Day two of the EDP Cup Fall Showcase Boys 2019 is now in the books, as college coaches lined the sidelines to find their next top recruit. College coaches from Division I, Division II, Division III, and JUCO programs in attendance can be found on the Scouting Zone website or downloaded here.
As part of the showcase, Development Academy teams faced off in the U17 and U19 age groups as Cedar Stars Academy Monmouth played BW Gottschee, while Cedar Stars Academy Bergen matched up against FC Westchester.
The U19 platinum bracket produced a fantastic matchup between FC Florida Prep Academy U19 National Showcase, coached by former U20 US Youth National Team coach Thomas Rongen, and 2018 Eastern Regional Finalist Wall Elite Cosmos. Both teams played in a back and forth contest that eventually ended 3-2 for the Wall Elite Cosmos.
“I think this Showcase is phenomenal, there’s just great competition all around. The team today from Florida was excellent. The team yesterday, the Philadelphia Ukranian Nationals was excellent as well. So, it’s top-notch competition and a ton of college coaches looking at the boys. I wouldn’t change a thing, to be honest with you, this weekend has been fantastic.” Mike Penkethman, Coach of the Wall Elite Cosmos
In the 2002 Gold Bracket, New Jersey Stallions Academy Juve USYS NL faced CSSG First Touch 2002B. American University commits Michael Bleeker helped to lead the front line as New Jersey Stallions and CSSG First Touch went on to tie 1-1. New Jersey Stallions tied two games this weekend as they finish preparations for the 2019-2020 US Youth Soccer National League.
“The Showcase is pretty amazing. We’ve been coming here for the last 3 years and I really like the quality of play from our opponents. Hopefully, for the rest of the tournament, we’ll play just as well and have the same success on the field.” Nathan, Coach of CSSG First Touch 2002B
At U16 age, 2019 EPYSA State Cup Finalist and 2019-2020 US Youth Soccer National League participant Lower Merion Invictus went up against STA-MUSC ECNL. In a battle between two of the top teams in the region, STA-MUSC ECNL pulled out the 1-0 victory over Lower Merion.
EDP had a chance to speak with Alex Balog, the Assistant Coach of Villanova’s Men’s Soccer, who gave some important advice to young recruits regarding the importance of academics for college.
He stated, “I would say the first thing a lot of these players tend to forget about is academics. Villanova is a very, very academically driven school. SAT scores of 12, 13, 1400 are what you need to get in and at least a 3.0 GPA. That’s the first thing I would suggest when they start looking to go through the process is grades. We want to compete to try to win the Big East so we need to find good soccer players, but if we can’t get them in school, there’s no point in recruiting them. For us, it might be a little different than other programs and players may need to turn things around academically a little bit. We obviously need good soccer players, but academics are super important.”
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.