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Road to Regionals: Ellicott City Soccer

By Joe Clifford, 06/25/19, 12:00PM EDT


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 Ellicott City 2005 Boys Black (MD), which earned its Regionals berth through its performance in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP South Atlantic Premier I Conference.

For the members of Ellicott City 2005 Boys Black, many a weekend has been spent playing the online video game “Fortnite.”  That tradition has been the best bonding experience possible for Head Coach Rob Ryerson’s team, which only dropped one game in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP South Atlantic Premier I Conference this season and will be headed to the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships as league champions.

The team’s closeness isn’t the only reason for Ellicott City’s success this season.  The players are also versatile and talented. And Ryerson makes sure that everybody has a chance to contribute in every game.

“We have a quality group of players who all play an important role, and we pride ourselves in having a ‘team effort’ in all our matches,” he explained.  “All players have committed to being the best they can be during the year, which has contributed to their individual and team success.”

That success has been seen in both National League Conference and tournament play.  In addition to winning the league title and qualifying for Regionals, Ellicott City has reached the final in most of its tournaments this year.

“It certainly feels good to be rewarded with a league championship,” Ryerson said.  “The quality of teams in our National League division is very good, and we are pleased with what we’ve accomplished this year.”

Of course, there’s still one accomplishment left for Ellicott City to achieve this season.  Although, Ryerson won’t judge his team’s 2019 campaign by whether or not it wins Regionals.

“My goal (for this season) was to increase each player’s development in a fun, yet challenging environment,” he noted.  “We wanted to improve and enjoy our experience. And we’ve done that.”

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