My American Soccer Arrogance

14 May 2009

This is difficult to admit, but until I heard Steven Cohen ask Seattle Wolves General Manager Andrew Opatkiewitz what was below the PDL in the American Football Pyramid, that the PDL was it. Anything else would be the local pub league that was only worthy of a good way to stay fit.

Maybe I should have actually looked when I was curious back then, because not only was I dead wrong, I found out something that was coming to my area this weekend that has got me excited.

Once I finished listening to said interview, a simple Google search of 'American Soccer Pyramid' showed how wrong I had been all my life. In fact, the PDL wasn't even the only game in town as the fourth division. There was the NPSL and PCSL to go along with the PDL. A small shock for my system. However it was the fifth tier that completely opened my eyes.

The United States Adult Soccer Association, USASA for short, runs the fifth tier of American soccer. Looking at the list of leagues, seeing the Florida Elite Soccer League caught my eyes. Finding the league's website, Lynch FC of Jacksonville immediately made me realize that if I had only looked around for soccer in my fair town (minus the two local colleges), there was a club that played not far from where I lived.

The kicker came when I found out that the Region 3 final rounds of qualification for the US Open Cup were being played in town. With this weekend being the Memorial Day weekend, along with the fact the only things in Europe that are interesting right now is who wins the Bundesliga and who gets promoted to the Premier League on Monday, it was the perfect time to host such an event. I know I will be spending as much time as I can there and next Monday night will have a full report on my thoughts from a weekend seeing which clubs would have an opportunity to lift the Lamar Hunt Trophy.

I know where I'll be this weekend, at Eagle Harbor Soccer Club in Orange Park. I would also encourage everyone to see if there is any football within the US Soccer Pyramid and support it. Yes it may not be glamorous, but it's local. And as most who care for US Soccer know, soccer in this country is already on shaky enough ground to not support it, regardless of level.


Peter C May 18, 2009 at 2:08 AM  

Funny that you mention USASA. This weekend I attended the Region IV finals. Alas, our AZ Sahuaros failed to qualify for the US Open or the USASA National Cup. They were USASA national runners-up in '08.

eplnfl May 18, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

Let us know how the game was?

Peter C May 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

The Sahuaros were certainly the aggressor. The mojority of play was in the Miran(SoCal) end and they fended off several legitimate scoring opportunities.
The play was more balanced in the 2nd half, but got quite frenetic as the Arizona team pushed for the goal that would get them into the Open.
Unfortunately, the game ended in a scoreless draw giving the Group B top spot, and a berth in the Open, to Miran.

The Third Half May 22, 2009 at 7:57 PM  

Peter C,

Don't know if you saw this, but Miran have been disqualified from the USOC for fielding illegal players, thereby seeing Saharos through.

Peter C May 26, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

Follow up:

Miran DQ'd from Region IV tournament.

The AZ Sahuaros are in the field.

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