College coaches from Division I, Division II, Division III, and JUCO programs in attendance can be found on Scouting Zone's website or downloaded here.
In a highlight of the first session of the day, US Youth Soccer National League participant Philadelphia Ukraine National 03 Black beat Rush Canada 2003 3-1 in a fantastic match. The Philadelphia Ukrainians are coming off some impressive resume achievements, finishing as an Eastern Regional Quarter-Finalist and EPYSA State Cup Champion.
“Winning the first game is always good. It sets the tone for the whole weekend. Getting 3 points in your first game puts you in a pretty good starting position. This tournament, in particular, is always big for us just because our kids get a chance to display their talents to college coaches. But, to see our first game be a good one and our kids put on a good show too, it was a solid start to our weekend.” - David Carvahlo, Coach of Philadelphia Ukraine National 03 Black
During the 1:00 PM games, 2019 US Youth Soccer National Finalist PA Dominion FC 04 Rangers played STA-MUSC 2004 ECNL. STA-MUSC opened up the match by scoring the game’s first goal. After winning the 2019 EPYSA State Cup and 2019 Eastern Regional Championship last season, PA Dominion found themselves in an unusual position trailing by a goal in this game, and had to fight their way back and eventually leveled the scoreline, as the game finished 1-1 in a tightly contested and physical game.
“The showcase overall has been a very pleasing first morning with the number of college coaches watching our game. There’s plenty of eyes on our players, which is important for any club and why we come here. Having good games and the visibility that this event can offer are important . Specifically, we were in a very tough game, against what’s been one of the region's most dominant sides in this age group for a long time. I think it’s always an interesting challenge to the players of this age group to face a top team. We remain humble. We remain hungry. We will come out tomorrow hoping to understand that if we really want to achieve success, we have to be prepared for two more really strong games. But, it’s about character and courage and whether you want to be involved in games like this, where ultimately you play in good games because you want a challenge. Those guys challenged us. They capitalized on one moment of misfortune and we let them off the hook with others. It’s what the game is all about right? Finding ways to overcome those levels." - Tom Shields, Coach of STA-MUSC 2004 ECNL and Boys Director of STA
In the final time slot of the day, two participants of the 2019-2020 US Youth Soccer National League faced off as Cedar Stars Newark 2002 EDP NL played Brausa United FC 02 Blue. UMBC commit and 2018-2019 National League's leading scored Taylor Calheira, help lead the Brausa United FC attack in a massive 5-0 victory.
“Obviously this was a great win. We played against a great team (Cedar Stars). We were able to get the result we wanted today, playing well. It was important for us to win, but playing well was the goal. We’re looking forward to more great games tomorrow and Sunday. We just have to take it one game at a time and to make sure we keep increasing our performance and play because we’re preparing for the National League.” - Adauto Neto, Coach of Brausa United FC 02 Blue
The action continues tomorrow with all teams taking the field.
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.