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In soft glistening night of stars,
hope all your aspirations come true.
May every star present in the sky,
Bring love and mirth to you and
Happy New Year 2017!
EDSL DINNER PARTY
This year’s Eastern District Soccer League (EDSL) Holiday Christmas Party was held on Sunday December 11th at Reno’s Restaurant in Yonkers, NY. Reno’s is the leagues official meeting place and is home to the EDSL Champions Cup representing winners from year past. The cup is displayed proudly year round.
The Holiday Dinner is an annual traditional with two purposes. The first and foremost is to thank the representatives of the 12 Divisions representing over 120 teams for volunteering their time to promote the great game of soccer. Without their tireless efforts and leadership EDSL would not be able to offer the quality soccer experience that thousands of players have come to love and enjoy. The second is put our “soccer agendas” aside and enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the holidays. Although the conversation was light and reflected the holiday atmosphere it’s difficult to put a group of soccer enthusiast in a room and not bring up some great soccer memories and stories. In addition to the Division representatives and their better halves EDSL also invites other distinguished members of the soccer community to join our celebration. This year we had the honor of having ENYSSA President Sal Rapaglia and EDSLsoccer Hall of Fame Elias Tsekerides and Bill Marmo.
Peter Pinoi, President of EDSL, informed the group that today was not a time for speeches but a time of thanks and celebration and wished everyone a happy and more importantly healthy new year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY 2017 NEW YEAR
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EASTERN DISTRICT SOCCER LEAGUE* “2016 Championship Dinner”
The Eastern District Soccer League held its Annual Championship Dinner on Friday, October 14th at the Yonkers Ukrainian Club in Yonkers NY. Once again the dinner drew a packed house with each of the EDSL Divisions sending their champions to receive their awards and the recognition they so justly deserve. The Eastern New York State Soccer Association, the new Eastern District Referee Association and Eastern New York State Executive Board were also in attendance to commend the Eastern District Soccer League and its champions for another outstanding season.
The Annual dinner dance is not just presented to honor its champions but also to promote sportsmanship between the EDSL Divisions. It is a time to put the heated battle of the game aside and enjoy the company of its outstanding competitors and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
This years event also recognized 3 outstanding individuals and organizations who have taken their love of soccer to the next level and worked feverishly to promote fair play and sportsmanship. The first award, presented by EDRA Galo Trujillo and EDSL President Peter Pinori, went to David Bork “Soccer Official Extraordinaire” for his “passion for the game and work ethic to provide a fair and just environment has left a tremendous positive impact on players and coaches alike.”
The second award was given to the members of the Open EDSL Ossining Portuguese Soccer Club and presented by Albino Guimaraes and Peter Pinori. The award was given “in recognition of your 30 years of service and dedication to the Eastern District Soccer League.
The third award as was given to the Germania Soccer club who has currently 6 teams playing in the EDSL as the Soccer Ambassadors of the year award
Of course the main reason for our dinner is to recognize our Champions. Awards and recognition was given to:
Peter Pinori introduced Mary Howansky who presented the Steve Howansky Open Division cup, VP Abe Rochester presented the Open division championship cup to Yonkers Ukraininans, Treasurer Casimir Krempa presented the Open division Playoff cup to Yonkers Ukrainians
O40 A division the Germania was the winner John Jorgensen Cup presented by president Lori Bregelmann
O40 B division Hudson Valley won and was promoted to the A division for this year presented by Peter Sedlmeier
O30 Division winner was Czechoslovakia and O30 Chairman John Palumbo presented their trophy
Mount Kisco division winners where presented Chairman Galo Trujillo who gave Mt Kisco International and Finalist Deportivo Atlas their cups for winning the regular season and the playoff. Galo also presented 3 individual trophies for best goalie, highest scorer and most disciplined player.
Port Chester Chairman Cesar Aliaga than presented the winners of his division playoff finalist Westchester CF and over all Champion C. A. Tumi who also won $1500 prize winnings.
German Mena Co-chairman of the Liga De Yonkers division came next and presented EL Salvador their trophy for becoming a finalist and Honduras for being the Champion.
The last presentations of the evening where for the EDSL $5,000 Champions Cup tournament
4th place and $300 to CA Tumi
3rd place and $500 to Yonkers Ukrainians
2nd place and $1,200 to Honduras
1st place and champion of the EDSL Westchester CF $3,000 and individual players medals
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The Eastern District Soccer League (EDSL) was invited to the ENYSSA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. EDSL and its represented was honored to attend the festivities held on Sunday, December 4th at Verdi’s of Whitestone. The Induction Ceremony is a dinner dance which drew hundreds of attendees.
The ceremony was opened by Master of Ceremony Peter Pinori who welcomed all and introduced ENYSSA President Sal Rapaglia. This year’s induction ceremony had a special entrance and was honored to have the FDNY pipe band perform and open the festivities. The speeches were kept to a minimum but as always ENYSSA takes a moment of silence to remember the members of the soccer community we lost in 2016. This year special recognition was given to Ann Rapaglia and Rocco Amoroso. They will be sorely missed.
This year’s inductees were: 1. Joe Brosi 2. Joseph Sniliello and 3. Rocco Avallone. Each inductee is escorted to the podium by an ENY Hall of Famer and introduced by outlining their outstanding contributions to the game of soccer. Here they receive the official Hall of Fame Jacket and a beautiful Hall of Fame Trophy. The inductee is then asked to say a few words. Each inductee was most gracious to receive the award and thanked the many people who help them in their soccer career, on and off the field. Each inductee also took the time to thank their families who sometimes put their personal lives on hold and supported their commitment to the game of soccer. After listening to their introduction and acceptance speech it was easy to understand why they were being honored tonight.
After the official ceremony concluded everyone enjoyed a fabulous dinner and danced to great music late into the night.
As we break for the Christmas and New Year and start again in the spring, we see 2 teams in first place Yonkers Ukrainians our champion from last year and our new team Oranje 1777. Germania was held to a 3-3 draw today by Kelmendi and is in 2nd place behind 3 points with Cabo Verde, but Germania does have a game to make up with our other new team Black Eagles. This stretch of the season did tell us that any team from our open division can win against any other open team.
No one is undefeated and there is minimum distance on points between all of the teams. There are 4 teams that have to make up one game (Westchester, Ossining Portuguese & the 2 teams already mentioned), a win could make the standings even closer that they are today.
The most organized team that could depend on their best players will ultimately win our regular championship.
Playoff this year which will start on May 14th will be very interesting. Who will take home the $1,500 prize and Trophy?
Let me take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas and a joyous, prosperous and most important a healthy New Year to all of you and your families.
May GOD Bless ALL!!