News and Announcements
The Liga de Yonkers completed its 2017 season this past Sunday. This year the league was extremely competitive. Deportivo Toluca and Monarcas just couldn’t get on track this year but the other 6 teams were fighting for final position for the last 3 weeks. The top 4 places could have changed easily with some close games going the other way.
The final standings are as follows:
TEAM Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals Goals Goal Place
Played Scored Against Difference
Real Honduras 14 9 3 2 29 47 26 21 1st
C.D. Alianza 14 8 3 3 27 40 18 22 2nd
NY El Salvador 14 8 4 2 26 39 17 22 3rd
Atlas 14 6 4 4 22 35 26 9 4th
C.D. Juventus 14 6 5 3 21 25 27 -2 5th
NYC FC 14 5 5 4 19 26 26 0 6th
Deportivo Toluca 14 2 7 5 11 22 43 -21 7th
Monarcas 14 0 13 1 1 9 60 -51 8th
The playoffs start this week. Every team makes the playoffs and with the closeness of the standings some higher seeds may not be the last club standing. Playoffs continue for three weeks with the Consolation Game and Championship Game scheduled for September 17th.
The playoff schedule is below. Come out and catch some great soccer!!!
September 3, 2017
11:00am Atlas vs Juventus
12:30PM NY El Salvador vs NYC FC
2:00PM CD Alianza vs Deportivo Toluca
3:30PM Real Honduras vs Monarcas
September 10, 2017
11:00am 2nd seed remaining vs 3rd seed remaining
1:00PM Highest Seed remaining vs Lowest seed remaining
September 17, 2017
11:00am Consolation Game vs Consolation Game
1:00PM Championship vs Game
Great, great games this week!
In the first game NYC FC got on the winning track with a 3-2 win over Deportiva Toluca. Just a great game from start to finish. NYC FC chalk up their first win of the season while Toluca who played to a 1-1 tie last week added a lose. Game 2 saw favorite NY El Salvador squeak out a win against Real Honduras 2-1. Real Honduras is one of the new clubs and tied last week but proved to be competitive against a strong NY El Salvador team. Game 3 saw CD Alianza easily winning over Monarcas 4-0. The game got a little heated and red cards were given to simmer things down. ALianza is going to be tough to beat and Monarcas needs to regroup and play smart soccer. The last game was probably the best soccer played during the day seeing Juventus narrowly get by Atlas 2-1. Both teams have strengthen their rosters this year and will be in the hunt for the top spots in the division.
Next week the teams have the day off to honor our veterans for Memorial Day. Action resumes June 4th
May 21, 2017
11:00am NYFC 3 vs Deportivo Toluca 2
12:30PM Real Honduras 1 vs NY El Salvador 2
2:00PM Monarcas 0 vs Alianza 4
3:30PM Atlas 1 vs Juventus 2
Liga de Yonkers kicked off the 2017 season on May 14th. In the first game C.D. Alianza defeated a strong Atlas team 3-1. C.D. Alianza is one of the early favorites to compete for the top spot and played a well balanced game. Atlas had its opportunities but simply could not make the big play but proved they are should not be taken for granted. Juventus defeated Monarcas also by a score of 3-1. Another game with multiple opportunities for each team to score with Juventus taking advantage of mistakes. Monarcas has added some good players to their rosters and just needs a little more playing time together. The third game saw NY El Salvador tie NYC FC 1-1. Defense was the name of this game with each team pressing the other and limiting scoring opportunities. NY El Salvador was last years runner-up but NYC FC made some changes to their roster this year and showed they are ready to take on the world. The last game saw this year’s 2 new teams, Real Honduras and Deportivio Toluca play to a 2-2 tie. Action was fierce and the adrenaline was flowing. All the teams proved they are ready for an exciting and fun season.
Liga de Yonkers opens its 2017 season on Sunday May 14th. As always the games are played at Pelton Field on McLean Avenue in Yonkers. This is the 11th season for Liga de Yonkers and we have 8 teams participating. 1. Atlas 2. CD. Alianze 3. Toluca 4. NYC FC 5. Juventus 6. Monarcas 7. Real Honduras and 8. NY El Salvador. NY El Salvador and CD Alianza are the strongest teams returning from last year but late runs from Atlas, NYC FC, Monarcas and Juventus made things interesting and caused some last minute seed changes for the 2016 playoffs. These teams have strengthen their rosters and are contenders for the top spots. Two new teams, Toluca and Real Honduras have shown great promise during our pre-game “Friendly Games” and will surprise everyone with their defense and scoring power.
The schedule will be a double round robin so each team plays 14 games. All eight teams will advance to a single elimination playoff round starting in August.
The leagues top 4 teams will represent Liga de Yonkers in the Eastern Division Soccer League Tournament of Championship Cup in June. In this tournament 16 teams from the various Eastern District Soccer League divisions will play for some substantial prize money and the bragging rights to say they were the best of the best in 2017.
Everything starts this Sunday at Pelton at 11:00am. Come down and watch some fast, exciting local soccer.
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.