By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
November 18, 2022-Five players from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) will be living the dream when they represent the USA at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
22-year-old forward Tim Weah plays in France’s Ligue 1 for Lille. Tim grew up in Rosedale, tucked into the southeast corner of Queens, playing for the Rosedale Rockets Soccer Club of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) plus Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) club B/W Gottschee.
Giovanni Reyna, a 20-year-old forward from Bedford, plays for Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga. He cut his teeth on Westchester soccer fields playing for the New York Soccer Club (NYSC).
Tyler Adams, a 23-year-old midfielder, plays in the English Premier League for Leeds United. The Wappingers Falls resident grew up playing for the Poughkeepsie Heat of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL).
Lake Grove’s Joe Scally is a 19-year-old defender for Borussia Mönchengladbach of the Bundesliga. Joe played for LIJSL teams Sachem Starburst, Sachem Falcons, Sachem Lynxes, Sachem Destroyers and the Mastic Destroyers. He also competed for the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program (ODP). Joe’s mother, the former Margaret Peragine, also made news as a teenager as she played on the LIJSL’s Sachem Tomahawks, who won the 1987 Patricia Louise Masotto Cup as Girls-Under-16 national champions.
Matt Turner might be from Park Ridge, New Jersey but he crossed the state line to play for Clarkstown 1994 of the Eastern New York Premier League. The 28-year-old goalkeeper makes saves for Arsenal in the English Premier League.
Congratulations to all the players representing their countries in the World Cup! The red, white and blue open group play against Wales on November 21, take on England on November 25 and then Iran on November 29.