The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships will take place from June 27-July 2 in Barboursville, WV. Leading up to the event, EDP will be profiling several of the qualified teams and looking at their journey to this point. The next team featured in the “Road to Regionals” series is FC Copa Academy 06 Girls USYS NL (NJ), which earned its Regionals berth through its performance in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP Mid Atlantic Club v Club Conference.
After undergoing several personnel changes, FC Copa Academy 06G USYS NL had some unanswered questions heading into its 2018-19 campaign. Those questions were answered emphatically, as FC Copa reached the semifinals of the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association (NJYSA) State Cup in the fall before going 9-3-2 during National League play to secure a spot at Regionals.
“I could not be prouder of how the team responded to that transition,” Head Coach Matty Berman explained. “Their focus and trust in the club and team led them to this point.”
A big part of FC Copa’s success is the camaraderie felt throughout the roster. The team was able to seamlessly blend new talent into a group that has been together for more than three years. Which is all a part of the club’s philosophy.
“This team is very passionate about playing for this club and their teammates,” Berman said. “They have a unique ability to compete with each other incredibly hard, while at the same time caring for one another and welcoming any new players with open arms.”
That camaraderie has translated into a very strong season on the pitch. FC Copa allowed just eight goals in 14 National League games—the fewest in the conference—and shut out its opponent eight times. The club opened National League play with a 2-0 victory over Cedar Stars Academy Black (NJ), one of only two losses Cedar Stars would suffer on the season.
In addition, FC Copa has placed in every tournament it has played except for one over the past two seasons. Berman thinks that this consistent performance against top competition has his team primed for a run at Regionals.
“New Jersey is traditionally a hotbed for talented players and teams,” he noted. “So, the National League offered quality competition week in and week out. You can see it in the scores. From the top of the table to the bottom, most of the matches were tight and played well.”
Making it to Regionals was only the first part of the process. There’s still plenty more to come from this FC Copa team.
“Our goals are to make sure the players are developing as individuals and maximizing our potential, as well as bringing all of our individual assets for the better of the group,” Berman commented. “Placing second in the National League and qualifying for events such as this Regional certainly help validate those goals.”
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