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 Rockville Centre RVC Legacy (NY-E), which earned its Regionals berth through its performance in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP North Atlantic Premier I Conference.
Rockville Centre, Long Island is the hometown of U.S. Women’s National Team star Crystal Dunn. It’s also the home of a local, not-for-profit youth soccer team that draws most of its players from the town (with the rest coming from neighboring Garden City). And that team, Rockville Centre SC RVC Legacy, is headed to the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships.
Legacy didn’t come into this season with a goal of making it to Regionals. Rather, with the transition to full field 11v11 play, Head Coach Kim Haley viewed this as a developmental year. That began to change, however, when the team won its first three games in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP North Atlantic Premier I Conference.
“We were thrilled to show some nice results,” Haley said. “We started the year in the Premier II division and moved up to the National League Premier I Conference. Now we’re headed to Regionals, which is a tremendous achievement.”
Haley was quick to credit her players for the team’s success.
“It all starts with the players,” she explained. “What makes our team special is that our sum is greater than the parts. They all like, support and trust each other.”
The team takes pride in its not-for-profit identity, which includes a number of community service projects. Everyone—players, coaches, parents—gets involved in the community service events, which has strengthened Legacy’s bond even more.
“They are a strong group of competitors who have great attitudes and work ethics,” Haley noted. “More importantly, they’re even better people. They are always so caring and supportive of each other.”
That supportive, community atmosphere is the fabric of Rockville Centre RVC Legacy. Which means the town of Rockville Centre will be well-represented in West Virginia when the team competes at Regionals.
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.