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FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

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FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

Post by Gameday 04 New on 12/08/18, 11:55 am

Greetings all and welcome to the Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 season.  There is a consensus around the North Texas soccer scene that the recent off-season created almost as much havoc as the Age Pure mandate of a couple of years ago.  There was an incredible amount of change in the form of; coaches moving teams to new Clubs, the addition of two more ECNL teams,  more NPL opportunities, and the usual player movement seeking greener pastures.  

With this weekend's cancellation of Classic League and the Solar tournament, there has been limited action to actually observe.   This is a freeform discussion to kick-off the season and to give opinions for what they're worth.  

Here's a look at some teams and their respective GotSoccer.com rankings.

CLASSIC DIVISION 1

Rank #1 DALLAS TEXANS - FABER are the defending NT State Cup Champions and look to defend their crown.  The 3rd place finishers in D1 last year will definitely have a bullseye on their back. Last week's winners of their own Club's tournament did show them allowing 2 goals per game in the group stage and may have been signs of early rust? Unknown how much of the roster is intact as the Texans now offer ECNL as well as the usual DA? They also qualified play in the new SRPL, now the Frontier Conference of the US YOUTH SOCCER National League. Sounds like a very busy year with more high expectations?

Rank #2 FC PREMIERE - FORZI finished in 4th place in Classic and also qualified to participate in the Frontier Conference of US YOUTH SOCCER National League. Forzi's squad also represented very well at the 2018 US Club National Cup getting into the Premiere level final.  Moving forward this squad has a lot of experience playing at higher level events so does Classic and local tournaments still mean that much to them?

Rank #3 DALLAS KICKS last year's team finished D1 in 2nd place.  Emphasis on last year's roster is made as they will feature some new faces at some key positions.  It's part of being a victim of your own success that certain players will draw a lot of attention and be lured away.  The usual fluid offense had trouble finding the back of the net at the Texans tournament only scoring 4 goals in 5 games, while only allowing 4 goals. The defense seems to be settled.  They are also slated for Frontier, but will their focus be split between playing in two leagues?

Rank #4 CHELSEA EAST was the winner of D2 and the newcomer which was identified as a team to watch from long ago.  We could pull up our predictions of their certain promotion, but no need to at this point.  The D2 winners made an incredible run in the 2018 North Texas State Cup beating FCD Premiere, FC Premiere, FCD - Hedges and losing in the final. Rumors are circulating of some new additions to the roster as well? How will they react to the week in, week out grind of a D1 schedule? Will they be up to the task now that teams have seen them more than once?

Rank #6 DALLAS TEXANS - RANGEL finished D1 in 6th place and are something of an enigma.  Their account shows no activity since the KS Memorial Day Tournament. They did not participate in the their own tournament last week, what does that mean? They are scheduled vs. Chelsea East on 8/18 and they have won the last two meetings. This could get interesting real quick?

Rank #7 FC DALLAS - KANG is the second winner of promotion from last year's D2. Their account also shows limited touches in the off-season but Kang knows how to get his teams ready to compete.  This team kept the race close with Chelsea East showing a plus 28 goal differential for last season. They have earned promotion from D3 and D2 the past two seasons. This team is trending up inside of the Club.

Rank #10 SOLAR EAST finished D1 in 5th place as an FC Dallas team.  Why did they move? More interestingly- why were they not going to appear in the Solar tournament this weekend? There were 3 other Solar squads set to play and they were not one of them? Are they ready?

Rank #11 FC DALLAS PREMIERE was last year's defacto Classic League champion going 13-1-4 and posting a gaudy +36 goal differential. But since then they have not met their usual high standards at the State Cup and Memorial Day tournament.  This is Coach Dane's second year with this team and look to increase in their winning ways. Will their challenging first 3 games on the schedule point the direction of this team?

Rank #14 FC DALLAS - PINO finished D1 in 7th place.  Their account shows minimal action in the off-season, but then again nobody wanted to be out at King TUT.  

Rank #57 DALLAS TEXANS - BADI, it is what it is- is a phrase that comes to mind?  Last season's D3 9th place finisher is taking the Bye from the Partain team headed to ECNL. How much movement from within the club is not really known? What is known is their performance last week at their club's tournament. A 0-0 draw vs. Texans ECNL team,  a 4-4 draw vs. a D2 team,  a 3-0 win vs. a now D3 team and a close 2-1 loss to the D1 Kicks.  Sounds like a big club dynamic with some players opting to stay in Classic instead of following Partain to ECNL?

CLASSIC DIVISION 2

The rebranded FALLS TOWN FC is expected to run away from the pack and earn promotion into D1 next year.  Contenders for the coveted second spot are FCD ETX and the RAYOS.  LIVERPOOL TOSHACK isn't likely as mass defection occurred and the bulk of the team is now SOLAR RAJ who themselves could make a serious run.  

CLASSIC DIVISION 3

Keep in mind that our 04s are no longer just boys,  but impressive young men and the talent gap between the Divisions seems to have narrowed once again.  There's a lot of quality football to be played in D3 with the likes of BARCELONA SC, FCP DYNAMOS, DALLAS ROMA and INTER UNITED.  A special shout out to the HP DRIFTERS for doing their part to elevate the game throughout all of the North Texas territory.  Definitely want to see more of them in the tournaments as they have demonstrated a high caliber of play.  

ECNL IN NORTH TEXAS
From only Liverpool in the initial Boys ECNL season, there are now 3 teams as SOLAR and DALLAS TEXANS are now in the mix. ECNL is a great opportunity and will likely continue to grow in North Texas.  However,  one could question what effect this could have on the talent pool within the Classic League landscape? Teams can still club pass, but will this be a factor?  Does it dilute the talent pool? Or, will DA players opt out to play ECNL, high school and some Classic? Time will tell.  
NOTE: The ECNL National Champion came out of the Texas/Ok conference,  TSC Hurricane went all the way.

Rumors circulate of new attention to detail as far as refereeing goes in Classic with the newly installed referee assignor.  That's probably a good thing but don't expect V-A-R anytime soon.  

Wishing everyone a great year of football coming up filled with excitement,  growth and player safety.  

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Re: FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

Post by Gameday 04 New on 17/08/18, 08:44 pm

Well here we go, Week 1 coming up.

SATURDAY--
TEXANS Rangel vs. CHELSEA EAST
Who knows what's going to happen and who knows who's suiting up for Rangel? Is the League doing them a favor with a 3 game schedule in the first week, or is it a slap on the wrist for turning in paperwork late? The only thing that's evident is that we'll have a good idea of what they have under the hood in just the next 9 days.

FCD Pino vs. TEXANS Badi
Any guesses? This game will be mainly to identify who signed where.

SOLAR Hedges vs. FCD Kang
Another game that will begin to shed light on roster movements.

WEDNESDAY--
FC PREMIERE vs. DALLAS KICKS
Nothing like kicking off the season on a school night on the first week of school?

TEXANS Faber vs. FCD PREMIERE
Regarded as the 2 most successful teams from last year look to start the season by establishing their territory with a W.

Any predictions?
Good luck to all.
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Re: FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

Post by Gameday 04 New on 19/08/18, 07:16 am

DIVISION 2 launches today with a bang!
What to watch for:

TIGRES vs. LIVERPOOL who will be featuring what is rumored to be a completely new roster? Tigres had a big surge last Spring, will they continue that trend?

FEVER vs. SOLAR WEST who was Liverpool last year, looks for a win with its new roster.  

GAME OF THE WEEK
RAYOS vs. FCD ETX features 2 teams that are trending way up and will be in the mix for winning promotion. There is a contrast in style with one of the teams favoring a real possession style attack.

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PROJECTED 04 GOLD / LABOR DAY XXXV111

Post by Gameday 04 New on 22/08/18, 10:02 am

The Accepted Teams list for the Plano Labor Day Invitational XXXVIII has been updated from its initial release, to the 38 teams currently listed.  

We project that the 04 Classic League will be heavily represented in the GOLD portion of the tournament.  We project that GOLD will be comprised of 12 teams.   The following list are the teams we expect to be placed in GOLD category:

NT #15  D3 Barcelona SC
Louisiana #3 Baton Rouge SC
NT #4.   D1 Chelsea East
NT #6.   D1 Texans - Rangel
NT #27  D2 Dallas Tigres
NT #9.   D2 FC Dallas ETX
NT #13  D1 FC Dallas - Pino
OK #6.   Ok Energy -East
NT #16  D2 FC Premiere - Green
Louisiana #1 Mandeville Lakers (first visit to NT)
OK #5.   SLSC Cosmos
NT #27  High Plains Drifters

Somebody always feel left out- take this with a grain of salt.
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Re: FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

Post by Pass2me on 22/08/18, 11:21 pm

What we really need is a champions tournament. That could really strike up some conversation. Also don’t forget NPL.

A combined tourney with Classic, NPL, ECNL and DA. Well maybe not DA... The results may wake up this forum.

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LET'S START AN ECNL...

Post by Gameday 04 New on 23/08/18, 10:01 am

Interesting concept presented by Pass2me. The closest thing we have to that is the Dallas Cup?

Meanwhile back at Farmers Branch-
Let's start ECNL they said... but won't it dilute the pool they pondered... it should actually bring in more quality players they hoped....

Not the start the TEXANS were looking for.  The (3) D1 squads have combined for 0 wins and 4 losses, 2 goals scored, 7 goals conceded.  Don't need to hit the panic button quite yet but you figure those parents and their checkbooks are not happy right now?


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Re: FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

Post by Pass2me on 23/08/18, 10:09 am

Gameday 04 New wrote:Interesting concept presented by Pass2me. The closest thing we have to that is the Dallas Cup?

Meanwhile back at Farmers Branch-
Let's start ECNL they said... but won't it dilute the pool they pondered... it should actually bring in more quality players they hoped....

Not the start they were looking for.  The (3) D1 squads have combined for 0 wins and 4 losses, 2 goals scored, 7 goals conceded.  Don't need to hit the panic button quite yet but you figure those parents and their checkbooks are not happy right now?

Umm.. What are you referring to re: farmers branch and start? don't follow.

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Re: FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

Post by Gameday 04 New on 23/08/18, 10:54 am

Edit-
Not the start the TEXANS were looking for.

Note- 2 unrelated topics, your proposed all North Texas Champions tournament and the Texans lackluster start.
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WEEKEND PREVIEW & PLANO LABOR DAY GOLD

Post by Gameday 04 New on 24/08/18, 08:09 pm

WEEKEND PREVIEW

DIVISION 1
The Game of the Week honors go to the reigning D1 winners FC Dallas Premiere vs. the still up and coming Chelsea East. Both teams won their openers and it is actually Chelsea East who has won the past 2 times these teams have met.  But, that was in tournament play.  They now face each other in Classic for the first time.  How will Chelsea East matchup to an FCD loaded roster of former DA players and players with a lot of D1 experience? This feels like a David vs. Goliath type match.

More to the point it's the biggest contrasts in youth soccer philosophy- BIG CLUB vs independent. How do they develop talent? How much does it cost per year? What type of environment is best for the kids? Regardless of the result it's only one game.

DIVISION 2
For all practical purposes D2 starts this weekend. The feature game is Rayos vs. FC Premiere and again,  how will the promoted team fare against an experienced and salty D2 team? We'll also get our first look at the new Solar team, formerly Liverpool from last year's D2.  

PLANO LABOR DAY INVITATIONAL
The GOLD bracket is set and as predicted Classic is well represented. All of our projected teams were selected except for three who have been replaced by:
ID Houston Legends (Same Club that played King Tut, new Gotsoccer account),
D3 Dallas Roma,
And something called HOUSTON DYNAMO YOUTH DYNAMO SOUTH 04 PRE ACADEMY which is a mouthful.  So get used to hearing "SEND IT HOUSTON DYNAMO YOUTH DYNAMO SOUTH 04 PRE ACADEMY!"
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ANOTHER 4-0 SCORE ?!?!

Post by Gameday 04 New on 26/08/18, 01:36 pm

Did anyone notice earlier in the week when the league posted a 4-0 score for FCD Kang vs. Chelsea East-  played in OCTOBER of this year?! Obviously an error input?

But checking scores right now I see again Chelsea East, but winning 4 - 0 to FCD Premiere -  and it just looks weird.
Is this accurate? Can somebody who was there confirm??
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Re: FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

Post by Soccermaniac04 on 26/08/18, 06:39 pm

Yes 4-0 CE.I watched some of it.CE was up 1-0 when one of the FCD players was red carded for using the f-word.At that time CE was controlling the game frustrating FCD.I came back later and asked for the score and was told 4-0 CE with FCD having two red cards

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Re: FALL '18 - SPRING '19 CLASSIC LEAGUE KICK-OFF by Gameday

Post by Gameday 04 New on 26/08/18, 09:41 pm

Thanks Soccermaniac04 for that confirmation.
What sounds more out of the ordinary? FCD Premier allowing 4, scoring none, or the 2 Red cards? Either way you have to hand it to Chelsea East as they are atop the table.
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THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Post by Gameday 04 New on 27/08/18, 02:20 pm

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Division 1
The newcomers Chelsea East and FCD Kang have gotten off to a fast start winning a combined 4 games.  The biggest win has to be CE's 4-0 thumping of FCD Premiere which as we heard had something to do with 2 Red Cards.  Speaking of which,  a quick look at the MISCONDUCT REPORT shows that both players will serve 2 game suspensions,  NOT 1.  Code AL we assume stands for "adult language"?  How many adults could be booked as well?  The League is standing firm on a No Tolerance policy toward language.   Last thing on this game is that Soccermaniac04 stated CE was controlling the game and frustrating the opposition. This raises a few questions. Is Chelsea East that good?  Or, did FCD Premiere have an off day?

Dallas Kicks piled up some goals vs. 2 very defensive based teams on their way to 2 wins.  Sounds like the new pieces are fitting in nicely.  

The 3 Dallas Texans teams have only 1 win in 7 games.  The Faber team sits at the very bottom of the table and have not scored a goal in 2 games.  IT'S STILL EARLY so no need to hit the panic button for anyone.  

Division 2
Not many games have been played so we'll pass on any commentary for now. There are 3 games scheduled on Monday night.  Are you ready for some football? (Sorry, just had to.)

Division 3
It's the Dallas Cosmos A.K.A. Crush thumping their chests sitting atop the Table. Newcomer Dallas Roma holding their own with a win and a draw. They will be getting some extra touches at the Labor Day tournament. Things are not looking well for Athletico Español with 2 losses. Again,  it's very early and all teams will be playing on Wednesday.

Good luck to all teams playing in the PLDI Tournament!
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WEEK 3 PREVIEW

Post by Gameday 04 New on 05/09/18, 11:53 am

WEEK 3 PREVIEW

We are in Week 3 and since the start of the season there has been a lot of activity outside of Classic. The Top 4 have been playing their Frontier games and some teams were extra busy at Labor Day weekend tournaments getting a lot of extra games.  Those minutes do add up and need to be managed while giving opportunities to the bench.   We'll focus on the D1 midweek games as there are increasing chances for rain this weekend.

FCD PREMIERE vs. FCD KANG
The Premiere squad is a team who has had an extended rest having not played since that big 4-0 loss to Chelsea East. Maybe too much time to sit and reflect? Either way you look at it they will be hungry for a win to - Shake It Off. Equally hungry is Kang's crew who will want to show the League that it's no surprise that they belong in D1. These intra-club matches can be a lot of fun as the players are familiar with one another. Look for a tight score.

TEXANS-FABER vs. TEXANS-BADI
Fortunately one team will get their first win of the season and unfortunately the other will not.  

FC PREMIERE-FORZI vs. FCD-PINO
Forzi catches Pino who lasted into the knockout phase of the PLDI. Will FCD have tired legs?

MATCH OF THE WEEK
DALLAS KICKS vs. CHELSEA EAST in a battle of the unbeatens who seek to stay atop of the table. Look for a lot of offensive skill from both of these squads. Look for a lot of style as both teams feature creative attacks.  Both teams logged extra minutes over Labor Day so this should be interesting.

Good luck to all and make sure to get a good stretch and warmup.
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RAIN - RAIN GO AWAY!!

Post by Gameday 04 New on 07/09/18, 10:32 pm

It's a rainy Friday night across the Metroplex and there's a full D2 a d D3 schedule on Saturday morning.  Yet the Classic weather Hotline states- No updates?   So how do the folks from Wichita Falls and Tyler manage this?

If we do have games on Saturday-
D2
Last year's D1 Fever United vs. Falls Town is an intriguing matchup. Does either team actually play D1 level ball?  Who really wants to gain promotion?
D3
FCP Dynamos vs. Barcelona SC -  features 2 of the top teams of the Division.  Both were busy at the PLDI.

Play tomorrow looks bleak.

PS: Memo Ochoa shouldn't have cut his hair? (Sampson effect??)
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WEEK 4 PREVIEW / GASP!!

Post by Gameday 04 New on 14/09/18, 11:46 am

It's a very busy weekend of action on the schedule, but again keeping a close eye on the weather and the Classic Weather Hotline (214) 814-4321.

DIVISION 1
FCD KANG vs FCD PINO in one of those intra-club matches where anything can happen.  Kang's crew has been active on both ends of the pitch with a 6/4 goal differential. Pino has been equally competent with a 7/6 GD.  Kang needs a win to stay at the top of the table and will bring a max effort.  

FCD PREMIERE vs. FC PREMIERE will be very telling on identifying which team is trending up and which still isn't.  Both teams were Top 4 performers last year, but both teams come in with negative goal differentials.

MATCH OF THE WEEK
DALLAS KICKS vs. TEXANS-FABER who have gotten off to an uncharacteristic poor start. However,  these two recently met in tournament play where it was a draw and Faber's side winning 1-0 in the final.  This may be the matchup Faber has been looking forward to? The Kicks have gotten off to a great start and seem to be clicking,  but still- Faber has not and has a -2 GD.  This is one of those type of matchups that whoever is able to assert their will, will come out the winner.  

So much talk about goal differential so you know what that means?
It's almost time for the GAMEDAY POWER RATINGS! If the games are played,  four data points are sufficient to crank out the numbers to identify the League's top performers.

DIVISION 2
RAYOS vs. FCD ETX will be a game of contrasting styles. Rayos organic possession style vs. ETXs physicality and speed.  Depending on how tight the refs call this may point toward the winner and that's terrible.

OPINION- Reffing has been inconsistent and it does not reflect well on the League that the temperance of the ref crew can vary when observing from one field to the next.  Hand fighting calls vary slightly, but tackles from unsafe challenges, especially from the blindside or behind should be immediately booked Yellow. They have not been and that's nonsense!  This causes things to get chippy very quickly both on off the field including THE SIDELINES.  Some parents are blinded by the expectations for their golden child and cannot conceive that they could ever be called for a foul. If this is you,  work on it.  

Therefore,  the League should mandate a safe play FIRST attitude. Again, this will encourage an environment where skill is coveted over size, physicality and speed. We are not Oklahoma!!  
The big picture is this- how are we as a region to produce top talent if it's not built into our game style?
GASP!  Did I actually say that out-loud?
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Post by Gameday 04 New on 15/09/18, 10:27 am

We hear it was a close decision, but it's game on!
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