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EDP Winter Showcase 2020 Recap

By Christopher Korte, 02/25/20, 5:00PM EST

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The EDP Winter Showcase 2020, part of EDP’s Pathway to College™, paired best versus best in an invitation-only event for highly competitive 17U and 19U boys teams. This Showcase took place over two days at Heavenly Farms Park in East Brunswick, NJ and featured elite teams from across the East Region and beyond, including Florida and Canada.

 

“This is great for me. This is my first event this year where you can see a Red Bull, a Baltimore Armour, a Gottschee and then also see a Long Island SC, a Baltimore Celtic, and a Brausa United as well, giving you the chance to see all different kinds of play from different organizations. It’s something I have not been to yet this year or maybe my six years at Loyola. I think it’s pretty neat. It’s pretty special.  We all know there are great players in the DA, in the USYS, there are great players everywhere. Our roster is filled with guys from all over the place and an event like this allows me to not have to split my time between two different events and two different weekends. I can do it all in one, which is great.” Stephen Nichols, Head Coach at Loyola University Maryland

 

The college coaches registered for the Showcase included:  Rutgers University, University of Connecticut, United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, Fordham, Hofstra, Loyola, Rowan University, Arcadia, La Salle, Liberty University, Manhattan College, St. John's University, Temple, and others.

 

EDP matched top tier teams from the US Soccer Boys Development Academy, US Youth Soccer National League, and international teams against one another.


View a complete list of college coaches who registered for the EDP Winter Showcase Boys 2020.

 

During the event, EDP staff asked several college coaches what they thought about this unique recruiting experience. Here's what they had to say:

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“I’m here recruiting for 2021, and I’ve been very impressed with the level of play on display. It’s been a great weekend for us. It’s nice having the two fields next to each other. You don’t miss a thing and can pop from one to the other. The interval in time was great as well because at the very least you get fifteen minutes of a game, it’s halftime and you can move right over to the other field. I saw every single player play this weekend, which is not something you get to do at other events. I like the way it’s run for sure.” Stephen Roche, Assistant Coach at Hofstra University

 

“This is my first year at an EDP event and it’s been a great weekend in terms of the proximity of the fields, they’re so close to one another. EDP has taken great care of the college coaches and makes it a comfortable environment for us so that we can focus on evaluating players and don’t have to worry about anything else.” Paul Killian, Assistant Coach at the United States Naval Academy

 

The brackets  from the Showcase included: 

 

  • Eleven 2019-2020 National League Participants

  • Six Development Academy Teams

  • Six 2019 USYS State Cup Champions

  • Two Canadian teams

 

The NY Red Bulls 19U DA had a successful weekend, defeating two tough opponents in Brausa United and Woodbridge Soccer WSC Boys 2002FP.

 

Samuel Castellanos, coach of the New York Red Bulls 19U DA, told EDP after their final game, “This was a good opportunity for the guys playing, to kind of showcase where we are at in the preseason, right before our spring season starts. I thought it’s been a great weekend. A lot of actions we’ve been working on came together here. I think we came out of this event with plenty of positives. It’s been good competition all in all. ”

 

Other teams in attendance included:

 

BW Gottschee 17U DA and 19U DA

Baltimore Armour 17U DA  and 19U DA

New York Red Bulls 17U DA and 19U DA

 

Baltimore Celtic SC Premier 2003

2019-2020 National League Winner

2019 Eastern Regional Finalist

 

Beadling SC 2003B Showcase

2019-2020 National League Participant

2019 Eastern Regional Champion

 

FC Copa Academy 2003B USYS NL

2019-2020 National League Participant

 

Lake Grove Newfield SC Dynamite 2003

2019-2020 National League Participant

2019 Eastern Regional Quarter Finalist

 

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 2003 Black

2019-2020 National League Participant

 

TSF Academy 2003B USYS NL

2019-2020 National League Participant

2019 Eastern Regional Semi-Finalist

 

BRAUSA United FC 2002 Blue

2019-2020 National League Participant

2019 Eastern Regional Finalist

 

Baltimore Celtic SC 2002

2019-2020 National League Winner

2019 Eastern Regional Champion

 

FC Florida Prep Academy U19

 

Lake Grove Newfield SC United 2001

2019-2020 National League Participant

2019 ENYYSA State Cup Champion

 

Long Island SC Gunners 2002

2019 ENYYSA State Cup Champion

 

Milton Youth SC Magic 2002 Blue

 

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 2002 Black

2019-2020 National League Participant

2019 Eastern Regional Semi-Finalist

 

Woodbridge Soccer Club 2002B

 

YMS 2002 Premier United NL EDP

2019-2020 National League Participant


About EDP

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.