Today one of EDP’s flagship tournaments, the EDP Cup Fall Showcase 2019 for Girls, got underway as nearly 300 teams from the United States and Canada battled it out in their first-day matchups.
As part of EDP’s Pathway to College™, top-level college prospects had the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the country, showcasing their talents and skills to college coaches and scouts.
The U15-U19 Super Groups featured fantastic games as US Soccer Girls Development Academy, US Youth Soccer National League, and ECNL clubs faced off. Teams from Cedar Stars Monmouth, New York SC, PDA, SUSA, and Pipeline SC were all a part of the action as teams competed across the nation's top competitive platforms.
College coaches from Division I, Division II, Division III, and Junior College programs were in attendance, including coaches from the Big Ten, Big East, Ivy League, NESCAC, NJAC, and other conferences.
“For us, this is really good regionally. We can come only a few hours away from campus and see some really good soccer. There’s something for every level of school. I think between I, II, III or higher, I think there’s players to help those colleges.” - Adrian Blewitt, Army West Point women's soccer head coach
To see this year’s attending scouts and college coaches, click on the following link for the ScoutingZone college coach list.
EDP spoke to several coaches following the first day of the EDP Cup Fall Showcase. Hear what they had to say:
“This is a great event, cause it’s early in the season for us and we get to play good competition and have a variety of college coaches watching us play. We got a little lucky with the weather, which is nice. It’s good facilities. So, it’s just a chance to get better and play some good soccer.” - Josh Osit, Coach of PDA (ECNL)
“I think that these showcases are important because they're obviously put together by a great company in EDP whose willing to work with colleges and clubs, the facilities are fantastic and when you have great fields with loads of good clubs that compete for the attention and the college coaches that become attracted to these locations, these facilities, these events are phenomenal. I’d say these tournaments are the most beneficial tournaments and showcases up and down the east coast.” - Andrew Giallombardo, Director and Academy Manager Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (DA)
In the U19 age group, the Diamond bracket featured Alleycats 02G NL versus GPS Central 01/02G in a 2-0 game, won by Alleycats 02G NL. On the other side of the bracket, Philadelphia Ukrainian 01 Black squared off against New Jersey Rush 02 Grey NL as the New Jersey Rush 02 Grey NL came away with a huge 4-1 victory.
The U17 age group, Diamond Bracket saw STA-MUSC 2003G USYS defeat Pennsylvania Rush 2003 by a score of 3-1. While GPS New York G03 NL EDP defeated NJ Premier 2003 Girls in a massive 5-0 scoreline.
At U16, the Diamond Bracket Dixie Athletic traveled from Canada to challenge the #1 team in the Nation, National League Participant FC Revolution, in a game that stalemated at 1-1 between these two national juggernauts. On the other side of the bracket, East Meadow 04G ECNL played STA 2004G USYS, as East Meadow 04G ECNL won in dominating fashion 3-0.
The U15 age group Diamond Bracket saw the ENYYSA State Cup Champion Coliseum SC Inferno, against NJ Premier. Coliseum SC Inferno won this game with no doubts, 2-0. In the Ruby bracket, Alleycats 2005 NL EDP faced Pickering FC from Canada, with Pickering FC winning this match 2-0.
With day one concluded and bracket leaders established in the first half of games, players and teams prepare to close out the weekend tomorrow. While EDP is excited to crown the winners at the conclusion of the EDP Cup Fall Showcase Girls event and looking forward to more world-class soccer tomorrow.
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. The key emphasis for EDP’s leagues and tournaments is its Pathway to College™ programming which enables 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.