'22-'23 SoCal and National Forecast and Updates

Since the new Season has officially started, I thought I would start the new thread!

So, anyone who read last year's thread knew where I stood from the beginning. I think I had a pretty good handle on things Nation wide. This year is a little different because I didn't travel as much nationally to 3v3 and Futsal tournaments where I was able to both see and hear about other teams.

First, and most importantly, is SoCal because that is what this forum is for after all. I don't know much about player movement in the area so I am curious to hear your feedback! I think as the season ended we could probably go with the following:

1. San Diego Surf ECNL
2. Blues ECNL
3. Slammers Koge ECNL
4. Beach ECNL
5. SDSC Surf GA
6. Legends ECNL
7. Eagles ECNL
8. Del Mar Sharks ECNL

***I can't take too much stock into Surf Cup as I am willing to bet players were missing.

I'll predict now that PDA Blue will be National Champions next year HOWEVER I think it will be a PDA Blue vs. Real Colorado/SoCal ECNL representative. I was PM'ed by someone letting me know that Solar may take a step back this year, but that is tough to say since they have such a large pool to pull from.

GA Champion prediction is Houston Dash who will take a win over Nationals in the final.

As for USYS, I think KC Legends makes it back to the final but suffering a loss to LV Surf or NJ Blaze.

Keeping it simple this year!!!
 

sodceltic

BRONZE
You are off on your SoCal rankings.

1. Blues
2. Surf
3. Koge
4. Sharks
5. Eagles / Beach

I have no idea what happened to Legends. If anyone has insight on that situation I am interested.
 

jimlewis

SILVER ELITE
You are off on your SoCal rankings.

1. Blues
2. Surf
3. Koge
4. Sharks
5. Eagles / Beach

I have no idea what happened to Legends. If anyone has insight on that situation I am interested.
Just curious, in ECNL, do only 3 teams from each division in socal make the playoffs? With your rankings the 4th best team in socal would then miss the playoffs which seems unfair...
 

sodceltic

BRONZE
Well, recent ECNL playoffs would say otherwise
Well the recent Surf Cup would say so. So would the head to head record over the last year.

Surf is a better footballing team. No doubt. But results matter.

I have been self righteous of some club and coach footballing styles and specifically Blues extremely direct style but some college coaches prefer that. And most people and specifically parents who pay for club soccer are attracted to winning.
 
Just curious, in ECNL, do only 3 teams from each division in socal make the playoffs? With your rankings the 4th best team in socal would then miss the playoffs which seems unfair...
I don’t know if I would call it unfair. There are a few strong divisions Nationwide and a few weak ones. While Socal teams that don’t make the cut, and others from other divisions may be lesser teams, I guess ECNL thinks it is creating diversity as a whole with representation from around the country.

If I was running ECNL, I would probably change the system up somehow with the showcases so that some of the better teams that miss out get a chance. Then again, at older ages playoffs include different tiers for the National event. I guess by winning the 2nd tier, that would be the way of giving the middle finger to the qualifying stage.
 
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