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Signing Day - Player Movement

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Signing Day - Player Movement

Post by DragonStryker on 6/29/2017, 9:33 am

Signing day is almost upon us. Suspect most teams will be rounded out come Saturday and those posting beyond that date that they are looking are either very lacking in a particular position or looking to pad their coach's paycheck.

So who's losing players, gaining players?  What's the scoop??

Heard 3 defections from FCD Red to Solar u12 DA with others retained by offering DP status on the FCD u12 DA squad.

Hearing of 3 defections from DTR (two very meaningful ones) to FCD Red.

AYSES forward supposedly staying at AYSES after guest playing much of the late spring/early summer with Rush.

What else?  Have to be some movement beyond that in the top 20 to 30 teams that'll make a difference come qualifying.
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Post by Socceropath on 6/29/2017, 11:06 am

I've seen/heard at least 6 of top 10 teams have more players at training than spots available. Reports of FCD Blue/Che players throughout the N Dallas corridor. I don't think either will make D1 at this point. Can't imagine the stress felt by a significant number of families. Predicting quite a bit of movement post July 1.

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Post by TayJ6 on 6/29/2017, 11:57 am

I think we are pretty set. We might be adding one from another team, but not sure. I don't think we are losing anyone unless I'm surprised on Saturday. Probably sliding a couple kids down a level to get more playing time and keep the bench light, but those kids can CPP back up if needed. I can't imagine what it would be like to not know what you were going to do...to have been practicing with 3 or 4 teams trying to get on somewhere and not really knowing.
Plus, sometimes, there's that kid on your team that you didn't know was practicing with another team and just doesn't show up on signing day!

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Post by 07 boys soccer on 6/29/2017, 3:04 pm

Interesting to note that most of the player movement has been between the big 3- FCD, DT and Solar- lots of horse trading. Sounds like most of smaller clubs are retaining their players based on the grapevine I have heard and on here. I wonder if the boys at FCD, DT or Solar got a say in where they played or parents egos drove it?

It will be interesting to see how many of the boys making these moves now at the big three are on these top teams two years down the road in DA when all the best players from across the metroplex start showing up the next two years.

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Post by TayJ6 on 6/29/2017, 3:13 pm

If your goal is to play DA for Solar or DT, then it probably does serve you well to go ahead and get there now and become a known player. FCD is another story with less loyalty at the top and more of a value on the present, not that there is anything wrong with that. Their DA does serve a more direct purpose than Solar and DT.

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Post by Solar 07B on 6/30/2017, 2:02 pm

If your boy has the tools to play DA, parent interaction and jockeying for position is not needed. He will be able to show up to any DA team and make it. Politics usually show up in the bottom half of the roster

- I say "usually" as there are DA teams that are extremely competitive internally and deep with talent. But most of the time there is a gap between "making DA" and "playing DA".

Its still a long road, the focus should be proper coaching and playtime at this point.

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Post by TayJ6 on 6/30/2017, 2:12 pm

I meant more of the player establishing a relationship with the club and coaches that will be handling the DA program...if that is the players goal and the parents are willing to commit.
A lot of the player movement mentioned above was specifically with DA in mind. Several of the players moving with the intention of playing up a year to be a part of the DA program now or being given DP status and start participating in the much more focused 4 day practice week.

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Post by Socceropath on 6/30/2017, 3:10 pm

[quote="Solar 07B"]If your boy has the tools to play DA, parent interaction and jockeying for position is not needed. He will be able to show up to any DA team and make it.  Politics usually show up in the bottom half of the roster
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Ironically in your own club the U12 DA selection has been viewed as politically motivated throughout the process. A significant number of very talented BBs were passed up in favor of those that the coach already had a familiarity with. Some that WERE selected from "outside" the coach's circle quit after Iber Cup due to politics.

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I'm not sure how much of the last minute movement is driven by DA opportunities (realistic or otherwise) vs being unhappy with final makeup of team, cough cough FCD Che, or last minute coaching changes, cough cough, FCD Blue.

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