9U-15U Boys & 9U-14U Girls | October 12 & 13, 2019
11v11 - Tuckahoe Turf Farms: Hammonton, NJ | 9v9 - Green Branch Park: Pittsgrove, NJ
7v7 - Capelli Sports Complex: Tinton Falls, NJ
EDP is honored to have hosted another successful EDP Cup Fall. Over 1,000 matches were played on October 12th and 13th, at three locations which included Hammonton, Pittsgrove and Tinton Falls, NJ. Most Eastern Region states were represented, and were joined by teams from Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Florida, and 2 Canadian Provinces. Almost half of all teams in the Platinum and Diamond brackets came from out of region clubs, which provided some unbelievably exciting matchups across all age groups. The EDP Cup hosted many of the finest clubs playing in the US Youth Soccer National League (NL), United States Development Academy (DA) program, Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) platforms. Steve Careine, coach of AC Connecticut, stated, “The weekend was fantastic. The competition exceeded all expectations and to play different teams from different states and this team, you know, we’ve been challenged a lot. Just recently we won the national championship in Colorado and to come out here and to compete against the top-quality teams in Region 1 and the states, just shows that we continue to improve as a team.” “It’s a huge honor to be hosting this celebration of soccer with a wonderful mix of clubs from across our Region and beyond. I was excited to see such an exciting range of playing styles and fantastic support from parents and fans.”, said Simon Collins, Technical Director for EDP.
In the EDP Cup Fall U14G Diamond Bracket Clarkstown SC 2006G Elite of the US Youth Soccer North Atlantic EDP Conference bested the ECNL national champions, PDA Wolves (NJ), to win their group and the EDP Cup in a 4-2 victory. The EDP 13U Diamond bracket produced the eventual winners PDA Heat ECNL (NJ), who beat Nationals Oakland (MI) 2-1 in a tightly contested final. In the 12U age group Diamond bracket, PDA Wildfire Blue (NJ) dropped a 4-2 decision against the Nationals Oakland 08G BLACK (MI), in a game that was tied at 2-2 with just 8 minutes to go. The game ended 4-2, thanks to some dynamic scoring to break the deadlock. PDA Legacy Blue won the 11U EDP Cup Diamond bracket, which featured the best teams from across the region, including teams from SUSA (NY), STA (NJ), World Class FC (NY), and SJEB Academy DA (NJ).
The 14U Platinum bracket contained premiere clubs from Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Florida. The final however, was an all EDP affair, eventually won by Next Level Soccer NLS Ajax 06 White (NJ) who beat Barca Academy Pro NY 2006, 2-1. Topsides battled it out in a tough U13 Bracket, but emerging from this group were two EDP teams, Real Jersey FC 2007 who defeated SC Vistula Garfield 2007 Lewandowski, in a very competitive 2-1 victory. In the U12 age group, Indiana Elite FC 2008B Premier I (IN) beat Nationals Oakland (MI) 08B Black with a decisive 4-2 score. U11 had a repeat of last year's final when Asces Coral Estates Juventus Salihamidzic played Cedar Stars Bergen 2009 Pre-Academy II, in which the Cedar Stars won a barnburner of a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 score. The Dallas Texans 2010B Pre-Academy Salazar (TX) competed against some of the best teams the Northeast could offer and emerged victorious in the 10U top bracket, beating Center Court FC (NJ) in the final, 4-2. The overall goals scored across the tournament for two days were 2,454 and a goal differential of 2.1.