Over Memorial Day Weekend, EDP Soccer hosted the USYS Regional Showcase New England, one of the top recruiting opportunities in the region. Played over the three-day weekend, the event featured top 13U-19U boys and girls teams from over 50 clubs. Despite the rain and low temperatures, each of the venues saw all of the games completed. Games were played at Progin Park, Game On Fitchburg, Taunton Fore Kicks III and FC Stars Soccer Fields. Over 400 games were played during the weekend, with over 1,500 goals scored.
College coaches from Division II and III schools were in attendance, as they looked to round out their 2021 recruiting classes and prepare for the future with prospects from the classes of 2022, 2023 and 2024. In addition to the college coaches on site, all 17U-19U games were recorded so that Division I coaches (NCAA mandated dead period until 5/31/21) and coaches who were not able to make the event due to budget and travel restrictions, will be able to evaluate players with video after the event.
A Look At Some of This Past Weekend’s Results
New England Surf Navy, winner of the USYS New England Conference Premier I North Division, once again proved why it is one of the region’s top teams. The team went unbeaten, including a 2-1 win over NEFC Hammer. Inter Connecticut 03/02 Boys also had an impressive showing over the weekend, defeating both NY Elite FC and Juventus Academy Boston EDS Central, and drawing 1-1 with Seacoast United Bedford. Rhode Island Surf B02/03 won the Blue bracket with two wins and one loss.
In the Red bracket, both Galway Rovers and Juventus Academy finished top with 4 points. In the White bracket, New York Surf SC G02 Academy finished top of the bracket with 7 points.
The Massapequa Warriors B03, which is from the North Atlantic Conference and will head to the USYS Eastern Regional Championships later this month, won all three of its matches against three of Massachusetts’ top teams. Quickstrike FC 2003 NL, who will be in the Eastern New York State Cup final this upcoming weekend, finished the event with two wins and a draw. CFC North Regional 2003, of the New England Conference, won all three of its games over the weekend.
Nirvana 360 Illusion prepared for their upcoming Eastern New York State Cup final with three wins in which they allowed just two goals. In the White bracket, Southeast SC prepared for its Connecticut State Cup semifinal by defeating Brentwood SC, Southampton SC and Bruno United FC.
New England Surf State Grey and New England Surf State Blue will both head into the Massachusetts State Cup semifinals this weekend after winning all three of their matches at the showcase. Southeast SC, who finished in second place in the New England Conference Premier I South Division, finished the showcase with two wins and one loss. CFC Regional North 2004 won all three of its games as it prepared for the Connecticut State Cup semifinals.
SDA Utica 04 Blasters finished at the top of their bracket, just as they did at the USYS New Jersey Regional Showcase, and finished on a high note as they look to clinch their spot from the North Atlantic Conference into the Eastern Regional Championships. In the White bracket, Seacoast United Maine and Juventus Academy Boston both finished with 6 points. In the Blue bracket, Quickstrike FC 2004 NL went unbeaten, going 3-0-0.
New England Surf State Navy won all three games, including a 3-1 win over National League Playoff participant Future SA 05. Puerto Rico Surf won the White bracket, finishing a perfect 3-0-0. In the Yellow bracket, both New York Rush and CFC Valley finished with 9 points. Southeast SC won the Green bracket with 7 points after 3 games.
Three State Cup semifinalists — Patriots FC 05, NJ Premier FC 05 and Alleycats 2005G NL Red — all went 3-0-0 competing with some of New England’s best. Stony Brook SC Arsenal, Juventus Academy Boston 2005 EDS South Bianco, AC Connecticut G05, Middle Country, Quickstrike FC, and Seacoast United all also went 3-0-0 in their respective brackets.
Mid Atlantic Conference Premier I winners NJ Premier FC 06 Boys finished with two wins and a draw to win the Red bracket. The draw came against Juventus Academy Boston 2006 EDP North Bianco, who will compete in the Massachusetts State Cup semifinals this weekend. CFC Regional North finished with three wins out of three as it got ready for the Connecticut State Cup semifinals. In the Yellow bracket, Inter Connecticut 06 went undefeated, as did Southeast SC in the Orange bracket.
NJ Premier FC 2006 defeated New England Surf State Navy, a Massachusetts State Cup semifinalist, 3-1, in both teams’ final game of the weekend to win the bracket. In the White bracket, New York West State Cup Champion Syracuse Development Academy 2006 Girls finished top of the bracket with 6 points.
PDA Hibernian Scholes, one of the Mid Atlantic Conference’s top teams, defeated three teams from the New England Conference with wins of 2-1 over Western United Pioneers, 2-0 over Northeast Rush MA and 3-0 over Rhode Island Surf. In the White bracket, Brentwood SC of the North Atlantic Conference went 3-0-0 with 10 goals for and three against.
With four teams still competing for State Cup titles residing in the showcase brackets in Alleycats 2007G Red, CFC North Regional 07, Western United Pioneers and New England Surf Navy 07, it was the Rhode Island State Cup champion Rhode Island Surf G2007 who finished 3-0-0 and won the Red bracket.
The New Jersey State Cup Champions, NJ Premier FC 08, took on North Atlantic Conference Club vs. Club champion Brentwood SC Premier in their final game, with both teams entering unbeaten. In the match between two of the region’s best teams, NJ Premier came away with a 3-1 victory to win the bracket. In the White backet, PDA Hibernian Matthaus won all three of its games.
New England Surf State Navy 08 continues to be one of the best teams in the region, recording wins of 4-0, 5-1 and 5-0 as it prepared for the Massachusetts State Cup semifinals this weekend. In the White bracket, Rhode Island Surf finished 3-0-0.