Draw and Fixtures for 2017 B.E.S.T Unveiled

  • August 12, 2017
  • BEST Admin

The Official Draw for the 2017 Battle of the East Soccer Tournament (B.E.S.T) has taken place in Philadelphia, mapping out the group-stage challenge for each of the 16 teams involved. The pairings were drawn by the Tournament Director Samuel Cole.

The 2017 B.E.S.T will bring some exciting matches. Hosts Junior Lone Star FC will take on Drexel University Club Soccer in the opening match on Saturday, August 19th at 10:00am, with Group A also including defending champions ROZA FC (NY) and Internationals FC (NC/ND) in what is expected to be a mouth-watering group.

Other standout games from the first round of matches include Trenton FC battling Salone FC in Group C and Cavalla FC locking horns with Rising Stars FC in Group B.

Meanwhile, one of the new-comers Philadelphia Atoms SC have been dealt a challenging opener against co-hosts Junior Lone Star U23s, while another new-comer Team Morocco kick off their debut against Maryland’s Essex FC in Group D.

“What a draw!” Cole said, following the draw. “We will have some exciting games and it looks like Group A is the Group of Death having the hosts battling the defending champions as well as a university club soccer side and an all-star team of players from North Carolina/North Dakota!”

Cole added: “The Battle of the East Soccer Tournament is the best stage for teams to prove that they are the best team in the East Coast. There are no easy match-ups here. I hope the participating teams will come prepared to put on their best performance on the main stage.”

The 2017 B.E.S.T will be played on four fields at two venues in Philadelphia and its environs.

On Saturday, August 19, the Philadelphia Soccer Club Fields in Northeast Philadelphia will host matches from Group A and Group B while the Monsignor Bonner High School Turf and Grass Fields in Drexel Hill will host matches from Group C and Group D.

Monsignor Bonner High School will also host the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, and Final on Sunday, August 20.

The results of the draw including the match schedule and standings can be found below:

Group A:
Junior Lone Star FC (PA)
Drexel FC (PA)
ROZA FC (NY)
International FC (NC/ND)

Group B:
Cavalla (PA)
Rising Stars FC (PA)
Debamu FC (MD)
Foreign Boyz FC (PA)

Group C:
Salone FC (PA)
Upper Darby FC (PA)
Trenton FC (NJ)
New England FC (MA/RI)

Group D:
Junior Lone Star U23s (PA)
Philadelphia Atoms SC (PA)
Essex FC (MD)
Team Morocco (PA)