Southeast Pre-Academy League holds playoffs, PDP event

The WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, N.C., was the site of a big weekend for the Southeast Pre-Academy League, which held its playoffs from May 25-27, determined its league champion and hosted a Player Development Program (PDP) event.

Weston FC’s U-14 boys team took home the SEPAL title on Monday, earning a place in the 2013 NPL Champions Cup, US Club Soccer’s league-based national championship competition, which will be held July 18-22 at Aurora Sports Park in suburban Denver.

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The WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, N.C., was the site of a big weekend for the Southeast Pre-Academy League, which held its playoffs from May 25-27, determined its league champion and hosted a Player Development Program (PDP) event.

Weston FC’s U-14 boys team took home the SEPAL title on Monday, earning a place in the 2013 NPL Champions Cup, US Club Soccer’s league-based national championship competition, which will be held July 18-22 at Aurora Sports Park in suburban Denver.

After finishing second in the league during the regular season (14-3-3), Weston FC advanced out of group play with a 3-0 win over North Meck SC and a 1-1 draw with CASL, setting the table for a championship matchup with Kendall SC, which reached the final with two victories -- including a 1-0 win over top-seeded Charlotte Soccer Academy.

The two Florida clubs seemed destined for overtime until, with just minutes remaining, Weston netted a winner to top Kendall 1-0, take the SEPAL title and earn a trip to the NPL Champions Cup, where the club will face some of the top teams from across the country.

"This accomplishment reflects the commitment, discipline, ambition, work ethic and progress that this team has shown in the past 10 months," coach Pedro Cavalcanti said. "We have faced the best clubs in the Southeast, and the tough competition and long trips have united us and made us stronger. We are looking forward to representing our club, families and friends among the best teams in the nation. I couldn’t be more proud of this amazing group!"

Weston’s triumph capped a busy weekend that began Saturday morning with the PDP, which included 29 boys from 10 clubs born in 2000. Participants had a chance to play in front of scouts from US Club Soccer’s id2 Program and learn from a coaching staff that included CASL’s Paul Forster, Charlotte SA’s Brad Wylde and Wake FC’s David Allred. 

Players took part in two sessions Saturday that featured a variety of activities designed to develop their skills and test their abilities, including technical repetition drills, small-sided games and 11-v-11 matches. As with all PDPs, top players may earn invites to id2 Program Training Camps.
 
Special thanks go out to the participants, coaches, facilities and other staff for a great weekend.
 
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Centered around the National Premier Leagues (NPL), PDPs are regionally-based identification and development programs conducted within the id2 Program with invitations based primarily upon scouting within the hosting NPL. The id2 Program and Player Development Programs (PDP) are each sanctioned as an Olympic Development Program as approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation.