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Monday, May 15, 2017

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147 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what schools play better soccer. The Big 10 Colleges or Patriot League for the best level of play? Opinions are welcomed and appreciated.

Anonymous said...

The Big ten athletic conference would probably offer the best level of play because it is made up of large public universities where student athletes can pay less in tuition. These universities probably have bigger budgets and salaries for coaches, which would attract better coaches. These schools accept more students so they have more student athletes to choose from. Patriots league is made up of smaller, private, more expensive colleges where admission is more selective.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts on CSA Monmouth Academy performance over the fall 2016 season? Good, bad, indifferent?

Anonymous said...

CSA Monmouth did ok at Academy. The younger teams U12 and U13 were fairly week and the program needs to draw better talent once their new facilities are done. The older ages did better. CSA is in recruitment mode now, trying to find better kids to join the program. They will improve greatly next season in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

The U12's improved greatly after a slow start to the season if you look at their record. They started to mesh and the coaching is very good. They beat and tied PDA the second time they played them. The U15/16's had a winning record, they did well. I agree with above post, they will definitely continue to improve and attract more talent but the foundation appears to be there this year.

Anonymous said...

Wake me up with the u15/16 are at least a playoff team. 9 easy points in Florida doesn't fix them being a daddy boy club.

Anonymous said...

I am an elite player from New York. I was getting international looks in Italy at a young age. I was on an academy and missed tryouts one year because I was in Italy training. The club held it against me. They said I was not loyal to the club and bad mouthed me to all other academies surrounding me. I got screwed royally. There is a lot of corruption in the academies. I am much better than most of the kids on them but because the New Jersey daddies got money they can buy their kids a spot on the team. I've seen this even with the mls academies.One time at Red Bull's I tried out and it was final cut day and they had to choose between me and one other kid. The other kids dad gave the coach a Porsche and of course he got the spot. The academy system is very corrupt. If I grew up in another country like Italy, Spain, or England, I would've been on the US Natiomal team right now. The US will NEVER be able to compete with other countries and it's not because they have better talent. It is because they are not corrupt in there youth systems as we are here. They just know how to play the game. They see nothing else. All they care about here is size. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you that you have to know the right people to get ahead in this country. If your parents don't have a special relationship with the coach, you won't get the same opportunities. In other countries, a talented player is identified at a young age and given every development opportunity. Who you know or how wealthy you are has nothing to do with it. Coaches only want to play the biggest players because winning is valued above all else even at the young ages. My son was developing very nicely and suddenly benched after several years. A coach told me that the owner didn't consider me to be a VIP customer

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up to the Cedar Stars for producing a first round pick for the MLS.

Anonymous said...

Cedar Stars hasn't existed very long so how can they get all the credit?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations NJSA04!

Anonymous said...

Jakob Nerwinski
Selected 7th overall by Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Position: Defender
College: Univ. of Connecticut
Player Development Pathway: Nerwinski played three seasons in the Development Academy from 2010-2013, all with the New Jersey Cedar Stars Academy.

Anonymous said...

15-Jakob Nerwinski

PRIOR TO UCONN: Played four years at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, N.J. for head coach Mike Perrone ... Scored 21 goals and added 19 assists as the team captain for Notre Dame during his senior season ... Was named to the All-State, All-Area and All-CVC First Teams while also being selected as Team MVP ... Earned All-County honors in each of his four years ... Holds the single-season goals scored record at Notre Dame and ended his high school career as the program's top points scorer... Played for the NJSA 04 Developmental Academy team under Tab Ramos and Antonio Meza since 2005.

Anonymous said...

coachrichjs@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

TSF Academy Announce Expansion Teams In US Soccer Development Academy


After a succesful debut season, TSF Academy will expand their US Soccer Development Academy program to now include teams at U12, U13 and U14 age groups from Fall 2017.

The Development Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Development Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Development Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.

From first being accepted into the US Soccer Development Academy in January 2016, TSF Academy have invested heavily and placed huge emphasis on player development and providing the best possible environment for all our players.

TSF Academy are highly honored and proud to be given the privelege by US Soccer to continue providing the opportunities to our players to compete and develop at the highest level.

Director of Coaching, Luis Mendoza, described the expansion as, "a great honor for all our players and coaches for all their hard work and commitment over many years. The players have shown great energy, enthusiasm and desire to improve, and this is just reward for all those efforts."

TSF Academy will be hosting initial player identification sessions for all Development Academy teams in February. For more information on the process, or to pre-register online, please click here:



All players wishing to attend these sessions must pre-register online and receive an official invitation before attending.




Anonymous said...

There is a tryout section of this website.

Anonymous said...

Huge emphasis on player development from TSF? That's a laugh. Your club only cares about winning at all costs, teaching kids about professional fouls and giving other kids 5 minutes of playing time or none at all. Your club has turned so many enthusiastic kids away from the sport.

Anonymous said...

Wow, a disgruntle former TSF parent.

Anonymous said...

In response to the post about TSF winning at all costs, my son has played for TSF for the past two and a half years. That has not been my experience at all.

If you think TSF has a win at all culture, tell me what you think about Cedar Stars?

Anonymous said...

I don't know Cedar Stars so I wouldn't comment but I do have experience with TSF. If your son is treated well, you must be considered a VIP customer by the owner. I was not and my son paid the price for that. They are unprofessional and unethical and BTW, I got a full refund because they could've been sued for breach of contract. I know other parents were very upset by the way TSF treated them.

Anonymous said...

Cedar Stars does not have a win at all cost at mentality, and that is because they don't win much. With the exception of a few younger teams, most Cedar stars team are in the middle of the pact. Just take a look at their Academy teams.

If you want your kid to play at Cedar Stars, make sure he/she is either very good or your you as the parent become friends with the coaches. Being friends with the staff at Cedar Stars will get you a long way.

Anonymous said...

I would like to ask a couple of questions:
My belief is that any DA team will generally have 3-4 kids that really stand out above everyone else, then you have this large middle group of kids, and then there are a number of kids at the lower end who just are not at the same level as their teammates.
I think you will find this on most youth teams as well. (NOTE: I am not one to be critical of any kids that may be at the lower end of their DA team, as I know there are late bloomers, both in physicality and in the development of their own game).

1. My question is, what really makes a DA player stand out above other non-DA club kids? What are they looking for?
If you believe what I wrote above as I do (and have witnessed the same over a number of years), then you could take that large middle group, and fill those spots with other high performing kids at non-DA clubs (fill in the blank with your favorite club: TSF, MF, whatever) and you wouldn't notice a big difference.

BTW, I still believe if Messi grew up in the US, he would have been overlooked until his maybe his mid to late teens. I still see these really physical kids with what I call mid level skills at some DA clubs. Isn't this all about development? Reminds me of the basketball adage - you can't teach height, or in soccer's case, big strong fast.

2. This question, I will make a generalization, so please everyone do not be offended. If you look a the standings at the end of every year, you will tend to see certain DA clubs that are near the bottom. Seems like year in - year out, they are at or close to the bottom. Would you want your kid to leave his highly ranked non DA club to go play for a DA team that doesn't seem to do all that well against very good DA competition? What do college coaches think about that? I mean, I know it's about development, but it has to have some results, no?
I guess you get to go to the showcases, but will coaches go and watch your team play in some consolation bracket vs watching, say an DC Dallas team playing Seattle Saunders academy in the playoffs? (I know the playoff system is only for those teams that qualified.). I suppose some lower level D1 programs can't always get the superstars, so maybe that's where they go?

I get the whole DA track to potential professional soccer and national team placements, and it certainly isn't the only path to D1 soccer and beyond - but I know you get lots of coaches to these showcase events, so it helps. Just trying to see if it's worth it to go that route.

Would love to hear your thoughts, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so I posted the last comment on March 27, at 10:37 pm, but I hadn't read much of the prior comments before posting. So I did learn a few things. I understand that a poster's particular treatment by a club will not be uniform, but I can say that I personally know several kids who played at TSF and absolutely HATED how they were treated. I don't understand their philosophy of giving a kid 5 minutes in one game over an entire weekend, after he has flown all the way to Dallas or whatever tournament you are playing in. It's clear they are just interested in having people pay $$$ for training.
I find that absolutely horrendous behavior.

Anonymous said...

The owner caters to his VIP customers and gives their kids plenty of playing time. It doesn't matter to them if there are other kids deserving play time on the bench. My son wanted to play so badly and they kept telling him not to worry, he'll get his chance. He waited all season for a moment that never came. His confidence and enthusiasm were crushed. He was never the same player after that. The coaches are total muppets and just do what they are told. What a disgrace!

Anonymous said...

The coaches tell parents that only training is important for development which the coaches know is total BS. Their embarrassment is obvious.

Anonymous said...

March 28 9:05

I am not trying to be mean on what I am going to say. I also understand that the favoritism runs across all clubs from the Red Bulls to TSF. But why take a kid to a club knowing he is not going to get much playing time. As a parent, you should know what level your son/daughter is playing at and you should also know the level of the team your kid is trying out for before you go there. I am not taking the side of the Club/team, but a lot of parents want their kids to play for TSF, Red Bulls, PDA etc... because of the clubs name and maybe the kid is not at that level. Le me ask you this question, if your kid was in the starting 11, playing lots of minutes or even if the kid was number 12 or 13 on the roster would we even be having this discussion. Think about that.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with your comments. Parents love to say that your kid is a bad player so what do you expect? First of all, a kid tries out for the team, makes it, and you trust the club that they will do everything to help your kid develop and agree to pay them over $3000 for this service. After all, you have a contract stating that playing time will be spread evenly for EDP games and tournaments. What could go wrong? When he tried out, the coach told me he loves how he plays and wants him on the team. He was doing well at his previous club but this seemed like a better opportunity. And yes, we would still be having this conversation whether he's a starter or not. Why do subs pay the same as the kids who play all the time? Think about that. Except , of course, the kids who can't afford the price tag so have financial scholarships. Maybe that's why the coach wanted my son on the team, so he could meet his budget. I know for a fact that there were several players on that team paying $0 and guess what? They were starters. A player who is never given a chance to play in games will never develop at the same rate as the player who gets lots of playing time. I thought PDA was fair with playing time but we left because they were 40 miles away. I should've stayed because TSF was a terrible experience. Some parents may want their kids to play there but I'm not one of them and I will never recommend them to anyone.

Anonymous said...

I know the reputation TSF carries, and it is not a good one. Also, PDA is the same as TFS, don't think they are any different. But at the end of the day, if they told you equal playing time (or spread evenly), they are lying. No coach can guarantee equal playing time.

At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, how good is my kid? Does he deserve to be a starter? Many parents seem to think that, but in reality, that is not the case.

It sucks to drive to a game an hour away and have your kid only play 15/20 minutes. That happened to my kid when he was younger, but you know what. I did not complayin, I understood that he was the newest and youngest player on the team and I went out found him some extra training on the days he did not have practice and I also trained him myself when I could. Next season my son became a starter on that team and since then he has not seen the bench on any team he has played including an academy team.

Maybe that is something you may want to do for your kid.

Anonymous said...

Try 5 min or less. It wasn't only my son. It was the same 6 or 7. They all left that club and those kids will always remember what TSF did. All TSF's tournaments are more than 1 hr away with hotels and meals also. Do you think it's ok for a coach to ask a parent to go knowing your child won't play? He even expected him to fly to Dallas. So you think it's acceptable that he lied? Not only to me and there's no accountability? That's not what children should learn. Defend TSF all you want but they have no integrity.

Anonymous said...

I would like for people to try and answer my original 2 questions.

What makes a DA player stand out from a non-DA player? What are the DAs looking for in a player?

And would it make sense to leave a highly ranked non DA club to play with a DA club that isn't very successful year in/year out?

To me, DA means the rare track to national team and professional ranks, with college as Plan B. But I still think Plan A is only for a handful of kids, even in a market like the size of the tri-state area.

Thanks, appreciate all thoughts.

GD

Anonymous said...

I don't think the DA player neccessarely stands out more, there are a lot of extremely good players playing club. The difference is that they hold the DA league with high standards.

As per leaving a high non-DA club for a DA club. I'd say that, if your non-DA club is the Baltimore Celtic 99 (which has 5 players already committed to DI UMBC and few to other DI schools) or Match Fit 98 ( which half of their squad is already committed to DI schools) or a club/team like that, I'de say stay with them. These club/teams are getting more DI commitments than some of the academies. There is also no point moving to a DA academy if your kid is going to sit on the bench. A lot college coaches, specially on (smaller, or no big name soccer schools) will rather pick from a high ranked non-DA club then academy.

Anonymous said...

First of all, I am not defending TSF, everyone knows their reputation. The truth is that, if your kid or any of the other kids were starters on the team we would not be having this conversation.

The problem with TSF, PDA, Parsippany and etc... Is the fact that they select 24 players to play in one age group and only have the intention of using only about 14 of those players. Any club you got to, even the local club (those that are competing at high level), if you are 15 on the roster or below the playing time is going to be scarce, everyone knows that.

The fact is, that a lot of parents want to say that their kid is playing for TSF, PDA, Parsippany and etc... when in reality, little Johnny does not belong there.

Coaches lie!!! Remember that at your kids next tryout.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, TSF probably makes a profit because of the fees they charge, even their uniforms are really expensive but their reputation is pretty bad. I've heard so many complaints about them. Even coaches routinely leave that club.

Anonymous said...

Parsippany? Since when are they considered a top club? They're mostly a town club for residents of Parsippany.

Anonymous said...

Check the roster on the top Parsippany teams and tell me if most players are from the town. Also, some of Parsippany teams are playing on the top level tournaments and leagues and parents gravitate towards that.

Anonymous said...

Been through TSF and agree they are terrible. Although my child was one of the top players and received plenty of play time I just don't like how they do business. My child is in the younger age group (U12)and I don't think they focus as much or know how to develop the younger kids.Very expensive and I don't think you get what you pay for. They are a revolving door for players and coaches are not sticking around as well. They are very disorganized

Anonymous said...

GD back to share.

Spoke with a DA parent about my questions. His responses were somewhat enlightening, and as some mentioned, what I expected.
If you take the top 3 kids (making a generalization here) on a DA team that really stand out above the rest, most of the rest fall into that middle group. Same technical skills as non DA club kids, but the DA plays just a little bit quicker, the speed of play.

Definitely leave a DA team if you aren't playing. But don't leave your highly ranked non DA club for DA if you are already getting decent playing time. As mentioned previously, there are non DA clubs (I think Baltimore Celtic and MF '98s were mentioned) getting lots of kids to D1 college soccer.

One last line about TSF, I don't understand what US Soccer or TSF are thinking, by being a DA club for U12-U14, you expect those kids to stay around after U14? They will lose those top 3 kids to some other DA team and then you are back to a better than average team.

Re Parsippany, we all know the talent pyramid narrows significantly in 9th grade, and Parisppany is one of those clubs (town or not) that benefits and gets some decent players. (Holmdel might be another example.) Maybe not as much as some of the larger top non DA clubs in the state, but they are competitive. (Ignoring any vagaries from one age group to another)

BTW, I heard Philly Ukrainians also going DA route, probably younger age groups is my guess. You heard it here first, or maybe I am last. LOL





Anonymous said...

After having listened to a few college coaches, most of them will tell you that they rather take an academy player than a club player for the most part. Unless the player comes from one of the power clubs like Match Fit, Baltimore Celtic and etc...

I was at a college camp with my son and one of the coaches mentioned that if you are playing academy you have a step up on the competition in term of getting recruited. Which I agree for the most part.







Anonymous said...

To GD;
I speak as a new parent in the DA as my son is a U12. My hopes for him would be an opportunity in college, with a D1 or D2 scholarship, playing at a high level. I think most DA parents feel the same. There certainly are parents who think their kid should be shuttled off to Europe, but I think for the most part (with exceptions for sure) most parents are fairly realistic. I know things get more intense in the older DA age groups, as kids start getting scouted for college or beyond and rosters and play time become a major issue. You cannot get seen while sitting on the bench. My son is only 11 but for us, it has been a very good experience so far. Time will tell what the future holds. It's a very competitive soccer bubble out there.

Anonymous said...

For the new DA Parent.

If your son is playing DA at the moments the opportunity to play college will come as he is on the right path. As per a scholarship, I would start saving for college if you are not already. Scholarships available for DI are 9.9 divided among many unless your son is a national level player or just below he will not get a full ride. Very few players get scholarships to DI. As per DII, can you name me a DII school that everyone talks about as being highly academy institution, I can't? So don't leave out DIII schools as some of them play better soccer than DI/DII and are also they are better academic institutions.

Good Luck and enjoy the younger ages groups in DA. It is a whole new world when they reach 15 and become sophomores!!!



Anonymous said...

My son plays on one of the high level teams at TSF. He joined TSF about 2 years ago. He has had a very positive experience. Luis Mendoza has really helped his development and confidence as a player.

I've seen a lot of negative comments about TSF on this board. I don't discount any of them. It is clear that some have not had a good experience. I just want to add some balance and let others know that, at least in my case, going to TSF has been good for my son.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you notice players on that team who get 5 min or less playing time in games. That's humiliating for a child who's at every practice session working hard. It leads to bullying and teasing from other team members. And please don't say those kids suck and have to get better. Mendoza told me he awards kids playing time to please parents. He listens to parents too much.

Anonymous said...

If it so bad at TSF, leave the club, just remember the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Cedar Stars, PDA have the same issues with coaches. Kids need to step up when the going gets tough because this is not going to be his only disappointment in life.

My kid was a starter for a team the whole pre-season but when the season actually started he was benched for the first 3 games and he could not understand why. So I told my son, besides the fact that your card wasn't ready until the second game, I am not sure why the coach choose to bench you at this point, but I believe that if continue to work as hard as you been and prove it once get your chance in a game, it will work out at the end. In the third game he was put in at the 20th minute and after that, he started the rest of the season.

If your kid has what it takes he will win at the end. Just keep incuruging him to work harder and do better. If he is good the coach will see that and start giving him more minutes.

Anonymous said...

Responding to the guy who's response is toughen up. Sure, that's certainly a life lessen.
But tell that to a 12 or 13 year old kid who goes to every practice, fall and spring season, hardly plays in any games except once in a blue moon and then he gets 2 minutes of garbage time at the end of some meaningless game. Then, parents buy tickets to Dallas for the tournament, and he gets 5 minutes of total playing time? Seriously? How about telling the parents that you are keeping a limited bench, and no need to fly? I'm sure the former TSF coach now at Cedar Stars continues to destroy the love of the game for many. This is about communicating properly and this club and that coach lack this skill and any decency whatsoever. USSDA has specific rules on playing time, starting time, etc. Don't understand why USSDA chose these guys when they clearly do not demonstrate it. Then again, it's all political.

Of course, everything is sunny when your kid starts. But its really about how you treat people. Most of the people who commented, they and their kids were treated horribly. My kid doesn't play there, but he has had friends go and have such terrible experiences. Anyway, I don't want to type about TSF anymore because it's a waste of f@#%#^ing time.

Parents aspiring for your kid to go D1 via scholarship? Well, 9.9 scholarships divided by how many players on that roster, that full ride ain't happening unless your kid is nat'l team level. Good luck to all.

Also, hope Sascho Cirovski and the other NSCAA coaches can really fix college soccer, going from a fall season into a 2 season sport. That would help development tremendously. But you also need to get these college coaches to train/play the right way.

That's all, good evening. GD

Anonymous said...

Thanks GD. A parent who understands what I'm talking about. I hate hearing smug parents say kids have to work harder and toughen up. Sometimes there's nothing you can do, the coach is emotionally and mentally abusive to a young boy. Management does not care. You leave the club but the damage is done and your child will never be the player he could have been. The coach destroyed the most important thing. Love of the game.

Anonymous said...

"Understand what I am talking about". We all understand and we know that TSF is crap, and they are not the only ones. At the end of the day, if your kid were starting or were the first kid off the bench we would not ben having this conversation.

Not every kid is ready to play high-level club or academy. Maybe, playing in a good local club suits your kid best.

Anonymous said...

You're a very ignorant person who needs to learn about youth development. The frauds that call themselves development academies take these kids after multiple tryouts. And your trying to blame the parents of those kids? If the kids didn't make the team, you have a point but don't blame the victim. Academy players are high level, that's why these players go to those teams. Don't think you know everyone's situation .

Anonymous said...

I know these academies are fraud, everyone knows that. It is not about development it is about winning with these academies. Also, I am not trying to blame the parents and I don't know your situation. I am sorry that this coach promised you and your kid the world and did not deliver. Remember, college coaches are the same way, they promise kids and parents everything and that is how they get the a kid to commit to their program.

What I do know and what you need to understand is that playing time is earned and not by showing up to practice or paying thousand of dollars to these so-called academies but by playing better than the other players on the team.

I have coached for many years and I never promised or guaranteed any parent playing time for their kid nor I never left a kid on the bench that deserved to be on the field. Bottom line, show me that you are better than the 11 players on the field and will be playing.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone what plans the PF pre-academy has for next year? Would CFC ECNL be a better choice than the PF pre-academy?

Anonymous said...

OK Coach you're the all knowing coach
just be a positive influence in these kids lives. You're a role model for them and are teaching life lessons. A good coach wouldn't take a huge roster for financial benefit and then not play those kids. You pick them, you play them. Ever hear of the 25% start rule for academy teams? You don't have an academy team if you're not doing that.

Anonymous said...

These coaches and Academies are scum bags because like you said it is all about the money. Bringing your kid to a tournament and only playing him 5 minutes.

That 25% start rule for the academy is bull shit because most Academies don't follow the rule, also if you understand that rule all it really means is that the coach starts a player and 10 minutes later takes him out. Now that player cannot get back into the game anymore. So I just played the worst player on the team and at the same time satisfied the rule and only gave that player 10 minutes playing time. So at the end of the season, that is not a lot of playing for that player.

Anonymous said...

Change of topic:

I have been watching the US U17 team play and they have had great success, defeating Mexico last night, as well as winning the Nike Friendlies. I really think the disconnect in the US system is college.
If they could change the college season to fall and spring, like the DA and the other youth leagues, that would really help their development, and thus, improve the quality of our players and our pro leagues. Would love to hear other thoughts or comments. GD

Anonymous said...

Wow, as a parent with a soccer-loving kid (2006) moving into the area (Essex County), reading this blog is pretty depressing. We love his current DA club in CT. Aren't there any programs that are mostly well-liked and respected? We've been looking at CSA Bergen, TSF, RBs, and Montclair United/Match Fit. Accepted at CSA and MU/MF and waiting to hear from TSF. I got to see my son in 2nd stage tryouts for the free RB weekly training for 2006s today and, while he held his own, he was not one of the few top standouts, IMO. My goal for him at this stage is for him to develop his skills as best he can and maintain a love for the game. Is he better off being one of the top players on a good club team, getting a lot of playing time, or middle of the pack at one of the DAs?

Anonymous said...

I think it depends on what you feel is best for your son. My son is an 05 who has played in the U12 DA this year. His speed of play and technical as well as tactical ability has greatly improved. Is it always awesome?...no. It's competitive and can be a grind (4x/wk practice). Your child (and parents) have to be all in. It's a commitment. Keep in mind, as kids get older, the harder it becomes to break into academy teams. CSA Bergen a solid choice. RB obviously hard to turn down, but hard to get selected, best of the best there. Good luck... from a (new)DA mom

Anonymous said...

Just some advice, stay away from "B" teams at Academies like PDA. They are not treated like the "A" teams, not worth the cost and the level is similar to a town travel team.

Anonymous said...

Agree. There is no effort to develop the B teams at PDA. You pay the same price and only train twice a week, and do not participate in tournaments. The excitement of participating in at least some tournaments is a good confidence booster. Better off finding a club team with a good trainer.

Anonymous said...

How about their 'new' ECNL boys league teams which I guess would be considered the 'B' team behind the DA teams?

Does it remain status quo or will it improve?

Agree that I would rather at a club that prioritizes the team with good training, etc.

Anonymous said...

I know for one club (they claim) the ECNL Boys team will practice 4 days per week and will be trained by the Academy coach. This sounds like a positive development.

Anonymous said...

Important Issue here. College coach keeps sending my sons DA coach an email to get some feedback on sons playing ability. Sadly, we have not been told anything from our coach that he has been contacted. Makes me worried that other coaches may be contacting our club and we aren't hearing about it. Could somebody tell me how their DA players get informed by their club and coach.

Anonymous said...

What grade is h in?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the ECNL teams. You need to get a training session with the particular team. Some age brackets are top level while others are like sn average EDP team. Watch a practice session , go to one of their games, and look at the standings online

Anonymous said...

May 6, 2017 at 10:02 PM.

What academy? Are you and your son close to the DA coach? Is your son in good grace with the coach?

Remember, this academy soccer, which includes lots of politics.

I have a friend whose son's DA coach lets him know all the time about any Coaches that contact the club regarding his son.

Anonymous said...

Hi all - I have read all the posts on this thread and have learned a lot about youth soccer in this region an in general from all of you. So I have a very specific question that I would love some serious opinions on. Given the choice between a second team spot at Continental FC and a pre-ecnl spot a smaller club which would do you think would be the best place to help 12 year old continue to develop skills? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would take the pre-ecnl team. Even though the team that is playing ecnl is a smaller club, they were good enough to be selected for that ecnl. Also on the club that is playing ecnl your son will be on their top team for that age group, which is probably better than Continental's second team.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts on Match Fit (nj) and fc bucks (pa) as clubs overall, training, etc? I know they are not academy but any insight would be appreciated. Thanks all!

Anonymous said...

Match Fit lost academy status due to poor coaching structure and poor ratings as a club. These scorecards are published by USDA so those are facts that can't be disputed. I'm sure can be found with a quick google search. Since the only change was their DOC leaving and now back as a girls coach, I think you will find the same poor conditions. The family ownership has stayed the same. Chelsea ran away from MF so maybe FC Bucks is the better choice.

Anonymous said...

3:59 thanks for the response. Where can I find that info? I thought they were a well respected club in nj. New to the area. Are there soccer bios on the coaches? Anything on fc bucks? We were leaning towards Match fit. Thank you for any help with this!

Anonymous said...

Yes, run from Match Fit. 4 teams train on one field at the same time. Club is a mess. Don't believe their social media BS.

Anonymous said...

All parents who I know that had or have kids play at match have no complaints. The training is very good and the club has good reputation especially on the girl's side. They are always putting girls on the national team. When my son was there I had no complaints, the coaching was very good and every coach (including owner and DOC) knew every kid by their first name. The only reason my son left, was because he wanted to continue to play academy.

Yes, they did leave the academy on the Boys side, but was just invited back for the Girls academy this year and chose not to accept it.

So if the club is so bad, why would USSDA invited them back to join the girls academy. Look at how many of their teams are winning the state cup, how well the girls are doing in ECNL and how well the boys are doing on club side. Also on the boy's side, they have one of the best college coordinators in NJ.

Anonymous said...

So now MF staff members are replying to the message board.

Anonymous said...

May 20 3:59 is a BS artist.

MF remains a top club in NJ, despite the Princetons (cant field teams at every level) and CedarStars (buy, buy, buy your way in) of the world.

Anonymous said...

MF lost their DA status, fact. MF lost their partnership with Chelsea, fact. Winning teams are the remains of the academy players.

Why are we talking about non-academy teams on this page? MF has lots of problems. No fields of their own. Over crowded practice. Nickel and dime you on everything. Overcharged for travel for tournaments. If you really have a daughter on the girls side you know that is the truth.

Anonymous said...

FC Gottschee,
Well done guys. (Sarcasm!!). Word on the street got out that you guys were playing over-age kids, then the league investigated, and now you have lost your remaining games via forfeit. Your teams are breaking up. Coached kicked out of EDP for a few years. The coach, what an A$$hole! In order for this to work, you needed complete collusion among coaches, parents, and even the kids. Parents, shame on you for cheating, you are terrible examples to your children. What lessons have you taught them? Your kids look up to you, what are you teaching them? So you won a few games using older kids, what were you going to gain? Ugh. Danny Almonte all over again.

Anonymous said...

Are their academy teams effected by any of this?

Anonymous said...

So FC Gottschee got caught again?

Anonymous said...

Not sure what you mean by their academy being affected. FC Gottschee is not an academy team, though they and everyone else just uses the word academy. Academy to me means that you have a comprehensive program spanning the U7 to U18-19 age groups with elite training and competition at the hiring age groups. So using my definition of academy, they are not, not even close.

I guess they have been known for doing this, given the previous response.

I know for the coach who gto suspended, it was obviously all about money. But what else is there to gain by cheating? I just don't get it. Like a Ponzi scheme, in the end, it all comes out. And no one wins!!!!!

Anonymous said...

BW Gottschee is a USSDA program in NY Metro Division with DA teams from U12-U17/18 so yes they are a "real" academy that also houses clubs teams. Agreed, they don't seem to qualify for the true mean of the word. I think the poster was asking if the cheating affected their actual DA teams, if they were involved somehow, or if was just at the club level which I would assume. Either way, what a disgrace for everyone involved.

Anonymous said...

^^^Also adding, are FC Gottschee and BW Gottschee one and the same program?

Anonymous said...

I don't believe they are the same. Uniforms were different colors, badge was different.

Good luck to everyone playing in a Memorial Day tournament not close to you.

Anonymous said...

FC Gottschee is the NJ affiliate of BW Gottschee.

None said...

Anyone know what's the plan behind Red Bull's Pre-Academy teams this year (2007 and 2008)? They started 3 teams in each age bracket (2 NY and 1 NJ for each age). They had over 500 kids tryout for these teams. Where will they be playing this year? I know there are a lot of kids moving from their current clubs who made the switch to RB's in the fall.

Anonymous said...

I believe the RDS Regional teams for Red Bulls will be playing in EDP as the 2005 team did this year. Top flight.

None said...

Thanks, I heard the samething. I am just wondering how many teams they will have playing in EDP since they are suppose to have 3 teams for each age group. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Anonymous said...

Good point above...I believe the youngest age group (2008) will not be offered in EDP either, so maybe they will play in MAPS?

Anonymous said...

Can anyone confirm , CSA BUYING PDA ?

Anonymous said...

Where did you hear that? ^^^ Do tell.

Anthony Reynoso said...

That I have not heard

Anonymous said...

For those who have asked about World Class as a club, Im happy to share my experience, as well as others I know quite well. It is a very large club with a great outdoor complex, multiple fields. I believe they are also building an indoor training facility nearby. The problem with WC is that most of the good coaches eventually leave, many have already. Current coaching staff is VERY mixed as far as quality. It is clearly a $$ driven business. Rosters are always packed with players. Politics plays a strong role in player selection, tryouts, as well as play time. Ive heard from a few parents just recently that even though they brought their kids for tryouts, some never even heard back. Forgive me but if a kid try's out, the club should have the basic courtesy of giving the family at least an answer, be it negative or positive. Other clubs foster a much more family friendly environment and communicate much better with players and family. If a very impersonal, highly unpredictable experience is what you are looking for, with churning and turnover of kids, then WC is the place for you.

Anonymous said...

CSA buying PDA. LMAO!!!
I guess someone is starting rummers.

phann son said...

Talking about development at any age is far from delusional and/or crazy.


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Anonymous said...

Any thoughts about playing with PDA as a developmental player? Not guaranteed any games but possibility exists. Training only for a reduced fee.

Anonymous said...

Aren't they all developmental? Why go to a club that your daughter doesn't have an opportunity of actually testing her skills against other teams? Sounds like a money grab. Plenty of other good teams around where she may be valued.

Anonymous said...

or son - re the above. Now that girls are in this, not sure if guy or girl being discussed on this broadly termed, academy blog. Either guy or girl, maybe take to another academy.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Developmental Player question, will your son/daughter also have the opportunity to be rostered on a club team there (EDP, NPL)to get regular play time? I know that's what many academy programs do with the DP players. I would also want to know what the roster size is of full time academy players and also how many DP players they are taking on. They can also add them during the year. Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

re: PDA development player

I would say yes if you have time for your son/daughter can get carded with another team and play all the time (a small sided or town travel team for example).

Generally the training at PDA is better than most and it can put the player in good position to eventually make the team. It also let's you "try out" the team to see if it is a good fit which is an important factor.

Anonymous said...

I don't think a youth player has to play all the time but ample play time in games is important to player development. It seems crazy to me when youth coaches, some who call themselves experts in the youth development industry, say only training matters.

Anonymous said...

I agree with that. I see some teams carry 14 players for a 7V7 (2007-2009). Kids play less than half a game or less. Coaches will always say it's training that matters, but I believe a lot of that has to do with the fact that more kids equal more money for the program. What better answer to give parents but to say training is what matters. That BS! You practice all week you expect to play (assuming your kid is good). That's why I would only play my son in a program that is selective about the players they carry and the best kids play.

Anonymous said...

May want to go to a team with ECNL for boys. Could provide great opportunities and still play high school, if desired. While ECNL looks like it's going the way of the dinosaur for the girls, it seems to be a great option for the boys.

Anonymous said...

Agree with above comments. Make sure your kid plays. ECNL might be a great option. Down side is a lot of travel since teams are spread out. Stay away from Match Fit. It's a poorly run organization and charge $3000 for half a year. The have one field for training so they cram 4 teams on one field for training. No goalies during training because they train up north so the practices are poorly run possession drills for an hour. Shame this family run business is run so poorly.

Anonymous said...

Matchfit charges $3,000 for half a years tuition, so ultimately $6K for the year?? Yikes, how is that justified? I know they were trying for academy status on the boys side but did not have proper facilities and were turned down. I heard the girls may get granted academy status there, but again this is just parents talking.

Anonymous said...

Match Fit was an academy on the boys side 2 years ago and choose to leave for money reasons (all academies are supposed to be free for the older age groups and because they could not make money there, they chose to leave Academy). Match Fit Girls were offered an academy spot but chose not to take it, which I am sure was also related to money.

Anonymous said...

9:06
agree with above poster. MF was offered a GDA but turned it down. I don't know if they get another bite at the apple after saying no don't want it. Too many other teams that do.

Anonymous said...

MF claimed to have turned it down but the reality is they lost it due to poor score card rating of the club. They allowed them to keep the u14 age for one year. Then after nothing changed, they had status completely taken away from them. I know what they told parents but the truth is they had it taken away.

Anonymous said...

interesting. i thought the article touted them as kind of falling on their sword for the kids so they could continue to play high school and sticking with ECNL.

http://highschoolsports.nj.com/news/article/-7167143416806448933/match-fit-academy-turns-down-invitation-to-become-us-girls-soccer-development-academy/

Anonymous said...

If an elite player is on scholarship at a private school with a very good program, can they get a waiver to play for an academy club?

Anonymous said...

@10:33, yes waivers can be granted when kids are playing on scholarship. Maybe someone else with more knowledge can comment further. I have also heard of kids playing for their high schools in the Fall and then being added to academy rosters in the spring. My son is not high school age yet so we have no seen that personally. Seems very unfair in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Yes, tons a waivers across the academies including red bulls. Not exactly scholarships because schools explicitly say they don't offer athletic scholarships but rather a 'financial aid' package.

Shady business IMO.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me which site is best to view national rankings for all age groups?

Anonymous said...

12:30

Topdrawersoccer.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you 11:12 am

Anonymous said...

Re: 'high school waivers' - Rules vs reality
Rules -
the ussf da website says "Development Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full-time and forgo playing for his high school team." under the FAQs it says
Can Academy players participate with non-Academy teams during the season?
Full-time Academy players are only permitted to participate on their Academy team, and National Team duty.
Which teams participate in 10-month programming and do not allow high school participation?
The entire Academy program does not participate in high school programming.
http://www.ussoccerda.com/faq

Earlier in its existence, the Boys DA had regulations that provided for a 'waiver' that allowed a player to participate in HS because his enrollment was tied to playing soccer - can't find that now anywhere on website

Reality - The use of Full-time vs 'DP' (developmental players) carding by savvy DA club managers may allow a player to participate in High School in the Fall, then in November, start practicing and playing with a DA team as a DP, converting to a Full Time player in the Spring - check DA rosters in Spring vs Fall and you will note several HS players now on the FT roster - not sure if this practice will migrate to the new girls DA but has been happening in boys side for several years

Anonymous said...

Waivers are a charade. Saw that Redbulls brought back their high school kids to play in friendlies at PDA this past weekend. If the MLS academies can play loose with the rule, then the non MLS academies should be given more leeway.

Anonymous said...

There are no kids on RB that are playing HS

Anonymous said...

Sure there are, think it was the U15s.

Anonymous said...

Wow?! RB giving out waivers. Things are starting to change under their new academy director.

Anonymous said...

U18 Red Bull's player given waiver to play for his high school (Gov Livingston) I think it is a public school. Hi

Anonymous said...

The high school season is starting. Please provide links to articles of players that are playing academy and high school. That will be the proof if these situation are true.

Anonymous said...

This information is not usually published in newspapers but everyone knows that St. benedicts hs team is full of academy players. PDA always sends players back to play on HS teams then they're back on academy teams after hs season. Just compare rosters before and after the fall.

Anonymous said...

Just sharing what I know for a fact:

St Benedicts varsity team gets reloaded each year because they have a few kids from Spain, Portugal and Brazil receiving scholarships. They play HS soccer in the fall, then they play on the Cedar Stars Newark EDP team in the spring, not their DA teams. Sometime during this past winter, Cedar Stars had their EDP team play their DA team at Benedicts (field paid for courtesy of George and Co.) and had college coaches attending. I think I was told that the Benedicts team won, but not 100% sure I am recalling that particular detail accurately from my convo.

PDA I think has 4 kids with waivers at Gill St Bernard alone. They go back to their DA team after the high school season is over.
Know 1 kid at RB who received scholarship to attend private school, but RB granted no waivers, so he left RB. Cedar Stars Bergen picked him up and gave him a waiver.

Just my speculation, but I would have to think if you were given a "aid package", there would have to be some sort of stipulation that you play soccer at the school.

Have a good long weekend all. JD

In general, using waivers makes it tough because you tend to have large rosters, but not my concern.

Anonymous said...

I think people are misunderstanding what a waiver is. If you are granted a waiver to play HS you can NOT play DA simultaneously.

For the older group who have already committed to college it is not that big of a deal. Except for the fact that the college would prefer you play at the higher DA level to stay sharp.

For the younger group who are pursuing college it is a really big deal to go on a waiver. You have the chance of loosing your DA spot and not being asked back the following year. Very bad choice to play HS for the younger kids.

Anonymous said...

I know of one player who used to play at PDA and was always granted a waiver to play at his public HS. He now plays on RB academy team and they will not grant him a waiver.

Anonymous said...

7:18

There are many players that play for their high schools n the fall (private) all of which are high level programs and then either club/academy in the spring. If a player is provided with the opportunity to attend a private school (financial aid) they should not be excluded from playing for an academy. As for college coaches, they do not care. There are 3 D1 athletes from Peddie that played for Matchfit (club) last year. This whole waiver thing, academy/club is a bunch of nonsense. At the end of the day, it is just a business. Pay for play soccer. I apologize if I am offending anyone but someone needs to help pay the bills.
Here is the bottom line, in my opinion. It is about education. Solid grades along with high test scores and if you are fortunate enough,, lots of financial aid. It is difficult enough in today's world especially when my kid after graduating from a top university is working at a part time job.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter what college coaches think, US Soccer made the rule to develop the top soccer athletes in the country. They recognize that HS teams are made up of different levels of players and recognize that the competition isn't always consistent. There are players on academy teams hoping and working to be professional players, especially in MLS academies. The goal of EDP is to send players to college to play so there is no rule about playing in HS, all of them do. Most academy players end up playing in college but college play is plan b for some

Anonymous said...

There is one player on my son's Academy team that is currently playing High School soccer and this player is full-time on the Academy roster.

Anonymous said...

The Academy waiver was created to allow players who receive aid (based on athletics) from Private High Schools to be able to play both Academy and High School.

The Waiver was not intended to allow PDA to have their players play High School and try to win a State Championship, which they did not with 4 PDA Academy starters. Let's not forget, they did not win the Union County title either.

Now PDA is not the only Academy manipulating the rules.

Anonymous said...

My kid does not play for PDA. This communication is not intended to express animosity towards a specific club. Who cares what PDA does or other academies? I agree that public school players pose a credible argument whether they should play academy. Private schools should be exempt as most if not all players receive aid. These kids are fortunate to get quality educations which at the end of the day is what matters most.

Anonymous said...

Who cares what academies are doing? US soccer and everyone who wants to see world class US soccer teams. Of course education is important but youth soccer academies are meant to produce high quality players. That's their number one job.

Anonymous said...

Just to be clear. every team at PDA or CSA is not an academy team. These clubs have both academy and club teams. It's only academy players that need waivers to play in HS.

Anonymous said...

That is a very good point

Anonymous said...

Not to get off topic, but if anyone knows of any talented 2009/U9 boys I highly recommend Cedar Stars Acadmey Bergen. Team is very talented

Anonymous said...

Giving waivers only to private school players and not public school is nonsense and probably illegal.

Providing 'financial aid' based on athletics sounds pretty much like an athletic scholarship which most if not all schools claim not to offer. The reality is that the private schools use financial aid packages to recruit the best athletes to their program. And by the way, recruiting athletes is illegal under NJSIAA rules (New Jersey).

The rules are the rules but teams/schools want to have their cake and eat it too.

Anonymous said...

12:59

I see your perspective. What about the students that perform poorly academically in public school and need the attention that private schools provide them with? All schools give financial aid. Every kid plays a sport as they are required to. If a kid happens to try out for their soccer team and makes varsity and then tries out for a club team and impresses them and is needed on their academy team, they should be permitted to play on the academy team with a waiver.



Anonymous said...

My feeling is that every player should choose HS or academy. There should be no waivers. If kids want to play in HS, there are plenty of good club teams. There comes a time when the best players need to take a different path and have more focused and intense training. Every great athlete in the world makes sacrifices. If a kid gets financial aid at a private school and has to play on their team, they should play on a club team in the spring. The US Mens team needs all the help they can get!

Anonymous said...

NJ.com article - "Seniors take advantage of Academy waivers, earn last run in high school girls soccer"

http://highschoolsports.nj.com/news/article/-3980606800377556925/seniors-take-advantage-of-academy-waivers-earn-one-last-run-in-high-school-girls-soccer/#incart_hssn-rr-1

If you are not going to enforce the rule then just get rid of it for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I saw that article. So I know the Girls DA program just got started, but I wonder why they started it in the first place when you have the girls ECNL program doing so well and produceing so many women for the US National team.

Someone said this earlier and it couldn't be more true, in high school soccer, the levels of play vary so much from school to school. My son's freshman team were up so much, they literally played keep away the entire 2nd half. That's 40 minutes of just moving the ball around. That's not fun to watch.

If you are trying to get to the pros or Nat'l team level, you need to be playing DA.
Otherwise, I think what you are seeing with kids opting for HS soccer after they get their college commitment, these kids are certainly good players, just not Generation Adidas pro level caliber players right now. They aren't signing a homegrown deal for an MLS club, so why not play HS soccer after you land your college commitment, right? That's what Mason Toye did at Seton Hall Prep last year. He played for PDA, got his scholarship to Indiana, (guessing he got a waiver) then played his senior year at SHP. (Went back to PDA after HS season ended).

On NJ.com, there is a section on the boys HS soccer links showing a rolling blog of club/DA kids joining their HS soccer programs and also HS kids leaving HS soccer for DA.

JD


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who grants waivers to play HS? I think it is individual clubs/academies, not US Soccer.

Anonymous said...

Toye hasn't played a regular season game yet for IU. Not a minute. Colleges don't want their committed players to play HS.

Anonymous said...

@8:09 Mason Toye is a starter tonight on Big Ten network Indiana vs. Michigan. I just happened to turn it on.

Anonymous said...

According to their website, he was not a starter. He did make the bench.

Anonymous said...

@5:22, sorry, thought he started. I turned it on halfway through the first half, he was playing and his name was being mentioned fairly frequently. He had some opportunities in front of the net. I don't know if he played the second half (I think he did) or during the 2 OT's. Game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Anonymous said...

Edited to my post above, I think I actually turned it on about 15 minutes into the first half and Toye was already playing, therefore I assumed he started. It was raining hard, messy game on wet grass.

Anonymous said...

so here is a question. I am from Dallas Texas. My son is playing in Classic league. the refrees suck!! very arrogant and i actually over heard one of the refs saying if you are FC dallas or Solar or texas we dont care!!. the fees for classic league are outrageous. I wonder how much these clasic league chairmans wioth fancy tittles are getting paid. these seem to be so much corruption at the youth level. WHy is north texas soccer not federated.... it is a buiness just to mkae money and SHAME on the CLasic league board and chairman. It is better to go play in a local league than classic league!!

Anonymous said...

5:43
What was your question?

That was more like a statement.

Anonymous said...

We're always told everything is bigger in TX so I guess this applies to your fees?

Anonymous said...

Barron Trump is on DC United u12. That must make the team environment chaotic. There must be reporters and media all around and secret service to protect him.

Anonymous said...

I doubt he had to try out

Anonymous said...

I agree with that comment.