News and Announcements
Week 7 in the Over 30 Division resulted in no changes in the standings. The top half of the table remains the same as Czechoslovakia, Germania, Washingtonville , and Ossining all claimed victories. The reigning Division and State Champions, Czechoslovakia, remain undefeated as they outlasted Fishkill with a 5-3 victory. Germania (6-1) and Washingtonville (6-1) continued their winning ways and remain only separated by goal differential as Germania defeated Mahopac 6-2 and Washingtonville held on for the 2-1 victory over the division “hard luck” team East Fishkill. East Fishkill (2-3-1) are tied with Czechoslovakia with only 10 goals against and each one of their three losses have only been by 1 goal.
Ossining took care of business with a convincing 5-1 victory over Putnam and remain in fourth place, 6 points behind Washingtonville and Germania. Somers grabbed their first win of the year with a 5-1 victory over winless LaGrange.
The Eastern District Soccer League held its Annual Championship Dinner on Saturday, October 24th 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, East Hudson 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 comradery 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 dinner also recognized two outstanding individuals 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 ENY SRA Enrico Romano and EDSL President Peter Pinori, went to James Bowne “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 Mario Corrado the manager of the O30 Somers Soccer club and presented by John Palumbo and Peter Pinori. The award was given “in recognition of your 20 years of service and dedication to the Eastern District Soccer League “Over 30” league.”
Of course the main reason for our dinner is to recognize our Champions. Awards and recognition was given to:
O40 A division the Germania club of La Grange was the winner
O40 B division Hudson Legends won and was promoted to the A division for this year
Winners cups where presented by the O40 Chairwoman Lori Brangelmann
O30 Division winner was Czechoslovakia and O30 Chairman John Palumbo presented their trophy which was followed by Peter Pinori who presented the Czechoslovakia team with the ENY State O30 Marth Cup. This is the 2nd ENY State cup won by Czechoslovakia who last year won the ENY Open Flamhaft cup when they where playing in the Open Division.
Mount Kisco division winners where presented Chairman Galo Trujillo who gave Kisco International and Mundo Latino 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 Mictlan and over all Champion Westchester CF who also won $1500 prize winnings. Peter Pinori than proceeded to present Westchester CF president Mr. Javier Chaparro the Steve Howansky Open Division cup, individual EDSL player medals and a check for $1,200 for Westchester CF on becoming a finalist on the EDSL Champions cup.
August Cambria chairman of the Liga De Yonkers division came next and presented Honduras their trophy for becoming a finalist and Sport Peru for being the Champion.
Peter Pinori than presented the Open Primo team from Pine Island Orange County NY the ENY Open Flamhaft Cup.
The last trophies of the evening was given to South Stars who did win $1,000 prize, and a trophy for winning the Open division Play Off, South Stars also won $2,500 prize monies, trophy and individual EDSL players medals for winning the premiere tournament the $5,000 EDSL CHAMPIONS CUP
The Champions Dinner was a huge success and teams are looking forward to another successful and exciting season and defending their crown.
The Final Four teams for the Open Division Championship have been set for this coming Sunday, May 15th. Tibbets Field #2 will be the setting for Yonkers Ukranians vs. Yorktown at 6pm. The second semifinal matchup will see Germania playing host to Cabo Verde at 11 am Sunday morning in Poughkeepsie. These matches should be extremely competitive, so if your looking for some live soccer in the Hudson Valley, come on out and support your local EDSL teams! Good luck to all four teams!
Around the Division: Fishkill squeak by Mahopac 1-0, FC Putnam defeat Somers 4-1, and East Fishkill narrowly defeat LaGrange 2-1.
Liga de Yonkers started their 2015 playoffs this Sunday at Pelton Field. As though scripted the higher seed advanced to the next round. In the first game third seed CD Alianza defeated sixth seed San Lorenzo. The game was tied 1-1 after the first half with both teams playing tough defense. Alianza proved to be a little too much for San Lorenzo defeating them 3-2.
In The second game defense again was the deciding factor with El Carmen defeating NY El Salvador 1-0. Neither team could get the offense going with both teams pressing midfield.
The third game saw number 2 Honduras defeat seventh seed CD Juventus. CD Juventus came to play and the score was 0-0 at half time, but Honduras got their offense going the second have to win 3-0
In the final game the 8th seed Atlas gave the number 1 seed Sport Peru all they could handle pressing on defense and getting ample opportunties to score but Sport Peru isn’t the number one seed for nothing and defeated ATlas 3-1.
Next weeks action starts at 12:30PM at Pelton with Honduras taking on CD Alianza and Sport Peru meeting El Carmen in the second game. Both games will be exciting!