2008 Team you're most interested in seeing play this year

Discussion in '2008' started by AZsoccefan, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. AZsoccefan

    AZsoccefan Member

    Wanted to start a thread on the 2008's and am interested to hear from other parents, coaches and fans (aside from your son's team) which 2008 squad would you be most interested in seeing play this year. I'll start.

    MLS Elite - RSL AZ - I've heard there are a lot of really good players from RSL-S whom I've never seen play the last few years so I would like to finally see them in a game.

    ECNL - Arsenal - Perennially at top 5 AZ team but Arsenal historically seems to struggle a bit within ECNL. I've heard a few players left and this team will also be competing in APL so curious to see how they hold up.

    APL - CCV- I saw them play several times last year and thought they were amazing. Very fundamentally sound, creative and extremely unselfish. The 3 players that I was most impressed though left the team so I'm interested in seeing how they cope with that. Also interested in seeing PRFC West Valley Meadows in this division - another amazing team with everyone back. Could be a really special year for them.

    ASL 1 - FC Arizona (Formerly Classic Olayo) - Another team that played at a high level with most of their kids back. When I saw them play early last year they had an off game and lost 4-1 but they beat a lot of good teams as the year went on. Should be fun to watch this year.

    ASL2 - North Scottsdale Sandsharks - Scrappy team that I think should win the play-in. Should be a tough out for all the other ASL 2 teams.

    Open League - Angeles - Very competitive team that won or competed well in the top bracket of many tournaments last season. Finished 2nd in Open League D1 but apparently didn't apply for State League. Interested to see what happened to them and how they compete at 11 v 11.
  2. LatinFC

    LatinFC Member

    Wish somebody could break down the 07s like this. My son has always played up on 06s, I know those teams. This year he will be playing 07s. Only seen a hand full of teams play. Have watched quite a bit of Meadows team play. They are good, and like you said everyone coming back. They are my pick to win APL
    AZsoccefan likes this.
  3. mbappe

    mbappe Member

    Interesting topic I'll jump in, but not by Leagues, just by quality of teams as I see it.

    Group 1: 2 teams

    Phoenix Rising '08 MLS DA and RSL '08 MLS DA. This would be the game of the year in my opinion. Easily Top 2 teams in the state.

    Notes: I think everyone that knows the 2008 age group knows these two teams are loaded.

    Group 2: 6 teams

    Des Sol DA, CCV, Arsenal ECNL, RSL ECNL, Rising ECNL, and Rising West Valley Meadows.

    Notes: Del Sol lost a bunch of kids to other programs mainly Rising/RSL DA. No way they replenished the same level of talent so they drop a notch. Arsenal ECNL is a fun team to watch but they also lost kids to those two DA's. CCV dominated APL last season, but lost their stud keeper and stud striker and key midfielder. Were they able to recruit well is the quetion? Rising ECNL is mostly made up of last year's Rising Christie '08 kids who finished 3rd in ASL1, none of those kids got a spot on Rising DA which tells you something. I'm sure they brought in a few players but will it be enough to compete in ECNL? Rising's 2nd best '08 team may actually be out West, Rising West Valley Meadows. Rumor is it they are fully loaded and picked up a couple of strong players. I heard they beat CCV '08 this weekend in an indoor 6v6 league by the score of 6-0. I don't know much at all about RSL ECNL '08.

    Group 3: 6 teams

    Excel, Angeles, Classic Olayo, Tuzos Academy, RSL S. Markette, RSL N. Thompson

    Excel lost a great player to Rising DA, so they take a hit. Tuzos Academy lost at least 3 starters that I know of. Classic I'm not sure about but they are well coached and if everyone is back they just might be the best of this bunch. Angeles doesn't play in Advanced Leagues and they usually roll Open League Div 1, but when you face them in tourneys you better be ready. Are they built for the 11v11 field is the question. RSL S. Markette and RSL N. Thompson are both APL teams but they are technically the 3rd teams for those clubs behind their DA and ECNL programs. Is it possible for those clubs to have 15 quality players on their 3rd teams? We'll find out soon.
    Aspen1369 and AZsoccefan like this.
  4. Robert

    Robert Member

    You need a blog! Good analysis!
    mbappe likes this.
  5. Aspen1369

    Aspen1369 Member

    Phoenix rising 08 MLS vs RSL 08 MLS

    when this game happens I will be there
    mbappe likes this.
  6. AZsoccefan

    AZsoccefan Member

    I would be interested in catching that game also. Has anyone heard anything about the timelines or schedules for MLS Elite?
    The ECNL schedules have been released but I haven't heard anything about MLS.
    There was a rumor that any sort of league play wouldn't start until 2021.
    mbappe likes this.
  7. SoccerDadAZ

    SoccerDadAZ Active Member

    Schedules are being finalized and will be made public around the beginning of September. First games are still tracking for mid to late September. MLS teams will start to play friendlies against one another in a couple of weeks.
  8. AZsoccefan

    AZsoccefan Member

    A lot of competitive games could have gone either way in the Top 08 Bracket at the Phoenix Cup this weekend. Arsenal ECNL won the 2008 bracket but they weren't easy games. They beat PRFC West Valley Meadows twice by 1-0 scores and PRFC ECNL on PKs in extra time. CCV 08 Courage also played very well beating PRFC ECNL (on a PK) and losing to Meadows on an Extra time PK. All of these games could easily have gone either way.

    In addition Phoenix Rising North Valley 08 was put in the top bracket of the U14 (07's) and did pretty well. Playing 11 v 11 for the very first time, they hung tough with some much bigger teams (Arsenal Teal 07 and CCV Courage 07) and spanked fellow State League 2 team, PRFC West Valley 08 Ramirez, (8-1) in the consolation game.

    Great weekend of soccer.
    mbappe likes this.
  9. SoccerDadAZ

    SoccerDadAZ Active Member

    They are scheduled to play on October 3rd.
  10. AZsoccefan

    AZsoccefan Member

    Is there somewhere on the internet where one could find a schedule? All I've seen posted is the opening week games.

Share This Page