December 2016: Issue
Happy New Years from us all at Eastern!
We wanted to take a moment to wish a very special Happy New Years to you all! 2017 is going to be a great year for the Eastern Family. For our players, what is your New Years Soccer Resolution? Is it to...improve your weak foot...attend a 3rd or 4th training session each week...juggle 100 times...juggle 50 times with one foot...Whatever it is, focus on it and you will improve.
We are excited to share with you all our EFC Quarterly Newsletter, which is jam-packed with plenty of updates and recaps from our Club.
Letter from the President:
The Holiday Season brings a nice break from the field to spend some quality time with family and friends. I would like to thank our coaches who have been working extremely hard all Fall to get our teams developing quickly. We are excited about the Winter and Spring, because our teams will quickly improve each and every day. I ask that you all continue to work hard and practice your skills as much as you possibly can.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Letter from the Technical Director:
“Winter is all about Futsal”
Our teams have been following a curriculum focused on technical ability and getting to know each other on the field. In our first year as calendar age teams, there were many players playing with each other for the first time. The next step is to now fine-tune our teams through rigorous training. The Winter is all about improving first touch, speed of play, and game awareness through futsal and functional training.
We highly recommend that players attend the Third Training sessions. The dates are below and they begin January 7 & 8th.
Junior Boys: Saturdays: 3-4:30pm @ Fieldston School
Senior Boys: Sundays: 3-430pm @ Fieldston School
I am really excited about 2017! Happy Holidays!
We have not been to Spain as a club since 2011. The trip will begin by training with FC Barcelona Academy Coaches. Then, the group will take a road trip along the beautiful coast of Spain to Costa Brava where the MIC tournament will be played. We will have the opportunity to see all of the European Academies who also participate in the tournament: FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Brazilian National Team, and so many more. It is quite an unbelievable tournament that will not only be a great soccer experience, but also a learning experience for all. We will also attend a La Liga game together.
Several spots are still available. Please register online ASAP if still interested.
We will be having a meeting for all registrants on Monday, January 9th, 7pm @ Rye Bar and Grill: 1 Station Plaza, Rye, NY
Where: Spain: Barcelona and Costa d' Brava: Mediterranean International Cup (MIC)
When: Depart: Saturday, April 8th (5:10pm Flight departs JFK)
Return: Sunday, April 16th (Arrives 7 PM @ JFK)
MIC Tournament Ages: 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999/1998 players will be entered into the Tournament
However, participation in the trip is Open to ALL ages in the club.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Ray Franklin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Citrus Drive Recap
This year's citrus sale was a great success. We sold 12,000 pounds of fruit and earned close to $8,000 for the Eastern Foundation. We are deeply grateful to all of the players and families that participated in the sale. A special thanks to Jennifer Molinoff and Jenn Rubin for their tremendous organization and commitment to the success of this event! It could not have been done without you!
Congrats to our top sellers:
Joshua Rubin: 94 boxes
Theo Molinoff: 35 boxes
Anthony Reis: 30 boxes
The Gladiators sold the most fruit - 210 boxes - thanks in large part to the efforts of Josh Rubin.
Eastern Families Donate 1,300 Pounds of Citrus to Hillside Food Outreach
A Thank You Note to EFC below from David Juros and Hillside Food Pantry…Devin Juros began the Pleasantville Community Garden and the Hillside Food Pantry at age 12. He is a player on EFC Real.
A big thank you to Eastern FC families for the huge donation of 1,300 pounds of citrus to the Pleasantville Community Garden and Hillside Food Outreach!
We picked up 81 boxes of assorted fruit - oranges, grapefruit, mandarin oranges and mixed boxes and delivered these all to Hillside in Armonk.
Thanks to the incredible work of Eastern FC - families across Westchester will receive beautiful, healthy fruit for this holiday season.
Thank you to Jennifer Molinoff and her volunteers for helping to organize this great event and for even helping us to load up our vehicles!
We appreciate being part of your citrus fundraiser and thanks for making this huge donation possible!
Pleasantville Community Garden
Kathy Purdy - Executive Director
Hillside Food Outreach
High School All Section Awards
All of our players had exceptional High School Soccer seasons in the Fall. A special congratulations goes out to Spurs player, Ian Charles, and his team from Hastings HS on winning back to back NYS Championships.
In addition, the following players received awards for successful High School Soccer seasons. They represent the top 5% of players in Westchester County and were nominated by coaches to represent their leagues.
EFC Spurs, Pleasantville HS, Jon Kyriakidis, League MVP, All Section
EFC Spartans, Briarcliff HS, Alex Leahy, All Section
EFC Foxes, Solomon Schechter HS, Ethan Sidelsky, All Section Honorable Mention
EFC Spartans, Pleasantville HS, Ian Ward, All Section Honorable Mention
EFC Spurs, Briarcliff HS, Eric Koenig, All Section Honorable Mention
EFC Spurs, Pleasantville HS, Liam Perrine, All Section Honorable Mention
Youth Development Program
We are proud to announce another sold out session of over 80 kids in our Youth Development Programs at Ontrack Sportscenter. These programs are specifically designed for players ages 4-7 and we have truly enjoyed introducing players to the Youth Development curriculum. In addition, we also run goalkeeper training and a Youth Program for players ages 9-11 (4 spots remaining) on Fridays from 5-6pm at Ontrack. For more information to register, please visit our site. www.easternsoccer.com
EFC Alumni Return to Receive Coaching Education
We have been blessed with the opportunity to have many of our EFC Alumni return to coach in our Youth and Community Programs. These players are developing their coaching education with the help of Eastern and they continue to return because they are still very passionate about the game. They return to the Eastern Family, receive USSF and NSCAA licenses, and then get prepared to take their coaching to the next level.
GPS Tourney & Massapequa Showcase Updates
Our High School aged teams did not stop after the High School season ended. In fact, they went right into the college showcase season, because this was a critical time for them to be seen by college coaches. Over Thanksgiving weekend the 2002, 2001, 2000, and 1998 teams attended the GPS College Showcase in Massachusetts. In December, they went to the Massapequa College Showcase. Many college coaches saw them and the boys got quickly involved in the college recruiting process.
Special congratulations to the 2001 Real team who took home champions at both tournaments under the direction of head coach, Beau Morki, and assistant coach, Savvas Kyriakidis.
Congratulations to the EFC 1999/1998 Spurs under the direction of head coach James Oates and assistant coach, Savvas Kyriakidis, who won the Massapequa Showcase.
2006 Blue Devils On the Top
Congratulations to the 2006 Blue Devils who are playing up in the 2005 NPL division and currently in second place. This group of players quickly transitioned into a calendar year team and has developed rapidly under head coach Ray Franklin. We are excited about their development and their placement in a league playing up is only the icing on the cake.
“They have been a joy to watch since day one and I love working with them!”-Ray Franklin
Keep up the great work boys!!!
Masters Boys Success
Special congratulations to our boys at Masters who went 16-2-1 in simply one of the best seasons in school history. Ahamad Raji (EFC Spurs) and Thomas Oladayo (EFC Spurs) led the team to an exceptional championship winning the Fairchester Athletic Association Championship. The team was led by EFC Coach Rich Franklin. They went on to make it to the semi-finals of the prestigious NEPSAC tournament. Congratulations on an exceptional season.
Luis Morales, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sophomore: ALL AMERICAN
A huge shoutout to Luis “Pochi” Morales for being selected as an ALL AMERICAN playing in his sophomore season for St. Thomas Aquinas College (D2). During his second season he was named League Offensive Player of the Week TWICE, was an All Conference selection, an All Region selection, and now ALL AMERICAN. We are so proud of this EFC Lancer!
Steven Hernandez, American International College: All Rookie Team
Special congratulations to EFC Lancers Alumni and Port Chester HS graduate, Steven Hernandez. In his first season at American International College (MA) he was selected for the Northeast-10 Conference (Division 2) All-Rookie Team. Last year, Stevie was named EFC Player of the year, and we are very proud to see his athletic career continue to the next level. We look forward to seeing him back this summer and playing with our U23s.
Joe Iraola, American University, Senior: AN EFC LEGEND:
A special congratulations to Joe who has completed his career at American University (Division 1). Throughout his career, Joe started in 68 of 82 matches. He ended his career with 17 goals and 15 assists, and managed to have over 169 shots recorded. He was a member of the State Champion EFC Chiefs and we are very proud of Joe!
Michael Rodriguez: Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year (GK), SUNY Maritime:
Michael was named Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year following his freshman season with the Privateers. He emerged as the team’s primary goalkeeper and played in 16 matches for the Privateers during his first season. He is credited with recording eight victories including four shutouts. He stopped 93 shots on the season while posting a .788 save percentage. An exceptional season for this EFC Rush GK.
The EFC Quarterly Newsletter: MARCH Issue
A Letter from the President
Parents and Players,
I am so pleased with what our club has been doing: training throughout the winter, indoor tournaments, college night, a fantastic Uk trip, the Baltimore Mania tournament, and now we look forward to our Foundation fundraiser, community service events, and, most importantly, our upcoming spring season is in full swing! WOW!!!
But with that said all players must now focus to improve daily in training and games, so practice is a must!!! As our NPL league is now starting, we want to continue to strive get our teams to Nationals again. I am also looking forward to our upcoming tryouts. The future is bright...
Best of luck to all teams and coaches!
Ray Franklin, Eastern FC President
A Note from the Technical Director
Training this far has been great but we must always improve. Our work is never done as coaches, players and parents. The Eastern FC Family is strong. We are proud of our past and excited about our future.
Those players that have made soccer a priority in their lives and have dedicated themselves to their craft of getting better and improving in every practice, playing soccer everyday and not just in training, watch games in their free time to learn from the best, will be the players who move on to that next level. Finally, I want to express the clubs interest in developing your sons on and off the field.
On the field is obvious to families, the less obvious is the off the field development taking place. Value driven coaching is a way to instill the principles of life needed for success. Coaching is a method we employ to develop your sons off the field as well.
Through the foundation events, giving back to the community, and the citrus drive in the Fall, we have been able to tap into the values we want to see in our players. Responsibility, character, pride, passion, professionalism and good moral judgment are at the core of our curriculum.
The future is bright with Eastern FC and I am proud to be part of it!
Beau Morki, EFC Technical Director
Inside this EFC Quarterly Issue...
The weather has cooperated better than it ever has before and we are outside for all training as of March 1. This has been the first time we have been able to do this in years. This newsletter is jam-packed with tons of important information, videos, and much more, so make sure to take some time to read through it!
CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR SPRING EXPECTATIONS VIDEO
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE END OF WINTER EFC FUTSAL TRAINING VIDEO
Baltimore Mania Recap:
March 12-13 weekend was an eventful weekend for our club. All teams ages 12 and up competed in the Baltimore Mania Tournament. The teams did exceptionally well and were able prepare for the upcoming Spring season. The U14 Warriors and U16 Blues finished as champions. The U13 Rangers and U17 Rush took second place. The U12 Force, U15 Gunners, U15 Strikers, and U18 Reds were all semi finalists. It was a great tournament to begin the Spring season. All teams, families, and managers did a tremendous job in making the trip a success for all. We were proud to all participate in this great tournament. Job well done to all of our teams.
England Trip Recap
Ray and the boys had an amazing trip to England over February President’s week. The boys were treated with complete class by all the academy teams, saw 5 live matches, trained with Blackburn Rovers Academy, went to Old Trafford, Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, the FA Museum, and much more. Ray even found the time to take the boys to the Beatles Museum for a little rock history. They sat fifth row as Manchester City took on Tottenham in a decisive EPL match of two top teams. At Blackburn Rovers, the boys were provided with over 7 different academy coaches who trained them, video-taped their training, and then provided a video analysis session. They were provided with an in depth understanding of the way a player plays premier soccer, academy soccer, and eventually earns a contract with the premier clubs in England.
EFC College Night
On Wednesday, February 10th, several college coaches participated in an informational discussion with parents and players about the college recruiting process. College coaches answered questions from parents and players about the important component of the college selection process. College Coaches Attended from: Fordham University, Long Island University (Brooklyn), Concordia College, and Fairfield University. It was an excellent night that was well attended and full of important information for all. If you have any questions about the college recruiting process and would like to discuss further, please contact Brandon Beck:
CLICK HERE TO SEE A BRIEF VIDEO RECAP OF OUR EFC COLLEGE NIGHT
Spring Training Schedule
The Spring Training outdoor training schedule has begun. Please remember that your team training is mandatory and that the proper EFC attire should be worn at ALL times. At EFC, we have a policy that players can attend a parallel age group’s session for ADDITIONAL training. These sessions do not replace your team training session and you must reach out to the coach prior to let them know you are coming. This allows coaches to be able to plan accordingly.
Below is the Link that you should keep for your records which has all of the training times listed for all EFC teams.
CLICK HERE FOR SPRING 2016 TEAM TRAINING SCHEDULE
Upcoming: The Eastern Soccer Foundation Celebration
SAVE THE DATE, FRIDAY, APRIL 29th
FRIDAY, APRIL 29th, 7pm @ The Coveleigh Club (Rye, NY)
FORMAL INVITATIONS WILL BE SENT SHORTLY!!!
Tickets will be available for online purchase.
On Friday, April 29th, the Eastern Soccer Foundation will be having its annual CELEBRATION! This year, there will be silent and live auctions, open bar, three course meal, 50/50 raffle, and much more. This is an "adult only" event that is used to raise funds for the Eastern Soccer Foundation. Parents, families, and the entire EFC coaching staff will be in attendance to support this wonderful cause. Families and individuals from outside of the club are also invited.
“100% of the EFC Alumni that have received foundation aid have attended and graduated college!”
The Eastern Soccer Foundation, Inc. is a non profit organization. It is recognized as a 501c3 by the Internal Revenue Service. The foundation is focused on raising money, so that all players will be able to participate in the premier soccer experience. The foundation benefits all of the families at EFC by providing college recruiting assistance, setting up community service for all players, and developing the players into more well rounded individuals.
The Foundation appreciates your support in attending this event and are looking forward to seeing you there.
Ticket details and formal invitation to follow.
It is the Foundation’s goal to have 100% participation this year!
Interested in sponsoring our event or placing an ad in our Event Program?
Please contact: email@example.com
EFC Raffle: The 200 Club
Do you want the chance to win $5,000???!!!
This year, The Eastern Soccer Foundation will be having a fundraiser to raise money to help make every child's dream of playing premier soccer come true. Each team will sell raffle tickets. There are only 200 raffle tickets that can be sold. Each ticket costs $100. The winner will win $5,000. Second place will win $3,000 and Third place will win $2,000! It’s that simple. Buy a ticket by yourself or buy a ticket with a group of friends or colleagues.
More information will follow from our team reps and the tickets will be given to teams shortly. The winner will be announced at the event on Friday, April 29th.
Calendar Year Age Groups Informational Meetings: 2016-2017 Season
As many of you already know, US Soccer is mandating birth year team formations for the 2016-17 season.
In the past months, there have been some interpretative changes in how competition age groups are labeled, and potentially the effect these changes will have once birth-year registration is introduced. We understand that there are significant questions being raised in many areas – from parents, families, and players – about intent, implementation and intended or unintended effect of various positions and changes.
Eastern FC is excited to discuss the plans for implementation, and would like the opportunity to meet with all parents prior to tryouts. The following meetings have been scheduled and it is mandatory that at least one parent attend the meeting time associated with your son’s calendar year birthdate.
Meeting Location: Rye Bar and Grill, 1 Station Plaza, Rye, NY
Monday, April 11th
Tuesday, April 12th
9-10pm: 1999 & 1998
7-8pm: 2006, 2005, 2004
All meetings will be held in the meeting room upstairs. Please arrive on time.
Click here to watch a video that has more information about US Soccer’s Initiative
Eastern FC Tryouts 2016/2017
Tryout information has been posted online. TRYOUT REGISTRATION is only for NEW players interested in trying out for next season. Current EFC players will attend their specific CALENDAR YEAR AGE groups on the tryout dates. This will take the place of team training on these days for teams that normally train on these days.
EFC Boys Tryout Schedule
Location: Tibbets Brook Park, Address: 355 Midland Ave. Yonkers, NY
Monday, May 2nd
Monday, May 9th
Wednesday, May 4th
Wednesday, May 11th
EFC PHOTO CONTEST:
Do you have an awesome picture of your EFC experience? Do you have a picture of your son (player), an old photo, alumni photo, team photo or anything to show off your EFC spirit? Email us a picture: firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Facebook with #EFCFamily A $25 soccer.com gift card will be awarded to the winner!!!!
Winner will be announced April 1.
December Issue: Volume 2
The EFC Quarterly Newsletter: December Issue
It has been an extremely exciting Fall Season at EFC. We have much to celebrate as we move closer to 2016. This newsletter includes plenty of important information about all of the great happenings in our club. It also includes updates about the State Cup progress of our Junior teams, a citrus sale recap, helpful information about the Eastern Soccer Foundation, Senior Boys Teams conducting a Food Drive, Eastern Tours information, High School Player Recognitions, an NYCFC Outing Recap, and a new feature: THE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT!
From Our Director of Coaching
This Winter is upon us and it represents a great opportunity to put the hours in. Hard work pays off. Cultivating talent is all a coach wants to do. Those who work hard at their talent seem to perform better than those who don't. Work hard when the other guy isn't! Your journey is our passion.
"Failure to prepare is preparing to fail." - John Wooden
From Our President
With our fall season coming to an end, it has been an exciting time for our club. We are excited about the addition of 4 new coaches! They will teach the game and make a great impact on our players and each team’s development. Welcome aboard...
Also, we are proud that the club came together to raise funds for our Foundation with a great fruit drive. Great job Eastern!
I also wish all my coaches, players, parents, and alumni the very best for the Holidays.
U9-U14 Boys: NY State Cup: 4 Teams Advance to the Knockout Round
We are excited to announce that 4 EFC teams have advanced to the knockout round of the NY State Cup after finishing in the top two of their respective groups. Congratulations to the U9 Lions, U12 Force, U13 Rangers, and U14 Warriors. The U10 Magic did not advance due to a tiebreaker on goal differential. We are excited about the progress of all teams and looking forward to preparing these teams for the next round this Spring.
We are proud to report that the Eastern FC Family rocked the citrus sale. We raised $6,000 for the Eastern Foundation and sold over 800 boxes of fruit.Thank you to the many families that participated.
A special thanks to Jennifer Molinoff, our EFC Foundation Representative, who completely organized and developed this idea into an extremely beneficial fundraiser for our club.
However, our work is not yet done, we still need the help of players and parents to unload the fruit from the truck. WE NEED 60 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FOR OLDER PLAYERS AND YOUNGER PLAYERS CAN HELP TOO.
Please sign up to volunteer Sunday, December 13th by clicking HERE.
Top 3 Sellers
#1 Anthony Reis, U15 Strikers: 35 boxes
Tied for #2: Sam Alvis, U16 Blues: 29 boxes and Michael Botti, U9 Lions: 29 boxes
Top Selling Team
U13 Rangers: 139
U9 Lions - for participation by every player on the team
Alex Torres - top selling coach
What is the Eastern Soccer Foundation?
The Eastern Soccer Foundation is a 501c non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds, so that all players will be able to participate in the premier soccer experience. The foundation utilizes the player base, alumni, and families for local philanthropic activities that will develop our players into dedicated community members. Also, the foundation helps provide college recruiting assistance and advising to our players.Our goal this year is to raise over $50,000 for the Eastern Soccer Foundation. So far, we have raised $7,500!!!
The foundation is beginning to plan community service events for the EFC teams, which will range from creating baskets for a homeless person’s first apartment, Food drives, working with the Pleasantville Community Garden, Briarcliff SPCA, and the Guidance Center of Westchester. More details will be provided as each team has a team representative.
If you would like to donate to our Foundation, PLEASE CLICK HERE
For more information, please contact EFC Foundation Liaison: Brandon Beck:
Fresh Food Drive: EFC Senior Boys Teams Donated Over 530 pounds to Help End Hunger in Westchester
Our Senior Boys teams (U15-U18) collected a 5 week grand total of 535 pounds of fresh food!
Together, the Pleasantville Community Garden and Eastern FC were able to give a total of 1600 pounds of fresh food during this time period - Eastern's contribution was about 1/3 of that total!
This is truly an incredible amount of food - food that has gone to needy families all over Westchester - including providing families with Thanksgiving dinners.
The Hillside Food Pantry was very grateful.
We would like to thank the Juros Family for their making this all happen. Also, a special thanks to EFC player, U15 Gunner, Devin Juros, for his development of this initiative when he was only 12 years old. He is an inspiration to all of the players in our club. If anyone would like more information about the Pleasantville Community Garden, please visit the Pleasantville Community Garden site: www.pvillegarden.org
They are also on Facebook - Pleasantville Community Garden - anyone can "friend" this page to get updates on progress of the organization going forward. Please continue to support Devin and his initiative to help end hunger in Westchester!
SAVE THE DATE!!!!EFC Foundation Save the Date, Friday, April 29th
When: Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 7pm at the Coveleigh Club, Rye, NY
This year, we decided to forego the holiday party in hopes of creating one BIG PARTY for the Eastern Family (Adults only). We will have an amazing fundraiser, dinner, online & silent auction, and much more. It is a great time to spend with all of the EFC Staff and entire EFC Family. Tickets will be available for purchase shortly. We look forward to seeing you all there and thank you in advance for supporting such a great cause!!!
Eastern Tours: England: February 12th-21st: Spots Remaining
This year, we will be returning to England Friday, February 12th to February 21st. We have extended the registration deadline to December 15th. We are excited about the trip and are looking forward to seeing the coaches again at Blackburn, Liverpool, and more. Last year was a great trip and registration can be found online. Reserve your spot before it’s too late! Register using the link below.
EFC Players Receive Recognition for High School Season
At the end of the High School Soccer Season in Section One, several EFC Players were awarded with ALL SECTION Nominations. These players represent the top 6% of the players in the league, were voted on by the coaches, and had remarkable 2015 seasons. Steven Hernandez, Port Chester High School, EFC Reds, led the award winners earning, ALL League, League MVP, All Section, All State, and All Region awards! This is his second year in a row receiving the ALL REGION nomination. Also, congratulations to John Kyriakidis, Junior, Pleasantville HS, EFC Rush, for earning All State Recognition for the second consecutive season.
We are proud to announce the following players:
Benjamin Weinstein, Byram Hills HS, EFC Reds
Steven Hernandez, Port Chester HS, EFC Reds
Caleb Asamoah, Briarcliff HS, EFC Reds
John Kyriakidis, Pleasantville HS, EFC Rush
ALL SECTION HONORABLE MENTION:
Eilon Silver-Frankel, John Jay Cross River HS, EFC Reds
Alex Jacobs, Briarcliff HS, EFC Reds
Please note, that we only listed players from Section 1 in NY. If there are any other players from CT, other sections, or Private Schools that received other awards, please let us know by emailing Communications Director: Brandon Beck:
NYCFC Outing: A Great Night For All!
We had a great night with the Eastern FC Family at Yankee Stadium for the last match of the inaugural season. The Eastern Soccer Foundation sold 213 tickets to the game! A great time was had by all and it was great for all to get some time off of the field to meet new players, other EFC teammates, coaches, and more. We look forward to doing it again in the Spring!
We also were able to use the tickets to raise over $1300 for the Eastern Soccer Foundation. We plan to do it again in the Spring at the beginning of the NYCFC season, because we all had so much fun!
Joe Iraola, American University, DC, Junior
Joe had another fantastic season, starting every game of his sophomore and junior seasons.This year, he was named player of the week in the Patriots League, scored a game winning goals against #19 Nationally Ranked, University of Virginia, and was selected to the Patriot League Third Team. Joe played for the EFC Chiefs, who won the New York State Championship back in 2012.
EFC on Joe, “Joe is a class act, who has a tremendous character and willingness to learn every single day that has made him an EFC legend. He is a player we plan to bring back to speak to our younger players, because he achieved one of the highest levels of Division One soccer and also maintained excellent academics throughout his college career. We are so proud of him!”
Luis “Pochi” Morales, St Thomas Aquinas, Freshman
Luis scored six goals this season, but his most important goal was game winner in the team’s final win of the season against #10 LIU Post. He was nominated Rookie of the Week during the season as well. Luis played for the EFC Lancers and still returns to play with the U18 Reds this season in NPL play.
EFC on Luis: “Luis has been an extremely hardworking player with a nack for scoring goals. He is a tough player that has risen to the occasion of college soccer by working hard each and every day he steps on the field. We are very proud that he still returns to play with his friends on the Reds, and he is extremely dedicated to the game.”
Alejandro Alvarez, American International College, MA, Freshman
Alejandro had a tremendous season with AIC Yellow Jackets starting 13 out of 17 of the games this season. He was named to Northeast 10 All Rookie Team! Alejandro played for the EFC Blues and graduated from the EFC in 2013.
EFC on Alejandro: “He is a crafty center midfielder that always had a sense of style and vision that was at a very high level. He loves the game, eats, breathes, and sleeps soccer. He is so deserving of this award and we look forward to his future success!”
EFC Winter Developmental Training Programs
Eastern will be hosting an onslaught of Youth Development Clinics for players ages 4-7, goalkeeper training, and a specialized training program for players ages 12-14. The goals of these programs are to improve individual fundamentals, prepare players for premier soccer, and foster a love for the game. These programs will be held at Ontrack Sports Center in Tarrytown this winter. For more information visit our site.
Show Your Support: Put Your EFC Badge Magnet on your Car!
All team managers have received EFC Badge decals. Each family will receive one decal and we hope that you will show your EFC Pride by putting it on your car.
The Future is Bright!
We are proud of all that is in store for the NEW YEAR. Winter training is an opportunity to develop technical ability, quicker thinking skills, speed of play, and fitness. As always, training is mandatory for all players. Attendance is critical for the development of the entire team. We have added additional training for all teams this year, so we hope that ALL players will take full advantage of these opportunities for further development. Keep an eye out for the next EFC Quarterly in MARCH!