Jefferson Cup 2016 Championship Division Preview: U-15 Boys
With the 2016 Jefferson Cup quickly approaching, SoccerWire.com has started an article series previewing the top divisions for the showcase age groups.
See below for a look at the U-15 Boys Championship Division.
FPYC Fury / Evergreen FC (VA)
Coach: Kevin McKenna
One of many EDP League representatives to qualify for the Jefferson Cup’s top brackets, FPYC Fury / Evergreen FC placed first in the league’s 1st Division South in the spring 2015 season before finishing second in the fall session of the 2015-2016 campaign. The team also advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships. Midfielders Ryan Levay and Ryan McKenna, defender Eduardo Castillo-Bonilla and goalkeeper Lorenzo Gordon have all been selected as members of the 2015-2016 Region I ODP player pool. Forward Kahlil Dover is currently second among all U-15 boys players in the US Youth Soccer National League with five goals scored.
FSA FC Elite 00 (CT)
Coach: Tom D’Agostino
Reigning Connecticut State Cup champion FSA FC Elite 00’s recent resume also includes a trip to the semifinals of the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships and a third place finish in the EDP League 1st Division North during the spring 2015 season. Two of the team’s key players, goalkeeper Hunter Kochiss and midfielder Mitchell Lyons, have been selected to represent the Region I ODP team for 2015-2016.
Manhattan SC Emelec (NYE)
Coach: Colin Hodge
Another top EDP League squad, Manhattan SC Emelec has recently captured division titles at the highly competitive Massapequa Winter College Showcase and EDP Open Cup, and won a state title in the US Club Soccer New York Cup last season at the U-14 level. The team placed sixth in the EDP League 1st Division North in the spring of 2015 and recently reached the semifinals of the Puma Christopher Columbus Cup’s Elite Gold Division.
OBGC Rangers Blue (MD)
Coach: Pete Wood
Few teams around the country have had as much success at top showcase events over the past year as OBGC Rangers Blue, which has won titles at the PA Classics Winter College Showcase, Bethesda Premier Cup and EDP Cup. The teams placed first in the 2015-2016 EDP Fall Games and second second in the 2015 Region I Champions League, also finishing as semifinalists in the Maryland State Cup.
Delaware Rush 00 (DE)
Coach: Tyler Bastianelli
Delaware State Cup champion Delaware Rush 00 is on a remarkable run over the course of the past year, reeling off division titles at the PA Classics Winter College Showcase, EDP Cup and DE Rush Spring Classic, while also USA Champions League finishing first in the 2015 USA Champions League. The team placed third in the EDP League 1st Division South during the spring 2015 season and fifth in the Region I Champions League Division 1 Blue.
Loudoun 00 Red (VA)
Coach: Dave Scruggs
Virginia State Cup semifinalist Loudoun 00 Red is currently leading the Club Champions League (CCL) U-15 Boys Division at 8-3-1 after placing fifth at the U-14 level last season with a 10-4-1 record. Loudoun has also recently reached the finals of the OBGC Capital Cup and the semifinals of the 2015 Potomac Memorial Tournament, and placed fourth in the 2015 Region I Champions League. Goalkeeper Jeffrey Gates and forward Alexander Robles are representing their club on the US Youth Soccer Region I ODP squad this season.
PA Crew Academy 00-01 (PAW)
Coach: Rich Hackenberg
Pennsylvania West State Cup champion and US Youth Soccer Region I finalist PA Crew Academy 00-01 has continually proven itself as one of the elite teams in the Mid-Atlantic region, and will face another major test at the Jefferson Cup. Crew will play against some familiar competition, going up against multiple fellow Region I Champions League teams. The team finished sixth in Division 1 Red last season. Midfielder Ethan Hackenberg is a member of the Region I ODP player pool for the 2001 age group.
TSF Academy 00/01 Blue (NJ)
Coach: Fernando Iriarte
The only team representing a New Jersey club in the Jefferson Cup U-15 Boys Championship Division, TSF Academy 00/01 Blue claimed the top spot in the EDP League 1st Division North during the spring 2015 season. TSF’s college showcase accolades include runs to the semifinals at the 2015 Bethesda Premier Cup, EDP Open Cup and quarterfinals of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI. The team also advanced to the semis of US Club Soccer’s New Jersey Cup.