Every year our main goals for the Penn Fusion program are to connect players to collegiate rosters/programs, play some of the most advanced possession based soccer in the country, and compete at the highest level possible. The 2013/2014 season saw achievement in all these areas. The Class of 2014 has done us proud with their college commitments: NCAA D1 (22 players), NCAA D2 (7 players), NCAA D3 (12 players). “To have forty one (41) players progressing to play collegiate soccer this fall is a great testament to the dedication and ability of this age group. We are starting to build a reputation for our possession based style of play. I've been really happy with the consistency and buy-in from our coaching staff and players at the U13-U18 age groups,” claimed Boys Director of Coaching, Mark Thomas.
Prior to the 2013/14 season kicking off, the Penn Fusion Boys Teams progressed 13 players from our Penn Fusion Academy to play for the Philadelphia Union Academy full time. Two of those players Andrew Aprahamian and Isaiah Young have been involved with the US Soccer Youth National Teams. Two boys teams were crowned EPYS State Cup Champions (PFSA’98B, PFSA’95B) while the PFSA’96B team won every college showcase they entered during the 2013-2014 season. “College coaches want players that are creative and confident on the ball and all of our players have this ingrained into their player development DNA from an early age and it is paying off during the ever important recruitment process,” says Thomas. The PFSA’98 Boys and PFSA ’95 Boys went on to the USYS Region 1 Championship and finished on top of their groups and advanced out of bracket play. The PFSA ‘95B continued their winning ways and were crowned the 2014 USYS Region 1 Finalists.
“On the Girls side, the 2013/14 season was the most successful season to date,” claimed Girls Director of Coaching, Tino Mueller. The U15, U16 & U17 ECNL teams qualified for the ECNL Play-offs in the Champions League Division (top division) and Penn Fusion is quickly becoming one of the best girls’ soccer programs regionally & nationally. The U15, U16 & U17 ECNL teams finished among the top 30 teams in the best female youth soccer league in the world and these 3 teams were eliminated in competition by teams that went on to win the National Championship in their respective age groups. . The 2013/2014 season also progressed two women, Sydney Zandi and Rachael Dorwart, onto the U15 US National Team. The addition of our NPL (National Premier League) Teams in the U13-U18 age groups, last season, insured a highly competitive level underneath the ECNL which enables Penn Fusion to develop a larger pool of talented players.
The success of our boys and girls program gives our younger age groups real life role models to emulate, and we are sure there will be many more players reaching these heights in the future. Congratulations to all our players, teams and coaches on a great season and we are looking forward to hearing from our graduates on their successes on the collegiate scene.