MF 2000's had 13 players leave from this past season. You can explain away 3, 4 maybe 5 players leaving but 13! And they took 1st place in NEPAL only losing twice. Winning solves lots of issues so 13 players leaving highlights that changes need to be made at MF.
That does look like a mass exodus but it seems to be an issue with one particular age group rather than the club as a whole. At this age group the likes of RB and PDA will be picking off the best players. Come U15 the academies for the most part settle down in terms of movement between teams.
The MF 2000's are the talk of the club, as is the RB disqualification in the 1997 age group.
I thought MetOval '97s were disqualified in a game against NYRB. Not the other way around. Is this something new? The NYRB were guilty of an age violation?
Red Bulls 97 team had three players from Florida that were not properly rostered and one played in a finals game. Red Bulls were DQ'd from the final. Albertson, which was 4th place in the NE finals 97 group, went instead of Red Bulls. This shows USSF's view of Matchfit.
TSF plays EDP, so why do you think they are an academy? They just want money and keep connections with the high school the owner coaches at.
PDA 99 win 4-1 in first game of the NPL Champions Cup
PDA 99s win 9-1 against Atlanta Fire. A win or a tie would see them through to the semis.
Thanks for keeping us updated. We've all been holding our breath to get results!
In case you're still holding your breath PDA 99s tied 2-2 to advance to the semi finals of the NPL champions cup...
Congrats to PDA 97s on reaching the semi's & To RBS for making it at the 98s. 3 NJ team through to the final 4 in their respective age groups
Still holding? PDA 99s 3-0. Playing in the final of the NPL Champions Cup against FC Dallas tomorrow. A great achievement by these kids. Win or lose they have really turned their fortunes around this season. Whatever happens tomorrow in the final is just gravy..
BTW Red Bull 98s lost 2-1 in the semi against St. Louis Scott Gallagher. That's tough as I really thought that 98 team would win the whole competition.
Yes, Good job by PDA 99's and 97's.I CAN FINALLY EXHALE!Love to know exactly what happened with 99's to turn their season around.
It's hard to say. They lost a bunch of games they probably shouldn't have. Conceding late goals and missing countless opportunities. Just could not finish. Then the beat RB in a very tough game and the worm turned. After that game we did have a 99 come down from the 98s and play. He is very special and it would be a lie to say he has not made a difference. To be honest though the whole team have played very well since that game. They took responsibility and winning becomes a habit. They have no fear now. Even if they don't win tomorrow they have had a fantastic season. Next year will be a different ball game. RB have recruited heavily and will be major favorites to win. But hey this year has thought me anything is possible.
Where does RB recruit heavily from for the U14s? A top club team like Stronghold? Do they look further away geographically or are there a lot of kids who just really developed in the last year or wouldn't go academy until this year? I'm curious. I thought RB got the pick of the litter at U13? Is there really that big a universe of unseen, new players to choose from at U14?Also, if they recruited heavily doesn't that mean a lot of kids got cut too? Where do they go? MF, PDA, Gottschee all competitive too at that age. Do they warm the bench there? Or do they go back to some top U14/U15 club team? I'm still a couple years away from this DA nonsense. Everybody even at our age wants to go RB almost blindly, but I am curious how many kids that go early really stay and for how long. What happens if it doesn't work out? What are the politics involved etc. Just trying to get an education from those in the trenches already.
RB cut about 50% of their kids on average. They recruit from other academies (I heard mostly from Gottschee this year for the 99s). But there are other kids outside of the DA who chose to not play for the DA. There is a 99 from NYSC who stayed at NYSC last year although he has been to national team camps. There is also a 98 at TSF who did the same. I heard both of those kids will be at RB next year. RB draw a lot from NY and CT, less than half the kids are typically from NJ. The trick with the DA is to try to not go unless you think your kids is truly ready. If he is struggling at the club level and luckily makes a DA, he has to improve a ton during the year or he will get cut from the DA.
PDA 99s are NPL champions 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Absolutely amazing for PDA 99s! They have not lost since April 20, winning 16 and drawing 1 in the 17 games they have played in the last three months! Let's go PDA 97! Let's show the country again how good the northeast teams are with PDA 99 and RB u-17/18 already national champs in 2013!
Great result by the 99s. Amazing when you consider they weren't even in the playoff spots in April. Lots of blood, sweat and tears along the way resulting in this fantastic achievement. Enjoy the moment. They deserve it!
PDA 97s win on PKs. Great day for the club and NJ soccer.
11:10AM Thanks for the insightful reply. ...and what happens to the kids that get cut. Go back to old club? Find a another academy?
Well done guys...you deserve it. #1 team in the US. Enjoy...
June 21st 6.28pm. LOL.
Congrats to PDA!!!!!! I have a question in regard to Academy vs high school soccer. If my child attends a private/catholic high school does the rule not apply and then would still be able to to both high school ball and academy? Someone please answer!!!!!
The way the rule is written your son would not be permitted to do both. If he is on the Academy team (not pre-academy) either u14,u16 or u18 he is supposed to play only for his academy team and no other. If your son is declared a D.P.(developmental player) by his club then he could play in High School and then for his Academy team in the Spring. That's what the rules say, some academies may be able to get around the rules. Depends somewhat on how good your kid is.
Left out a couple of points. Each club is supposed to be able to declare 4 players as D.P.'s. It doesn't matter that the high school is private.
Does anyone know why the Match Fit 2000 team fell apart? Why did all their best players leave? I've heard many different rumors (crazy coach, crazy parents, etc) I was just hoping someone could set the story straight....
Or you were just trying to stir the pot!
5 kids went to PDA 2000, 3 went to Princeton FC Black, 3 went to Cedar Stars, 2 went to Red Bulls academy, 2 went to an EDP team, and 1 went to town team closer to home. (I'm sure I'm missing some.)The problem with the parents was that the majority felt it decisions were not made because of performances on the pitch. This was very clear when watching the team play. Coach communicated very poorly with the players and I'll leave it at that so this message dosn't get struck by the moderator. When parents decided not to return, very unprofessional emails were returned by administration. These emails have been reforwarded to lots of people not even involved with the team. A very bad commercial for MF.MF was handed a very good team playing in a very poor league. Coach and program had success and felt it was because of them. They let politics determine rosters and who got opportunities. The parents took controll and did what they have the right to do, leave!
Nobody knows the full story, far too many individual claims as to why it's perceived that they fell apart. Secondly "all their best players" did NOT leave. From my understanding they will continue to have a solid group of existing players who along with a few picked up in the summer will offer any opposition a good game...will they be the same strength of an opponent, I doubt it as there will certinly have to rebuild but all is not lost...Now the rumors...Crazy coach...no...A very good technical trainer that has much to offer...Crazy parents...As a group NO, individually there are a few who over manage their kid & between their stopwatch &fox soccer channel feel they know better...so be it, take the stopwatch to the other academy & see if it keeps the time any better there.At some stage you have to let the kid do the talking on the field...Finally as for your hope of ever getting a straight story, good luck...No animals were hurt in the writing of this response...
I heard that players left because they were sick of their kids being treated like dirt, even the starters. Of course there are two sides to every story. MF recruits and starts players based on effort not skill. Trying to play the beautiful game, where players are in position and work together, is frowned up compared to running around like your pants are on fire and not working together.
There are some crazy parents out there and I do not know the specifics here, but as a general rule more parents should be so crazy as to remember WE ARE THE PAYING CUSTOMER! Last time I checked MF was about $5K and for that I would expect to be able to ask a lot of questions and get answers about the quality of service provided for my money. The typical soccer parent's (and really the club's or coach's) approach is a$$ backward in this country...shell out $ for the "privilege" of having a B license coach who played D1 or semi-pro ball and doesn't communicate their philosophy or demonstrate it on the field. Parents are afraid to ask questions or get chastised if they have input because the coach is the expert and knows best... he often plays dictator. Coach forgets he is in a service industry and if the service isn't top quality/value then there are other options in NJ especially. The funniest thing is the coach's "expert" resume in so many cases is actually bad (the opposite of what a parent should want). I cannot tell you how many B license ex D1 player coaches there are that absolutely stink. They are too often just dinosaurs unwilling to embrace change or admit some young innovative coaches know more...and they usually do. A lot has changed in soccer in just the last 5 years...e.g. FC Barcelona style and philosophy...and these changes have passed these older guys by (and many aren't so old). It is akin to hiring a programmer in my mind. I want some young gun with ideas not some 40 something plus guy with a longer resume who did not grow up in the internet age. I am not at MF...never have been, but kudos to the parents for exercising their power as paying customers! Were they crazy or just crazy enough to ask what are they getting for their money?
I know many kids who have been on five or more teams since U9. In some cases, they moved up flights, but in other cases, the coach or teammates were too much for them.For some reason, there are those who think that staying on a horrible team is better than changing teams every year or two.The MF 2000 players who left will see whether the grass is greener. Some may end up back. It's not like pre-academy is anything more than a glorified club team. If they lost some 2000 players who were good enough for the U13/U14 academy (which is 99/00), that's their loss.
The MF 2000 players all left for different reasons. But MF dropped the ball when it came to handling their departure. MF should have contacted the parents on an individual basis (via a phone call) to discuss their reasons for leaving. Instead MF chose to send despicable emails to the parents, blasting them for their decision and questioning the parent's/player's loyalty. Classy move MF! They had the opportunity to get some valuable input from those affected if they had just asked. One phone call to each parent could have shed some well needed light. Very unfortunate. Those who left will never return to MF...mark my words!
Is there a future for NJSA? Horrid results this year at every age group?
In short no. RB and PDA. That's it in NJ
PDA 99 in Coloradohttp://youtu.be/EF4tWGFAwvQ
PDA 99 at nationalshttp://youtu.be/EF4tWGFAwvQ
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My son just joined a Pre-Academy team and so far so good. Practices are intense and the quality of players looks good; talent is about equal across the board. It's only the beginning so we'll see if the cost associated with it was worth it.
'Is there a future for NJSA? Horrid results this year at every age group?'Does not sound good over there. Hearing they are actually charging extra registration fee for specialized training and have to pay for uniforms now. Should not that be included with registration which I do not understand was lessened?Mr Ramos must need extra money for his own fields.We left just in time.Good riddance.
Suggestion for the USSF Academy program: If you really want to promote player development don't take down the standings rather get rid of the subbing rules. Recently, the powers that be decided to get rid the standings in the U14 league so as to encourage the teams to play '00's more. This is so there will be greater development. But yet they only allow 5 subs per game and once you come out of a game you can't go back in. Hog ties the coaches and makes it impossible to get more players in and out of games. Not enough games either, only 8 or 9 this Fall. Don't see how this model is going to work in the longer term.
Everyone I know there is miserable. Poor leadership, will take any kid with a check.
Agree that the subbing rules are ridiculous, and that if they want to "be fair" they should at least have the same rules for pre-academy as academy - minimum required start of 25% of the games for all full-time players.NPL plays with the "once subbed out, not back in for that half" rules for older players. I think that is a good compromise.
Even with 25% start rule it is terrible. There are only 8-9 games this fall. That means you play in 2-3 games. You give up high school soccer for that? This format will work for the MLS academy teams, since they pay for everything, but not for others. That will leave a very small league and lots of travelling for games.
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Gottschee moves into 2nd at U14 USSF DA and at U13 NPL.
I want a college opportunity for my son, but really don't like the way the older RB teams play. They are skilled and yet spend half the time rolling around on the ground faking injury. Top colleges will not put up with that behavior and worse still, life after soccer does not reward whining cry babies.
Any opinions on the NJSA04 Cedar Stars partnership? I wonder if the partnership will have a positive impact down here in Monmouth county.
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