AZ Girls DA 2019-2020

Discussion in 'Development Academy' started by Sweeper, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Congrats to the SCDS U17s!

    Royals U18/19 did not have a good showing in Florida. Lost 2 out of the 3 games. Came out with a proven strong line-up for the first game . Then messed with the starting 11 the next two games. Not sure why? It definitely played a part in their Ls.

    Royals other age groups did very well. All walked away with Ws except one T.
  2. Sweeper

    Sweeper Active Member

    This past weekend the Girls DA teams played So Cal teams here in AZ. The SC Del Sol rosters are getting smaller and smaller as the season goes on. The oldest 3 age groups only had 11 on the roster.

    Meanwhile, the Utah Royals rosters are getting bigger as they have added more girls most likely because their fees are so much less.
  3. Desert Hound

    Desert Hound Well-Known Member

    If you go look at game stats, you will see that del Sol has been running just 11 in many games for quite a bit of time. Tight is an understatement.

    And RSL likes to collect players, that is for sure.


    ...... And they are pushing younger players up to the oldest age group. Last week most of the 02 team was 03's and an 04'. Playing with only 11 players is wrong, no reason for it, putting girls at risk as they will continue to play hurt during a game when there are no subs. The girls playing up are pawns. Very sad.
  5. Midfield

    Midfield New Member

    Is this intentional on their part? I understand they have had some defections but why are they doing this? Don't they have girls from DPL or other teams they can bring up?
  6. Desert Hound

    Desert Hound Well-Known Member


    The reason is simple. Most girls playing DPL are now playing HS soccer.


    Well they are putting all their eggs in the 03 age group as they need points to stay in the Red side of the cup. The 03 team core is solid, but what they are doing is limiting the roster size so they don't have to sub and put in players who are not as solid. They have done this for years at different levels in key games. The 03 girls that are being played on the 02 team, are getting the short end of the stick. Several of them were on DPL teams 2 years ago, and on the pilot team least year (Del Sol last a lot of 03 players that year). Some girls they swap from Saturday to Sunday but it's probably to keep them somewhat happy.

    Desert Hound also nailed it on the head, DPL girls are in the middle of high school season. It will be interesting to see if any of the DPL 02 girls really want to play up in the last few months they have left to play. Maybe the ones who are not graduating will. Will have to wait and see.
  8. Sweeper

    Sweeper Active Member

    SC Del Sol and Utah Royals played DA games this last weekend at Reach 11. Each club only had 3 wins the entire weekend.
  9. frankfarmer

    frankfarmer Member

    Lets get some good old soccer trash talking going again instead of all the COVID-19 talk. What do you mean by "only"? Most of the games that weren't won were great, competitive games, where the kids got better. Do you think your Rising team would have dominated? :)

    Seriously, big news is some of the better DA clubs going back to ECNL. Not good for the DA. DA/US soccer has really painted themself in a corner. ECNL was the almost perfect platform prior to DA. They treated college coaches really well, rolled out the red carpet at the showcases. DA was more of a " aren't you lucky to be here attitude" towards the college coaches I have been told initially.

    Obviously ECNL can play High School Soccer if you want. DA was/is real big on not playing High School soccer because missing 3-4 months of competitive soccer every school year for 4 years puts you at a disadvantage then they pick a bunch of ECNL players for YNT camps. Huh? Then what is the point of the DA?

    ECNL has no stupid sub rules, isn't the point to play kids and get them more touches or are we playing a World Cup game?

    Four practices a week is too much for young growing bodies. Period. Also causes a strain on school, family, etc. The extra day off is really nice. I remember when two practices a week was good enough.
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  10. Sweeper

    Sweeper Active Member

    The debate between DA and ECNL will always continue. Each family needs to decide what is best. ECNL is showing that they can compete with DA and are not a lower level league.

    With the quarantine, how will this affect tryouts? Will the ECNL and DA teams see much movement in players? Will travel for DA and ECNL teams have to change next year (i.e. no team travel or play more than 1 game a weekend)?
  11. Desert Hound

    Desert Hound Well-Known Member

    At the older ages you won't see a ton of movement in teams. After a certain point DA/ECNL teams are set. Yes there is some movement around the edges, but the team as a whole tends not to change much.

    Now the first yr or 2 of ECNL/DA ages teams is where there is lots of movement...generally speaking.

    ECNL is picking up some big clubs. Generally it seems that in most parts of the country ECNL is stronger as a league. So Cal currently is the very strong area for DA clubs.

    It will be interesting to see if Top Hat bails now that they have lost some nearby competition. If TH does bail, DA has an issue in that region.

    And Texas is the other area to watch. They just lost 2 DA teams within the past 4-7 weeks. If they lose 1 or 2 more, DA will have an issue there.
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  12. Robert

    Robert Active Member

    No issue now!
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  13. Desert Hound

    Desert Hound Well-Known Member

    I must say DA went away pretty fast. Rumor to announcement was less than a week.
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  14. Soccerfan

    Soccerfan New Member

    Looks like ECNL added four more clubs to their Southwest Conference and not one is from AZ
  15. Soccerfan

    Soccerfan New Member

    See below on the new clubs to SW

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  16. whatithink

    whatithink Active Member

    regional league, not full ECNL

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