This past weekend, the EDP Cup Spring Showcase 2023 was hosted in conjunction with the 2023 US Youth Soccer ODP East Tournament. The 15U-17U State ODP Teams from around the East Region played alongside the EDP Cup Spring Showcase at Tuckahoe Turf Farms, with the EDP Cup Spring Showcase also taking place at Green Branch Park, and the 12U-14U ODP teams in Lancaster, PA.
The EDP Cup Spring Showcase had over 225 teams from over 110 clubs representing more than eight State Soccer Associations, creating diverse match-ups of teams from around the region. College coaches from all levels were in attendance, with prominent NCAA Conference represented such as the Big East, Atlantic 10, America East, MAAC, NJAC, CACC, Landmark, Centennial, MAC, Atlantic East, PSAC and more. All games were recorded by Next Level Video, and each player received a SportsRecruits profile to enhance the recruiting experience for all in attendance.
A look at some of the results from this weekend:
In the 19U Boys Platinum bracket, Cedar Stars Academy North Elite 64 2005B proved again why they are one of the nation’s top teams, finishing the weekend 3-0-0. After defeating one of New Jersey’s top 19U teams in Steel United NJ 2004B NL 1-0 in their opener, they followed it up with another 1-0 defeat over Match Fit Academy Ocean 2005. In their final match, the team's attack, led by Sophomore Kwaku Agyabeng, was too much for Liverpool FC Academy NJ 04/05B USYS NL, and despite it being a very closely-contested hard-fought battle, Cedar Stars won the match 4-0.
In the 17U Boys Platinum bracket, two of New England's top teams finished at the top of the bracket. Juventus Academy Boston IFA U17 Boys (MA) received first place with a record of 3-0-0 and Seacoast Bedford 2006B Elite (NH) went 2-0-1. Both sides matched up with three of New Jersey’s most prominent clubs in Cedar Stars Academy North, SJEB FC and FC Copa Academy. Both sides defeated FC Copa Academy and Cedar Stars Academy, with the difference in the final standings being a draw between Seacoast and SJEB FC, who Juventus defeated in their final match.
In the 16U Boys Platinum bracket, SJEB FC 07B Academy, winners of the USYS National League Mid Atlantic Conference, prepared for the USYS Eastern Regional Championships by winning the bracket going 3-0-0. With an attack that scored 12 goals on the weekend, and a backline who kept two clean sheets, the team was in top form. They recorded wins over PA Mutiny, Penn FC Youth, and Brooklyn Italians.
In the 15U Boys Platinum bracket, St. Mary's Soccer SMS 2008 Strikers Red Premier from Maryland finished an impressive 3-0-0. After finishing tied atop the USYS National South Atlantic Conference standings, they entered the weekend full of confidence. Their opening match was a 1-0 win over a strong NJ Premier FC side, and they then secured back-to-back 4-0 wins over NJ Blaze 08 Black and Parsippany SC PSC Academy 2008 Boys Blue.
In the 19U Girls Ruby Bracket, Cherry Hill SC Force 04/05 won first place in one of the most closely-contested brackets in the tournament. Each team was in contention to finish in first place heading into the final game, as Cherry Hill finished with a 1-0-2 record, and their 1-1 draw with Reading Rage SC '05-06 Leroux clinching the top spot. Cherry Hill finished on five points, Reading Rage on four points, STA on three points and Back Mountain on two points.
In the 17U Girls Ruby Bracket, Keystone Athletic KA 2006 Girls-Black opened up the event in dominating fashion, defeating Maryland Rush SOMD Rush 06G 3-0, followed by a 4-0 win over Deptford Premier FC '06 Girls. On Sunday, they drew 3-3 against STA STA-MUSC 2006G NL EDP, who drew all three of their games over the weekend with scores of 3-3, 2-2 and 3-3.
In the 16U Girls Ruby Bracket, it was a battle between State Cup Champions with NJ Winner STA Mt Olive SC 2007 Girls and PA winner Reading Rage SC '07 Press facing off on Sunday morning. Reading entered the game with a record of 1-0-1, and STA entered with 2-0-0. The game was back-and-forth, with both teams having quality chances. In the end, it was Reading Rage who would come away with a 3-2 victory to win the bracket.
In the 15U Girls Ruby Bracket, NJ Crush FC 2008 Academy finished in first place with a record of 3-0-0 with very close matches. The first match was a 1-0 win over Massapequa SC Rockets and then a 2-1 win over Peninsula Blazin Eagles. Their final game was a 3-1 win over Capital Area SA CASA 2008F Elite to close out their undefeated weekend.