EDP teams to represent league at NPL Champions Cup

The Eastern Development Program would like to congratulate its teams that will be moving on to compete in the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Champions Cup. The following teams will represent the league July 18-22 in Aurora, Colo.

The Eastern Development Program would like to congratulate its teams that will be moving on to compete in the 2013 NPL Champions Cup. The following teams will represent the league July 18-22 in Aurora, Colo.
 
NOTE: the final games in the U-15 and U-16 boys age groups are yet to be played.
 
U13B
Patriots FC Red (Pa.)
 
 
U14B
Pro Futbol PSAFC 98  (Md.)
U14G
FSA FC U14 Girls Navy (Conn.)
U15B
TBD
 
 
U16B
TBD
U16G
Manhattan Hotspur (N.Y.)
U17B
PDA McGeough (N.J.)
U17G
TSF Academy Triumph (N.J.)
U18B
Ironbound SC Inter (N.J.)
U18G
Smithtown Kickers Spirit (N.Y.)
 
Director of Coaching at Manhattan Soccer Club, Ray Selvadurai said “Manhattan Soccer Club is honored and excited to participate in the NPL Champions Cup in July. Our representatives are ready to compete on a national stage and represent our club, New York City and EDP well in Colorado.”
 
The NPL Champions Cup competition will begin with round-robin play, with qualifying teams moving on to semifinal and final rounds. The NPL Champions Cup features qualifying teams from every NPL across the country, with the winners being crowned NPL national champions. 
 
JR Balzarini, Girls Director of Coaching for Smithtown, offered that “the opportunity to compete for a national championship at U-18 in their last year is something my girls are excited about, and a great way to finish their club career. EDP, despite being relatively new on the girls’ side, has done a great job getting the right people and clubs involved for a highly competitive atmosphere.”
 
“We are very excited about our accomplishments in the EDP’s NPL Division and succeeding in the League Finals against a formidable opponent like New York SC,” noted Pete Sarioglou, coach of PSAFC 98. “Without a doubt, we consider the league to be one of the strongest nationally. The attitude of our own team is very strong and the team's spirits are high, knowing what it's taken us to get here so far. We are having a very memorable season and hope to take it one more notch in Colorado.”
 
The NPL was created to provide a unified national developmental platform and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon US Club Soccer’s fundamental principles. In early 2012, the EDP was invited by US Club Soccer to have its top boys and girls teams join the NPL. 
 
For more information on EDP and US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues, please visit the EDP website. Registration for the EDP league can be found here.