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 PDA Hibernian Modric (NJ), which earned its Regionals berth through its performance in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP South Atlantic Club v Club Conference.
As a club, PDA Hibernian has existed for just three years. Originally known as PDA South, PDA Hibernian rebranded in 2017 after bringing in several new teams from the Mercer County area.
It has been a meteoric rise for the club ever since. And this year, PDA Hibernian Modric won the US Youth Soccer National League EDP South Atlantic Club v Club Conference to become the club’s first US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships qualifier.
“To qualify for Regionals already in year three is a tremendous accomplishment,” Head Coach and PDA Hibernian Technical Director Dan Donigan said. “We are very excited and proud of our players, coaches and families.”
While the club has only been in existence for three years, the PDA Hibernian Modric team has been together since the players were nine. Goalkeeper Dan Ferrer and the backline of James Watson, Dawson Joseph, Skyler Frostrom and Tyler Kowal have been instrumental in the team’s success, as Modric allowed a league-low seven goals in seven National League EDP Conference matches. The squad has also gotten solid midfield play from Owen Barlow and Anthony Viola, while Tommy Samaras, Jake Homowitz and Aiden Hoenisch provide the scoring punch.
PDA Hibernian Modric has plenty of experience facing top clubs. The team went 6-1-0 in the National League EDP Conference and is ranked third in New Jersey. Modric also had a strong showing at the New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) State Cup, reaching the semifinals before falling to Real Jersey, the No. 1 team in the nation.
“Winning the league was a great accomplishment,” Donigan commented. “We played some very good teams. Many of them have been or still are ranked very high nationally.”
That experience has PDA Hibernian Modric confident heading into its maiden voyage at Regionals, where the team feels it’s capable of making some noise.
“We are thrilled and feel very fortunate to be going to Regionals,” Donigan remarked. “We know that to get there is a great accomplishment, but we certainly want to compete with the other great clubs, as well.”
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments is to enable soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.