"Congratulations to Brian Fitzpatrick on winning 2014-2015 coach of the year. Brian has showed excellence in the form of implementing the On Field Brand with his Boys U11 Red team. His side line conduct has been extremely professional and positive. Brian has shown the ability to coach, motivate and be a great role model to his players. As the club develops and progresses on the field we promote the excellence coaches. Congrats Brian Fitzpatrick and job well done!"
Isabel is a member of the U10 Girls White Team. She is the only girl at the club that plays on a regular basis with the U10 boys team, including travelling as a guest player to Disney. She trains with the boys twice a week in addition to her current U10 girls and is a constant member of the Center of Excellence Team.
Coach Antonio Torres noted:
“She is highly regarded on her own team. The center of attack runs through her. She is an exceptional listener and she's definitely one of the hardest players on the team - she does not miss practice for anything. If she does she gets upset.
On the personal side she's always with a ball at her feet. When there's no practice she goes to her sisters practices or she's in her yard juggling the ball. At the age of 10 she can juggle the ball 167 times. If you see her at Kennedy Park you will probably see her juggling. She watches soccer on TV and she can name you ten of the top forwards in the world. She's a Manchester United Fan and there is no better team for her.
She represents everything that Phil Diffley did. Her love of the game is like no other.”
For the second consecutive season, the Girls U10 White team have placed 1st in the Northern Counties Soccer Association (NCSA) "A" division. The team, led by Antonio Torres, were also undefeated in the group stage round of the New York State Cup tournament. They look forward to opening the Spring season at the Manhattan Kickoff tournament and competing in the NCSA U11 bracket.
The GU8 White team coached by Danny and Daniel Samimi have just completed a fall campaign that will not be soon forgotten. The girls finished the season with some staggering statistics as they completed their NCSA Fall schedule on Sunday night in Orangeburg.
There were high hopes for this team early on. As many other travel teams recuperated from the long spring, Coach Samimi held practice for his newly formed squad throughout the summer. The coaches were rewarded with early results when the girls won the first tournament they were entered in. Playing up an age group at U9, the CSC White team ran through the division in 4 games to take the title at the Yorktown Labor Day Tournament. The White team defense gave up 0 goals on the day and scored 15 with a well balanced team effort and a solid shut-down defense.
Over the following 3 months the girls played in the Northern Counties Soccer Association top division A-flight, and they dominated their competition. Over the 10 game season the team went undefeated, with a scoring differential of 52 goals!
The coaches quickly realized they needed a bigger challenge for the White team. For the first time ever “The Brooklyn Italians Columbus Day Tournament” accepted a girl team entry into the competition. Although the ladies walked away without a win, their heads were held high as they narrowly lost 4-3 against the top team in their flight.
The girls are currently playing up an age group in the GU9 silver flight of NYCSL NY Cup. The team completed the group stage without a loss, scoring 12 goals and surrendering only 1!
The team resumes training next week as they move indoors for the winter season. The U8 White team will participate in multiple tournaments over the coming months including a trip to Florida to compete in the U9 age group again at the ESPN Disney Cup!
DOC Kevin Grogan meets with Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson
For Director of Coaching Kevin Grogan every school holiday from the age of 12 was spent at Manchester United. Seeing Alex Ferguson huffing and puffing down the corridors at The Cliff became as normal to Grogan as a schoolboy cowering at the sight of a totemic headmaster. He progressed to be part of the Ireland under-16 squad which won the European Championships in 1998.