RICHMOND, Va. (April 2, 2017) - About 200 NPL teams have competed in the 2017 Jefferson Cup. One of the most well-known showcase tournaments in the country, the Jefferson Cup provides quality competition and collegiate recruiting opportunities.
The Girls Showcase Weekend was held March 24-26 and included three 2016 NPL Finals champions and finalists: Oakwood SC (in 16-U division), FC Copa Academy (17-U) and NEFC (18-U).
The Boys Showcase Weekend is ongoing, despite inclement weather moving games to turf fields. Manhattan SC, winners of the 16-U age group at last year's NPL Finals, is competing in the 17-U bracket this weekend in Virginia. NPL General Leo Garcia is in attendance to show support to the competing NPLs and provide daily updates (see below).
US Club Soccer began officially working with the Jefferson Cup in 2015 by actively encouraging its NPL teams to apply to the Virginia-based showcase.
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Thanks to all the Jefferson Cup staff for a wonderful experience in a great professional environment for all our NPL teams. We hope to see you again in 2018!
Sunday, April 2:
Day 3 of Jefferson Cup brought in more sunshine and reopened Striker Park, a facility that was closed for weather issues earlier in the weekend. In the 16-U age group, two teams finish their showcase records undefeated at 3-0: GPS-MA (NEP – NPL Division) and FSA FC (EDP – NPL Division). In addition, another five teams went without losing matches: Match Fit Academy (EDP – NPL Division), Liverpool FC MA (NEP – NPL Division), STA, Massapequa and SUSA Elite (all NYCSL – NPL Division) and Campton United (Midwest Developmental League). All scores from the weekend can be found here.
In the 17-U bracket, five NPL teams walked away with a 3-0 record: TSF Academy (EDP – NPL Division), Virginia Rush (Virginia NPL), Liverpool FC MA (NEP – NPL Division), Campton United SC (Midwest Developmental League) and Parsippany SC (NYCSL – NPL Division). Last year’s NEP NPL Division champions GPS NH finished the weekend at 2-0-1, while NPL national champion Manhattan SC Villa ended with a 2-1-0 record. Scores for the 17-U bracket can be found here.
At the 18-U bracket, Parsippany SC (NYCSL – NPL Division) found success winning their brackets at this year’s Jeff Cup and a 3-0 record. With a perfect record as well, GPS Florida West (Florida NPL) barely missed out on winning their bracket after defeating another NPL team FC Boston Bolts (NEP – NPL Division) on the last day of competition. Seacoast United Mariners (NEP – NPL Division) also finished second after a draw on their last match against Charlotte SA. Chicago Alliance FC (NISL) finished with two wins and a loss. Follow the rest of the NPL teams at the 18-U bracket here.
The oldest age group at Jeff Cup saw a couple of NYCSL – NPL division teams win their respective brackets. Eastern FC finished with a perfect record at 3-0, while East Meadow SC ended the weekend with two wins and a draw. World Class FC and FSA (both EDP – NPL Division) and Massapequa SC (NYCSL – NPL Division) finished their performance with two wins and a loss. Finals results for the 19-U bracket can be found here.
“Overall, it was a great weekend for NPL teams participating in the Jeff Cup,” said Leo Garcia, NPL General Manager. “With around 250 college coaches in attendance, these are the types of opportunities we want to provide our NPL teams.” A full list of college coaches can be found here.
Saturday, April 1:
Much-needed sunshine covered the fields in Richmond on day 2 of the Boys Weekend at Jeff Cup. With the sunshine came early NPL success at the 16-U age brackets. GPS-MA (NEP – NPL Division was able to top Bethesda SC, while Brentwood SC (NYCSL – NPL Division) was able to come on top later in the day against the same side in their second match of the day. In a few all NPL matches, FC Stars (NEP – NPL Division) came out with early success versus Beach FC (VA NPL), while TSF Academy (EDP – NPL Division) defeated Parsippany SC (NYCSL – NPL Division). Campton United (Midwest Developmental League blanked Match Fit Academy white squad. Follow Day 3 matches here.
In the 17-U division, NPL Finals champions Manhattan SC Villa (EDP – NPL Division) bounced back vs. BRYC Elite Academy. GPS NH (NEP – NPL Division) found success in a high scoring game as they defeated OBGC Rangers late in the day. World Class FC (EDP – NPL Division) defeated FC Frederick early in the morning. A few other NPL teams won their Saturday matches including Liverpool FC (NEP – NPL Division), Parsippany SC (NYCSL – NPL Division) and Campton United (Midwest Developmental League). You can follow all the action for the 17-U division here.
The 18-U saw a lot of NPL action mid-afternoon as South Atlantic Premier League new comers SC United defeated FC Florida Preparatory Academy. TSF Academy (EDP – NPL Division) and Parsippany SC (NYCSL – NPL Division) also found success against Wilmington Hammerheads and LCD United, respectively. Florida NPL’s recently accepted club, GPS Florida West ousted Calverton Cerritos SA. Two NEP NPL Division teams found themselves on the winning side as FC Boson Bolts and Seacoast United both scored 4 goals to win their matches. All the 18-U schedules can be found here.
The 19-U was full of excitement as a few NPL teams reached the 2-0 mark. East Meadow SC (NYCSL – NPL Division) and World Class (EDP – NPL Division) both won their games on the second day of competition. We saw all NPL action in a few timeslots as PWSI (VA NPL) and Princeton SA (NYCSL – NPL Division) drew, Eastern FC (NYCSL – NPL Division) defeated FC Copa (EDP – NPL Division) and TSF Academy (EDP – NPL Division) defeated JAYFC Armada (Florida NPL). More action to come tomorrow from River City Sports Complex and you can follow it here.
Friday, March 31:
The 16-U age group was most affected by inclement weather on Friday, moving many of the mid-day games to a River City Sportsplex, a 12-field turf complex just west of Richmond. A few NPL teams battled through the time changes and weather obstacles to earn victories on the opening day of the Boys Weekend.
Among those were FC Wisconsin (Midwest Developmental League), which beat the Wilmington Hammerheads, and FSA (Elite Development Program) defeated Black Watch Premier. In an all-NPL match, FC Stars (NEP – NPL Division) defeated VSA (Virginia NPL).
Action is expected to resume tomorrow afternoon at the West Creek fields. Follow the 16-U division at the Jefferson Cup here.
In the 17-U division, New York Club Soccer League's Parsippany SC defeated Virginia Legacy early in the morning. A few timeslots later, newly accepted NPL club Ukrainian Nationals (EDP – NPL Division) defeated Black Watch Premier right before the fields were closed for the day due to weather. A few all-NPL matchups saw VA Rush (Virginia NPL) defeat GPS-MA (NEP – NPL Division) and FC Copa (EDP – NPL Division) topple Lake Norman SC (South Atlantic Premier League).
You can follow the 17-U age group tomorrow from West Creek fields here.
At the 18-U age group, NorCal Premier’s Marin FC defeated South Atlantic Premier League’s newcomer South Carolina United mid-afternoon under continuous rainfall. A few fields over, GPS-MA (NEP – NPL Division) beat LDC United under similar conditions. Earlier in the day, FC Boston Bolts (NEP – NPL Division) enjoyed a victory over Calverton Cerritos Soccer Academy. Among other NPL results: Parsippany SC (NYCSL – NPL Division) came out with a result over Storm SA. All the action in the 18-U division from River City fields can be followed here.
The 19-U age group saw all-NPL action early in the morning when GPS-MA (NEP – NPL Division) tied STA 98s (NYCSL – NPL Division). Current NYCSL member East Meadow SC found success against Braden River SC right before the heavy rains came around for the first time. Other NPL teams with early success were: Prince William Courage (Virginia NPL) defeating Penn Fusion SA, Eastern FC (NYCSL – NPL Division) defeating McClean YS and World Class (EDP – NPL Division) defeating Charlotte United. Schedules for the 19-U can be monitored here.
The rain didn’t keep the college coaches away from this year’s Jefferson Cup. The full list of college coaches can be found here.
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