“This was an awesome tournament! We’re so thankful to EDP for hosting so many great teams. The games have been competitive, and we’re just very excited to be here,” was how coach Hugosbely Rivas of the Northeast Internationals FC 2010 described his team’s experience in the EDP Futures Cup played on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, January 20th. An all-day indoor soccer event for 8U to 11U boys and girls, the EDP Futures Cup involved over.
It was an all A.S. Junior Elite affair in the 11U Boys age group finals, as the A.S. Junior Elite 09 Boys Black won 1st place against the A.S. Junior Elite 09 Boys White. Then, in the 11U Boys third-place game, Central Jersey Soccer Fabulous 5 prevailed over Centercourt FC 09 Boys Green.
In the 10U Girls age bracket, Holmdel FC NJX Breakers beat the NJX Breakers White in winning their age group finals. The PSA Wildcats took home 3rd place for 10U Girls over Toms River Futbol Rangers.
The North East Internationals FC 2010 went home as the 10U Boys champions over Rumson Dynamic Dawg. In the third-place game, the PSA Wildcats Elite ‘10 narrowly beat the Middletown SC Barca Red.
For 9U Boys, Centercourt FC 2011 Boys Green finished at the top of their table with 10 points, followed by A.S. Junior Elite 2011 Boys in second and the PSA Wildcats Elite ‘11 Orange in third.
Finally, the A.S. Junior Elite 2012 Boys won their final game for the 8U Boys age group over Howell United SC 2012B Strikers.
EDP spoke with several coaches participating at the EDP Futures Cup about their goals and team expectations for the tournament:
“I really want them to just get going on the ball and have them focus on playing together. Although it’s a smaller sided event, I’d like them to still work as a team through their passing and movement. That’s what I’m looking for. EDP events have always been good. It’s good competition for us. We look forward to it.” Innocent Buule, Pro Elite Training
“The event has been great. I’m looking for the boys to express themselves on the ball and work together as a unit. I want them to have fun. I can’t ask for more.” Neil Clinton, Centercourt Football Club 2009
“I was really happy with the way my boys banded together today. They passed the ball well and had some good opportunities that they took advantage of when they were in a striking position. We could learn from some of the things we didn’t do well. We didn’t get back and forth quick enough and playing in the finals, the team we played passed the ball around well enough to open up space on us and score. It helped shed light on something we can work on, which I plan to do this week.” Bruno Duva, Rumson Dynamic Dawgs
“I’m really excited to be here. This is my first time at this location and I’m the new coach of this team as well. We’re still coming along as unit, still developing all the time and every tournament I learn more about the kids and their strengths, their challenges, and this event can only add to that growth.” Jeremy Brown, Cedar Stars Academy Staten Island
“Always excited to be at one of the EDP events. There was some great competition as always and the event was well organized, the reffing was great and it’s nice to be able to come to these smaller events and focus on the indoor technical part of the game where the players don’t have a whole lot of time and space.” Matt Wolston, NJX Breakers
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.