“We are one big family,” Ian Hughes, FCUSA Director of Player and Coach Development, said to the FCUSA NJ 00/01B Blue team in their post-match talk. Ian was down at Jefferson Cup two weekends in a row, coaching Massachusetts teams, and observing FCUSA PA & FCUSA NJ teams. Hear more from Ian below.
The Jefferson Cup is one of the most prestigious college showcases in the United States. For years, this event has been one of the most successful platforms for our student-athletes to showcase themselves in front of college coaches. This year, FCUSA sent seven teams to Richmond, Virginia to shine in front of 400 college coaches, at state-of-the-art facilities, while competing against the best teams from across the country.
Highlighting the FUCSA performances this year, FCUSA Philadelphia 03G Black won all three games, conceding zero goals, while playing in front of a total of 60 college coaches. FCUSA Mass 03G won all three game, and FCUSA Mass 04G NPL won their bracket after being down 2-0 in the final, they were able to tie the game in regulation and win 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout.
Representing FCUSA boys were FCUSA Mass 01, 02 & 04B NPL, and FCUSA NJ 00/01B Blue.
“It was nice to spend time with the FCUSA Mass coaching staff and players,” said Kevin Nash, FCUSA NJ 00/01B Blue head coach. “They look like us, talk like us, and play the same style of soccer we do here in NJ. My team and I were able to feel like we are a part of something much bigger.”
“However, my favorite part of the weekend was being recognized by one of the FCUSA Mass 01B NPL parents, Martin Osborne. He recognized me from the College Pathway Module 215 video. Martin appreciated the college recruiting information that was provided this Winter in the live webinars. The information shared allowed him to receive clarity of the difference between Division 1 and Division 3 soccer, and the basics that he was a bit cloudy on as his son Ozzi enters the college admission process. Martin’s favorite part – being able to watch the videos later at his convenience.”
The Jefferson Cup allows our younger players to participate in a professional environment that will prepare them for the main stage in a few years. Our older high school-aged players that have been working hard for this moment and communicating with college coaches, they are able to finally get out on the field and show college coaches their ability. For some, like Senior Jack Marx, this could be the final step in their college decision-making process.
2019 was another fantastic experience at the Jefferson Cup for FCUSA. See you next year.