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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!

Sincerely,

Ray Franklin


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!

Sincerely,

Beau Morki


Barcelona Trip

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: ray@easternsoccer.com


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.

Eastern,

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!

Sincerely,

Devin Juros
David Juros
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.


Alumni Spotlight: 

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, SeniorAN 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

Eastern Family,

 

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!

Sincerely,

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

PRICE: $100

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:  efcbeck@gmail.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

7-8pm: 2003

8-9pm: 2000

9-10pm: 1999 & 1998

7-8pm: 2006, 2005, 2004

8-9pm: 2002

9-10pm: 2001

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

Field #1

6-7:30pm

2007

2006

Field #2

6-7:30pm

2005

2004

2003

Field #1

7:30-9pm

2000

Field #2

7:30-9pm

2002

 

Wednesday, May 4th

&

Wednesday, May 11th

Field #1

6-7:30pm

2001

Field #1

7:30-9pm

1999

1998


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: efcbeck@gmail.com 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

-Beau Morki

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.

-Ray Franklin

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.

Citrus Sale

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

 

Honorable Mentions

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.

https://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=43459&org=EASTERNSOCCER.COM

 

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:

ALL SECTION:

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!


Alumni Spotlight

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!


 

SEPTEMBER ISSUE: VOLUME 1.

The EFC Quarterly Newsletter

We, at EFC, would like to welcome you all to the kickoff of another successful season. We are excited to announce Quarterly Newletter that will be released: September, December, March, and June. It contains a lot of important information, updates, and all of the wonderful happenings at EFC.

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2015-2016 EFC Coaching Staff

We would like to introduce you to the Eastern FC Coaches for the 2015-2016 season. We are proud to welcome 4 new coaches to our EFC Coaching Family. The foundation of our success is our coaches. Our coaches range from professional, collegiate, and various playing and coaching experiences from several different continents. They are not only mentors, educators, players, and models to our players, but they are also consistent students of the game as well. They constantly seek to continue their education regularly seeking educational experiences from USSF, NSCAA, UEFA, FA, and more. They are all licensed and are required to continue their professional development to the highest level possible.

NEW COACH: Ricardo Maxwell Ordain is head coach of the U16 Blues. He holds a BS in Physical Education and an MS in Exercise Physiology and teaches collegiately. He has played both collegiately in U.S.A. and professionally in both Costa Rica and U.S.A. He holds an NSCAA Youth License and Argentinian FA ‘A’ License. He also has professional playing and coaching experience with the Westchester Flames.

NEW COACH: James Oates is head coach of the U17 Rush and Senior Boys Director. He holds a BA in Sports Studies, Psychology, and MA in Exercise Science. He was an Academy Coach in Sunderland Football Club in England and holds experience as a coach with the New York Red Bulls Regional Development School. He holds an English FA License and is a Physical Education teacher.

NEW COACH: Berdj Stepanian is the head coach of the U15 Strikers. Dr. Stepanian has been coaching for over 15 years, holds NSCAA coaching licenses, and has also served as President of Bayside United Soccer Club.

NEW COACH: Elvis Sandy is the coach of the U15 Strikers. He has been coaching for over 15 years and played professionally overseas.

Ray Franklin is the head coach of the U10 Magic and U14 Warriors. Ray is not only the President and Founder of EFC, but he brings a wealth of knowledge to all of our coaches and players. His experience ranges from youth, college, to professional players and he holds the most championships in the entire club.

 

Beau Morki is the head coach of the U13 Rangers, and the Director of Coaching and Business Operations at EFC. He holds USSF A license, director of coaching license, a certified PE teacher, and earned a Masters in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. He also holds a B.S. in Business Administration and International Business from Fordham University. Beau holds collegiate and professional playing and coaching experience.

 

Brandon Beck is the Director of Communications, finances at EFC and the youth development program director for players ages 4-9. Brandon is an elementary teacher. He holds a BS in Elementary Education, BA in Communications, MA in Literacy Instruction, National Board Certified Teacher, and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree. Collegiate, professional playing and coaching experience.

 

Richard Franklin is the head coach of the U18 Reds. He BS in Business Administration and Sports Management, and is USSF Nationally Certified. He has an extensive youth, high school, and collegiate coaching experience as is the head coach of The Masters School. He was also a player at EFC and we are pleased to have him as part of the coaching staff with his father, Ray.

Alex Torres is head coach of the U9 Lions. He holds a USSF ‘B’ License, USSF National Youth License, and has participated in coaching curriculum in Spain, Brazil, Peru, and England. He has coached players at all ages and has become an important asset to EFC.

Jeff Fleischmann is head coach of the U15 Gunners. He holds a USSF ‘A’ license, NSCAA Premier Diploma & Regional Goalkeeping diploma. Currently he is coaching collegiately with Concordia College. He has coaching experience with youth and High School players.

Jason Torres is head coach of the U12 Force and GK Coach at EFC. He played with Eastern FC as a player and has returned to EFC as a Goalkeeper coach in 2012. He holds a USSF National License, NSCAA goalkeeping diploma, and possesses intricate knowledge of small group training.

Savvas Kyriakdis is an assistant coach of the U15 Gunners and U17 Rush. He also coaches the U20 team and has three children in the club since 2011. He is the head coach of Pleasantville HS, played collegiately, and holds a USSF National License.


The Eastern Soccer Foundation:

The Eastern Soccer Foundation is beginning to plan community service events for the EFC teams. We are currently looking for a team representative to help serve as a liaison between the Eastern Soccer Foundation and the team. The Eastern Soccer Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping the entire club in providing an amazing soccer experience for all.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR EFC HOLIDAY PARTY: JANUARY 8th, 7pm @ the Coveleigh Club in Rye, NY. More details forthcoming.


EFC and the Eastern Soccer Foundation Donate over 200 Tee Shirts to the Mt. Pleasant Cup

EFC is a proud sponsor of the 31st Annual Mount Pleasant Cup. This is a varsity boys and girls soccer tournament between Briarcliff, Westlake, Pleasantville, and Valhalla. It is a great tradition that we are proud to be a part of.

The finals and consolation matches will take place Saturday, September 5th at Valhalla Viking Stadium. Best of luck to all players.


Labor Day Weekend:

On Labor Day Weekend, all U9-U14 teams will be attending the HBC Labor Day Tournament. We are very excited for our teams to compete together. This year, our club has three new teams: U9 Lions, U12 Force, and the U15 Strikers. We are excited about the longevity that these teams will have and are excited to welcome them to the EFC Family. Good luck in your opening tournament!


Eastern Tours:

This year, we will be returning to England Friday, February 12th to February 21st. 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!

https://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=43459&org=EASTERNSOCCER.COM


EFC Players on All American Team “Watch List”

Stevie Hernandez and Chavo Lopez have been listed on top drawer soccer as players to watch for All American candidates! Stevie plays at Port Chester High School and Chavo plays at Brunswick Prep in CT.


EFC Players On High School Elite 11 Selection for 2015 Section 1 High School

Follow New York State, Section 1, High School Boys Soccer on the LoHud Boys Soccer Blog this season! Stevie Hernandez (Port Chester HS, EFC REDS) and Jon Kyriakidis (Pleasantville HS, EFC Rush) were selected as part of the Elite 11 players in Westchester County.

http://www.lohud.com/story/sports/high-school/lohud-boys-soccer/2015/09/01/lohud-boys-soccer-elite-11-and-preseason-rankings/71482286/


EFC 2014-2015: Graduates

Last season was another successful season. EFC players had a 100% college acceptance rate, and we are happy to congratulate the following players:

2014-2015 EFC GRADUATES

Kevin Londono - Iona College

Matthias Borigan - SUNY Buffalo

Woody Grob - Union College

Jafet Rivera - Fairfield College

Luis Morales – St. Thomas Acquinas

Andrew Madigan - U Penn

David Beusse – Univ. of Hartford

Danny Osso – St. Thomas Acquinas

Joe Argento - Villanova

Barrett Gumina - Fairfield University

Andre Riello -  Post College

Alejandro Lopez - SUNY Canton

Jonhy Maldonado Randolph Macon

Xavier Guzman - Iona College

Marvin Tovar -Herkimer CC

Phil Nasrallah- RPI

Mike Clancy- University of Scranton

Owen Lloyd- New England College

Diego  Tardio- UConn

 

U15-U18 Tryouts

Our U15-U18 teams will be having “last chance” tryouts for their rosters. These are National Premier League teams that compete against excellent competition. As always, we are looking for strong players to add to our current talent. Specific education and preparation will be provided to these boys to help them pursue college selection and college soccer.

Tryout Dates: Sunday, September 13, 20, and 27th

U15 & U16 Boys: 9am-10am

U17 & U18 Boys: 10am-11am

Location: Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry

Register for tryouts online: www.easternsoccer.com

The Future is Bright!

We are excited about the beginning of the new season. EFC has been in operation since 1977, and we are proud of all that is in store for 2015. 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.

 

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