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EDP Cup Fall 2020 Tournament Preview

By Evan Unger, 10/08/20, 12:15PM EDT


Over the next two weekends, EDP Soccer will host the EDP Cup Fall, annually ranked the top event in the nation by GotSoccer. The first weekend, October 10-11, will feature the 9U-16U boys, and the second weekend, October 17-18, will feature the 9U-16U girls. The boys weekend will be at Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, NJ and Iron Peak Sports & Events in Hillsborough, NJ, and the girls weekend will also be played at Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, NJ.

Teams from MLS Academies, USYS National League Conferences, MLS NEXT, Girls Academy, EDP, ECNL, and Elite Academy League will all be in attendance, creating a best vs. best experience as clubs compete against different platforms. Local MLS Academies New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union will both have multiple teams in attendance. Several players have gone to play for these MLS clubs after competing in EDP, including Kenan Hot (PDA/Red Bulls), Serge Ngoma (NJ Elite/ Red Bulls), Dantouma Toure (Red Bulls), John Tolkin (Ironbound/Red Bulls), Nestor Cabrera (Bridgewater SA/Red Bulls), Brenden and Paxten Aaronson (Real Jersey FC/Union), Mark McKenzie (Delaware Rush/Union) Caden Stafford (Syracuse Development Academy/Union), Jackson Gilman (West Mont/Union), and Brandan Craig and Quinn Sullivan (Fishtown/Union). 

Importantly, EDP Soccer will be following strict health and safety protocols, and continue the use of the innovative scheduling that proved to be effective during the summer events. The schedule format includes back-to-back game times that provides for important social distancing protocols and the ability for tournament operations staff to properly sanitize as needed between groups leaving and entering the facility. EDP Soccer is also continuing the use of its new field layout for the weekend, which creates extra space between fields to ensure teams and spectators have the ability to distance themselves. Home teams and their supporters will be positioned on one side of the field and away teams and their supporters on the other side to limit commingling of participants. In addition, home teams stay on the same field for both of their games as this technique reduces the need for team movement across the facility.

A look at some of the events brackets:

The 9U Boys feature top teams from New Jersey and Pennsylvania which have each been dominant in all games they have played so far this Fall. Cedar Stars Bergen 2012 Pre-Academy, The Football Academy NJ 2012 Black, Pennsylvania Rush 2012 Academy, AS Junior Elite 2012, Lower Merion SC Rovers and Real Jersey FC 2012 will all face off to determine the top side in the Mid Atlantic Region. 

Players to watch: Jax Driehorst (PA Rush), Jordan Vasquez (Real Jersey), Alex Sturm (LMSC)

The 10U Boys features several of the Zone 1 programs from MLS NEXT, as well as USYS National League Conferences. MLS NEXT clubs include Cedar Stars Bergen 2011 Pre-Academy, Cedar Stars Monmouth 2011 Green, PDA Puyol and Real Jersey FC 2011. Rounding out the top bracket is Lower Merion SC Irmaos and The Football Academy of NJ 2011 Black. 

Players to watch: Jeremy Graul (CSA Monmouth), Ian Heyward (LMSC), Shane Kauffman (CSA Bergen)

The 11U Boys age group welcomes back some of the nation's top teams. During the 2019 event, the age group provided some outstanding games, and the same is expected from the 2010 boys at this year's event. Included in the top bracket are NY Red Bulls Pre-Academy, The Football Academy NJ 2010 Black, Holmdel FC NJX Monaco, Lehigh Valley United 2012 Black, PDA Gerrard, Cedar Stars Bergen Pre-Academy 2010 and Nationals Oakland 2010 Black.

Players to watch: Jack Guiton (PDA), Luke Miller (TFANJ), Sean Corbett (LVU) 

The 12U Boys features the Philadelphia Union Junior Academy, which will be facing off against the top teams from the area.  This group also features Cedar Stars Bergen Pre-Academy 2009, FC Bucks 2009 Wolfe, NJ Premier FC 2009, Real Jersey FC 2009, Lehigh Valley United 2009 Black, PDA 2009 Pre-MLS and STA 2009 Pre ECNL, as the best vs best comes alive with an MLS Academy and future MLS NEXT, ECNL and USYS National League Conference teams squaring off. 

Players to watch: Cole Mertz (LVU), Aidan Betances (CSA Bergen), Squinch Goodwin (FC Bucks)

The 13U Boys is highlighted by NJYS 2019 State Cup Champion NJ Premier FC 2008 Blue, which will be taking on Penn Fusion SA ECNL 2008, Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 08, and Nationals Union 08 Black. On the other side of the bracket, ECNL side STA 2008 ECNL faces off against USYS National League Conference teams PSA National, Torpedoes SC RED and Lower Merion SC Thunder. 

Players to watch: Zack Yurchyshyn (Ukrainians), James Fitzmaurice (Torpedoes), Harvey Smith (NJ Premier) 

The 14U Boys includes powerhouse SC Vistula Garfield Lewandowski, which is the reigning NJYS State Cup Champions and off to a tremendous start to the 2020-2021 season. MLS NEXT side Real Jersey FC 2007 lost to SC Vistula in last years state cup semi-final, and will look to come out of a group including NJYS State Cup Finalist NJ Premier FC 2007, Penn Fusion SA ECNL 2007, and EDP Fall Kickoff winners Marlboro SA 2007 Gunners. Rounding out the bracket are STA ECNL 2007, Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 07 Black and PDA Hibernian Scholes White. 

Players to watch: Christopher Tenecela (Vistula), Bryan Nascimento (NJ Premier), Connor Winters (Real Jersey) 

The 11U Girls will showcase some of the Mid Atlantic region’s top clubs. SJEB Academy Red, NJ Crush 2010 Orange, Cedar Stars Monmouth 2010 Green, Philadelphia Ukrainians Nationals 10G, FC Bucks 2010 SB, Holmdel FC NJX Breakers, PDA Shore Xplosion and Harrison SC Swarm will all battle out for the championship.

Players to watch: Mya Narcisi (SJEB), Sloane Casey (NJ Crush), Grace Pauwels (CSA Monmouth)

The 12U Girls will have 2019 NJYS State Cup finalist Real Jersey FC 2009 look to claim its spot as one of the top teams in the Mid_Atlantic region, with a group that includes reigning state cup semi finalists STA-MUSC 2009 Pre-GA and PDA Shore Xtreme. Also in the top bracket are top sides SJEB Rush Red, NJ Premier FC 2009 Blue, NJ Crush Splash, Deptford Premier FC 09 and UST NJ Blaze.

Players to watch: Jaslyn Chen (NJ Premier), Camryn Koerner (SJEB Rush), Caitlin Olkowski (Real Jersey)

The 13U Girls features all four teams that reached the NJYS State Cup Semi-Finals in the 2018-2019 season, with NJ Premier FC 2008, Cinnaminson SC Union, Wall Elite Chelsea and back to back State champion Torpedoes SC Red in attendance. Also in the group is STA Girls Academy, plus Real Jersey FC 2008, Lehigh Valley United 2008 Black and Match Fit Academy Shore. 

Players to watch: Lilliana Torres (Wall), Mary Grusser (Torpedoes), Shiloh Moore (Cinnaminson) 

The 14U Girls includes Girls Academy sides Cedar Stars Academy Monmouth and STA. They will take on some of the area's top teams in USYS National League Playoff participant Torpedoes SC, and PSA SDFC Elite 07, Lower Merion SC Furia, FC Europa 07 Elite, Wall Elite Napoli, and Columbus United SC Lions from Ohio. 

Players to watch: Danielle Howard (CSA Monmouth), Logan Goldstein (PSA SDFC), Jasmine Ouatu (STA)