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Tournaments May 01, 2019

National League EDP Conferences Spring Showcase Boys Best XI

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – EDP has announced the 11 players who have been named the “Best 11” at the boys’ US Youth Soccer National League EDP Conferences Spring Showcase, which was held last weekend at the Tuckahoe Turf Farms.  This is the highest honor a player could receive at the event, as it represents the top 11 players overall from across all age groups.

The “Best 11” at the Boys’ National League EDP Conference Spring Showcase were:

Player    Age Team
Eli Belcher U18 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD)
Aidan Burns U17 SJEB Rush 02B Academy (NJ)
Taylor Calheira U17 BRAUSA United FC 02 Blue (MD)
Anthony Dragisics U19 Baltimore Celtic SC 2000 (MD)
Carter Jackson U16 Syracuse Development Academy 2003B Nike (NY-W)
Jake Kavan U16 Shoreline FC Porto (CT)
Devin Piro U19 Washington United Arsenal (NJ)
Calvin Ryan U19 STA-MUSC 2000B (NJ)
Joe Schlageter U18 Wall Elite Cosmos (NJ)
Kresstoph Whittock U17 Lehigh Valley United LVU 2002B Black (PA-E)
Damian Zurawski U17 NJ Stallions Academy 02B Juve EDP-NL (NJ)

Eli Belcher
Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MD)
Class of 2020 (Uncommitted)
Boasts a high soccer IQ and great technique. Played every minute of the Showcase and tallied two assists on the weekend

Aidan Burns
SJEB Rush 02B Academy (NJ)
Class of 2020 (Uncommitted)
Defender on 2018 NJYSA State Champions. Has technical ability, pace, and a ball-winner. Is also a shutdown defender, who anchored the back line and added a goal against Ironbound SC (NJ) in a rematch of last year’s State Cup Championship match.

Taylor Calheira
BRAUSA United FC 02 Blue (MD)
Committed to UMBC
Leading scorer in 2018-19 USYS National League season with eight goals. Tallied five goals in three games at the Showcase. Scored both of his team’s goals against Erin Mills (CAN-ON). Also found the back of the net twice vs. Cedar Stars Newark (NJ) and once against Yardley Makefield (PA-E).

Anthony Dragisics
Baltimore Celtic SC 2000 (MD)
Committed to Villanova University
Member of 2018 USYS National Championship-winning squad. Plays with a tremendous work rate and technical skill. Excelled in the center midfield in all three contests. Scored the equalizer in Baltimore Celtic’s final match of the weekend.

Carter Jackson
Syracuse Development Academy 2003B Nike (NY-W)
Class of 2021 (Uncommitted)
A great 1 vs. 1 defender who plays with tremendous pace. Team captain who helped lead defense to three shutouts in three games.

Jake Kavan
Shoreline FC Porto (CT)
Class of 2021 (Uncommitted)
Forward on 2018 CJSA State Cup Champions. Can score and assist while playing anywhere on the field. Tallied three goals and added two assists in three games.

Devin Piro
Washington United Arsenal (NJ)
Committed to Rowan University
Recorded two clean sheets. Controlled the box and made big saves in every game. Stopped a penalty kick in the team’s second match, a 1-0 win over Baltimore Celtic (MD).

Calvin Ryan
Class of 2019 (Uncommitted)
A 2016 & 2017 State Cup champion forward. Possesses a tireless work ethic and the ability to both create and score goals for his team. Converted a penalty kick and also contributed two assists in three games.

Joe Schlageter
Wall Elite Cosmos (NJ)
Committed to The College of New Jersey
A 2018 USYS Regional Finalist. Strong 1 vs. 1 defender with great technical ability, who led the backline to two clean sheets and only one goal against during the event.

Kresstoph Whittock
Lehigh Valley United LVU 2002B Black (PA-E)
Class of 2020 (Uncommitted)
The 2018 EPYSA State Championship-winning forward. Plays with tremendous pace and has a knack for scoring goals. Recorded a hat trick against defending National Champion Arlington SA (VA)

Damian Zurwaski
NJ Stallions Academy 02B Juve EDP-NL (NJ)
Class of 2020 (Uncommitted)
Attacking forward/center midfielder. Terrific playmaker and proven goal scorer. One of the most productive players on the field all weekend. Created many scoring opportunities, leading to the team’s seven goals.