This weekend opened up the Spring 2020 schedule for the US Youth Soccer North Atlantic EDP Conference, one of 13 Conferences under the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program in the Multi-State Tier.
The North Atlantic EDP Conference consists of teams primarily from Eastern New York and Connecticut, with top teams in the Conference earning advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, a part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, as well as a chance to earn a coveted spot in the National Tier of the Leagues Program, the US Youth Soccer National League.
During this weekend, two key matchups took place.
First, in the 17U Boys Conference Premier I bracket, the Black Watch Premier Boys 2003 faced off against Massapequa SC Warriors B03 on Sunday, March 08th.
This was a close match, but ultimately, the Massapequa SC narrowly edged out a close win, beating Black Watch Premier Boys 2003, 1-0.
Shaun Foster, Coach of Massapequa SC Warriors B03 stated, “This was what you would typically call the first games of the season. We weren't as sharp as we could be and didn’t particularly play well or as well as we could have. We knew this was going to be a contested game and it went about how I expected it to go. Moving forward, however, our expectations are still the same. We still want to win the league. It’s just taking each game as they come and building from them.”
Then, the 13U Girls Conference Premier I bracket opened its first matchup with Sporting CT 2007 Girls playing Capital United SC Blue Crush.
The two teams battled it out for the duration of the game, but, the scoreline ended even in a 1-1 tie between the two.
Nicolae Popescu, Coach of Sporting CT 2007 Girls, explained his feelings after the first game, stating, “It was a physical game between both our teams and the playing was very balanced. Everything was very even overall. I didn’t notice anything crazy or out of the ordinary. Then again, it’s the first game and not everyone was in shape. It was a good result, but there’s quite a bit of season to go, so we have plenty of time to see how everything develops.”
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.