With scouts from both the U.S. Soccer Federation and US Club Soccer’s id2 Program in attendance, a total of 28 teams from 14 different clubs came together Oct. 8-10 at Classics Soccer Park in Manheim, Pa., for the Northeast Pre-Academy League Fall Scouting Showcase.
Among the strongest performing clubs at the event was New York Red Bulls, which recorded wins in all six of its matches over the weekend. That mark included a tight 2-0 victory over NY Cosmos Academy in the U-13 age group on Saturday.
“Everybody wants to win, but I think how you go about it is more important, especially in the youth development system,” said New York Red Bulls Director of Youth Programs Bob Montgomery. “We focus on building from the back, playing the ball through the midfield and letting the players make decisions and as a group we did that well this weekend.
“Having a league with clubs that are serious and make a strong attempt at development first is very important,” Montgomery continued. “We need to find the best competition that we can and clearly this league is the best place for us to be.”
Also posting an unbeaten record over the weekend was Albertson SC, which tallied four wins and two ties at the event.
“I thought that the event was great for the teams and for all the players, allowing us to play three quality games and see how we match up against the best teams in our region,” said Albertson SC Director of Coaching Adrian Gaitan. “I thought both of our teams played pretty well throughout the weekend, the fields were great and the fact that there were national scouts there really made the kids excited and just made it extra special.”
Scouting the event for the U.S. Soccer Federation were Tony Lepore, Richie Williams and Chris Brewer. Also at the event was id2 Boys’ Program Director Gerry McKeown, who will next head to the first of two fall 2011 id2 Program Training Camps, which will be held Oct. 13-16 at PDA Soccer Complex in Zarephath, N.J., and feature many of the players from the Northeast Pre-Academy League.
U.S. Soccer Technical Staff and US Club Soccer id2 Program Staff are on-site at each NPL Fall Scouting Showcase to scout and identify players for potential participation in upcoming id2 Program Training Camps and Player Development Programs, as well as a variety of U.S. Soccer programs.
Played under nearly perfect fall weather conditions, the Northeast Pre-Academy League Fall Scouting Showcase featured strong competition across both the U-13 and U-14 age groups on high-quality fields at Classics Soccer Park. The Showcase format allowed clubs to be matched up with clubs from other divisions within the Northeast Pre-Academy League.
The focus for the Northeast Pre-Academy League will now shift back to the regular season, as teams continue down the road towards the NPL Champions Cup. Slated for July 27-30, 2012, the NPL Champions Cup will feature winners of every NPL competing against each other for NPL national championships.