It is really the only win/win scenario if they want to keep the team together.
^^^ Oh C'mon^^^Do you have computer issues? We get the point the first read through.
Top flight Prediction:Santos vs Bethesda Real...Santos 1-02nd flight Prediction:Strikers, Krush, Kickers, ISA Elite. Strikers win no matter what the semi combos are.
PDA = $2400 + your related travel fees to tournaments.
Check this out!!Accepted and rejected list to Jefferson cup in the link below. I wonder how they pick these teams. There are ECNL teams rejected over town teams which are very low level. NJ has quite a few u14G teams rejected like Freehold Celtics, NJSA, etc. Why???? NJ Rush accepted former NJSA/Highlands team? Who picks these teams? http://www.gotsport.com/events/teamlist.asp?eventid=32803&showall=true
So PDA is just 2400. That's not bad!!! NO extra coaching fees and tournament fees. The competition is charging as much as 100.00 coaching fees per tournament and away league games!!
Former Virginia Gov McDonnell picked the teams. Guess some clubs didn't contribute to his vacation home or daughter's wedding. Serious Strikers pick a field they think provides a cross representation. They will tell you they don't always pick the best teams in a side by side comparison. So at the lower levels, some teams can complain that #10 in Virginia got in - but #8 didn't. You can fault a tournament by how they fill out their lower brackets.
PDA charges extra fees. Only ecnl tournies included in $2400. No one paying just 2400. Lol. And all the small group training on Monday nights + Thursday nights plus ONeill training is of course extra. And all the recommended technical camps @ PDA.
ABGC is the best U14 team in Region 1 because all the girls have been together for so long we will win Va State Cup we will win Region 1 Premier League and go on to Nationals and win that too . We have started off slow but in recent tournaments we have shown why we are the team to beat . Jefferson Cup rep has called our coach and said huge mistake by no putting us in Top Bracket so look for a change in the near future. Don't be surprise all you ECNL teams we will see you real soon. Take that to the bank !!!!!!
Yes, PDA's $2400 is just the base fee. Add in all the "non mandatory" (wink wink) winter and summer camps, private training with the DOC and Rutger's camps and you are quite a bit above the base fee.
2:58, how did you get the applied list? I need one also for the boys side
Seriously, ABGC probably isn't even the best team in DC. Bethesda when they bring their best team schooled ABGC in WAGS, CCL, and Region 1 Tourney.
All the girls have been together so long. Is it 2012? You guys effectively merged with PWSI, a team that would invite you to club tournaments for the honor of getting worked over 6-0 so they could earn Got Soccer points. Those games looked like FSU playing William and Mary so W&M could score a big pay day for the school and the kids could get the experience of big time football. I don't FSU fans would confuse replacing large sections of their OL and DL with W&M kids as positive for them getting ready to play SEC teams. It might work in the ACC. Not in the SEC.
Sounds like the "tailgating" has already started at ABGC. In all seriousness I enjoy toying with the nut bagger parents but have nothing but respect for the girls.I know there are a lot of PDA parents that chime in time from time. Any thoughts as to why the Gunners are in the top bracket instead of ABGC? They did beat you guys in final last year and at your own spring tourney. Seems like they might have a case being placed over you guys.Just a thought.
That was last year before the six elite players left ABGC to join Mclean ECNL. I would imagine that played a major factor in the decision. One Virginia team was going to be in the top bracket and the recent result at Bethesda sealed the deal.Bottoms Up!
5pm here is applied boys team http://www.gotsport.com/events/teamlist.asp?eventid=32802&showall=true
I thought the whole idea of the ECNL was to separate the "great teams" from the rest of the "backyard kickers". We were told that they would no longer play in any state cup matches and that quality matches and training over quantity was what was expected. They didn't believe in 3 games in a weekend tournaments. WHAT HAPPENED to that philosophy. I guess they got tired of playing the same couple of teams or wanted to show the world how much better they were that everyone else?
^^ You really don't have not a clue, do you?^^First, people such as yourself, criticize ECNL teams for "ducking" non ECNL competition, then when they do register for top tournaments, you still criticize. Wow! bash, bash. The fact is, top ECNL teams like any other want to play top teams regardless of what league they play in, and don't duck anything!! News flash, there are some crappy teams in the ECNL, just like in any league! Until you attend an event like the recent National Event in Florida, you will be oblivious. Loads of college coaches, watching games, talking to coaches, asking about girls with rosters in hand and taking notes. The events are very professinaly run, and organized better than most high level non ECNL tournaments. Don't knock what to have not seen with your own eyes. You can keep bashing all you would like, but any parent that has been to a national event at u15 or above can most likely attest to this. Keep up the negativity, though, if it makes you feel good. But just who are you trying to convince?
9:35,Our ECNL team does not compete in State Cup matches anymore. We are one and done after winning it the only time we ever competed in it. In addition at U15 most tournaments outside of ECNL events we would play in a ECNL bracket. Don't worry so much, we won't rain on your only chance to win a State Cup. You can have the marshmallows all to yourself.
Most ECNL teams I know tell their players and parents, we are using the tournament to work on stuff or try new things in a game setting that we want to use during ECNL season. Most ECNL teams are singularly focused on the ECNL season
Here comes the arrogance we always see whenever ECNL is mentioned. So nice of you to use tournaments as large scale practices. Get over yourselves.
No arrogance implied. Just telling you what the coaches tell the players. We are going to use the tournaments to try different formations or work on specific areas against quality competition where the results really don't impact the league standings. It does show that most ECNL teams are worried about league results than tournaments or Got Soccer points.
Arrogance, you have one team in Virginia that lost half of their starting lineup come on here and say they are best in Region 1. They are going to win Premiere League, National League, and go in and dominate ECNL plus play every tournament to get Got Soccer points. Is school important? because those players would be on the road 100 days a year with that schedule.They have been coming back to Virginia for years saying Worldclass isn't anything, Santos is easy, FC Stars can't hang with them, they are best team in the Country. I'm shocked the NJ/NY/PA reps have left that comment fly without challenge. Especially since they haven't won anything since the girls are left and it is the parents of the former reserves who are on here chirping about past results.Now that is arrogance.
ARROGANCE....I would call it SAD. They haven't seen the numbers that only 1.3 girls,lets call it 3 for the dreamers get a full ride to Div. 1 per team. The rest will be paying big dollars to have their kid sit on the bench on a roster of 25 to 35. The real funny part is that the bottom part of the roster that they look down on will go to a Div. 2 or 3 school and play every game.
If STBW has placed a single girl on one Division 1 soccer team, her picture would be in lights on the home with a Paypal button and dates of the next Madera Camp.
What IS sad is you criticizing a parent's choice.. You all pay just as much as any ECNL team and travel the same or more, who's banking on any scholarships?Most of us are pretty savvy and understand women's, and college soccer in general. What's galling, is that you choose for your kid to play where she does, in hopes of what you accuse us of. If I'm wrong, go play for your town's travel team. Tell me your club costs, events you attend, etc, and than we can compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges! My kid needs no scholarship, period. She can attend the college of HER choice, that's called family amd financial planning. My kid wants to play in college. She is starting to think about schools, we won't base our decision on $$, because we don't have to, but, she will get more looks playing for the team that she does. My hope.. Is that her team and club, will give her more choices...It's not arrogance, not once posted that playing ECNL was the end all be all. There are great NPL, and Region 1 premier teams, however, in our area, at this time, she plays for, who we feel, is her best option and level to help her meet her goals. If people come off as arrogant, that sucks,some are, unfortunately, living vicariously... but you sound like an unhappy person that questions their own decisions.
AMEN! As many have said on here numerous times, choose what you think is the best situation for your daughter and her's and your family's circumstances and let her work hard, have fun, and get the most out of the experience as she can and don't worry about what others have choosen for their daughter, that is their business!
The things I enjoy about this discussion group - comparing current teams, coaches, and leagues and learning about what other clubs are doing (and charging) so I can stay informed and make the best decisions for my kid. And I do really enjoy the rivalry among the teams, as long at stays civil and at least slightly based in reality.What I find disappointing - people making claims about dominating teams/leagues in the future and how other teams "got lucky" in a win. If you are disappointed about how your kid's team is doing, focus on working hard and getting better. If you need to switch teams and/or leagues to get the right setting for your kid, then fine by me. But making outlandish statements just makes you look desperate, not confident.
Agree. The way I see it if you are looking at a U14 girls soccer blog your daughter is probably a pretty good player on a good club...
not a chance that was an ABGC parent. They may be odd but thats a set up if I ever saw one.
Funny because that is exactly the way the ABGC parents talk. Same exact comments. GD has those parents believing they can do Premiere League and National League as ABGC and then kick out the FC Virginia team and play ECNL (at the same time). One of the parents on that team who is a lawyer, drew up paperwork to get every player on that team under contract with FC Virginia where the parents would make all decisions of who is on the team, who is the coach, where they would play.
Take note if you are at Jeff Cup and near the field that ABGC is playing on go watch there parents and then you will get a full understanding of how they operate as intoxicate out of control screaming parents . Thats when the win oh God when the lose it is unbearable as a adult . I wish I was at Bethesda when they got beat by McLean now that would of been great to see there faces were 5 of there X-players beat them the very first time the played them btw when Mclean ECNL got beat in the ABGC Tournament there were missing more then half there starters .......Super Y Nationals and State ODP try-outs
Interesting to note, this list is really before Match Fit was in ECNL....so is it ECNL that helps college recruitment, or being on a good team?
Impressive list. Congrats to all the girls moving forward. Always nice to see when their hard work pays off!
MF- that is an impressive list. However how many of them are getting scholarships. Remember anyone paying big money for there kid to play soccer could Probally come up with the money to see there kid play at a big school. I have a friend who's daughter is playing at a little known school under scholarship for free. She was recruited heavily by big schools but they wouldn't give her a full ride. So beside her name on the list is an unimpressive college. It could have been a big one. To me that puts some perspective on the lists all clubs produce. Start marking scholarships and it's much more impressive.
Why so concerned about the money? It's been established here that most club dues are in comparable range say ($1500 to $2500) Where it gets expensive is if your on a club team that travels extensively. Soccer should be treated as a vehicle to help your daughter get into an academic school of her choice, not as some backup plan to make up for your buddies failed 401K.
10:18 did you proof read what you wrote??? Soccer is a vehicle to help you get into a college of your choice.....It is the Grades they get that could do it without soccer. You really contradicted yourself. Unless your going to play soccer as a main job they could really care less if you play soccer or do basket weaving if you have the right academics to get in.By the way if you ask an honest person those costs are really low for Match fit and PDA. Match fit told people it was more up front than $2300 and PDA has more hidden costs that total almost double that.
Actually 9:24, 10:18 is correct. When a college is looking at 2 applicants with roughly equal academics, they next look at what else that student can offer their school. Soccer could be the deciding factor to take one over the other if that student/athlete is the right fit and the college team needs someone to fill a roster spot. An athlete who can keep up their grades is generally more attractive than someone who spends all their time at home studying and has nothing else to offer. I'm not saying they will get money to go to the school, but if that's not a concern, it could definitely help with getting accepted.
@924 Very true about hidden PDA costs, no one wants to own up to the fact that the costs to play for this club are ridiculous compared to what you get in return. Training is not all that top notch.
Interesting NYTimes article. Is it still ridiculous that there were coaches at the Bethesda final?http://nyti.ms/1cjWQOY
10:18 you have no idea what your talking about. It is NOT just the grades / sat scores that get you into a school. Yes you have to be close in most cases to whatever academic standard the school uses as a guideline but after that they are looking at what else you can bring to the school. If your daughter has the potential to be a D1 starter or contributor as a freshman most schools will be happy to accommodate you even if she academically places slightly below their standards. This is the point I'm trying to make. If two kids are academically the same but one has the ability to play a sport (well) at D1,2 or 3 level, they will get the nod every time over the kid who just has the same academics and nothing else. Have you ever watched a D1 football or basketball game? Do you actually think each and every one of those players met every academic requirement by the school? Academics are just a guideline not a sole determining factor. As far as the club cost goes you get what you pay for in most cases, at least if your daughter plays on the (A) team for that club. I could careless if my daughter plays or does not play in college, gets a scholarship or just stopped playing tomorrow, that's up to her. What I care about is as long as she is playing and having fun, is she in the best environment to succeed and prepare her for the next level if that is ultimately what she decides. The best clubs offer intense training and a competitive environment where the girls can hone their skills against each other. If you are not on a team with very talented players, playing against other talented girls at top level tournaments, your daughter will plateau and stop growing as a player. Again its not about the money and never has been its about where the best players are...
That was actually for 9:24 not 10:18. 10:18 is correct.
That was a great article, thank you for posting. Every once in a while something good comes out of this site.
Glad you found it useful. I personally know 8th graders who have been invited directly by the coach for a college visit. Not camps but college visits and are starting to talk packages. They were all playing up at U15 and were seen playing at major tournaments and ECNL events. They are '99 birth years. I agree its stupid, but its out of control. 2 standard deviations around the mean for physical development (bone age) at 13-14 in girls is about 2 years. Hence on the same U14 field you have normal kids who are done with their physical maturation and nearly peaking and those who are just entering puberty and have 4-5inches left to grow. At the extremes of normal there is the older early maturer who is physically 16 (14 plus 2)and the younger late maturer who is physically 11 (13-2). 5 years of physical maturation has an obviously significant effect on potential performance. Do we even see the younger, late maturer in the top flight or on an ECNL team? Clearly in the current recruiting environment there is a disadvantage to a later birthdate and maturation schedule kid. Are the kids getting recruited early all early maturers and hence many are not panning out? Maybe the coaches should be really looking at kids to get a feeling for potential at this age rather than as Dorrance said, increasingly spending money on kids who will sit the bench.
That NY Times article is absolutely insane. 14 Yrs is way too young to know what you want to do in four years.
NY Times is only reporting what they investigated, blame the system and parents. I personally thought that there was to be no contact until Jr. year, but I guess I'm wrong?
The "contract" that exists can technically legally be broken. But if your player breaks it she will be blackballed from other programs- so says the article
"The real funny part is that the bottom part of the roster that they look down on will go to a Div. 2 or 3 school and play every game."No joke and no shame in this. As you intimate,m any of these kids will have the time of their life playing the game that they love while getting a college education. Sure, it may not be at 'the next level', but playing none-the-less.At the same time they are likely to be playing along-side kids from plain old 'town-teams' too. Anyone with experience knows this to be true as well.
I'm a u13 and u12 parent but always heard about how good the u14 world class team was. Haven't heard anything about them lately. No results, no GS ranking, etc.. Did they break up that team? Not a troll, Just curious.
They currently sit on top of the U14 ECNL in their division. They are still an excellent team. the won Fc Stars, but were eliminated by a Florida team at Disney. They don't play in Columbus day tournament but hold an invite only friendly instead. They just aren't blowing many teams out of the water anymore and are losing more games than they ever did. Not a big cut on them; they hardly ever lost at u12.
WC U14 seems to be still getting it done at a pretty high level based on a quick look at their ECNL fall results (10-1 with a +30 GD) and the Soccerincollege R1 rankings (they are #1). Remember that GS only ranks GS events and leagues, and not everything qualifies. They seem to be working on expanding their reach, but it remains a hole in those rankings.
Soccerincollege, really? If you pay, you can get ranked. It's worse then GS. At least GS is free. WC is #1 either way, but please don't use Soccerincollege junk.
Can't argue WRT soccerincollege. I was mainly just confirming what we seems to be the consensus about the level of WCFC's U14 team, despite the fact that they don't seem to show up in GS. All of the ranking systems are flawed sadly and money seems to be the driver in each case. Hopefully an impartial system might emerge at some point, but my guess our U14 daughters will be out of college by then.
If you look up WC in GS search you find them. It's like they have Emeritus standing or something. So far ahead at #1 that they have removed them from rest of site. Our girls have played them and we usually see them when we travel. They are not the team they were at U12 but if they have truly merged with Manhattan Santos the may be that strong again. GS is like crack for some parents. Teams East coast play so many tournaments their points dwarf some of the West coast/South teams but have no where near the talent. Watch for Strikers and Bethesda in Phoenix, Presidents Day weekend. No super high "ranked" teams out there but the competition will be fierce. ECNL champs league in June too. Break outside the bubble sometimes, there's a whole other world of soccer talent west of Philly and south of Annandale.
uh Penn Fusion beat Fc Stars and lost to WC 1-0. FC Bucks is no slouch either. Those 4 teamms: WC PDA PEnn Fusion and Bucks are all tough.
Any significant changes in players on any teams for the spring?
PennFusion and PDA will lose the kids who played on age this fall but normally play up. Nothing wrong with them playing on age. Actually some arguments could be made that they should stay on age but...having them back with the older teams will skew results in that NorthEast division of ECNL. Sure that this situation is not unique to those two clubs. Roster manipulation and club player passes are a feature of ECNL, not an anomaly.
Manhattan Spring Kickoff accepted list http://msckickoffclassic.org/docs/MANHATTAN%20KICKOFF%20CLASSIC%202014.pdf
What club does not have hidden fees? Doesn't FC Copa require their players to do everything year round with Copa? Summer training? Winter futsal? And what about the Copa Banquet that just occurred? $50 a ticket for each adult AND KID! Do you think it was an OPTION to attend the banquet? BTW Copa only has 1 girl going D1 in the fall. Say what you want about money but in this case it seems like you get what you pay for: nothing.
Sounds like someone will be looking for a new club in the spring
Relax on the Penn Fusion talk. They are a solid team but not great. Look at the results at Bethesda. No wins and three losses, one goal scored and let up seven. You only played one ECNL team and lost 3-0. ECNL has some real good teams and some real bad ones too. Records can be deceiving. Good luck to all this spring.
7:28 Biggest change I see for spring is probably STA. Lost 7 girls over the winter. Five went to JU, one to IGFA, 1 to Copa.
STA Spirit lost 7 players? My daughter once played with them back in U10 - how/why did it happen and is it true that STA might be playing in the NPL?
STA on the girls side moved to the NY club NPL last spring. The boys side followed this fall.
All of the players that left were part of that original U10 group. After having their original coach for 3 years, they went though a number of coaching changes in the past 18 months and I think most of them felt that they had stopped developing and needed to shake things up.
Might be interesting to compare top flight or two at manhattan and Jeff cup U12-U14 to check in on how teams have developed over the last importnat few years.
You can talk all you want about who's the best team. It is very obvious to me. Penn Strikers. There record is undeniably the best. The hempfield tournament was really not their roster as you all know but apart from that, they have lost once (to fc bucks) in the best part of 15 months. The reason for that was they had their old roster playing and not their US Club roster that added right through the spring. You all don't like them becuase they pick off your best players with the "free" tuition, travel and apparel, but just accept it. They are the best.
Penn Strikers are a quality club, but the best? Not sure about that. Look at their results at Bethesda Tournament. Tied Chantilly (???), tied Cleveland (more reasonable), and were about 40 seconds from losing to Bethesda in the Final. They pulled out the tie and won in overtime but teams are getting closer to them every tournament. Just like WC can be beat, so too the Strikers. This is youth soccer, and girls youth soccer at that. Too many factors/distractions at play (hormones, puberty onset, boys, other sports,...) for any one team to stay on top for long. You are only as good as your worst player and the bottom 6 of any club continues to fluctuate as kids (and parents) seek out more minutes. Every weekend is a crapshoot when the top twenty or so teams are involved. Keeping an eye on the Manhattan Spring Classic, Jeff Cup, and the PDT in Phoenix to see how the R1 top teams fare. Should be interesting.
Check the Strikers website. They are barely practicing over the winter and also in a tiny venue. If they aren't playing on their own, they will be more than beatable this spring. Unless of course they have recently replaced the "bottom 6" with new and improve studs. Does anyone have any insights?
If FC Penn really wanted to be in the top flight of Jefferson Cup they could have contacted them. FC Copa Milan has no right being in the top flight. That switch could have been made easily. They do win a lot but do not always go to the top tournaments. No FC Stars, WAGS, Manhattan or even Jefferson cup until this year. They are good but not the best.
NJ State cup winner right?
Discovery cup is a venue selection. You know where you will play, what the fields will be like etc. Wags can be a crap shoot. And yes they have added for the spring. A strapping young lady who came from Super Nova. She was playing u16 and/ or with the boys. Not a big club but they play super y. Are Strikers beatable ? absolutely. Are they good? Getting there. Old roster , new roster give me a break. I know quite a few parents there and they are good people. But how they can't see thru him is beyond me. Carrying a small dog , buying the girls matching bras. Really?? If I had any question in my mind it was answered when he tried to hug one of the girls from his older team. She ducked it. You can keep your freebies. I'll buy my daughter her own undergarments. And pay club fees. My daughter has already been approached. Oddly after a jr high school ball game. As much as she would enjoy playing with the girls whom she texts and instagrams with she knows my stance. She didnt even hesistate to say no.
Oh yea. Then the picture of girls in their bras. How did that come about? Was it-" ok everybody take their shirts off for a picture?". Or did they just take them off and gather round. Either way I get uncomfortable when I'm standing beside my daughters team and they change tops or just remove them because its hot. much less being around for pictures. I know everyone does the change thing and it's the easiest way to just do it. But if your standing there minding your own business it catches you off guard. But pictures??
Don't forget the tiffanies jewelry for the moms.
11:31. Wondering when someone was going to post about that. Not my place, who are we to judge, but now that its out there... That was all many needed to see. Creepy at best. I'm sure, however, that speaking up would earn a possible splinter in your kids a$$. Hey, maybe the girls were having a Brandi Chastain moment. We will pay our fees also.
Can you imagine a club coach allowing or participating in pictures with the girls in bras. All our coaches would RUN to not be in that picture. $$ clouds eyes I guess.
Just a thought for all of the parents obsessing over college and a scholarship. Encourage your daughter to study hard, get a 3.5+ GPA with a challenging course load in high school. If your daughter is as good a soccer player as you think she is, colleges will be all over your daughter seeking to recruit her and there is a boat load more academic money compared to athletic money. Academically strong great soccer players will always be ahead of academically poor great soccer players. There is a better future for your child having a great education than there is focusing all of your, sorry I mean their, attention on soccer.
Interesting parent comments re: PA Strikers. Which league, team, and individuals should we defame next?
Defame?? I'm not sure. I highly doubt you'll find similar actions at any team or club in the country. Coaches no better. Parents don't have $$ goggles on. Their moral compass in regards to protecting their kids isn't swayed by $$. It's noticeable that you say the team is being defamed yet say little to defend. Or suggest its not true. Because facts were given that you cannot deny. What pictures? Well pictures of the girls in the bras he bought them. Various pictures of the girls in bras playing table tennis against staff and so on. I have seen the pictures. I'm told they were posted on the Strikers website I didn't check. Perhaps under the Florida trip last year. Yes it's only bras. Still nothing you would see on a club website.
1/29 StrikersWhen you say lost only once does 2 losses in Pags not count? Yms and Warrington.
It is human nature to attack what one covets to make it seem less valuable.
Just caught this but this is not the official post, maybe? Let the games begin!Girls U14U14 PLATINUMBracket A Bracket BNORTH ROCKLAND STING ROWDIES (NYE)FC COPA ACADEMY MILAN (NJ)CHANTILLY SC CHAN 99 ELITE (VA)SMITHTOWN KICKERS SC HOTSPUR (NYE)MANHATTAN SC MANHATTAN SANTOS (NYE)ABGC ANNANDALE UNITED FC 99G (VA)TOMS RIVER FC EVERTON (NJ)NJ STALLIONS STAMPEDE (NJ)U14 ELITEBracket A Bracket BSOUTH JERSEY ELITE BARONS '99 (NJ)ALLEYCATS 99/00 (NYE)NEFC SC UNITED U14 GIRLS (MA)NEW JERSEY RUSH 99 GIRLS BLUE (FKA HAMILTON WILDCATS WHITE) (NJ)NJSA 04 BULLDOGS YELLOW (NJ)CFC EXTREME ECNL (CT)BAYSIDE FC BOLTS 99/00 (RI)FREEHOLD SL CELTIC (NJ)
Attack it or buy it. How he gets it matters little. Either way he has your 14yr old in a bra posing for pictures. what If she came home from school and her gym teacher took the same pics. Would that be cool?
Covet? What a pompous a$$. Saw with my own eyes the girls posing in sports bras. It was more than uncorfrotable. We covet what you have. Lol. NOT. if you are cool with your daughter stripping to her sports bra for a summer tournament win, team picture, good for you! Covet, hmm. Good word. Did you use Thesaurus for that? if your kid is being paid to play, you best have the top team in the nation, as people should be flocking there??? What a moron. Many of the top 5 on the very good current teams, could come to strikers, and most likely start. Just like the above blogger stated, They choose not to. Lucky for you, we find the creeper, CREEPY!! You stay there though, keep smoking what's in your pipe, and thinking we are all "envious". Does he buy the panties also? If that happened on my kids middle school team, the coach is fired. Oh, wait, how do you fire the person who puts it all together, pays for everything, runs it, and has no one to answer to? YOU DON'T! Yeah any coach with any kind decorum would not let that happen under his watch. Gee what prudes we all must be. I'll keep coveting though, while You keep trying to legitimize it.
Methinks he doth protest too much
Nice to not have the same blah blah blah from the same few NJ teams and have some VA and PA teams getting in the mix. Wish the later was a better topic and hopefully that is just speculation and rumor and not truly accurate not that defamation is right either.
I haven't read anything posted that is rumor. Perhaps speculation on his motives. The bra info, pics, puppy and hug duck all spot on accurate. Should any of our club DOC or coaches exhibit such behavior they would be banned. If nothing else hopefully a Striker parent will stick their radar up. Protect their child. Phoenix?? With out parents? Alone with people who think its ok to take pics of girls in bras. People who answer to no one. Good luck.
Legal dictionary says:Defamation -An intentional false communication either written or spoken. So by definition this is not defamation since only true facts were given.
Do you photograph your child at the beach in her string bikini complete with maximizing push ups? Does she post the pictures on instagram? Women publicly run and compete in various sporting events all summer wearing sports bras. Wonder if during a sworn deposition the supposed hug ducker would would confirm the report?
No I do not photograph my daughter in a string bikini. She isn't allowed to wear one. 1 piece or tankini. I love that you asked thinking there is similarities between a parent taking a picture of their kid in a string bikini and a coach or non family member doing the same. Woman do compete in sports bras. Woman do a lot of things 14 yr old girls should not. But they are old enough to decide for themselves. 14 yr olds are not that is why they need protected. If you have people working for you why don't you approach one of them and throw them a sports bra. Ask her to put it on so you can take pics of her in it.
Any parent that thinks that that is ok is living in La La land. Is that the lesson in life that you are teaching your child? I try to teach my daughter modesty and that sexy is not stripping, and showing off your body. Get a clue. We criticize the fashion and modeling industry for taking 16 and 17 year old girls, dressing them like woman and posing them in provocative positions ...Saw it this summer, so how many 13 year olds are we talking about? Go ahead, defend it, and give examples that have nothing to do with soccer, etiquette, and the correct lessons to be teaching our young girls. we get it, speak up, they will just replace your kid with someone else, who's parents will be smiling a stupid toothy grin, whilst thinking, what am I doing here, that does not seem right. The kool aid can be very strong. You got it all over us stupid parents, Sorry, but 4,000? not enough for me to pimp out my daughter.No rumor! A direct quote from my daughter, after witnessing.. Is that kind of creepy? I'm thinking that was a little creepy. What if one of the girls was shy, or maybe a little overweight, and did not really want to do that? I would not have wanted to do that. Yeah, What if? What I said was, yeah it was inappropriate, because I could not say, they could have counted on their mom or dad to step in and help them....So call us envious, but there are many words that i can come up with for parents such as yourself, the nicest for print being, dimwit.
it's not about hating on the team or defamation. Whenever anything comes up about the Strikers, it brings out the chest thumping idiots telling us we covet what they have, we are envious, and that if only our daughters were good enough, that's where we would be. News Flash, our daughters are good enough, and we think the set up over there is odd, and choose not to get involved , we really are not envious, but curious as to what prompts such boorish behavior from parents.Another news flash, many of your daughters are not good enough either, and may be hanging on by a thread. He is always looking to upgrade with the enticement and LURE of everything being free. To each their own.
AMEN to the last 4 posters!
Obvious question- If so many of your daughters are so much better than the existing FC PA team why don't your daughters' teams regularly beat them?
My Mama says that haters are ornery because they got all them teeth and no toothbrush.
Clearly because the current parents are all a bunch of pimps and FC PA is the devil.This is sarcasm, normally lost on those for whom it applies most.
Who can beat who is irrelevant. If you think this is about who is good then you are missing the point. Its about you entrusting your daughter to untrustworthy people. About your judgement cloudy by $$.
Here is a perspective from a coach, parent and player. When you commit to training/coaching a team of girls in these ranges 11-14, you are not just a coach. You see them 3,4,5 times per week. These ages for girls, are probably the most difficult and confusing time for them. They are growing into young women, all at different rates. This is the point where they start shaping their opinions about their bodies, boys, and frankly themselves. You teach them to respect themselves and others by example. You shape these opinions, because they get the message either consciously or subconsciously. They register the way that you treat them, your reactions to them, the way that you treat others, and the expectations that you set for them.We all want coaches to assist with our players when it comes to teaching, time management, good eating and rest habits, etc., but, you do not expect him/her to respect your daughters changing growing body? If this truly was a team picture and the coach watched, it could have been used as a coaching moment. Condoned or not by the parents, you are the leader and set the tone. A simple, girls you represent our club, and that is not the image we want to project, or even a simple, this is not the appropriate venue for that, would have taught a lot. A male coach allowing that to happen, with adolescent girls is irresponsible. If you can not accept this added responsibility to young girls, you should stick to boys or not coach at all.
Well , how about those Manhattan Brackets? .Sheesh I thought this was a porn site for a minute. How about back to soccer.
Who would of thought we would miss the days of bashing on "town" teams when they boast after a win or the arguing about teams with initials in their name and how much $ they spend.
Back to some soccer. Any Manhattan predicitions assuming those brackets above are accurate?My guesses are North Rockland and Manhattan in the finals in the platinum flight with North Rockland winning and in the elite flight South Jersey and NJSA in the finals with NJSA winning.
Yes. Another tournament with the same old teams. Blah blah blah.
When you get to this age its only certain teams that survive. I think they should all be commended for continuing to compete at this high level. Because this is the highest level right?
Why in thunder would a quote from Ali be deleted. Although not a big fan it was quite fitting.
Crickets......all that talk about the Strikers has this blog quiet as a library. What's up? All too ill to post? Tournaments coming up with predictions to be made. BSC vs Strikers in Phoenix final. BSC 2-0 over Stikers. Santos vs WC ECNL in Manhattan final. Santos in OT 2-1 over WC. Let the games begin.
Did anyone catch the interesting statistics from yesterday's national signing day? PDA listed 51 female athletes who signed from their club for the class of 2014. Setting aside discussion on how large their rosters actually are, if you go back and look at where these girls came from, 30 of them arrived at PDA at U16 or later. That means that more than half of the PDA signing class was developed somewhere other than PDA.
Where did you get this data from? Because when I look at the ECNL website player by player, only roughly 7 of the 25 players from the U18 were not there from U15 or earlier - coincides with the start of ECNL; I could be wrong but I think U14 was added in the last 2 years so no data beforehand. After looking quickly I'd say 4 came U16 (3 years with PDA), 2 U17 and 1 U18. Again this is rough. Now I doubt the U15's were there since U9 but 18 of 25 have been there for over 4 years. That's over 70%. Also it suggests that if only 18 play, they are doing something right if 7 possible non-players still signed. I assume that since they only started being more than one team 3 years ago, the other 26 players had to come from somewhere but could they have been cuts from the ECNL team?
Check the NPL team, which you can access from the ECNL website. Also, the website lists player teams for U18, back to U15. So if U15 is not listed for a player profile, they were playing somewhere other than PDA.
JU took a large group of Parsippany NPL when they folded in August '13 (to a roster of 24) - no chance of taking STA girls.
Except JU did already take the STA girls and they are playing with JU this winter. Roster now stands at 29.
Is there any movement of players from teams to ECNL teams? Heard an NJSA player went to a PA ECNL team. Any others?
This obviously happens but from what I've seen having a daughter playing in ECNL, you get more movement at U15 / 16 and 17. U14 is somewhat of a trial run. If your daughter plays on a ECNL team that is in last place or has no chance at "Champions League" you see players jump ship to other ECNL teams if it is a viable option.
i heard of another NJSA player that went to World Class so there's is a lot of movement. Most of the current Matchfit ECNL came from PDA with the exception of 5 0 6 player.
ECNL teams in general may be competitive. But not the ones from EPYSA. This makes it tough to buy the ECNL sales pitch when we have beat them pretty regularly in most age groups with a few exceptions.
That could be but it seems at least the next tier down from PDA level NJ kids are considering PA. It seems, like strikers, the ECNL teams are constantly evolving. Haven't seen Bucks for a long time.They beat PDA in the fall dont know if their play ups were playing or not.
Hi,Can anybody please explain to me the different leagues in NJ for u14G teams. What is the most competitive league? PDA? EDP? JAGS? NJSC? are there any other? thank you
5:12. Keep hating on EP. Except for the EP team with lowest record, both others right there competition wise. One in front of PDA??? No blow outs. BTW it's not EPYSA, ECNL teams are carded US club, so if you want to seem informed, at least just say EP. Apparently PDA had at least 4 O'Reilly girls in the fall? Maybe 4 Gunners will have to step up now and play spring ECNL when they sat in the fall ? Why hate ? Does it get your goat that a PA team is ahead of PDA in the rankings? Can you say TRANSPARENT???? Cut me a break. Bucks and PF will compete with any team in NJ including the Gunners, especially now that those very good players that were good enough to play up all of these years, go back to their real team this spring. Don't hate. When you spew crap and then people can go look at records and results, you look like an idiot. I don't know how ugly and petty a person must be, that it makes them feel better, to put others down, brag or boast. Yo mamma did not do her job, because you are ugly, bitter for some reason.
Wait - I am lost. Who's the pot and who's the kettle? Look in the mirror pal.
anybody know the accepted teams for the MAPS Spring Challenge this march 8-9? is your team participating?
What people are willing to say under the cover of annominity amazes me. It's usually a a good idea to ask yourself, would I say this if people knew who it was? If the answer is no, you probably should zip your This blog would be more civil, if people had to identify themselves, maybe we would get more soccer talk and insight as opposed to: my teams bettter than your team, nah, nah, nah na boo boo. I do react, when someone feels the need to have a nasty or snarky comment, even if I do not know the team at all. I have defended PDA,Toms River, SJ Elite, Strikers, etc, or whomever the flavor of the month is. Maybe if this blog that was not anonymous, we would get more soccer talk instead of school yard bullying. I'm sure it would not be nearly as successful, because seems most would rather hurl insults than talk coherently about a sport that most of you only know from watching your kids play. Your ugly comments, under the safety of annonimity say more about the person you are, then about any team you want to bash. Have a good day good luck to both NJ and PA teams at Jeff cup, let the spring season begin.
That's a lot of built up angst. Like you said its a bunch of anonymous parents talking smack - don't lose sleep over it.
Everyone get accepted to MAP Spring Cup, everyone. Way to much money to say no. If you need to know who's in, just look at the applied list, everyone will play in it.
Second Tier Academy got a beat down today by 5 of their ex players that went to JU in Futsal action.The guy they call the "coach"could not even congratulate his ex players, shows the type of maturity and class this organization has!
Does that mean JU beat JO?
Please, getting beat in futsal is nothing, you cannot judge a team by that type of win. See what happens on the field, good futsal players do not always good soccer players, all that dancing will get you tackled on the real pitch.
For real ? Futsal?Lets get some real soccer talk Since the movement of teams seems to be toward npl orn encl will pda shore get a good showing for tryouts...let me put it this way is it better to play on a so-so ecnl/npl team or a pda team like atheletica or the new shore tem because of the pda name?
Plenty of people will be thrilled to pay for just having the initials. That's the moneymaking ability that comes from the success. Most towners or rec players don't even know what ECNL or NPL are and would think all PDA is as good as the best. Easy to brag to the clueless about your daughter playing for PDA. The informed know better, but even some of those fall for the lie that you could be moved up later.
Exactly, well said. PDA needs to keep dangling the "Gunner" carrot in order to keep the monies rolling in. Come try out time, the disillusioned will be replaced by more clueless drones...
So its better to play on a mid level team like mercer magic or troutmant because they play npl ...than playing on a pda atheletica , matchfit holmdell or njsa grey because they dont play in npl?
PDA is no different than any other top level club. They might do a better job a expanding and or fielding multiple teams but the bottom line is all the same. What ever club your daughter plays for there is only enough (real) talent for one team. If its a town club than more than likely only enough talent for 1/2 a team. B,C, D teams are just that, not A team. There are no "great" B teams anywhere or they would be an "A" team. Kids are evaluated every year and placed accordingly. I will say based on what I have seen if your daughter did not make "A" team than in all likelihood she will never be on "A" team - at least at current club. That is not a knock on anyone's daughter but a reality of very competitive high level soccer. At this point most clubs are holding spots for a superstar that just moved into town or just left a high level team. Not holding it for B team player. At our club we have a number of B team players listed on our ECNL roster but none of them travel or play with us, but some do practice with us from time to time. Maybe next year a couple will make it to our sidelines. That would be nice because all work incredibly hard and I personally pull for them to get a shot.
Fyi no njsa grey for next year hope that narrows things down
Really. I read they also lost 2 top girls to world class and fusion pa , wonder whats going on there they seemed to be ranked pretty high
where are the NJSA Gray players going? what happened? This team was doing well!!
Why do d2 teams have success in Futsal??D1 coaches rarely if ever train for such a league or tournament. D2 coaches often do. By this I mean using a Futsal ball, practicing indirects etc. Also the smaller field makes player speed less of an advantage/disadvantage . Also d2 teams often have a couple a couple good players. Easy to pick who's going to play. D1 may split or take part of a team. Ending up with some of their weaker players. Especially since some of the better athletes may play Bball and skip indoor. Take a look at the past results of pa indoor state cup. Almost always won by a d2 or low d1 team.
What happened to u14 Westfield Premier? How many left the team this Winter?
Westfield lost 3
Futsal is for practicing foot skills. The top technical players practice it, even on their own. Go check out Tobin heath's videos.
Tobin Heath's videos are not Futsal. Box dribbling and Freestyle juggling are not Futsal. She is demonstrating her foot skills (arguably some of the best in the women's game). Futsal is a different animal altogether. There is a reason there are pro leagues for both sports and the participants at that level do not mix. Let your team play futsal all winter while our girls play soccer. First match in the spring, see who does better.
146 Do you know anything about soccer? Futsal is a great compliment to turf training that most teams in the Northeast participate in, so their players can improve on their foot skills, improve their agility and learn to make quick passes and improve one on one skills. I saw the Santos play in A Futsal tournament last winter and their was a direct correlation to their foots skills out door. You must be a parent from South Jersey that only trains the kids on kicking the ball 30 yards down the field and score on the occasional breakaway...have fun with new baby blue uniforms
i hear players are leaving EDP teams like NJSA04 Gray, Westfield, Freehold, etc. Where are these players going? There's only two ECNL teams in NJand handful NPL teams with stocked rosters NJSA04 Yellow NPL Parsippany NPLNJ Wildcats NPLSouth Jersey Barons NPLNJ Stampede NPLMatchfit NPLFC Copa NPLSTA NPLNJ Spartans NPL Spring tryouts are going to be interesting. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Do your research before you look. A lot of these teams have their core players and it will be very difficult to just walk in and start!!
EDP brackets posted. http://events.gotsport.com/events/Default.aspx?EventID=37317
They should have combined the best of 1st Division North and 1st Division Central and could have had a descent bracket instead of watering both of them down.
Does anyone know whats up with the 2000 ODP training in DE? They originally said all 110 or so players would be invited maybe minus the 25 who went to AZ. Now it looks like about 30 kids got cut from Buffalo? Any insights are appreciated. Is this even worthwhile or is there all kinds of bait and switches going on?
Can you fill me in on what you're talking about? ODP in De.? My duaghter is on the intial 2000 ODP squad and I didn't hear anything about De.? Where did you see this?
This is a region 1 event. The original huge pool was about 110 kids chosen from the 500 or so at the RI camp last July. They all went to Buffalo in December then 25 were chosen to go to AZ. The instruction given to the parents was that either everyone or at least those kids not invited to AZ would be invited to a spring training event originally was supposed to be at USTC in PA and now is at kitkwood DE in April. Now it comes to appear that all 25 from AZ invited to DE plus they cut about 30 kids from Buffalo. So around 80 or so were invited to DE.
Manhattan tournament schedule out
re:February 11, 2014 at 5:31 PMParsippany NOT NPL contender. u14NPL folded before Fall 2013 even began.
any idea who could win the fligts at the Manhattan kickoff?
I'll bite. North Rockland takes bracket A and Manhattan takes bracket B in the platinum flight with North Rockland winning the finals. In the elite flight South Jersey and NJSA in the finals with NJSA winning. Other thoughts?
If NJSA really lost their best players, will they be competitive?
That's NJSA Grey the B team that is allegedly losing a player or two though what team isnt. NJSA Yellow is playing in Manhattan
NJSA Yellow ( NPL ) did not lose their best player, lost a good player that did contribute to a PA team. Only 1 player! Very strong team that will not be effected by lose, I predict will be in the hunt @ Manhattan.
NJSA04 gray team is also playing in a lower bracket. What is going on with these two teams? Why are they leaving? It seems to be a successful program
The call of the ECNL
Njsa inability to get into encl and jeff cup has caused some rubbling ! parents of yellow girls want there girls playing in show cases and encl for obvisious reasons, parents of grey want ther girls at a minimum want there daughters playing npl unable to do both so like every other team girls are making moves. Next season only one team with the best players...... strike that .. best team based on ability,favortism,politics. You know like everywhere else
I hear NJSA is creating an orange team.Orange stands for " orange you spending enough money"
One could say the same to the parents of the PDA B, C, and new D team! Orange you paying too much....
You don't know what you are talking about. The DOC of PDA South has assured us parents that everything is fair between all U14 girls teams. He was very clear and concise, just like JJ always is! Clear as mud....please leave us floating happily on the river of Denial!
"Orange team" and "river of denial" classic and made me laugh, thanks!And I need to laugh because half our Bethesda team got stranded at the airport and will miss the PDT in AZ. Any PA Striker parents follow this blog? Did all your girls make it out? Or does the owner of that team charter a plane for you guys?
Strikers stuck in airport as of last night.
Well if they had the same problem we did (Baltimore / Washington) area there were no available flights to Phoenix until Sunday. Everything Friday and Saturday was booked from Richmond to Newark. A few got out Wednesday, Thursday was disaster and Friday seems to be ok (If you were already booked for a Friday flight). Heard an Illinois team in top flight had to cancel due to weather and they are now reshuffling brackets. Our team will add U13's which are down there as well.Thank goodness for global warming.
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