This weekend opened up the Spring 2020 schedule for the US Youth Soccer Mid Atlantic EDP Conference, one of 13 Conferences under the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program in the Multi-State Tier.
The Mid Atlantic EDP Conference consists of teams primarily from Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with the 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.
Ironbound SC 05 Red Super Eagles and Real Jersey FC 2005 kicked off the 15U Boys Conference Premier I bracket on Sunday, March 08th.
The game ended with Ironbound SC 05 Red Super Eagles beating Real Jersey FC 2005, 4-1.
While still early in the season, Real Jersey FC 2005 is looking to rebound early after their defeat. Stephen Conger, Manager and Coach at Real Jersey FC, explained, “I think the expectations are much like last year where we're going to have some competitive games each week. For us, this is our chance to qualify for regionals again in West Virginia. We know each game is going to be a battle and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves every game this season and gauging our players and team improvement throughout. Our game with Ironbound didn't exactly go our way, but there's plenty of this season left for us to readjust and reach our ultimate goal.”
In the Girls 19U age group, Penn Fusion SA PreAcademy 2001 played Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 01 Black, in the Conference Premier I opening match.
Alaina McLaughlin opened up the game at the 9-minute mark with the game’s first goal for Penn Fusion SA PreAcademy 2001.
However, Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 01 Black’s Elena Hincapie quickly tied the game a minute later.
Penn Fusion SA PreAcademy 2001 once again answered ten seconds later and left the final score, 2-1, for Penn Fusion SA PreAcademy 2001.
Michael Keitz, Coach of the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 01 Black, stated after, “I’d say our expectations are simple. Playing the highest quality competition we can find within the region. We don’t want to do the whole travel the world thing. In this case, our age group is for the 2001’s, so we have kids moving onto college and playing NCAA ball come fall. The big thing for us is to continue their development and make sure they are as prepared as possible for when they hit the preseason and then the fall season for their schools.
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.