McGuire Cup champion Massapequa Arsenal at Region 1 Championships in West Virginia
By Arthena Sherwood, Communications Associate, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
January 7, 2015–From National Champions to National Pros, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) had a year full of achievements. Check out the top 5 moments of 2015:
5. Two teams from Eastern New York qualify for Nationals
The Eastern New York 1999 Boys and 2000 Girls ODP teams were both victorious at the regional tournament on June 21. Both the 1999 Boys and 2000 Girls teams went 5-0-0 at the Region 1 tournament in Kirkwoord, Delaware. The 1999 Boys team is coached by Ralph Pascarella, assisted by Graham Radcliffe, while the 2000 Girls squad is coached by Jaime Gonzalez, Brooke DeRosa and Gary Book. Both teams will be playing at the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships in Phoenix, Arizona on February 26.
4. Eastern New York ODP Alumnus Jimmy Milligan Playing Midfield For the New York Cosmos
Former LIJSL player and now Cosmos midfielder Jimmy Milligan met with the many Cosmos fans and signed autographs for them at the Roosevelt Field shopping mall on April 15. During this time, Jimmy caught up with us and shared what he loves most about playing pro and playing with ENYYSA. Only a few months later, Jimmy went on to win the NASL Championships with his team, the NY Cosmos.
3. Eastern New York Gives $1 Back For Every Registered Soccer Player
On August 1 during the AGM in Nanuet, NY, the Eastern New York Executive Board announced that they will be giving $1 back for every registered soccer player. Leagues will be able to use the money as they see fit for the benefit of their players. “This rebate further demonstrates the commitment of our Eastern New York state association to its member leagues,” commented LIJSL President Anthony Maresco. This was a momentous moment for Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.
2. Crystal Dunn Wows the Terryville Breakers at a Training Session
2015 has been quite the year for Crystal Dunn. This Eastern New York Alumni has been dubbed the Most Valuable Player of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and been selected to play on the US Women’s National Team in one year. Crystal has played alongside fan favorites like Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, so there is no surprise by the level of excitement during her training session with the Terryville Breakers on November 2. After the training session, Crystal held a Q&A giving the girls advice on how to stay focused and become successful in soccer and beyond. Crystal’s role as an inspiration to the young female athletes of Eastern New York has gained a place on the list.
1. Massapequa Arsenal win US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
Massapequa Arsenal took home the gold on July 25 after winning the US Youth National Championships. The prestigious Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup has not been won by a team from Eastern New York since 1959. This was the first time in 56 years since an Eastern New York team has won the Cup. Making Eastern New York history, Massapequa Arsenal is more than worthy of the number one spot.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.