DA will eliminate most of the current and past politics that have gone on in girls youth soccer. After seeing it the past few years on the boys side I can tell you this they will find there players they want and it's not by coach recommendation, what league you play in, or how much money you spend on extra training they will find and narrow down the most dedicated and special players. Unfortunately my elder son was only it a few years but at least I know he wasn't moved out because of politics just better players came along but the experience he had was great.
And that's just it @ 9:37. Well said. The DA will not ruin you or your daughters life. It is designed to identify the absolute top. If your kid falls into this group great. If not, great. Some of the happiest teams I've seen are the "B" teams. We parents all need a good dose of reality and stop pushing our kids if they just don't belong. Love where they are at! Im not saying you shouldn't set goals but let's be realistic. If your child is thriving in her environment and is a happy well adjusted kid then you've done your job as a parent. Does the level really matter? We have several children, one or two at the highest level and one or two "just average". Does that mean we love the latter any less?
9.37I don't agree with your view of the DA at all. The process is very political. Coaches push their favorites forward, if they can get their club mentioned as the developmental club it translates to money and business for their club. You seem to see the DA through rose colored glasses. Its far from perfect. I do agree that a child might be happier on the B team. You don't have to deal with parents who might see your child as a threat and are chirping in the coaches ear.
608: 937 is spot on DA process is less political than the so called current identification processes. The G-DA will use many various avenues to identify potential players from both U.S. Youth and U.S. Club programs. Agree it's far from perfect but it will be the umbrella over both programs not like it's been the past several years as U.S. Club has dominated the who is who process. Now local non-ECNL team making regionals through U.S. Youth have the opportunity to have potential players reviewed as well. The scary part is that the DA G-DA may be starting to early at U13/14.
I agree that DA and G-DA starts at too young an age, unless USSF changes the format to account for the fact that younger players may not be willing to drop everything else in their lives and focus on soccer.
DA on the boys side just added u12 teams. That's too young. when DA started, the teams were u15/16 and u17/18. Younger players should stay at their local clubs where they are comfortable. Pushing young players too hard will lead to burnout.
410 agree completely the burn out rate will hurt the girls side of soccer. If you look at collegiate players or WNT they played HS and other sports throughout there childhood and teen years. It's going to be interesting to see how many truly flock to a girls DA especially if it's not free.
It is not free. The announcement alluded to what sounded like some minor cost relief. This will serve the talent with plenty of money as did the ECNL and other very expensive high level programs. There is no pay off on the girl's side to free. The talent must pay to develop themselves in high level programs or find other options.
Question for any current U13 PF parents. Is TM present for all or most all practices and games?
There was a whisper that FC Bucks was going to lose their ECNL tag. I guess with the DA decisions looming that wont happen. Thinking about having mine try out there. Does anyone have any info they could share ? I heard there may be some spots open as they weren't real good in the fall.
One FC Bucks player already went to CFC. A U14 Hulmeville player supposedly replaced her.With the Ukies in such disarray at U13 and U14, Bucks might be your best option. Is LVU an option?
Heard all of Humeville is goin to Bucks.
FC Copa & Cedar Stars getting the DA teams for girls. PDA staying in ECNL
really, and how do you know this
5:29. 1. Where do you get your info. 2. Why do you think there wouldn't be a DA in the north. If PDA conjecture has any validity i would think population would justify 4/5 DAs just like boys side. Why wouldn't Red Bulls be an obvious choice as well. They have already scouted many girls in the nj ny area.
Red bulls are less focused on girls. They aren't even holding a girls summer camp anymore. So I don't think they will get it. What about TSF who now has the boys 12 yo. Def not MFA. And where does it say that they can't have ecnl and da?
Red bulls has no interest in girls DA--per their DOC this week. They don't even have girls camps anymore. Red bulls is 100% not getting a girls DA anytime soon.
Cedar Stars...its'called, they have the $$ and connections, facilities...the coaches n players will come!PDA isnt going to DA. They are the main club behind the whole ecnl program...
I agree. Cedar stars has the money. And the boys daBut why wouldn't pda do both? And why Copa?
cedar stars does not have a strong girls program today... However they do have Tab Ramos and we all know how he is linked to US Soccer
TSF not interested in girls DA, only in boys side.
TSF's #1 goal is profit so if they see money in a girl's DA, they'll try to get it.
I'm sure TSF will apply for DA but they wont get it. Lack of resources and $$
TSF? Chris rock was funnier.
it would be interesting if ECNL clubs aren't interested in attaining the girls DA program. Sort of a protest against the decision. if PDA, and the other ECNL clubs stay away from the DA program, it will potentially demise the efforts of the DA program. The best girls may very well stay in ECNL and avoid DA
I don't get PL team they lose a few players and are still one of the top teams in PA which still get Top Brackets at major Tournaments. Why look at other clubs and disband as in one year DA Girls will only make things change once again. PL Parent can you chime in?
1026 Not gonna happen because DA will draw the national pool players and that's where every parent's little Suzie will follow. Sorry it's not gonna be like the Oscars and boycott and protest will occur for ECNL, The best will flock to Girls DA.
10:39 not entirely accurate. kids who want to play with their HS teams will skip girls DA as happens with boys DA.
10:37 - Wrong board. The PL discussion is on U14. You likely drifted over to U13. PL Parent will comment on U14 board. That said, PL breakup will affect current U13s who are 2002s because their U14 2002s will likely be joining some current U13 2002s somewhere in PAE.
Spring sprung this past weekend:In Region 1 Champions League:3 - WNY FLASH ACADEMY WNY FLASH GIRLS 02/031 - ARSENAL EXTREME1 - GREATER BINGHAMTON UNITED RED '025 - NORTH UNITED FC RUSH0 - EMPIRE UNITED BUFFALO BLUE0 - BEADLING 02-030 - PWSI COURAGE 02G RED2 - HMMS IMPACT EAGLE FC1 - LEE MOUNT VERNON SC LMVSC PATRIOTS RED 023 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GIRLS BLUE (FKA RAGE FC RENEGADES)1 - ARSENAL 2XTREME1 - GREATER BINGHAMTON UNITED FUTBOL RED '020 - WNY FLASH ACADEMY FLASH GIRLS 02/031 - BEADLING 02-031 - ARUNDEL ASA PUMAS '022 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GIRLS GREY0 - PWSI COURAGE 02G RED2 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GIRLS BLUE (FKA RAGE FC RENEGADES)1 - LEE MOUNT VERNON SC LMVSC PATRIOTS RED 023 - HMMS IMPACT EAGLE FCTake away – Generally, good competition in this leagueAt the Ultimate Cup:4 - SAC PREMIER WHITE1 - BEACH FC U13G BLACK4 - PA CLASSICS ACADEMY '021 - BETHESDA SC PRODIGY 020 - BETHESDA SC PRODIGY 024 - SAC PREMIER WHITE0 - BEACH FC U13G BLACK1 - PA CLASSICS ACADEMY '020 - BETHESDA SC PRODIGY 021 - BEACH FC U13G BLACK0 - PA CLASSICS ACADEMY '020 - SAC PREMIER WHITE2 - ANNANDALE UNITED FC PRIDE1 - BEACH FC LEGACY0 - BRYC 02 ELITE3 - RICHMOND KICKERS U13 G ELITE3 - BEACH FC LEGACY2 - BRYC 02 ELITE3 - RICHMOND KICKERS U13 G ELITE3 - ANNANDALE UNITED FC PRIDE0 - BRYC 02 ELITE3 - ANNANDALE UNITED FC PRIDE2 - RICHMOND KICKERS U13 G ELITE1 - BEACH FC LEGACYFinal3 - SAC PREMIER WHITE2 - ANNANDALE UNITED FC PRIDETakeaway – SAC White, a MAPS team in the fall, bested the best of PAC, a likely DA club.APC Premier Cup:0 - FC VIRGINIA PRE ECNL 020 - MARYLAND UNITED FC PRE -ECNL 021 - HERNDON YOUTH SOCCER HURRICANES BLACK1 - SUPERNOVA FC 02/03G BLACK 1 - MARYLAND UNITED FC PRE -ECNL 020 - SUPERNOVA FC 02/03G BLACK0 - HERNDON YOUTH SOCCER HURRICANES BLACK4 - VIRGINIA PRE ECNL 023 - MARYLAND UNITED FC PRE -ECNL 021 - HERNDON YOUTH SOCCER HURRICANES BLACK1 - SUPERNOVA FC 02/03G BLACK2 - FC VIRGINIA PRE ECNL 02Final3 - FC VIRGINIA PRE ECNL 021 - MARYLAND UNITED FC PRE ECNL 02Takeaway – Supernova, a small Central PA club, can compete with the big girls. They are a team to watch in EDP 1st Division this spring.
Supernova is legit. Saw them at PA Classics tournament and they can move the ball around. From the Hershey area, right?
Supernova is based in Hershey, but collects talent from throughout the greater Harrisburg area.
What is fascinating is that the HMMS U13 team is also a powerhouse. Consolidate that talent and there would compete nationally with anyone
Until they all leave and decide to go to Penn Fusion .
Or when PA Classics gets DA and they all move there.
BYC will shake things up first.
With the BYC coming do any of you think clubs will take advantage and increase tuition significantly?
8:35 (2/27)Where did you see comments from Red Buls regarding girls DA. Can you give us a link or more detail?Thanks
Penn Fusion offered 5 of the 8 2002 PL players spots already. I thought the birth year ID events were not tryouts and feedback was not going to be given. Guess I'll take my kid elsewhere. That's shit.
You shouldn't be surprised . Why would you expect anything less from Penn Fusion ? They are about business not the player .
Actually.. Only 2 spots were given to girls training the whole winter with them. They are 03
ok once again why girls DA is going to happen to prevent player poaching like this. Stuff like this will not happen as the best will be evaluated over time then decisions will be made to be placed on DA team. Sorry but 5 players from the same team would of never made a DA team together.
At least they didn't take all 8 lol
9:25... S/he is talking about offers made for next year 2002 (u15 team) you are talking about 2003 team.
9:25 amWonder who. They are evaluating them small sided. Some don’t make the transition to large. Skilled, but small. Skills do no good when bigger girls knock them down. They don’t seem to have a very logical systematic way of selecting. This is what leads to all the girl drama. The girls are insecure about their spots, because they are frequently moving their mistakes down, once the season starts. Then, you don’t move them down and wait to add new, but the new leave, tired of waiting.
Penn Fusion has a specific club wide style of play which is why they do so well placing kids into the national programs. This style requires very skillful high soccer IQ players in the midfield and usually at least one wide forward. These players pull the strings. Maybe they say a potential #10 or #8 or #7 in these smaller skillful girls. Watch some of their older teams they frequently have national players in these positions. Bodes well for these girls' future that Penn Fusion sees potential in them. Congrats
10:03 well since your kid has been, let's call it "physically advance" since she was 9 and the "skilled but small" kids are still hoping mother nature will step in soon, maybe Penn Fusion sees a higher ceiling for them than your bruiser.
PDA has no trouble selecting for one and developing the other and they are ahead for it. It also leads to a lot more stability in the roster (the better predictive abilities followed up with better development) and therefore less girl drama. You can't load the software unless you have the hardware. It's commendable to do the best with what you have but it has limits.BTW, mother nature doesn't step in and change basic physical attributes. The parents physical characteristics plus the child's at an early age have high predictive accuracy.
So, does PDA size up the parents as part of the player selection process? Sorry Mia, you didn't make the team because your dad is too short and your mom is too fat, therefore we predict that you will fail.
Sorry but many of the PF national players were developed outside the club during there youth ages. Congrats on the new PF players already selected to join them next year, good luck! At least many know not to show up for tryouts now.
@ 2:26.Yes. Many programs evaluate siblings, parents, etc. when they are being picked up, dropped off, etc.Physical and obvious genetic attributes most likely would not be the main / sole reason to not select a player however if there is a question or a similar player and you must choose, these factors definitely do come into play. If you are a project player, it is definitely a consideration.It is reality at high level athletics. If your mum and dad played collegiate sports and are still active and eat well and you are not adopted, you won the genetic lottery in more cases than not. To deny this is simply ignorant.
2 of them on the most recent YNT rosters have been there since u11 and the starting u17 qualifying kid, CHM, has been with the club since u6 rec. 2 I think since u13 and another since u14. Another PF/WCISC kid since u6 was on early rosters but hasn't gotten a sniff for a while. Sounds pretty good to me and oh yeah, why do you think potential national players show up at Penn Fusion? Because they offer the best development and exposure of course...Congrats to those offered spots. I am sure the tryout will be fair. They may be offering kids spots before tryouts, but if a top player shows up and dominates she will get a spot. Of course there may be 22 or more on the roster which is another issue. Don't think they will fill all 30 potential spots ahead of time.
I am going to start a stud service for parent stand-ins.
@4:40.This already exists for both sperm and egg donors. Not a joke.
4:40 I'll start a secondary business on top of yours it's Soccer Uber Service so parents that have stand-ins they wont need to drive hours on end weekly.
5:02 - I had to vet your idea. Sad to say, the service already exists. See: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/uber-vs--soccer-moms-150442334.htmlOf course, this is in the DC area.
3:50 what is a project player?
Time will tell. When PA Classics gets an academy, it will drain the talent pipeline from the west.Overall, the teams are usually in the middle of their ECNL bracket. PDA has more going to the women’s national team and professionals. More importantly better colleges, higher placing teams. That can’t be bought with donations, nor gotten by playing in one narrow way that matches that of the GNTs, nor by being the lone program within 2 hours for many. It’s not a question of fairness. It’s more like do they have common sense? Valid proven criteria? Consistency? Are their methods producing overall results? Is it what they do or who they get?
You don’t have to bring your family tree to try-outs. Just that the growth spurt argument doesn’t hold for those who feel they need to make it. Look around the dinner table at Thanksgiving before you believe you'll grow 5 inches next year. Get out your old growth charts. If you were 50th all along, you won't be 90th next year.
"Talent selection is the culling of players with the current ability to participate and be successful in events taking place in the near future. Talent identification, on the other hand, is the prediction of future performance based upon an evaluation of current physical, technical, tactical and psychological qualities. Talent selection is pretty simple; talent identification is an art. One yields great results today; the other builds elite athletes and winning teams for the future."Project Players are players that are being selected by a team that, at the time of selection, do not possess the "current ability to participate and be successful in events taking place in the near future." The project player: "is the prediction of future performance based upon an evaluation of current physical, technical, tactical and psychological qualities."Though the article this information is pulled from does not specifically reference "project player(s)", the talent identification process vs talent selection is usually happening simultaneously at tryouts for high performing teams. Some players are selected to enhance the team today and some are selected for the future.Reference: http://changingthegameproject.com/our-biggest-mistake-talent-selection-instead-of-talent-identification/
PF has national players because they are recruited right from the National Training Centers. Where they were most likely developed by other teams. But, if PF is the cat's meow, then by all means, meow away.
8:19 Great comment, thanks for the clarification.If your child is just now specializing in soccer you want a club that accepts project players. If she has done nothing but soccer since day 1, she might want a talent selection.Which clubs/teams/coaches are more project vs. selection? I assume all do at least some of both.
thanks for the info 8:19. I have felt my daughter is seen as this (long term investment for club) for awhile so it's good to know it actually exists. I hope they're right .
Penn Fusion has taken on plenty of project players at the u13 and 14 age group. One of them is paying off now after being cut by Penn Strikers. For those of you who don't have older girls, Strikers is a fully funded team known for its talent selection rather than identification, resulting in a revolving door policy. If you have a kid who isn't successful now: late growth or poor training but shows great promise: is hugely technical or tremendously athletic, for example, Penn Fusion is a great choice. Common project players: little pre puberty highly technical player, yes-with normal sized parents and average growth potential and the polar opposite: the super fast and strong kid with poor technique due to staying at a town dad coach for too long, but with a great attitude and desire to improve. Penn Fusion would snatch both up at 03 tryouts.
I guess this is officially the U14(03)blog. My daughter is 03 U12(Central Jersey located) probably will move this for next fall many of her teammates have already done sessions with other clubs we are following also this month. Any suggestions on clubs centrally or lower north jersey located. PDA North is the most obvious choice but I'm assuming those rosters will be full(players chosen) and tryout numbers will be over 100+. Any club suggestions would be nice.
So, comparing Penn Fusion to PA Strikers is dead on. Both are run like businesses.Your daughter is just another number until the next one comes along. Loyalty and chemistry not required.Good luck.
1:14 pmWhat is this based on? Making Strikers certainly doesn’t qualify anyone as a project player. It’s completely paid for travel and all and much more selective than most any ECNL. And PF has any many stories of revolving door complete with tears, teen angst, backstabbing, depression etc. no less. Several have quit soccer because of it. The few stars come from elsewhere or donate beaucoup bucks. The average player and team is respectable, but not great.Sounds more like the colleges that send out lots of promotional materials to those they'll never consider so they have more applicants to reject and appear more exclusive.
2:06 It's based on wishful thinking. Honestly, the only exercise some of these posters get is pushing their luck and/or jumping to conclusions.
The opposite is true if you read the post. The player was cut from strikers because could not compete at the highest level at that time (u13)- talent selection. Was taken on by Penn Fusion as a project- not contributing immediately but seen as high ceiling- talent identification. Now is contributing- project paid off. Someone asked what clubs are good for project players. I know that story so assistance provided.
People wish to be scammed?Getting cut from a more competitive team proves she was a project player? Why not simply a less skilled developed talent player? That's the obvious answer.
The only concern being that to accept her, somebody has to get dropped. If that somebody has been at the club for years, well, you can imagine they will not be happy. It's a business. You are just a number. A majority of the players at this age are just there to help develop the top 1 or 2 kids. Maybe they wind up playing college ball. Regardless, you're going to see a huge turnover in another year or two when they start recruiting athletes. Slower technical kids just get phased out.c'est la vie
What do you expect at an ECNL club? Everyone there is paying really big bucks to be in that pretty ruthless environment. IF I was paying that, I better get a club just going with the best players, end of story. If you want loyalty, ECNL is not your league.
Please most clubs ECNL/NPL/EDP/Region1 etc. are always looking to make there current team better. If a player shows up at tryouts, training sessions or whatever and is better than the bottom 50% they will be added to roster the following year and someone always get's moved out or volunteers to leave to join a completing club. 225 You are correct it's a business for every club to compete. Look at all the start up clubs that have fallen the past years not because of talent acquisition but because of player draw in #'s. Any clubs with less than 10 teams and does not grow usually fold within 3-5 years.
Are you guys for real? This is u13 and getting cut is not the end of the world.1. Learning lesson2. maybe the wrong system for the player3. maybe the wrong coach for the player4. maybe not ready yetThere is nothing negative here - you learn when things go bad -not when things are going great. yes,new players come in some stick and some don't. Don't make this learning experience a negative for your kid. If they stick with the sport they will be better or maybe they find out this is not for them. 2:25 I agree but would you still say the same thing if it was your kid not playing but you were paying? Don't say it wouldn't happen to my kid, think about it straight up no BS easy to say when it's not your kid not so easy if you have to watch and keep positive at the same time, it is your 13 year old princess at the end of the day. But I do agree if you want a competitive club it comes with the territory so you need to suck it up and not be a cancer.
@ 1:42 pm Try Decaf.The wish/scam part was for 2:25 pm yesterday, although you are trying to earn it.And I deeply apologize on behalf of all parents for looking into things before driving across creation all year and spending 5 figures and hundreds of hours on a youth sports team and for failing to swallow hook, line, and, sinker everything put out by said team unquestioned. Laughably, the responses reveal much more than and the opposite of what was intended. Like what trouble you have getting players in the years that compete with Strikers. Diatribes against anyone that raises concerns indicates you are closely associated. All that “high ceiling” non-sense, so scientific. It really suggests the methods there are rather random.
Just a thought on the "it's a business" (so therefore they are brutal on kids) comments .Aren't all the soccer clubs supposed to be non-profits with the mission of promoting happiness unicorns and rainbows for kids?
Pre Ecnl season to start again with a bang this weekend. today is FC Bucks playingFC Boston Breakers. Tomorrow is Penn Fusion SA playing FC Boston Breakers! Looks like the PF game will be unpredictable against FCBB Because they have several of their players with my daughter at ODP this weekend. 2 center backs and forward that are on their starting line up,!and I'm not sure about the rest . But surely unpredictable for first game, without their roster.
10:30 sums up the PF experience.Already looking to make excuses.Why so worried about wins? Isn't it about development and letting other kids play different positions? Why such pressure to win and then have to make excuses?You should be happy that they were able to reschedule your Saturday game against FC Stars.
FCBB put a beating on FC Bucks. Not sure what the final was. FC Bucks wont win a game. PF should beat FCBB.
Ah yes, looking back you nicely confirm the reasons behind the penn fusion hate when all I have said all along is that they have a history in investing in projects that they believe in. Simplify it for you who seems to have trouble following the logic... Strikers is indeed a highly competitive team and is the prime example of win now with revolving door policy. When you are a fully funded program you can make demands and cut kids mid season and anything else and keep competitive. A couple of years ago they cut a tiny kid who looked 2 years younger than the rest but possessed sick skills. Penn fusion said we will take you and help you along because we think you will be a real impact player in 2 years when you catch up in your growth. Said kid has now caught up in physical development and is successful for them. That is the definition of taking on a project which, in this specific case, has paid off. Keep attacking that post and me personally so maybe someone will believe you. Understand that you are the one who looks like the nut in need of psychiatric intervention. Except you are probably incapable of that since you are blinded by your anger and jealousy.
The projects are the tall, athletic players that they bring in with little experience.Those are the players that wind up dominating ECNL rosters at U15 and above.Showcase environment. Zero loyalty, but a high percentage of playing college ball.
Re 10:30 3 starters missing league opener for odp? Wonder how that went down.
C’mon @8:06. Don’t let reality intrude here. ; )Every scrawny kid that devoted her life to foot skills since age two, but ended up too small to do anything with them needs the growth spurt dream. So does every club that wants to cash in with teams 10 levels deep. You’re just a jealous hater because you got cut from try-outs that haven’t happened yet! : )
Yes projects tend to be of 2 varieties. Both are potential "late bloomers". One is the physically immature kid and the other is the athletic- read tall and fast, but has had inferior training. Some pay off. The little kid with sick skills grows-penn fusion example. The athletic kid wants it badly and puts in the extra hours of technical training and watches a ton of games on tv for tactical development another win. Not all little kids grow and not all athletic kids put in the time, but until they declare themselves some clubs are willing to make an investment for the future at U13 and some are not.
So how did PF do today?
8:00 they played great! i think it was because there were 10 parents there to tell them what to do when they had the ball. Not to be outdone by the Boston dad who went up and down the field telling his daughter how to play the game.
This weekend in RCL Elite:0 - ARSENAL EXTREME2 - NORTHERN STEEL STORM 0 - SOUTHWESTERN YOUTH CARDINALS 02 RED1 - SDFC RAGE2 - LOUDOUN 02 RED1 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GREY1 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GREY1 - HERNDON HURRICANES BLACK3 - SDFC RAGE0 - LOUDOUN 02 G RED5 - HMMS IMPACT EAGLE FC1 - KIRKWOOD ACADEMY 02/030 - MSC DRAGONS WHITE2 - YMS TEMPO1 - SOUTHWESTERN YOUTH CARDINALS 02 RED0 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GREY1 - HERNDON HURRICANES BLACK4 - SDFC RAGE 1 - LMVSC PATRIOTS RED 020 - YMS TEMPO 5 - HMMS IMPACT EAGLE FC2 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 BLUE (FKA RAGE FC RENEGADES)
PDA does a great job of grooming the big and athletic types. Their results and the size of their teams show it.They don’t take tiny hoping they’ll grow. The number one reason for advanced skill development at a young age is because only those who are marginally athletic need to specialize early to be competitive. The marginal coaches need theses ready-to-play players, in turn, to be competitive (as they can). If they take them, they didn’t get any better. If the latter really happened, why wouldn’t clubs take the small and unskilled and have them grow and develop at the same time?
HMMS beat rage 5 2?
Did PF lose there best player to MFA?
Why would anyone go to matchfit ? And I assume their best player must be from NJ?
I went to watch the Penn Fusion FC Boston game. Great game. Score was 2-1 Penn Fusion scored first two and then last second penalty for Boston. Yes, 3 starters were missing for ODP.. and let me tell you Penn Fusion did more than hold their own. Completely dominated the game. The 3 starters missing were their two center backs and a forward , so players had to make adjustments. One of penn fusions best players that is normally midfielder, I believe #16, played center back and looked like a natural. Her speed was unbelievable and she was catching up to the Boston girls from 10 feet behind. Other good girl #8 is the barons move, who did good as well. They had their striker playing center back with 16 and she did good as well. Boston seemed well prepared for that game and didn't look a bit tired from the day before. Usual good players 23,14,7,11 were doing good as expected, but the PF girls were not letting them shine. Great game and would love to watch another game from either teams.
Yawnnnnnnn......... Why do we keep talking about these mediocre teams ?
Anyone else think 10:09 is #16's dad? Lol
1009 Thx for the info PF parent, Nice of you to up talk your team or kids.
PF parent acting a bit desperate .
"I went to watch the Penn Fusion FC Boston game"Gee, you sure do seem to know a lot for a guy who just went to watch the game. How does one attain so much information from just watching a game and not knowing the participants?
I know! Gotta be a parent or coach. But why would a coach only point out two players?
MFA is a disaster!!
It's a mother of player. Try and guess which one? We have seen this number mentioned many times in the past and she moved from a PDA team over there, had to have been crew or Galaxy, u13 teams.
MF is not in good shape, players and coaches have left, so there is room on the 03 side. 02 side different, not enough coaches so not enough teams for them so they will be looking for a home.
Did the U13 PreEcnl Connecticut team pull out of the NPL Northeast for the spring?
Yes they pulled out. They figured out it was the B-league of the prestigious private clubhouse teams of the ECNL. What a joke that NPL NorthEast, feel sorry for the top 3 teams as they travel and don't see competition. Nice to see someone once again is putting player #'s on this blog again, Admin I though there restrictions on this?
"What a joke that NPL NorthEast, feel sorry for the top 3 teams as they travel and don't see competition."Come on, really? Once Connecticut is out, I don't think the variation from top-to-bottom is that extreme. What would you like to see? One team per state, so the level is very high, but 12-13 year olds need to travel 2-yrs to practice?
Admin has not woken up!yes it is interesting that conn pulled its team out. The NE NPL does not have the competition of EDP and others
949 Sorry but the RCL and EDP leagues are much stronger than the NE NPL. PDA(B Team and South teams) would be better off playing in those leagues v traveling and winning games by large margins. Isn't the ECNL clubs which run the NE NPL origins was to train more and play less games but only meaningful games? Well doesn't look like that's happening for the few top teams in NE NPL. Here's a big interesting question brought up. If the best players from U13 PDA's(South, Shore, and North B teams) were moved together would they be able to challenge the U13 Pre-ECNL team? It was a valid point and discussion that was mentioned with the DA coming as some girls may opt for it and some may stay ECNL.
If this league is so weak, why doesn't the top teams in nj win the tournaments when playing against these teams? The top six teams are very strong, but do agree they have some weaker teams at the bottom, common in most leagues. Rage, Maximus, sdfc and pipeline can't win the big tournaments. What league is stronger and tell me why please?
10:28 Currently the Spring's RCL league is stronger in my opinion. Games are tighter from Top to Bottom. After the two weekends of games I don't see the 5 or 6-0 blowouts you see in your precious NENPL league.
Didn't rage just get beat 5 to 2? Again, if it's so strong, why didn't they win PDA and Stars? the top two teams in the state didn't make the finals of either?
Connecticut is very weak, MF and WC are too. The rest are very good. If these teams were playing in your league, you would see similar results. I get it, sdfc and rage are the top teams in the state and always will be, but this league is comparable at the top.
And when has the top NENPL teams win a tourney as well. At least the RCL/EDP teams are getting recognized and being placed in top brackets take a look at the Jeff Cup for example.
anyone ekse have headache from these know-it-all mouths going on and on and one about this crap, this league this team, sdfc, rage?? Put down the keyboard and go help Carli with her homework. Grades are far more important. Rage, SDFC, they probably just had some off days which will happen when you play against quality teams. I think i saw Man City lose 5-1 and Leichester is leading the EPL. Real Madrid is in dangerous of not being second to Barca. I think adding Suarez has helped Messi and Neymar. Losing or adding someone special can really help or hurt.
1054 - I believe PDA won their own tournamnet as well as Stars last year. These are both very high end tournaments. I think Stars of mass and PF are really the top teams in the NE, although PDA has beaten them. Rage and sdfc played in both and didn't make it to the finals in either. Sdfc was put in third bracket at Jeff cup this year because they were beat pretty bad last year. Not sure it really matters as all these teams will change in three short months anyway. Then you have this thing called the DA around the corner and they will be the next target.
1219 It's a blog with discussions and debates if you have a headache feel free to take some Tylenol and leave. It's good to see and hear different opinions as many parents and players are looking for change with the BYC this coming spring/summer and Girls DA next year. I'm glad this blog is actually alive again for some time maybe a little under a month nobody was posting.
@101 - I think the discussion is about NENPL league v RCL/EDP not NE-PRE:ECNL league.
at this age, ne nil covers both teams and in bothIn both leagues pda and fc stars are leadings, penn fusion and albertson are only strong in precnl. The rest lag farther behind
119 Understood but the NE-PREECNL is good competition. NE-NPL seems like a few top teams playing mid-level B teams.
Speaking of PDA and their own tournament... are they ever going to post accepted teams? It's a month away and those not accepted probably need to make other plans. I can see smaller tournaments waiting until a week after the application deadline to post/notify accepted teams as they are probably recruiting teams to complete brackets. But the mighty PDA Spring Kickoff should of had them out March 2nd, unless they themselves are having numbers issues. I am 24 hours away from withdrawing our application or forwarding every email I get from a parent to PDA. People need to plan their lives PDA!
what team are you from? I will ask and get back to you. I can probably find out what bracket you will be in too.
411 - are you going to follow through on your promise and bail today?
As frustrating as it is...no bailing!
PDA accepted list is out.
wow, looks like rush - aka rage is playing. They could set a record on GS points if they keep up this pace. I think they play in a tournamnet every weekend up and down the east coast. I hope they enough money for their other kids activities.
1046: PDA doesn't give GS points! Don't be jealous your kid's team isn't doing enough.
ya, I'm jeliuos that we don't spend our entire life traveling to soccer events. I will enjoy spring break this year again with my entire family instead of traveling to PDA during that week. The kids actually like real vacations, not traveling around the NE to watch their sister play and dad coach.
Someone is a little bitter they didn't get accepted to the tourney!
Why do peaceful on here?
Maybe Monday the #16 mom will be back on here talking up her kid . That's always entertaining and good for a few laughs .
6:35 you're an a-hole starting crap again. Stop using jersey #'s it's the symptom of your warped desire to degrade little girls!
You must be the mom lol
All you dad's need to leave the mom alone. lol
Im hearing FC Bucks is in total shambles. U14s and 13s top players are leaving. Not that they are the top on other teams. U14 coach is good. U13 is not very good. Heard hes leaving anyway. Which is probably good. Lots of spots open on these town teams.
904 So I guess all the former SJ Barons players that went to FC Bucks are chasing all away the other players/parents. Plus why would anyone go there if they are in shambles with strong clubs teams around that area like YMS, Hulmeville, HFC, Lehigh or hop right over NJ and join PDA.
9:42 because the clubs you mentioned are not a better option than FC Bucks.
This weekend in RCL:1 - HERNDON HURRICANES BLACK0 - ARUNDEL ASA PUMAS '02? - EUSA EMPIRE UNITED ROCHESTER GU13 02/03 (No Report)? - KINGS FC 02/03 PREMIER3 - NORTH UNITED FC RUSH0 - EMPIRE UNITED BUFFALO BLUE1 - BEADLING 02-031 - GREATER BINGHAMTON UNITED RED '02 SELECT3 - NORTHERN STEEL STORM2 - WNY FLASH GIRLS 02/03 0 - SDFC RAGE0 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GIRLS GREY1 - MSC DRAGONS WHITE2 - HMMS IMPACT EAGLE FC? - YARDLEY MAKEFIELD SOCCER TEMPO (No Report)? - KIRKWOOD ACADEMY 02/03 GIRLS1 - RHINOS ELITE SC 02/030 - KINGS FC 02/03 PREMIER1 - NORDIC 13 PREMIER GIRLS1 - DMS GU13 ACADEMY4 - NORTHERN STEEL STORM 41 - GREATER BINGHAMTON UNITED RED '02 SELECT1 - WNY FLASH GIRLS 02/033 - NORTH UNITED FC RUSH1 - ARSENAL 2XTREME1 - EMPIRE UNITED BUFFALO BLUE0 - CENTURY V G02/03 GOLD1 - SOUTHWESTERN YOUTH CARDINALS '02 RED? - ARUNDEL ASA PUMAS '02 (No Report)? - SDFC RAGE3 - NEW JERSEY RUSH 02 GIRLS BLUE (FKA RAGE FC RENEGADES)0 - KIRKWOOD ACADEMY 02/031 - HMMS IMPACT EAGLE FC0 - YARDLEY MAKEFIELD SOCCER TEMPO0 - MSC DRAGONS WHITE1 - PWSI COURAGE 02G REDAction finally underway in the Red Division.North United and Northern Steel in control of the Blue Division and they meet on April 10th.SDFC in control of the White Division.HMMS wins the Gray Division for a playoff berth.
I heard PDA Galaxy got their butts whipped.... By the falling apart Match Fit Team
211 I don't see a score posted yet, maybe your referring to the U14 PDA team that played MF this weekend, as that's the most talked about game on that blog.
211 and 225 sound like the same person, what do you got to share? This blog never talks about these games, so you must have something to share. Sounds like a beating happened yesterday, please do tell?
Not 211 or 225but PDA galaxy lost to MF pre-ecnl who has lost some of their best playersand PDA crew tied MF ne npl, who had no subs
Sure your not 3:16. How bad was the beating?
3-1 we kiled PDA. why spend money when a town team kicked their butt?
Wow PDA Galaxy lost can't win them all. We'll see how Jeff Cup ends up.
@335 - since when are you still a town team? MF charges more than PDA, and looking at your current roster, you have barely half left from NJXnice job nonetheless
Nice when for MFA. Doubt that MFA lost their best players if they beat PDA Galaxy. Maybe PDA had injuries? Or maybe they decided to get their subs some play time figuring it would be an easy game?
Very individual game being played : lacked of teamwork <<PDA
Always thought that MFA team was underrated and had some really talented kids. The 2002s would be wise to stick with club as the 2014 group is pretty special. I understand that is a tough drive.
Very smart for those few to leave MFA. PDA got beat and that's all that matters. Way to go MFA beat everybody before your team completely folds.
Current 02 PF player (former SJEB) heading to CA for national camp.
Thanks for the update Dad lol
It's on the website idiot.
We get it, your a proud dad.
Once again congrats on PF on finding and recruiting a another player from outside the club. Yeah they really develop players within there homegrown system, time to move on.
Would she be heading to CA without PF? Doubtful.
You guys are idiots. A couple of Pda, Long Island, and Matchfit kids heading to CA.
Player in question more skilled than all of the above no question.
Of course she is Dad of the player lol
So do a lot of other players . Only time will tell .
One thing she doesn't have is size. If she plays up it will be interesting to see if she can handle it being so small.
Anyone know where the FC Bucks girls might go if they are unhappy ?
The girl’s director is also on the regional NTC staff. There, girls from other teams seem to end up on his. His contacts and influence get the club’s players in national.
I guess it helps to be with a club that knows the who network of NTC Staff. Do many think the DA will fix this and give the opportunities to players not on ECNL clubs.
Don’t know. Could become a different crony system. But, at least, for now, it would be a new one and outsiders might briefly have a better chance. Although expect a lot of usual cast of characters in both.Increased international competition is the real cure. Now it is not damaging to waste national team slots that could be better used by more athletic kids. It’s not on the newsfeed that these crony cases don’t have much impact on the GNT or beyond.
Crony Cases? Please explain!
The truly gifted players will eventually rise to the top and get noticed.
If, and only if, they can find quality training and playing experiences outside the crony network. Don’t forget soccer became popular in the US because corporate transfer families were frustrated by the stranglehold the established families had on all the traditional youth sports opportunities.
Looking at the brackets for Jeff Cup. Why is SDFC in the third bracket and not in with team likes Penn Fusion and Clarkstown.
I think it's based on last year, they did horrible. They never do well in the big tournaments, just play a lot of soccer.
12:23 - Where did you read that? Just red some history of the sport in the US and didn't catch anything close to frustrated corporate transfer families. I'm not saying it didn't happen - just wondering where you got info.
you all sometimes are just idots. sdfc is in the second tier, there are just two brackets for that tier. learn to read will make hating a bit more intelligently done.
9.11. My mistake. I just realized that I couldn't read. However if you want to act all intelligent you should really Start your sentences with capital letters. Also the person that responded to the question was merely stating a fact. SDFC did terrible last year. So I guess in your intellectual mind that equates to being haters.
Sdfc did horrible last year at jc, that's why they are in the third tier. Too many poisonous parents on that team.
Jeff Cup Top Flight Group A looks very interesting. Every one of those teams can come out. How will PDA respond after losing to MF, OP Fire always comes to east coast to dominate, HMMS on a roll lately. Not really sure how Greensboro will fair at least Jeff Cup tournament directors didn't follow GS totally.
1:35 - Don't just do a drive by, let us know your opinion of the consequences, if any.
PA State Cup Bracketology:FC Revolution Rowdies - (Winner plays HMMS Impact '02)Montgomery United '02YMS Tempo Penn Legacy Black '02Fairmount FalconsUkrainian Nationals Helios BlackWarrington FC Ninjas - (Winner plays PA Classics)FC Bucks RampageLehigh Valley United '02FC York Elite '02Harleysville Ready '02Vincent United Integrity
The quality of refereeing is atrocious. The fields were in poor condition. Boston was gifted 2 goals and we should have had at least two pk's.
Hey Boston parent.. @4:15
Don't you mean PF parent?
Parity is on parade in the Championship bracket.
I would like to ask a question and hope to get an honest opinion from a parent who might understand this a little better than me...My daughter is not at the level like many players out there but she plays on a competitive team that plays in a good edp league and may not win a lot of games but the team does compete vs most of the teams. I asked our coach why we did not attend the disney tournament during the winter and recently the jefferson cup which many of the teams we face, both attended. The answer I received shocked me, but made TOTAL sense... Many of these coaches who coach these teams go to these high level "sleep away" tournaments bc it's a vacation for the coach. Coaches don't pay for the flights, the hotel, the rental car, the food, etc. When I heard this, it made total sense. Second- our coach mention, if you are not in the top flight (8 teams max) why would you bother. Our coach has us playing scrimmages- 2 a weekend, vs boy teams that are quicker, stronger, faster, smarter and the games are 15 minutes away from my house. Wow- makes sense. I am new to all this and when I continue to hear about teams attending all these HIGH level tournaments as such a young age, it made me mad that our team, who can compete, does not attend these type of tournaments. My question to you parents who go along with this would be, what kool aid does the coach serve your sideline? Why travel hours and hours away for something that is pointless. If you lose ONE game in these tournaments, the chances of your team making it to the final is slim. You just spent $400 on hotels, $300 on food, $250 on gas for what? 3- 60 minute soccer games? You can find the same competition 20 minutes from your town. Now I understand that tournaments matter bc of GOTSOCCER points but does it really? Just wait until your team is U15/U16 to attend showcases and whether your team has 0 points, if you're good enough, you're good enough and will get noticed. I hope parents get off the TOURNAMENT train and realize what you are doing. Ask your coach what is the reason of going to these tournaments at such a young age. Why you are traveling 5-8 hours away when your teams is placed in the 3rd-8th flight in the tournament. See what your coach says when you told him that you spent $2000 dollars in 3 days and there's nothing to show for it but a medal- there no coaches watching. There no scouts. 85% of the teams that attend these tournaments are in a 25 mile radius of each other.. there should be a rule. Don't travel outside your area unless you can beat everyone by 3 goals. Then you prove you're worthy and must travel to get some competition. I'm glad my coach was able to teach me like he teaches my daughter or else I would be driving home from Virginia in 18 hours for no reason..
Seeing how he posed this very long question on both U13 and U14 boards he must really want answers so get to it people.
We are getting our kids acclimated to the travel environment because it's only a matter of time before the national team calls.....
What team do you think will have an girls academy next year? Top 3 guesses?
New Rankings after the last 3 weeks of games and tournaments. 1- PDA GALAXY2- RUSH3- FC MAXIMUS4- SDFC5- STA6- RUSH 27 CHERRY HILL8- PDA SHOREThoughts?
Rush (fka Renegades) did better at Jeff than did PDA Galaxy.
@7:00 ignorance. Spoken like a true Rush parent. They didn't even play the same teams so how on earth could you come to that conclusion? Regardless, neither team won and the wknd is over. Let it go.
Rush had two top teams come together as one and claim as if their the best. Nice try. PDA Galaxy is FARRRR better.. maybe one day rush, you can only go so far. PDA will always be the best
9:37 ... Why do you care how other people spend their money?Our team made a decision to stay "local" this spring, therefore as we were beating teams by 5 goals this weekend our top "local" competition was in VA playing competitive teams/games. What teams do you think had a better experience? Before you answer think about this... my daughter woke up this morning and asked what was the point of playing this weekend..
PDA Galaxy lost to Match Fit. How can they be #1?
I think all the teams from our area represented well at the Jeff Cup and we should all be proud. It just goes to show how much depth this area has. Most states/areas only have a few solid teams and we have enough around here that we don't even need to go to Virginia to get the high level of competition. Congrats to all the teams that were in Virginia from our area. they all did great!!
What have the various clubs announced they are doing with the 8th grade U15s in the fall? My daughter will be in the same boat next year and I'm curious. It won't be the worst thing IMO to take a few months off. My kid has never taken more then 6 weeks away from her team since U8 and a break may not be the worst thing. Thanks in advance for the responses.
10:37 As many of the (2002)U15's next year will be Freshman (1/2002-10/2002) there will only be a select few within a 2/3 month span of 2002's (10/2002-12-2002) that will be in 8th. So the majority of leagues like the ECNL/NE NPL will not have a Fall schedule and the regular season games will start the End of Nov. This will most likely only 2 month window for those in 8th grade of not practicing with their team also disadvantage as many will be coming from HS soccer playing vs. older girls on a day to day basis. I hear some clubs will allow those select few of 8th graders to continue training with the 03's until all the Freshman's start back up again mid-Nov. That's what I've heard so far.
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