Discussion in 'Boys Development Academy' started by Bomar, Jul 27, 2018.
There is now a San Diego and LA division.
Schedules are up and live.
Would have loved to see them keep it as one division
Just another watered down league.
I actually prefer to keep it separate, no need at u13 to drive from Santa Barbara or SFV to Carlsbad for one match or vice versa.
Albion, Surf, Murrieta Surf, San Diego Soccer Club, and Strikers in the San Diego division. TFA, LAFC, Galaxy will reload, and Pateadores will make some noise in the LA division. Would have more worthwhile to see all of the teams twice once at home and once away.
Heck yes finally!! I’m tired of driving to San Deigo when I can play a team just as good or better down the street. It was getting out of hand. There’s too many teams in San Deigo and too many Surf teams. Pick one Surf team and call it done.
Which age group is this comment for?
U13 and U14
U13 2006. Those were the good teams last season and without teams being able to improve their roster by picking up other club’s players much won’t change.
In theory yes, but for U14 the talent and competion just isn’t there yet. Expansion is too soon IMO.
Will be interesting to see. The reduced travel is definitely a bonus while both regions are still #1 (LA) and #2 (SD) in the country.
probably best competition in the country, unless folks are willing to travel to Dallas and NYC for games...
based on 2018 Surf Cup results, it looks like Arsenal got better for 2018-19, while Albion and Strikers may have lost a step...
Here's 2017-18 results broken out by LA and SD:
Surf picked up some key players from Albion. That will make them even tougher. Nomads should be much improved as well.
LA Premier U13 also did well at Surf. Much better than they did in the U12s last year.
I hope both regions can meet around January for a showcase but not a Futsal event. There are a lot of talented kids that are working hard year round. It would be good to see some different competition to break up the monotony of a 10 team league.
West: Nov. 2-5, So Cal Sports Complex, Oceanside, CA
Seems like da is cutting back travel, events & games a little bit each year for past 3.
Futsal only at u12 now, only 1 showcase instead of 3 or none for u15, 20 league games vs 30+ previous years
Playing the NW div in league and out of area teams at the showcases did break things up nicely, playing the same local teams is not the most motivating but cheaper I guess.
Making good use of the breaks in the schedule to find good outside tournaments & comp is key now. However, those can be expensive also so the better funded clubs will likely take advantage and now Ussda doesn't have to fund those events.
very similar to last year events for 06 and 05
Where do you get those rankings?
youthsocceranking.us and topdrawersoccer.
youthsoccerrankings was solid but the algorithm has been getting janky since it was bought by sportsengine last year. if you eliminate the non-academy clubs from the youthsoccer ranking, it's still fairly accurate/predictive. topdrawersoccer is east coast/midwest biased but useful as a second set of data points.
Short version is that LAFC, LAUFA, and LAG put LA as #1, and SD Surf, Strikers, Albion and LAGSD put SD as #2. The other regions have one or two top teams but aren't as deep as socal, and the top teams from other regions would all lose to LAFC and SD Surf.
Last data point is the showcase results from last year comparing the different groups' performances in showcase tournament play:
Will be an interesting season, I'm hearing LAG consolidated a lot of big players.