By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
May 30, 2018-South Bronx United 99/00, who never won a league title, saved the best for last in their final year of youth soccer as they took the Boys-Under-19 Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) title this spring. They went undefeated with five wins and one tie, scoring 16 goals and giving up only 3.
Another championship might be coming as South Bronx United is currently at the top of the standings of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL).
“I’ve been with most of the team for several years now and their growth as players was the key factor in our success in the ENYPL this season,” explained coach George Nantwi. “As a coach, I pride myself on seeing improvement in my players because if they all improve individually so does the collective.”
The ENYPL is the oldest continuous Premier League in the United States and is playing in its 18th year in 2018. Under the direction of ENYPL Chairperson Andreas Touros, teams from eight member leagues from all over the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) formed the ENYPL for the 2018 Spring Season.
Coach Nantwi added, “The boys also had showed a lot of mental toughness as they never lose focus, nor panic when the game is not going their way. Eventually, they find a way to get the job done. We finished second at the City Showcase tournament last year and in the CJSL several years ago. Those setbacks also served as a catalyst and provided the hunger for the success they’re having this year.”
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 Children With Special Needs. 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.