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Over 30 division champions was present to received their award at the Champions Night Held at Yonkers Ukrainians Youth Center on October 27, 2017.
The EDSL Dinner Dance Party held at Ukrainian Youth Center in Yonkers on October 27, 2017 attracted an attendance of more than 200 people. Champions Awards were handed in to all Champions from all the divisions, Open EDSL, Port Chester, Liga de Yonkers, Mount Kisco, Over 30 and Over 40; topped with the Winners of the State Cup and Champions Cup.
Good music, wine and beer accompany the delicious appetizers and food served.
CONGRATUATIONS TO ALL..!
Germania advances 3-1 over defending State Champs Shamrock
Germania advanced this past Sunday to the finals of the O-30 Marth Cup for the first time since back to back titles in 2011-12. The Visitors got on the board first but were quickly answered by Germania’s Conor Lander off a beautiful strike from distance into the upper 90 less than 5 minutes later. An even and entertaining first half saw the teams deadlocked at 1 goal apiece. After the half-time whistle Germania carried most of the play until a counter attack led to a Shamrock penalty. Germania GK Pat Brown however made an outstanding dive to his left and saved a well struck PK from Shamrocks leading scorer. After the huge momentum swing Germania’s Kyle Flynn found the back of the net off a well struck corner from Captain Matt Viggiano. Minutes later Germania would add to their lead off some good build up play that saw Rob Esposito make a tidy finish. The defending champs responded with a mighty push back as the close neared with several corners in the last 10 minutes of play. Germania’s defense proved resolute and the game ended 3-1. Germania will face the winner of NYGA and NY Polet in the final June 4th.
Appearing: Standing Keith Detelj, Connor Lander, Adam Rosen, Keith Fowler, Kyle Flynn, Rob Esposito. KneelingJulian Austin, Pat Brown,, Coach Matt Viggiano, John Palumbo, Will Bussert, Dimitri Markou.
Picture is a courtesy of John Palumbo
THIS WEEK AT OVER 30
There was ONLY one game played during our second half of the season opener.
A very exiting game of soccer was played especially in the first half where both teams were evenly matched!
“As reported to me by Gabe Tricarico, LaGrange team’s coach/manager” said League Chairman John Palumbo
Second half with a slight edge for Germania where they won the game
LaGrange 2 Germania 3
“Exciting opener for both teams. We showed some great resolve after going down a goal with 10 minutes to play.
Scored 2 in the last 6 minutes to come out victorious” said Coach Matt Viggiano from Germania
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
May 6, 2016-The soccer community is mourning the loss of the legendary Rocco Amoroso, who was a US Soccer Life Member and inducted into the Hall of Fame of both the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and Eastern New York for his many decades of volunteering. Rocco also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nassau County Sports Commission in 1998, which is interesting as he lived and worked just over the county border in neighboring Suffolk County.
The LIJSL’s Sportsmanship Program was the brainchild of Rocco in 1980 and is the first program of its kind––not just in the world of youth soccer, but in youth sports. Rocco, a Melville woodworker, had become concerned when he saw a lack of civility on the playing fields. As the LIJSL grew, there was a movement within the league to remain focused on its mission to develop mature teenagers and responsible citizens through the lessons of teamwork and Fair Play. The goal was to Build Character Through Soccer, a sentiment that comes from the Sportsmanship Program and continues to be the league’s slogan and mission statement to this day. With this in mind, Rocco wrote the guidelines, secured initial sponsorship of the program with the Sports Billy organization and tirelessly promoted the program. He stressed the important role that sportsmanship plays in the development of players. The LIJSL Sportsmanship Award is given each season to a team in every division.
In 1982 and 1983, the LIJSL sent the guidelines of their Sportsmanship Program to every youth soccer association in the United States so it spread well beyond the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). Many of these groups adopted the same guidelines and Rocco promoted sportsmanship at their invitation in Connecticut, Maryland, Kentucky and Washington State. AYSO adopted the guidelines after Rocco gave a presentation to AYSO in Buffalo three decades ago.
In 1983, Congressman Thomas Downey entered the name of the Long Island Junior Soccer League into the Congressional Record, mentioning the program’s slogan of Building Character Through Soccer. In addition, the principles of the program have also been incorporated by leagues in Ireland and China.
The US Youth Soccer Association handed out the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Trophy during the Girls-Under-19 national finals to the individual who was the best example of Fair Play during the finals. The Amoroso Sportsmanship Trophy was handed out in 1983 in Boston, 1984 in Dallas and 1985 in Seattle. The Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Cup is given annually to men’s and women’s teams in Eastern New York. And New York Men’s-Over-40 teams compete annually for the Rocco Amoroso Cup.
Rocco’s emphasis on sportsmanship changed the fabric of youth soccer in New York, throughout the United States and indeed in other parts of the globe, for the good of the game and the development of the character of its players. An enthusiastic public speaker, Rocco gave speeches on sportsmanship throughout Eastern New York at the meetings of the diverse youth and senior leagues, including annually at the Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association AGM. Rocco paid for signs which line the touchlines of local soccer fields that say: Fair Play, Please.
Exactly a month before his passing, I had penned this appreciation of Rocco’s life which appeared in Soccer America:
Services will be this Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm both days at the M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, NY 11746. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, May 9 at 9:30 am at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 175 Wolf Hill Road in Melville.
May our dear friend who gave so much to soccer rest in peace.
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.