Our Mission is to Provide Quality Football for All!Eastern FC is a youthful organization that is focused on player development to the premier, college, professional, and beyond. Pride, Passion, and Professionalism are at the foundation of our program.
New York State Private School Awards: Ian Mook, Hackley, (EFC Blues) Ivy All League First Team George Wangensteen, Hackley, (EFC Reds) Ivy All League Second Team The Hackley Hornets also won the NYSIAS State Championship for the first time since 2001.
Another Special Congratulations to EFC Coaching Director and premier coach, Beau Morki (EFC Rangers). Beau coached the School of the Holy Child Girls Varsity team to the NYSIAS State Championships for the first time in school history.
New York State Public Schools On Tuesday, November 19th, the New York State Section One Boys Soccer Awards Meeting was held at Colonial Terrace. These athletes represent the top 5% of all Boys soccer players in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Rockland Counties. Our Eastern FC Players represented their High Schools becoming some of the most valuable players in New York State. A special congratulations to all players and coaches.
A special congratulations goes out to EFC Coach & League Coach of the Year, Ahmed Dwidar (EFC REDS) who led his Haldane High School team to an amazing season capturing both the League title and the Class C Section 1 title. The continued on to become Regional Finalists.
In addition, the following players received the following nominations: Aidan Draper, Haldane High School, (EFC REDS), All Section, League Most Valuable Player Alberto Sanchez, Yonkers Montessori Academy (EFC Blues), All Section, League Most Valuable Player Emmet Gaffney, Mamaroneck High School, (EFC Lancers) All Section Elver Maldonado, Mamaroneck High School, (EFC Blues) All Section Derlis Zayas, White Plains High School, (EFC Blues) All Section Maximo Vasquez, Mamaroneck High School, (EFC Chiefs), All Section Honorable Mention David Villalobos, Edgemont High School, (EFC Blues), All Section Honorable Mention Nick Kyriakidis, Pleasantville High School, (EFC Blues), All Section, ALL STATE PLAYER Kevin Louie, Briarcliff High School, (EFC Revolution), All Section, League Most Valuable Player Michael Greenberg, Briarcliff High School, (EFC Reds), All Section Honorable Mention Alejandro Alvarez, Ossining High School, (EFC Blues), All Section Steven Hernandez, Port Chester High School, (EFC Lancers), All Section Luis Morales, Port Chester High School, (EFC Lancers), All Section Honorable Mention
Columbus Day Tournament: Total Success
Over Columbus Day Weekend, all teams participated in the Northport Cow Harbor Columbus Day Tournament. It was a weekend that not only provided beautiful soccer weather but also plenty of trophies for our club. Four out of 6 teams returned from the weekend as champions. The U13 Gunners, U12 Warriors, U11 Rangers, and U11 Generals all won the entire tournament. The U8 Magic placed second and the U12 Chiefs placed fourth. It was a great weekend for the players, teams, coaches, and families.
EFC Coaching Director, Beau Morki was proud of the progress of the entire club, "Our teams compete at some of the highest competitive levels in the nation. To go to these tournaments and have over 90 percent of our players return home with trophies is a credit to the hard work that our coaches, players, and families put in on a weekly basis. One of our teams scored 23 goals! I couldn't be more proud of our work, but we are only about 2 months into the season. We demand continued commitment to training, players working on their own off of the field, and continuing education through watching soccer on television. Continue to develop and educate!"
Congratulations to everyone on a great weekend. All teams return to league and state cup play this weekend. Good luck to you all.
A PROUD START FOR THE FUTURE It was an amazing Labor Day Weekend for our teams at the Peter Renzuli HBC Labor Day Tournament. Five out of six of our teams placed First or Second. The U12 Warriors and U13 Gunners won First Place. The U12 Chiefs, U11 Generals, and the U8 Magic took second place. EFC Coaching Director, Beau Morki, was proud of the performance of the club, "This is an example of all of the hard work we have done at our club in the past years. Our club gets stronger every year, and we are excited about the future." It was a great start for our teams after only two weeks of training. A special thanks to all of our managers, coaches, parents, and most importantly, our players!
It's the beginning of another great year. Our premier leagues begin next week as well as our National Premier League. Eastern FC is also sending four of its players to the NYCSL PDP ID2 Program on Saturday, September 7 at Oakwood Soccer Complex in Connecticut. This is a great start to our 37th season!
U16: Lancers 2013 National Premier League Champions! Congratulations to the U16 EFC Lancers on becoming the first Eastern FC team to win the National Premier League title! They had been awaiting the results of the second place team to finish out their scheduled games. Last night SPA had to beat East Meadow 4-0 in order to tie the first place Lancers. SPA lost the game 1-0 giving the Lancers the National Premier League title. The wait is finally over and they will now represent the New York National Premier League in the US Club National Cup in Colorado July 18-22.
The Lancers continue to set history at the club and this is something they have done consistently at Eastern. Throughout their tenure, the Lancers have won the New York State Premier League, Numerous HVYSL titles, 2 US Club Regional Titles, a Northeast Premier League Championship, 2 New York State Cup Semi-Final Appearances, a pre-academy tournament title, 2 Jefferson Cup Tournament titles, and the list goes on. "We are very proud of all that the Lancers have accomplished. They have been dedicated and committed to both training and our club since they were nine years old," stated EFC Coaching Director, Beau Morki.
Head Coach, Ray Franklin, was very proud of the boys, “The boys did not only do it for the team, they did it for the entire club. Every game was tough, and the boys kept focused on getting their points through the league. Overall, the boys prevailed through heavy competition and that is something they should all be proud of. I am proud. The club is proud. And the entire Eastern Family is behind us as we head to Nationals to take on the strongest competition in the United States. It's an incredible honor and an amazing experience ahead.”
The US Club National Tournament will take place July 18-22 in Aurora Colorado. The culminating event of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) season each year is the NPL Champions Cup, where the NPL national champions will be crowned. The NPL Champions Cup will feature qualifiers from every NPL across the country in a true “champions league” competition.
Congratulations to the Lancers! Good luck at the National Cup! *Photos courtesy of Scott Zimmerman
U16: Lancers 2013 Regional Champions Eye the National Premier League Title
Congratulations to the U16 EFC Lancers becoming US Club Regional Champions! They had a tremendous performance at the Regional tournament over Memorial Day weekend. The Lancers won their group winning every game, scoring 10 goals in four games, and winning the final 3-2. Along the way they beat World Class FC, Boca, and Mattituck Alliance. This will be the team’s second trip to Nationals in three years!
Most importantly, the Lancers also have a chance to clinch their National Premier League this weekend in their match at SPA on Sunday. The Lancers have held the number one spot all season long and a win or tie this weekend will make the EFC Lancers the first Eastern team in club history to win the National Premier League. The winner of this league gets a chance to compete in the National Premier League Champions Cup which is held at the same place as the National tournament. If the Lancers win their league outright, they will represent the club in the National Premier League Champions Cup and have a chance to play all of the champions from the National Premier Leagues around the country.
Head Coach, Ray Franklin, stated, “The boys worked hard all year long, have been loyal to the club for several years, and have battled the adversity in each match. They deserve to be rewarded for their efforts and a trip to Nationals in Colorado is the ultimate reward. The work continues and we will train through July to make sure we are prepared. A trip to the National Premier League Championship will be an amazing experience. We now have the opportunity to compete against the best of the best and these boys will be ready for whatever lies ahead.”
The US Club National Tournament will take place July 18-22 in Aurora Colorado. The culminating event of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) season each year is the NPL Champions Cup, where the NPL national champions will be crowned. The NPL Champions Cup will feature qualifiers from every NPL across the country in a true “champions league” competition.
Congratulations to the Lancers! We look forward to your future!
U18 Chiefs Crowned New York State Champions!
After beating one of the top teams in the nation Monday night, the U18 Chiefs traveled to the U18 New York State Finals, with one thing on their mind…WIN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. And they delivered! The Chiefs won the New York State Championship Sunday morning beating Quickstrike 3-1 at the final in Lagrangeville.
“After our performance against Manhattan, we wanted to finish what we started and take home the first New York State Championship for the club,” commented Head Coach and EFC Coaching Director, Beau Morki. “The boys deserve all of the credit, they outplayed Quickstrike in every moment of the game, and proved to be the better team. They were determined and deserved to be rewarded for their efforts.”
The Chiefs led the game 2-1 at halftime. The field was slick and it was an extremely aggressive match. The goals were scored by Joseph Iraola and two by Junior Cordeiro. Junior Cordeiro, a six year member at Eastern FC stated, “We couldn’t have done it without each other, the coaches at Eastern, and it means so much to me to get this championship for my club!”
The Chiefs are quite an inspirational story. Last year they battled a tough schedule, ending third in the Northeast Regional Premier League, and lost in the State Cup Quarterfinals. This year they had already lost to Quickstrike in the semi –finals of the Massapequa tournament. They also had tied previously in league play. This year, they have rallied back with teamwork and comraderie, currently in second place in the National Premier League, and now have won the State Championship!
Eastern FC President, and Chiefs Assistant Coach, Ray Franklin stated, “It’s truly a story of loyal players to the club sticking together to battle adversity, which is a great lesson for our younger players to learn. They lost several players to graduation last year, did not win their league, but were consistent in training and worked hard through the ups and downs to find success. To graduate from the club on this note is what they deserve for their hard work and loyalty! We applaud their efforts!”
The Chiefs graduate this year from the club, and every player will be going to college next year! In addition, those that have the desire to play at the college level will be.
Below is a list of some of the players from the Chiefs and the schools they will be attending next fall. A list of the remaining players will be updated on our site once confirmed.
David Kalaj: Manhattan College, Mateo Valedvioso: Siena College, Nick OlivieraL SUNY Delhi, Jack Passidomo: Manhattanville College, Steven Ferebee: Tulane, Nick Deambrosio: UVM, Matt Minniter: Mt. Saint Mary College, Aidan Tansey: St. Thomas Aquinas, JD Schneider: Keene State College, Joseph Iraola: American University, Jacob Blueglass: Keene State College, Andres Soto: Columbia University, and more to follow. Congratulations to you all!
Hail to the Chiefs! Chiefs Make History Heading to the NY State Finals!
The U18 Chiefs became the writer's of their own "David & Goliath" story on Monday night. They beat Manhattan Ajax in the US Club NY Cup Semi-Final 4-2. They were led by a hat trick of Joe Iraola's (American University) which helped them advance to the NY State Finals!. The Chiefs were clearly the underdogs stepping onto the pitch to play Manhattan who were the current 2012 state champs. In addition, they just recently went 9-0 on their way to capturing their second consecutive Region 1 league championship in 2013, and are currently ranked #21 in the USA, and #7 in the region. Those stats did not stop the chiefs!
"All of those stats only motivated our boys to show they have what it takes!" commented Chiefs Head Coach & EFC Coaching Director, Beau Morki. "This was not only a win for our team, but also for our club. ALL of these seniors are graduating to go onto college next year, and their careers as EFC players are slowly coming to an end, so we had nothing to lose. We are excited that they have all gotten into colleges of their choice and also have been recruited heavily by numerous college coaches (Division 1,2, & 3)" The boys have only gotten stronger with each game. They are currently in second place in the National Premier League, and the opportunity to go to Nationals this summer as the NPL champion is still a possibility.
The Chiefs are the FIRST team in Eastern FC History to play in the final for the New York State Championship! They will play on Sunday, May 19th at 9am vs. Quickstrike: Stringham Park (Lagrangeville, NY)
Good luck boys!
Blues Get the Trifecta!
In other news, the EFC U17 Blues made history as well being the first team ever in New York State to make it to the ENYYSA New York State Semi Finals for the THIRD year in a row! They are also the first team at Eastern to be able to do this. "It is a great accolade, but our eye is on the state championship. We have a big test ahead on Saturday, and I am looking forward to seeing the boys rise above the expectations!" stated head coach, Brandon Beck.
They will play DUSC on Saturday, May 18 at 6pm at Pier 40.
Lancers Eye the Title
Lastly, the U16 Lancers currently hold the first place position at the head of the league table in the NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE. Head Coach, Ray Franklin, stated, "I am proud of the boys, but it is not time to celebrate. We have worked hard and improve each day. Getting to the Nationals is what we want most and it is right in front of us for the taking. We must continue to get our 3 points each game, and put the title as far away as possible from those below us in the table!"
"Our teams are beginning to peak as they get to our senior teams, and that is because the teams have developed in our youth programs. We are so excited for this weekend, Regionals during Memorial Day Weekend, the Red Bull game this weekend and much more ahead!
Congratulations to you all and good luck!
Click below to see a video on the Chiefs Historic Upset.
Special thanks to the Cassidy family for creating it.
Spring has Sprung at Eastern FC! We have many exciting announcements that will be coming in the next weeks, so please check your emails from the club regularly: EFC Foundation Dinner Event, End of Season Celebration Night for Players, US Club Regionals, Nationals, EFC New York Red Bull Day: Sunday, May 19th (Contact your Manager for $20 tickets before April 15th) vs. LA Galaxy, Summer Residential Camps, Tryouts, and much more.
FOUR TEAMS ADVANCE TO THE QUARTERFINALS With all this excitement, EFC is proud to announce that the U14 Rush, U15 Reds, U16 Lancers,a nd U18 Chiefs have clinched their way into the Quarterfinals of the New York Cup. In addition, all of these teams finished first in their groups after round robin play. The next steps will be elimination rounds which we are awaiting schedules for these HOME matches. In the next 48 hours we should have confirmed scheduled matches and we are excited to see our teams play. It is vital, all players on the roster attend these matches. The NY Cup is a New York State Cup tournament sanctioned by US Club Soccer and New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL). It begins with round robin play, the top two teams in each group advance to an elimination quarterfinal, semi-final, and final (similar to Champions League and World Cup format). Best of luck to you all!
EFC NEW YORK REDBULL DAY, MAY 19TH Eastern FC will be having a New York Red Bull Day on Sunday, May 19th at Red Bull Stadium. Tickets will be offered at the special price of $20. The Red Bulls will be playing the LA Galaxy, so this is a great match to see! We are hoping for 100% participation from our players, so that this can be a special team bonding event. PLEASE ORDER TICKETS BY CONTACTING YOUR TEAM MANAGER BY APRIL 15TH. After April 15th, the offer will no longer be valid.
EFC Progress Continues at All Age Levels
After a strong weekend for our club in the South, we returned to the Northeast to continue our progress. The U10 Rangers took home another tournament championship at the Ironbound Spring Warm Up Tournament in New Jersey. They scored 14 goals and allowed ZERO goals against for the entire weekend! Also, at the tournament, the U15 Fury competed and returned home as semi-finalists.
The U17 Revolution traveled to the Baltimore Mania Showcase. They finished the weekend winning two out of three games in front of many college coaches. They returned home as semi finalists in a Nationally ranked tournament!
In New York Cup action, the U18 Chiefs,U16 Lancers, and U15 Reds won their matches to begin the round robin stages of the state tournament. In addition, the U18 Chiefs also won their National Premier League match 3-0 against NY Elite.
EFC Coaching Director, Beau Morki, reflected on the weekend for the club: "It has been a strong start for all of our teams. Our club is continuing to establish itself at the Regional and National level each weekend. Although, our teams may be winning many games, development is still at the forefront of our club philosophy. There is progress within every team following our curriculum, especially at the youth levels, which is providing immediate results. The players and teams are continuing to develop and our passionate coaches deserve a lot of credit!"
The Spring Season is beginning to get into full swing. It has been a crazy week with the unpredictable weather that we have been having, but we were fortunate to still be able to provide our teams training this week. We want to thank all of our EFC Parents and Families for being flexible during this time to get your children to training. For those of you enjoying vacation next week, please enjoy your time with family and friends. The month of April will be full of soccer until June, so please remember to keep training, attendance, and communication with your team managers a major priority.
U16 Lancers Jefferson Cup Champs, U18 Chiefs Annandale Runner Up
Eastern FC Has a Strong Opening to the Spring Season! Follow us on TWITTER @EasternFC The Eastern FC U16 Lancers took home their second Jefferson Cup Championship in three years. They won two games and lost one winning the tournament by only one point! They had exceptional play throughout and fought hard all weekend. Head Coach, Ray Franklin stated, “This tournament was won in our training sessions prior. The boys have been working hard, committed, and worked together to get the results necessary on both sides of the football. It was a great start to the Spring season!” Also, at the Jefferson Cup were the U17 Blues who battled through each game against quality talent. Head Coach, Brandon Beck stated, “We battled consistently all weekend, outplayed the majority of the teams we faced, but had difficulties finishing. It can be tough when the scoreboard doesn’t represent the quality of play exhibited, but the future is bright.” The Jefferson Cup is ranked #3 in the Nation for college showcases. Both teams return to league play in the upcoming weekends. The EFC U18 Chiefs brought home the Silver medal at theAnnandale Premier Showcase. The Chiefs had 2 wins and 1 loss on the weekend with 2 shutouts. There were many colleges reaching out to the players after the tournament: Cornell, Amherst, Mount Saint Mary, etc. Head Coach Beau Morki stated, “This was our last big trip as a team this year and it was special. Next year, these players will leave EFC to go on to play at college. It was an excellent bonding experience, but also some great competition to prepare us for the National Premier League Season ahead.” The Annandale Premier Cup is ranked #5 in the nation in college showcases. In other EFC action, the RVSC Icebreaker managed to occur Sunday after being cancelled Saturday. The U15 Reds won the tournament. Head coach Rich Franklin commented, “It was a great start to our Spring season ahead. We had a few new players this weekend, but the boys looked like they have been playing together for years. I was happy with our football and look forward to the National Premier League ahead.” The U13 Rovers were undefeated for two out of the three matches. The U11 Warriors won two and lost one at the tournament. It was a the first time the U11 Warriors played 11v11, so the U10 Rangers played a year up to help the roster for the weekend. Head Coach, Alex Torres stated, “I was proud of the simple soccer we played. The youth program is the foundation of our club and both teams gelled together very quickly. It was exciting to watch.” Overall, as a club, it was a great weekend. The National Premier Leagues and NY Cup games begin this weekend, so we have plenty of soccer ahead in the upcoming months. We look forward to the progress. Please continue to make training a #1 priority as it will lead to better team development.
U10 Teams Bring Home Gold Medal The U10 Power and U10 Rangers combined on Saturday to create a powerhouse team that brought home another trophy to EFC Trophy case! Under the direction of head coaches, Beau Morki and Edinson DeLeon, the team joined forces for the day at the RCC Indoor tournament scoring 15 goals, allowing only 3 against, and maintained 3 shutouts in four games to win the Gold Medal in the U10 Age Group! "Although our main focus is on development at this level, the quality of play that these boys exemplified together as an age group was worthy of an award. They deserved the gold medal and we are very proud of them," stated both coach and EFC Coaching Director, Beau Morki. "It was a priceless opportunity for the boys and the comraderie shows a great future for our club. The youth teams are really working hard everyday on the field and they deserve to be rewarded for their work. They are the future of the club," added EFC Power Coach, Edinson DeLeon.
PEP GUARDIOLA SIGHTING The day was capped off by running into Pep Guardiola (Former FC Barcelona Head Coach and Most Successful Coach in Barcelona History) at the tournament. Pep took the moment to pose for a photo with the boys and also the coaching staff. These photos are completely priceless and made for a extremely memorable experience for all of the EFC Families in attendance.
NEW YORK STATE ALL SECTION AWARDS BANQUET On Tuesday, November 20th, the New York State Section 1 Boys Soccer All Section banquet was held in Cortlandt Manor. These players represented the top 5% of all Varsity players in Section 1. Eastern FC had many players and coaches receive many awards at local and state level. In addition to this, the voting for player of the year for Big Schools (Class AA and Class A) came down to two EFC players: Joseph Iraola and Jon Berry. This was not only a big year for these boys but also for our entire club as we celebrate some huge accomplishments from many of our players. Congratulations to you all and thank you for making the entire club very proud!
All Section Award Winners: Joseph Iraola (Mahopac, U18 Chiefs), Ian Warren (Somers, U17 Blues), Alberto Sanchez (Yonkers Montessori, U18 Chiefs), Josh Kriss (Mamaroneck, U18 Chiefs), Derlis Zayas (White Plains, U17 Blues), Emmet Gafney (Mamaroneck, U16 Lancers), David Villalobos (Edgemont, U17 Blues), Aidan Tansey (Yonkers, U18 Chiefs), Jon Berry (Byram Hills, U18 Chiefs), Nicholas Oliviera (Valhalla, U18 Chiefs), Arthur Kaufman (Briarcliff, U18 Chiefs), Ryan Clarke (Croton Harmon, U17 Blues), and Nick Kyriakidis (Pleasantville, U17 Blues). Conference III, League A: MVP — Jon Berry, Byram Hills (U18 Chiefs) Conference II, League B: MVP — Derlis Zayas, White Plains (U17 Blues) Conference I, League A: MVP — Joseph Iraola, Mahopac (U18 Chiefs) Big school all-state selections — Jon Berry (Byram Hills); Joseph Iraola (Mahopac) Conference III, League C: Coach of the Year — Brandon Beck, Briarcliff (U17 Blues Head Coach) Port Chester High School: Regional Champions A special congratulations to the Port Chester High School team for their amazing run into the New York State Class A Finals led by Eastern FC players. They lost in the state finals to Jerricho from Long Island, NY 2-1. This was the High School’s first ever State Finals appearance. The teams was led by “Freshman Sensation” Steven Hernandez (U16 Lancers) who scored 7 of the teams 9 goals in all playoffs and state competition. In addition to Stevie, several other U16 Lancers played for the team: Luis Morales, Kevin Londono, and Alex Coyt. Congratulations to you all!
High School Section 1 Finals: EFC Players SHINE! The New York Section one soccer finals ended Thursday, November 8th after being postponed from several weather disruptions during the past two weeks. It was a memorable night for several EFC players! Two Eastern FC players, Steven Hernandez (U16 Lancers) and Sam Nadell (U17 Blues) scored the game winning goals to help their teams win the Sectional Final in the Class A and B Championship.
Class A Final Steven Hernandez scored the game winning goal, for Port Chester High School, in the first overtime off of an assist from fellow EFC Lancer, Alex Coyt, winning the High School sectional finals for his school. It was the first time the school has won the High School championship since 1967. Port Chester beat Byram Hills 2-1 after Jon Berry (U18 Chiefs) tied the game at 1-1 in the second half. In addition to the players mentioned above: Kevin Londono (U16 Lancers) and Luis Morales (U16 Lancers) also played for Port Chester. Brian Zimmerman (U16 Lancers) and Josh Beinhacker (U18 Chiefs) participated in the match for Byram Hills. Congratulations to all players for such an exceptional season and truly exciting match.
Class B Final Sam Nadell scored the game winning goal leading Blind Brook High School to its second consecutive Sectional championship. Sam scored off of a header from a direct kick eight minutes into the first half. The goal ended up being the only one in the match as Blind Brook beat North Salem 1-0.
Congratulations to all of you and also to all of the EFC players who made headlines all season. You have made us extremely proud!
October 2012 We have been having an incredible beginning to our Fall season thus far at Eastern FC. Currently, our Fall teams are approaching the end of their Fall leagues while our Senior Boys teams (U15-18) will soon be returning from their successful High School seasons to begin preparations for their upcoming college showcases and National Premier Leagues beginning in November. We are excited to get the club back into full swing.
BROOKLYN ITALIANS COLUMBUS CUP SUCCESS The U14 Rush brought home another trophy after capturing the Columbus Cup tournament championship after defeating the reigning champions from 2011. After overtime, the game came down to a nail biting shootout. Head coach Alex Torres stated, "I am so proud of these boys not only because of the championship, but because of their development to play under extremely intense pressure against high quality competition. We continue to gel each day and the harder we work, the stronger we will be." Goalkeeper, Max Beyer, stopped three penalty kicks in the shootout sealing the victory for the Rush as they improved upon their silver medal performance at the recent Labor Day tournament.
Eastern FC Coaching director, Beau Morki, gave his recap of the tournament, "The tournament gave us another opportunity for our teams to develop further. Although the trophies are great, our focus remains on the improvement in the quality of soccer played each day for the U7-U14 teams. Each coach was happy with their teams development. Our teams improved their passing completion rates, increased their pace of the game, developed stronger first touches under pressure, and scored some great goals! All teams return to their training with a quality experience against quality competition and look to improve each day. We are focusing on development first which will lead to strong results."
The Fall teams look to end their Fall seasons in the next couple weeks and will use the winter months to continue to develop these vital technical skills. More details to follow regarding winter training schedule.
U14 RUSH TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS 2012 COLUMBUS CUP
U7 MAGIC HAD A BLAST AT COLUMBUS CUP 2012!
US Club National ID2 Scouting Camp: National Premier League
U13 Rovers goalkeeper, Itai Rubin, was selected to participate in the National ID2 scouting camp for our National Premier League. Itai participated in the tryout where USA National Team scouts were on hand to select players to compete for spots in the National pool to be considered for the upcoming National teams. This was a huge accomplishment for Itai and also our club. The National scouting committee was interested in offering Itai an invite to next year's cycle since this year was a year younger. "They were impressed with his footskills and footwork as a goalkeeper at such a young age," Beau Morki stated.
Eastern FC Coaching Director, Beau Morki,was also selected by US Club Soocer to be one of the scouts for the National ID2 program. "National selection and exposure to high level league play is one of the benefits of being a part of the National Premier League. It gives our players a pathway to the national pool as well as our older players will be seen by more college coaches."
We are extremely proud of Beau that he has received this national recognition, for more information about the experience see below:
PORTLAND, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2012) – The first of two Fall 2012 id2 Program Training Camps came to a close on Sunday as a total of 58 boys born in 1999-2000 and 53 girls born in 1998-1999 representing 20 states were on-hand for four days of high-level training and off-field sessions, Oct. 11-14, at TD Bank Oakwood Soccer Complex in Portland, Conn.
The age groups for the camp were selected in order to align with the scouting priorities for the U.S. Soccer U-14 National Teams. The id2 Program Training Camps are part of US Club Soccer's id2 National Player Identification and Development Program and provide an opportunity for the country’s top youth players to be identified and developed for inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION Friday, October 5th Portchester 1, Byram Hills 0: As quoted from Lohud Blog: “This game was very evenly played, with both teams missing out on scoring chances throughout the contest. Finally in the 73rd minute, it was the Rams’ freshman sensation Steven Hernandez (U16 Lancers) finding his teammate for what would turn out to be the only goal of the game. Roosevelt 5, Yonkers Montessori 2: At Montessori, Alberto Sanchez (U18 Chiefs) stopped 17 shots for Montessori. Hackley 2, Dalton 0: At Randall’s Island, George Wangensteen (U15 Reds) made five saves. Kennedy 3, Yorktown 0: At Kennedy, Gareth Esteves (U17 Blues) had three assists. Briarcliff 4, Fox Lane 0: At Fox Lane, Michael Greenberg had an assist on the game winner. Connecticut: Greenwich 4, Central 1: Diego Guttierez (U17 Blues) had an assist.
Saturday, October 6th Edgemont 6, Irvington 1: At Irvington, David Villalobos (U17 Blues) scored two goals. Byram Hills 2, Goshen Central 1: At Byram Hills, Jon Berry (U18 Chiefs) scored two goals. He improved his section-leading total to 20.
Tuesday, October 9th Connecticut: New Canaan 2, Darien 1: Nicholas Deambrosio (U18 Chiefs) scored a goal. Valhalla 6, Hamilton 0: At Valhalla, Nick Oliveira (U18 Chiefs) scored a goal. Edgemont 7, Yonkers Montessori 0: At Edgemont, David Villalobos (U17 Blues) had two goals. Alberto Sanchez (U18 Chiefs) had 12 saves for the Eagles. Port Chester 1, Horace Greeley 0: At Port Chester, Steven Hernandez (U16 Lancers) had the game winning assist off a corner kick with about four minutes left to play. Briarcliff 3, Pleasantville 1: At Plesantville, Michael Greenberg (U15 Reds) had two assists. J.D. Schneider (U18 Chiefs) scored for Pleasantville.
Wednesday, October 10th Connecticut: Greenwich 2, Westhill 0: Diego Guttierez (U17 Blues) scored a goal. Hackley 4, Fieldston 0:George Wangensteen (U15 Reds) had five saves for Hackley. Masters 3, Hastings 2: At Masters Tuesday, Lorenzo Luongo (U15 Fury) scored twice. Martin Serrano (U15 Reds) had a goal and an assist.
Thursday, October 11th Pleasantville 1, Fox Lane 0, OT: At Pleasantville, Nick Kyriakidis scored with three minutes left in overtime. Mahopac 3, Brewster 1: At Mahopac, Sebastian Kufa (U17 Blues) scored for the Indians. Joseph Iraola (U18 Chiefs) had two assists. Kennedy 1, Lakeland 0: At Kennedy, Matt Minniter (U18 Chiefs) scored on an assist from Gareth Esteves (U17 Blues) with 35 seconds remaining.
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Saturday, September 22 Mamaroneck 2, Keio 0: At Mamaroneck, Maximo Vasquez (U18 Chiefs) scored for the Tigers. Edgemont 2, Sleepy Hollow 0: At Edgemont, David Villalobos (U17 Blues) scored both goals. Yonkers 4, Gorton 0: Gorton wins the Yonkers Boys’ Soccer Tournament title. Yonkers goalie Aidan Tansey(U18 Chiefs) had three saves. Gorton’s Joby Sanjo stopped seven shots. Bronxville 4, Ardsley 0: At Bronxville, Guy McKhann (U16 Lancers) scored. White Plains 3, Ossining 1: At White Plains, Derlis Zayas (U17 Blues) scored for the Tigers.
Friday, September 21 Pleasantville 1, Fox Lane 0, OT: At Fox Lane, Jeremy Schneider (U18 Chiefs) scored with a minute left in the second overtime off of an assist from Jeremy Oruma (U18 Chiefs) to win it for the Panthers. Lakeland 3, Kennedy 1:Kwabena Frimpong (U17 Blues) had one goal for Kennedy.
Monday, September 24 Masters 4, EF International Academy 1: At Masters, Martin Serrano (U15 Reds) scored. Mahopac 6, Pelham 0: At Mahopac, Joseph Iraola (U18 Chiefs) had five goals. Croton-Harmon 1, Valhalla 1, OT: At Croton-Harmon, game tying assist came from Nicholas Oliveira (U18 Chiefs) for the Vikings in the first half. Port Chester 5, Scarsdale 1: At Scarsdale, Steven Hernandez (U16 Lancers)had four assists. Pleasantville 2, Kennedy 0: At Kennedy, Aidan Heintzman (U18 Magic) and Jack Passidomo (U18 Chiefs) each had one goal. Nick Kyriakidis (U17 Blues) had two assists. Byram Hills 1, Westlake 0: At Westlake, Jon Berry (U18 Chiefs) scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second half for the Bobcats.
Above: Vinny Millan (U16 Lancers) playing for New Rochelle in their “game of the week” vs. White Plains.
Thursday, September 27 Mahopac 1, North Salem 0 (OT): At Mahopac, Joseph Iraola (U18 Chiefs) scored with under a minute left in double overtime. Pleasantville 2, Westlake 1: At Pleasantville, Nick Kyriakidis (U17 Blues) had two assists and Aidan Heintzman (U18 Magic) scored one goal. Jeremy Schneider (U18 Chiefs) scored the game-winning goal with one minute left. Briarcliff 1, Croton-Harmon 0: At Croton-Harmon, Michael Greenberg (U16 Reds) had the game winning assist.
Eastern FC Boys Shine in High School Soccer: Updates #2
The Boys’ High School season continues and our players from our U15-U18 continue to shine each week. Follow them on the Lohud Boys Soccer Blog which is updated daily. If you missed an update, visit our Article Archive on our website. http://boyssoccer.lohudblogs.com/
Week: 9/10-9/14: Kennedy 2, Putnam Valley 0: At Putnam Valley, Kwabena Frimpong (U17 Blues) had a goal in the 2-0 win. That’s four goals in two games for Kwabs! CONNECTICUT: Junior Cordeiro (U17 Blues) had a goal and assist in Westhill’s 2-0 win over Fairfield Warde.
Week: 9/17-9/20: Port Chester 3, Blind Brook 0: At Blind Brook, Steven Hernandez (U16 Lancers) had a goal. Briarcliff 1, Rye Neck 0: At Rye Neck, Michael Greenberg (U15 Reds) assisted on the game winning goal eight minutes into the second half. White Plains 6, Eastchester 2: At White Plains, Derlis Zayas (U17 Blues) added a goal and two assists. Byram Hills 3, Keio 1: Berry helps Byram get its revenge Quoted from LoHud Boys Soccer Blog
The Bobcats went down 1-0 in the first half, which gave you the sense that Keio might be on its way to another big win. But Jon Berry (U18 Chiefs)—easily the hottest scorer in the section right now—took matters into his own hands. He tied the game in the 31st minute, before providing the winning goal in the 50th. Byram made a critical halftime adjustment, and the rest is history.
“Revenge is sweet,” Berry said. Berry’s first goal completely changed the complexity of the game. It prevented Byram from going into the half with its heads held down. “It was definitely huge because going into the half down 1-0 is a much tougher game to come back in,” Berry said. In the 50th minute, Berry once again came through for his team to put them ahead 2-1. Joshua Beinhacker(U18 Chiefs) made a great hustle play to push the ball ahead to Berry, who beat a charging Niki to the ball. With the keeper out of the way, all he had to do was calmly place it in. “The keeper came off of his line, and I put it past him,” Berry said. “It was a wide open net.” Without a doubt, Berry has been one of the best stories of the season so far in Section 1. Through four games, he leads the section with a whopping 11 goals. He nearly added a 12th in the 60th minute, but his shot hit the post. It was obvious to me from the start of the game that he’s a different player from what he was last year, when he seemed to put a lot of pressure on himself to be the man. He was all over the field, and has this calmness about him with the ball at his feet. He just seems to be doing all of the right things. “I feel pretty confident in front of the net right now,” he said. “I started off the season with a good game, so it’s kind of (carried over) to the rest of the games. Strength on the ball is big, but I really feel like it’s my confidence that I can lead this team this year.”
Mamaroneck 1, Scarsdale 0, 2 OT: At Scarsdale, Emmet Gaffney (U16 Lancers) scored the winning goal in the 96th minute. Hackley 3, St. Ann’s 0: at St. Ann’s, George Wangensteen (U15 Reds) had two saves for the Hornets in the shutout. Rye Neck 1, Valhalla 1 OT: In the first round of the Bronxville tournament at Valhalla, the Vikings won 5-4 in penalty kicks. Nicholas Oliveira (U18 Chiefs) scored the decisive penalty kick for the Vikings. Valhalla will play the winner of Bronxville/Tuckahoe Saturday at 2 p.m. in the championship.
Ossining 1, Chappaqua 2 Quoted by LoHud Boys Soccer Blog The Pride got on the board first thanks to a great individual effort from Alejandro Alvarez (U17 Blues). The junior midfielder blasted a ball from well beyond the box and the Greeley keeper had virtually no chance of stopping. It was a beautiful, bending kick. “He’s very dynamic,” Ossining head coach said of Alvarez. “He takes long range shots, and he’s pretty accurate and strong. It’s something that he does on a regular basis.”
Freshman Zander Levitz (U15 Reds) came up with the tying goal in the 38th minute, ensuring that Greeley would go into the half with momentum. “It was a good corner, and it went through all of the defense,” Levitz said. “It hit off of the goalie, and I was just in the right place at the right time.” Levitz was very active today, and looked comfortable at this level for a freshman. Mahopac 2, Somers 1, OT: At Mahopac Wednesday, Joseph Iraola assisted on both goals in the win.
Eastern FC Boys Shine in High School Soccer: New York Updates
The Boys’ High School season has just begun and our players from our U15-U18 teams were quick to get noticed. Follow them on the Lohud Boys Soccer Blog which is updated daily. http://boyssoccer.lohudblogs.com/
Byram Hills Seniors and EFC Chiefs (U18) teammates: Josh Beinhacker and Jon Berry look to return the team to the Sectional title in 2012. Berry was selected as part of the first team for the Coaches Preseason All Star team named by Lohud Boys Soccer Blog.
2012 Coaches Preseason All-Star Team- LoHud Boys Soccer Blog
F – Joseph Iraola, Sr., Mahopac (U18 Chiefs)
?F – Jon Berry, Sr., Byram Hills (U18 Chiefs)
?D – Josh Kriss, Sr., Mamaroneck? (U18 Chiefs)
Wednesday, September 5
Ossining 5, Croton 1: Alejandro Alvarez (U17 Blues) scored two goals in the win.
Byram Hills 5, Harrison 0: At Byram Hills, Jon Berry (U18 Chiefs) scored four goals.
Pleasantville 2, Hamilton 0: At Pleasantville, Nick Kyriakidis (U17 Blues) had two second half goals on a free kick and a penalty kick.
Thursday, September 6 Pleasantville 1, Briarcliff 1 (Pleasantville advances 3-2 in penalty kicks): In the first round of the MP Cup at Briarcliff, Nick Kryiakidis(U17 Blues) scored the decisive goal in penalty kicks. Juan Sanchez (U18 Chiefs) scored for the Bears. Byram Hills 4, Spackenkill 0: At Spackenkill, Jon Berry (U18 Chiefs) notched two goals and two assists. Josh Beinhacker (U18 Chiefs) also scored goals.
Friday, September 7
Blind Brook 1, Chappaqua 0, Samuel Nadell (U17 Blues) netted a gorgeous goal in just the fourth minute against Horace Greeley on Friday, and then it was up to the Trojans’ defense to make it hold up. Quoted from LoHud Boys Soccer Blog:
“Let’s start with Nadell’s goal, which was about as pretty as they come. The senior received a pass from Ross Elmaleh in tight space, but managed to create enough separation to get off a rocket of a shot. It was the type of kick that had jaws dropping on the sidelines, bending into the top corner of the goal near the far post. “Ross just passed it to me, I took a quick touch,” Nadell said. “I saw the defender coming, so I just took a little touch and then slotted it home. I knew where I wanted to put it.””
Blind Brook Senior, Sam Nadell, EFC Blues (U17) scores game winning goal for his team lifting them past the 2011 AA Champion Chappaqua.
Saturday, September 8 Kennedy 2, Brewster 1, 2 OT: At Brewster, Gareth Esteves (U17 Blues) provided the game winning assist with 3:29 to play. Esteves also scored the Gaels first goal. White Plains 2, Newburgh Free Academy 1: At White Plains, Derlis Zayas (U17 Blues) assisted on the score in the 96th minute of the second overtime. Monday, September 10 Briarcliff 6, Hamilton 0:Juan Sanchez (U18 Chiefs) had a goal and an assist. Kennedy 3, Hen Hud 2: At Kennedy, Kwabena Frimpong (U17 Blues) had three goals. Mount Vernon 2, Woodlands 0:Stanley Passoni (U17 Blues) scored.
Congratulations to the Labor Day Medal Winners!
THREE Eastern FC teams entered the HBC Peter Renzuli Labor Day Tournament last weekend and ALL THREE teams returned home with trophies! The U10 Rangers and U13 Rovers both won the gold medal in their division, while the U14 Rangers finished with the silver medal. EFC Technical Director and U10 Rangers head coach, Beau Morki, stated, "It was a great beginning for our teams, but the work has only begun. We have only started to see the potential ahead and are only going to grow stronger with consistent attendance, commitment to learning, and extremely hard work during training. I am extremely proud of my coaching staff, all the EFC families, and, most importantly, the players on all of our teams. Congratulations to you all and we look forward to the development ahead!"
The Eastern FC teams begin their National Premier League and New York Cup Soccer League play this weekend. The competition will be the best around and we look forward to seeing these teams continue to develop to reach the next level. For more information regarding games schedules, see below.
July 2012: TWO TEAMS Go To Nationals, One Return with the Silver Medal!
Now that our teams have returned safely from the US Club National Finals in Waukegan, Illinois we wanted to update you on their extremely positive experience. CONGRATULATIONS to the U14 REDSwho won two consecutive games which solidified their place in the finals after before tieing their third and final match! TheEastern FC Reds were the ONLY team from New York to make it to the Finals from the entire tournament! Our entire club is proud of this accolade.
In the finals, the Reds rallied to come back from a first half deficit 2-0. In the second half, they quickly tied the match 2-2, but fell short of the championship losing 4-2 in the Final.
Head Coach Rich Franklin stated, "I am proud of these boys! Last year we came to Nationals and didn't win a game. This year we went undefeated and played in the finals. Our goal is to do this a third time in a row next year!"
The U16 Eastern FC Blues competed in the Super Group division playing against the best teams in the country. Their record ended with one win and two losses which was not enough to earn a spot in the Final. Their final match was the highlight of their trip after winning 4-0 playing exceptional soccer.
Head Coach, Brandon Beck stated, "This tournament provided excellent competition for our team. The experience will only make us grow stronger in the future as we know the bar is set high for next year. We want to come back and have another chance at the National title!"
On a side note, U16 Blues player, Nick Kyriakidis also won the isoccer skills challenge for the U16 group. Nick had to juggle, dribble, and do many other skills with the ball against fellow competitors from around the country and he won! He received a trophy and US National team jersey for his exceptional skills! Congratulations Nick!
For pictures, results, and updates from the event please visit: www.usclubsoccer.org
A special thanks to our Eastern Families for their support and commitment to the trip. Thank you to the team managers for all of their organization to make this experience happen. Lastly, a special thanks to our coaching director Beau Morki for his 30 hour trek to and from Chicago to see these boys in action. It was an amazing experience for all involved and we look forward to returning next year!
U14 Reds earn silver medal at US Club Nationals 2012
Nick Kyriakids, U16 EFC Blues player wins the isoccer skills challenge!
Eastern FC U14 Reds and U16 Blues
This year, Eastern FC gained two more Northeast Regional Championships and made some historical additions to the record books. The U14 Reds become the first team to win back to back Regional Championships. The U16 Blues become the first team in the club to win the championship in the Super Group division. Both teams won in exciting fashion in overtime.
The game winning goal by Chris Onesti for the U14 Reds propelled them past the PSC Heat 2-1 in the Finals. The Reds ended the tournament scoring a total of 20 goals against all competition after being undefeated for the entire weekend. EFC Reds head coach, Rich Franklin stated, "I am proud of these boys and our sites are set on winning Nationals. They worked extremely hard to repeat as champions and they deserve all the credit!"
The game winning goal from Junior Cordeiro in the final minutes of the second overtime was the difference in the Blues 3-2 victory over Ironbound in the Final. The Blues also were undefeated the entire weekend. "The game was an absolute battle of mental and physical strength. As the game wore on, we got stronger, and this was a championship that our team clearly wanted. It has been an unforgetable season, and our hope is to continue to make history at Nationals!" stated Blues head coach, Brandon Beck.
Director of Coaching, Beau Morki stated, "I am excited about our progress this year as a club. I was able to see many of the teams play this weekend and the level of play has completely risen. We are now competing at the highest levels both regionally and nationally. I am excited for these parents and boys to attend nationals. They all deserve it and are going to have an unforgetable time there!"
Both teams will travel to the US Club National Tournament July 26th to July 31st in Chicago. Best of luck to you boys and congratulations from our coaching staff, the entire Eastern family, and our Board of Directors! Continue to make your club proud!
Congratulations to EFC's Joseph Iraola from the U17 Chiefs. He was playing in Germany on trial where he scored the game winning goal in the 2-1 win against Luxomburg's U17 National Team. Joe returns May 22 just in time to return to the Chiefs for the US Club Regional Tournament over the Memorial Day Weekend. Congratulations and we look forward to your return!
Down Goes Last Year's State Champs!
The U16 EFC Blues will host the New York State Cup Semi Final on Saturday, May 19 against Downtown United Soccer Club at 12:15pm at Tibbets Park Field #3. This is a rematch of last year's quarterfinal where the Blues won in penalty kicks. Come and support your club!
A special congratulations to the U16 Blues who return to the New York State Cup Semi-Finals for the second year in a row. The Blues beat the 2011 state champion and current #3 Nationally Ranked Massapequa Arsenal 2-1 Saturday night. After waiting for two hours for the refs to show up to the field in Massapequa, the Blues remained focused and ready to play beating the Arsenal in hard fought match in front of over 300 fans.
Blues head coach, Brandon Beck stated, "The game brought out a lot of character from our boys. They remained focused and disciplined defensively which led to our creating successful scoring drives to keep the game in our control. I am proud of the boys, but we have been to the semi final before and we want to do something better this year!" EFC Chiefs End A Great Run
The U17 Chiefs lost 4-3 to Lakegrove United last Saturday night in a hard fought quarterfinal match. Lake Grove is currently ranked among the top 5 teams nationally and the Chiefs began the match with an early 2-0 lead. Head Coach Jeff Fleischmann commented, "Our team was able to compete with one of the best teams in the nation Saturday and I am very proud of that. We had a great run, much further than last year, and it only shows how far we have come. We continue to get stronger each time we step on the pitch together and our focus is now on winning the Super Group of the upcoming regional tournament to earn our place in Nationals!"
A special congratulations to both teams. You have made the club proud and we look forward to your progress!
EFC Baltimore March Madness Recap
5 Eastern FC teams traveled to Baltimore last weekend for the Baltimore March Madness tournament. They competed against state and regional caliber competition and there were plenty of college coaches there watching our players!
The U16 Hotspur had an amazing weekend! They brought home the silver after scoring 10 goals in three matches and allowing no goals against. They lost in the final 1-0 conceding only one goal throughout the entire tournament. This is the teams first trophy that they bring to EFC trophy room and we are very proud of how quickly they were able to add to our shelves! Head coach, Jeff Fleischmann was very happy with his team, "It was a great time for our team to travel together, play against quality competition, and develop as a team. We had extreme class throughout the entire tournament and it was a completely positive weekend for all!"
In addition to this, the U17 Chiefs (2-1-0), U17 Samba (1-1-1), and U15 Revolution (2-1-0) were all semifinalists. The U18 Magic also attended and came in third place.
EFC Coaching Director, Beau Morki, said, "It was another very good weekend for our club at another college showcase. The phone was ringing all day Monday from college coaches asking about Eastern players from the tournament."
We would also like to thank all of our parents and families that traveled to the tournament. Your support is greatly appreciated.
NY Cup State Cup
In more weekend news, the U10 Warriors won the round of 16 in the NY Cup State Cup beating Albertson Academy 1-0. Head coach, Danny Rivas, was thrilled for his boys, "Our team played phenomenal! After only being together for one year, I continue to see progress each time we step on the pitch, and am extremely excited about the future."
Jefferson Cup a Successful Experience for EFC Teams
Last weekend, two of our teams, the U15 Lancers and U16 Blues, attended the Jefferson Cup in Richmond, Virginia. They were the only teams chosen out of Eastern New York to represent our state in this tournament, which is one of the strongest tournaments in the United States.
U16 Blues: Champions
The U16 Blues were crowned champions of the U16 group after competing against teams among the top 30 teams in the region and top 100 in the USA. In addition to this, they beat the state semi finalists and #5 team from Virginia and the #4 team in New Jersey.
Head Coach of the Blues, Brandon Beck, was thrilled with the success of his team. "The Jefferson Cup is a huge tournament and to win it speaks volumes about our club, our players, and our coaching staff! There were many college coaches at our games, the weather was beautiful, and it was fun for all. In addition to playing on the field, we had additional training sessions at the hotel, ate dinner as a team, went bowling together, played lazer tag, and truly grew closer as a team. This was our "pre-season" and the boys are only going to continue to grow more from such a rewarding experience!"
The U15 Lancers played against State Cup Champions from Ohio, Delaware and a semi-finalist from New Jersey. The competition was fierce, but the boys still competed through each match and ended the weekend beating the Delaware State Champions 2-1.
Head Coach and EFC President Ray Franklin was proud of the experience, "This was our second year at this tournament. The facilities are amazing, the sun was always shining, and the boys played against the best in the nation. I am proud of the way we ended the weekend and we are only going to continue to grow stronger in the future!"
Congratulations to you all. A special thanks to all of our families and players for their dedication and commitment all weekend. We look forward to your development! In addition to this, we wish a special good luck to our teams heading to Baltimore this weekend for the Baltimore March Madness Tournament. Good Luck Boys!
March 3-4th, 2012 Tournament Weekend Recap
All of our teams participated in a spring kick off tournament March 3-4 weekend. Our teams competed in either the Manhattan Spring Kick off classic or the Long Island Spring Showcase.
Overall, 8 out of our ten teams participating in a tournament earned first or second place. The U13 Reds and U10 Warriors led the club earning the gold medals in the Manhattan Tournament. Below are the rest of the results from the other teams who took their place on the podium at the tournament. Congratulations to you all! Results:
U10 Warriors: 1st Place, U13 Rush: 2nd Place,U14 Reds: 1st Place, U15 Revolution: 2nd Place, U15 Lancers 1st: Finalist: awaiting final to be rescheduled after tournament negligence, U16 Blues: Second Place, U17 Samba: 2nd Place, and U17 Chiefs: 2nd Place
Eastern FC Director of Coaching, Beau Morki, was enthusiastic about this progress. “At our club it is about development first. Last year, we did not have as many teams showing these kinds of results this early in the spring season. Our players and our teams are only going to grow stronger as the spring season begins. Our coaching staff deserves much credit for their excellent work with these teams and the spring season is only going to provide more time for our players to get onto the field to continue to develop together.”
This weekend, the inaugural National Premier League (NPL) season begins for many of our teams. The Northeast Regional Leagues are beginning for many of our Senior teams as well. We also wish the U15 Lancers and the U16 Blues luck as they head to Richmond, Virginia for the Jefferson Cup. This is one of the most competitive tournaments in the country and we are looking forward to a positive experience for both teams. Good luck and safe travels to you all!
WINTER Youth Development Program December 2011
Eastern FC joins forces with the New York Club Soccer League and becomes the latest addition to: US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Dec. 15, 2011) – US Club Soccer has announced that the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) has become the newest addition to the organization’s National Premier Leagues (NPL).
The NPL has been created to provide a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon fundamental principles outlined in US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision.
The NYCSL - NPL Division, which will include six age groups (U-12 through U-16 and U-18 boys), is the top tier of the NYCSL and is initially comprised of nine clubs in the Eastern New York area:
NY Elite FC
NY Hota Bavarian FC
World Class FC
Set to kick off in spring 2012, NYCSL - NPL Division teams will play a regular-season schedule with the age group winners advancing to the inaugural National Premier Leagues Champions Cupin July 2012.
“The New York Tri-State area has numerous competitive clubs that are developing players and the NPL is a great platform that will showcase these quality organizations,” said World Class FC Boys Director of Coaching Vincent Sileo. “One of our core missions is to develop our players to play at the highest level so that we can give them the opportunity to play on a national stage.”
Eastern FC Boys Director, Beau Morki, quoted, "The NYCSL is another positive step for Eastern FC. We are always striving for excellence and the complete development of our players over the long term. The NYCSL and the National Premier League will be another avenue for our elite players to continue to compete at the state, regional, and national levels. We are very excited about the opportunity!"
With the addition of the NYCSL NPL Division, the NPL now includes 12 leagues across the United States:
REMINDER: Eastern FC Announces 2011 Photo Day Details
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It is imperative that you son be at practice on this day for the team photo and dressed in the correct uniform color specified below.
Photo Day #1:
Monday, December 19th @ Mt. Vernon Sportsunderdome
U10 Warriors: 5:30-5:50pm
U12 Rovers: 5:55-6:15pm
U13 Rush: 6:20-6:40pm
U14 Fury: 6:45-7:05pm
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EFC Teams Shine at Massapequa
Another great weekend of quality football against the best in the northeast leaves Eastern FC with plenty to be proud about. The U17 Samba led the club taking home the Championship. The Samba played four games over the weekend, winning all of them, scoring 7 goals, and only allowing one goal after shutting out three of their four opponents. In the Finals, they won in penalty kicks 4-2 taking home another trophy for the club. EFC Head Coach, Beau Morki, commented on the Samba's performance in their first tournament of the season, "I am very proud of the boys, they all worked hard and played with a lot of heart. It is a nice way to begin the year with essentially a brand new team. There is still a lot of work to be done and the future is bright!"
In addition to the Samba's success, the U16 Blues won their group and advanced to the semi finals where they lost on penalty kicks 5-4 after a scoreless match. The Blues allowed only one goal throughout their three matches playing in the Super Group and the team they lost to went on to win in the finals. EFC Blues Head coach, Brandon Beck, commented "It was an excellent tournament for us. We played against the best in the Northeast and we were unbeatable. It's always unfortunate to lose in penalty kicks, but it only shows that luck was not on our side today. We were the only team from Westchester in the U16 Super Group to make it to the semi finals, so that speaks volumes about our team as well as our club. I am proud of the boys, they handled themselves with class, and continue to improve each time they step on the pitch."
The rest of the club also performed well in their first tournament of the EFC season. The U15 Lancers came in second place in their group which did not allow them to advance to semi finals of the Super Group division. The U15 Revolution came in second place in their group as well. The U16 Hotspurplayed in their first tournament of their career and came in third place in their group winning their first match of many in the future. The U17 Chiefs tied for first place in their group and did not advance due to tie breaker. The U18 Magic came in fourth place in their group.
A special thanks to the whole Eastern Family! All of our managers, parents and fans that traveled back and forth to Massapequa to fight the cold, traffic, and numerous hours of planning! It is greatly appreciated by all and our club and players thank you! Congratulations to you all!
Eastern FC Premier Coach, Edinson DeLeon and his family created the non-profit organization Brindar Alegria (Giving Happiness) over 11 years ago. Since then they have continued to partner with Eastern FC to provide various donations to the people of Colombia. Last year, our canned food and clothing drive was a tremendous success and we plan to continue again this year!
Giving Happiness 2012
We are asking the Eastern Family for donations of summer clothes and/or soccer equipment. In addition to this, five dollar donations can be made in order to cover the cost of shipping the items to Colombia. These items can be brought on Monday nights to the Dome and given directly to Edinson.
We look forward to continuing to provide happiness during the holiday season!
For more information about Brindar Alegria, please visit:
Eastern FC U17 Chiefs Crowned Champions of MSSL Winter College Showcase
On November 25/26 weekend, the U17 Chiefs began their first tournament of the season capturing the championship crown at the 2011 MSSL College Showcase. They won the final 1-0 against Lehigh Valley United from Pennsylvania. Team manager Joe Lockwood commented, "The boys were all terrific on and off the field. All of the parents were extremely proud of the way the boys worked together to get the championship trophy."
Head coach, Jeff Fleischmann added, "The boys played their hearts out, bonded well, and enjoyed success. Although the games were close at times, I believe we were the better team in all matches, and the results were justified! Many college coaches inquired about our players, and this is great to have happen in only our first tournament together this season!"
It was a great way to kick off their season and we look forward seeing them bring home more hardware for the club this year! Congratulations Boys! Good luck in Massapequa.
Congratulations to our New York -All Section- Players!
On Tuesday, November 22nd, the Section 1 Boys Soccer Recognition dinner was held which honored numerous Eastern FC players. These players received either All Section or All Section Honorable Mention nominations. These players were selected by the coaches as the best players in their High School soccer leagues. There were only 5-8 awards given out to each league. These players were selected to represent the entire section of over 1400 players. Below are the players from Eastern FC that we would like to extend a congratulations to.
All Section Honorable Mention
Joseph Iraola, Mahopac HS, EFC Chiefs
Jack Aherne, Bronxville HS, EFC Magic
Daniel Greenberg, Briarcliff HS, EFC Chiefs
Paul Addeo, Croton Harmon HS, EFC Magic
Ryan Clarke, Croton Harmon HS, EFC Blues
On December 3-4 our Senior Boys teams will be attending the Massapequa College Showcase. It is important that all players (Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors) reach out to 3-5 college coaches attending via email prior to attending the tournament. Please introduce yourself to them, explain your interest, tell them the EFC team you play for and position you play. In addition to this, please send them your EFC player profile. (which can be downloaded from the documents section of our website: www.easternfootballclub.com
Once the schedule is released, please follow up with the coaches to provide them with your game schedule. For each showcase you attend, you should contact 3-5 college coaches. By the end of the season, you should have contacted 20-25 college coaches. Keep them updated with your season as it progresses and send them the list of all of your upcoming EFC tournaments. Continue to promote yourself! Let your coaches know if you have any questions. It is the mission of our staff to continue to keep a high percentage of our players becoming scholar athletes in the future.
The 2010-2011 Season at EFC was quite a success for our players, coaching staff, and the entire Eastern family! The Fall season brought us some new coaches, updated club management, and several new teams. In addition to this we also took our first trip to Barcelona, Spain where players had the opportunity to train with the FC Barcelona Academy coaches as well as compete against some of the strongest international competition in the world!
As always, we pride ourselves on the development as well as the numerous championships earned at our club during the year. The list is long, but championships at the local, state, regional and NATIONAL level were all brought our club. Three teams won the New York State President's Premier League (U15 Blues, U16 Chiefs, U17 Magic), for a second consecutive year three teams won the US Club Regional Championship (U13 Reds, U14 Revolution, U17 Magic), two teams advanced to the semi-finals of New York State Cup (U14 Lancers, U15 Blues), one team won the entire Northeast Premier Regional League (U14 Lancers) by going completely unbeaten, three teams attended the US Club National tournament in Boise, Idaho after winning the regional championship, and these are only a few of the numerous championships. For more specific team information, visit the individual team pages.
We are excited to begin a new season and it is going to be an unbelieveable year for the entire Eastern family!!! We look forward to raising the expectations even higher in 2011-2012!
October 2011 2011-2012 Eastern Parent’s Association (EPA)
It has always been part of our mission at Eastern FC to develop a group of parent volunteers that are interested in contributing to the organization and development of extrinsic club functions. The Eastern Parent Association (EPA) will consist of parent volunteers that will work together to provide ideas and club feedback, coordinate and organize the 2011 Eastern foundation dinner benefit, and develop various ways to continue to promote a family environment within the club.
This is a new group that will be formed at Eastern FC that will work hand in hand with our Eastern FC Board of Directors to continue to provide excellence both on and off the field. The commitment will consist of attending several meetings throughout the year to develop and organize various projects focused on promoting events that serve to provide quality soccer experiences to both our Eastern FC players and families throughout the year.
If interested, please contact: Beau Morki,
as soon as possible. More details to follow on our first meeting will be announced on our website and all interested members will be informed via email.
Thanks in advance for your contribution!
We look forward to working with you to continue to provide a quality experience to all!
SEPTEMBER 2011 4 out of 6 EFC teams brought home the HBC Labor Day Tournament Cup! It was a tremendous start to the 2011-2012 season at Eastern. Although Hurricane Irene did her best to complicate our practice schedule, our teams were still able to put on a quality performance after only having one pre-season practice. The U15 Revolution, U13 Rush, and U12 Rovers all brought home the gold medal for the club, while the U10 Warriors secured a second place finish.
"It has been several years since our club has had such a tremendous start. It only shows the tremendous potential that these players have and it is only going to get better as they begin training with our highly qualified coaching staff!" stated EFC Founder and President, Ray Franklin. "Our staff has worked tremendously hard over the years to ensure the best quality of football is provided in our club. This beginning shows that the future is very bright at Eastern FC and we are very proud to continue to provide these memorable experiences to our young players"
Congratulations to you all!
Friday, July 29th: An Update from Idaho! Boise, Idaho: All landed safely ready to play. The weather was extremely hot, the pitches are beautiful and we walked away with a positive performance. The U14 Revolution won, the U17 Magic tied, and the U13 Reds lost. More games in the next days, check back for an update.
Saturday, July 30th: Another hot day in potato country. The competition was fierce and our teams continued to hang on with chances at the championship title. Magic lost, Revs tied after being down 2-0, and the Reds won.
Sunday, July 31st: Reds and Revs tied today. Both ended up in third. The Magic tied. Overall, it was a tremendous learning experience and a great opportunity for the boys. The boys spent their last days white water rafting, shopping, and sightseeing. You all represented the club well and showed that we are as strong as the best in the nation. Congratulations.
Three Eastern FC Teams will head to Boise, Idaho at the end of July to compete in the US Club National Tournament. After winning the US Club Regional Tournament, these teams have earned a trip to play the best in the USA. The U13 Reds, U14 Revolution, and U17 Magic have been training through the summer to prepare for the Nationals Experience. This is the second year in a row that Eastern FC has sent THREE teams to the National Tournament. We look forward to their trip and return here to see more updates. Good luck boys!