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The Eastern District Soccer League held its Annual Championship Dinner on Saturday, October 24th at the Yonkers Ukrainian Club in Yonkers NY. Once again the dinner drew a packed house with each of the EDSL Divisions sending their champions to receive their awards and the recognition they so justly deserve. The Eastern New York State Soccer Association, East Hudson Referee Association and Eastern New York State Executive Board were also in attendance to commend the Eastern District Soccer League and its champions for another outstanding season.
The Annual dinner dance is not just presented to honor its champions but also to promote comradery between the EDSL Divisions. It is a time to put the heated battle of the game aside and enjoy the company of its outstanding competitors and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
This years dinner also recognized two outstanding individuals who have taken their love of soccer to the next level and worked feverishly to promote fair play and sportsmanship. The first award, presented by ENY SRA Enrico Romano and EDSL President Peter Pinori, went to James Bowne “Soccer Official Extraordinaire” for his “passion for the game and work ethic to provide a fair and just environment has left a tremendous positive impact on players and coaches alike.”
The second award was given to Mario Corrado the manager of the O30 Somers Soccer club and presented by John Palumbo and Peter Pinori. The award was given “in recognition of your 20 years of service and dedication to the Eastern District Soccer League “Over 30” league.”
Of course the main reason for our dinner is to recognize our Champions. Awards and recognition was given to:
O40 A division the Germania club of La Grange was the winner
O40 B division Hudson Legends won and was promoted to the A division for this year
Winners cups where presented by the O40 Chairwoman Lori Brangelmann
O30 Division winner was Czechoslovakia and O30 Chairman John Palumbo presented their trophy which was followed by Peter Pinori who presented the Czechoslovakia team with the ENY State O30 Marth Cup. This is the 2nd ENY State cup won by Czechoslovakia who last year won the ENY Open Flamhaft cup when they where playing in the Open Division.
Mount Kisco division winners where presented Chairman Galo Trujillo who gave Kisco International and Mundo Latino their cups for winning the regular season and the playoff. Galo also presented 3 individual trophies for best goalie, highest scorer and most disciplined player.
Port Chester Chairman Cesar Aliaga than presented the winners of his division playoff finalist Mictlan and over all Champion Westchester CF who also won $1500 prize winnings. Peter Pinori than proceeded to present Westchester CF president Mr. Javier Chaparro the Steve Howansky Open Division cup, individual EDSL player medals and a check for $1,200 for Westchester CF on becoming a finalist on the EDSL Champions cup.
August Cambria chairman of the Liga De Yonkers division came next and presented Honduras their trophy for becoming a finalist and Sport Peru for being the Champion.
Peter Pinori than presented the Open Primo team from Pine Island Orange County NY the ENY Open Flamhaft Cup.
The last trophies of the evening was given to South Stars who did win $1,000 prize, and a trophy for winning the Open division Play Off, South Stars also won $2,500 prize monies, trophy and individual EDSL players medals for winning the premiere tournament the $5,000 EDSL CHAMPIONS CUP
The Champions Dinner was a huge success and teams are looking forward to another successful and exciting season and defending their crown.
The Final Four teams for the Open Division Championship have been set for this coming Sunday, May 15th. Tibbets Field #2 will be the setting for Yonkers Ukranians vs. Yorktown at 6pm. The second semifinal matchup will see Germania playing host to Cabo Verde at 11 am Sunday morning in Poughkeepsie. These matches should be extremely competitive, so if your looking for some live soccer in the Hudson Valley, come on out and support your local EDSL teams! Good luck to all four teams!
Around the Division: Fishkill squeak by Mahopac 1-0, FC Putnam defeat Somers 4-1, and East Fishkill narrowly defeat LaGrange 2-1.
This past Sunday (August 2nd) the weather was hot and games were even hotter. In the first game Monarcas, who is still looking for its first win, has a 3-1 lead after the first half of action but couldn’t hold on. The heat took it’s toll and with no substitues on the bench El Carmen scored 5 times to pull out the win 5-3. Monarcas has been playing really good soccer the past coupleof weeks and everyone know a “W” is in their near future.
In the second game NY El Salvador held on to win 2-1 against San Lorenzo. Both teams have been playing well and this close match had plenty of excitement for all.
Puma and CD Alianza came to play with the defense dominating play. The teams played to a 1-1 tie which was good enough to Keep CD Alianza in the overall second slot.
CD Juventus came to play and knocked off a tough Honduras team 3-0. Not sure if Honduras took Juventus too lightly but the loss drops Honduras in the standings.
Sport Peru, who has been the team to beat, defeated a real good ATlas team 2-0. Sport Peru continues to hold the top spot in the leaders board for 8 weeks now.
The top eight teams will advance to a Playoff round and right now 9 out of the 10 teams are still in a hunt for a spot. A couple of wins could jump the eighth placed team into a top four contender. With two thirds of the season over every game is an important game.
Check out all the play Sundays at Pelton Field in Yonkers.
After taking a week off for Mother’s Day, Liga de Yonkers got back into the swing with 5 games.
In the first match El Carmen handed Atlas their first loss of the season by defeating them 4-2. It was an exciting game and El Carmen just seemed to wear down Atlas in the end.
San Lorenzo had only scored 1 goal in its two previous games, but took out the big guns and scored 7 goals against Monarcas. Monarcas still has some open spots on their roster and plan to add some scorers, but today San Lorenzo was just too much for them.
NY El Salvador had not scored a goal this season, but had a 0-1-1 record. They got their first win defeating CD Alianza 3-0. Both teams have excellent players and will be teams to watch in the future.
Game 4 saw Honduras defeat Puma 5-2. Honduras has a strong team and will be representing EDSL in the State Cup final and was simply too good for Puma this Sunday. But Puma has an explosive team and needs to be taken seriously.
The final game saw Sport Peru defeat Juventus 5-0. Sport Peru now sits at the top of the leader board with 7 points in 3 games. They have a fast team with aggressive strikers and is always pushing the action. Juventus can’t be taken lightly. In the 3 games they have played they have shown that they come to play and never back down.
Liga de Yonkers is taking Memorial Day off and want to thank all the men and women in the armed forces for their service and to thank those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country.