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Steve Howansky EDSL 2017 Cup has a Winner...

Posted by Open-EDSL at Jun 20, 2017 6:32AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

June 18, 2017 at Pelton Field Yonkers NY (by Peter Pinori)

Black Eagles won the Steve Howansky EDSL Cup final today by defeating Oranje 1777 by the score of 3-0.
Black Eagles scored in the 6th minute of the first half when they received a PK for a foul in the Penalty area which the Oranje player being the last man received a straight Red card.
Oranje even though were playing a man short for over 85 minutes did have many opportunities to score and hit the cross bar on 2 separate occasions.
Both team goalies made many saves keeping their team in the game.

Congratulation to our new team Oranje on making 2 separate finals (Playoff and Steve Howansky Open Cup) and by coming in 2nd at our regular championship season.
I believe that if the team could have counted on a roster of 14 players ready to play in each game for sure they would have won one or our competitions.
Coach/Manager Afrin Lajqi proudly responded " I would like to thank you(Peter) and the Eastern District League for allowing us to put our team in this state league. We look forward to playing again this upcoming September. It was a up and down battle but it was lots of fun. In the last five games we only lost one game. I think it’s a great accomplishment for our first season. When we field a full squad I think it’s very promising but it’s always who shows up on Sunday’s". “Thank you so much”

CONGRATULATIONS to our new team Black Eagles on winning the EDSL Open Steve Howansky 2017 Cup.


Posted by Cesar Aliaga at Jun 13, 2017 7:34AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

June 11, 2017 at Tibbets Field #3 Yonkers NY
Yonkers Ukrainians are the EDSL Open Champions for the year 2017.
The Ukrainians defeated Oranje 1777 this Sunday by the score of 5-0.
Oranje did start the game with 9 players and was down 2-0 before 2
additional players came in.

This is the second consecutive year that Yonkers Ukrainians won both the
regular championship and the EDSL Open playoffs.
Congratulation to Coach Zenick and Manager Mark Howansky on a terrific
soccer year!

By Peter Pinori

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Posted by Cesar Aliaga at May 22, 2017 1:18PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

May 20, 2017
Oranje 1777 4 vs 1 Black Eagles
May 21, 2017
02:00 pm Yonkers Ukrainians 3 vs 2 Ossining Portuguese Tibbets Park.
Today we had 2 Playoff semifinals. Ossining Portuguese went ahead twice at 1 – 0 then 2-1 Yonkers Ukrainians tied the game both times and scored the winning goal right at the end of regulation time. Ossining Portuguese also had to play with 10 players since one players was ejected in the second half.

03:00p.m. Oranje 1777 4 vs 2 Cabo Verde Highland Falls.
Cabo Verde did travel to Highland NY and lost vs a very strong Oranje by the score of 2-4 .

June 11, 2017
12:00p.m. Yonkers Ukranians vs Oranje 1777 Tibbets Park #3

The final for the EDSL playoff is now scheduled for June 11, 12pm at Tibbets park #3 in Yonkers. #1 Seed Yonkers Ukrainians will face the 2nd seed Oranje 1777 for the EDSL Playoff Cup and the $1,000 prize Money.

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Posted by Cesar Aliaga at May 15, 2017 9:21AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

5-14-17 Kelmendy vs Ossining Portuguese
Today 5/14/17 at Pelton field in Yonkers 6th seeded Ossining Portuguese beat 3rd seeded Kelmendi by the score of 4-1.
All goals came in the second half and after an Ossining player was shown a red card which also resulted in a PK for Kelmendi.
Ossining Portuguese Goalie and MVP of the game not only saved the penalty kick but also the rebound.
The Ossining Goalie made save after save and kept the 10 men Ossining Portuguese in the game.
Ossining took the lead and while Kelmendi was trying to tie the game on the counter attack Ossining scored 3 more times.
5-14-17 Oranje vs Black Eagles
The game Oranje vs Black Eagles was not played today due to the heavy rain the field is a grass field and is not playable. This game will be made up on Saturday May 20th at 3pm at the same park Mary Nardone park in Highland falls NY.
5-14-17 other results
Ukranians 3 Westchesster Cf 0
Cabo Verde 3 Germania 0
Games next week Sunday May 21st will be determined by the result of the game on Saturday.
These are the possibilities
Semifinal #1 –
Yonkers Ukrainians will play at Tibbets Field #3 with either Ossining Portuguese or Black Eagles
Semifinal #2 –
Oranje will play Cabo Verde in Highland Falls or Cabo Verde will play Ossining Portuguese at 9am at Pelton park


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, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.