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10.22.14 New England Revolution Special Offer

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10.21.14 Mass Soccer Semi-Annual General Meeting

Attention League Presidents and Other Interested Parties,

The MASS Soccer Semi-Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Wellesley Community Center located at 219 Washington St. (Route 16) in Wellesley, MA. Please have a representative from your league at the meeting.

The order of business shall be as follows:
• Roll call/Credential check
• Minutes of last meeting
• Unfinished business
• Reports of Officers
• Financial statement by Treasurer
• Standing Committee reports
• New Business
• Adjournment
The President shall maintain the right to change the order of business, as he deems appropriate.

Each league may appoint up to two (2) qualified delegates to share its vote(s). The President/Director of each league shall be the league’s qualified delegate unless the league sends written notice of alternate or additional qualified delegates. Please be sure to notify MASS if you are designating someone other than your league president to represent your league at the meeting. Notification should be received by October 30th at the latest in writing or by emailing me (Logan@Mass-Soccer.org).

Please feel free to contact any of the Executive Board if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on November 6th.

Thank you,
Logan Wangsgard, Secretary
Mass Adult State Soccer Association

05.08.14 NEW LEAGUE: Suburban Soccer League

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New League Announcement – Suburban Soccer League

Massachusetts Adult State Soccer Association has approved a new member league to its association. The Suburban Soccer League is an adult amateur league offering 6 vs. 6 sided soccer games based out of Framingham, MA. All games are played at the Suburban Athletic Club. The facility features a newly built outdoor lighted small-sided turf field without walls.

Below are some of the league features of the Suburban Soccer League:

• The first session starts in mid June. This is a great way to play midweek and keep your team fit for the weekend leagues.
• Seasons include 7 scheduled games plus playoff week, one per week with some “bye weeks”
• Games are officiated and consist of two 25-minute running time halves and played between 7:30 & 10:30 PM
• Team fee includes: facility cost, referee cost & prizes for playoff winners

Registration Information:
Next Start Date: June 15, 2014
Team Price: $675

If you’re interested in joining the Suburban Soccer League either as a team or an individual player, contact us at SuburbanSoccerLeague@gmail.com or visit us at SuburbanSoccerLeague.com

04.10.14 2014 US Soccer National Amateur Championships set for Memorial Day weekend

2014 US Soccer National Amateur Championships set for Memorial Day weekend

BRIDGEVIEW – The second annual US Soccer National Amateur Championships will take place near Baltimore, Maryland May 22-25 at Arundel High School, the home of the WPSL’s Chesapeake Charge. Joining the men’s competition this year will be a women’s bracket, which will honor former prominent amateur and USWNT player, Michelle Akers.

“I am extremely honored and excited about having the USASA Women’s Championship trophy being named after me, and can’t wait to meet the team who wins it first,” Akers said.

Tournament will feature the champions of the USL-PDL, NPSL, WPSL, W-League and the open and amateur divisions of USASA’s National Cups. Men’s teams competing this year are the Austin Aztex, RVA FC, RWB Adria and NTX Rayados. And on the women’s side it’ll be Pali Blues, San Diego Sea Lions, ASA Chesapeake Charge and Houston Aces.

“The success of last year’s event has everyone on edge to see the teams back on the pitch,” US Adult Soccer Executive Director Duncan Riddle said. “We’re excited to bring the US Soccer National Amateur Championships to Baltimore, and I look forward to seeing some great competition Memorial Day weekend.”

The men’s draw will take place April 21 and the women’s will take place April 26. Results will be posted online immediately following each draw.

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04.06.14 New England Revolution Special Offer

03.18.14 Mass Soccer Annual General Meeting

The Mass Soccer Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday April 12 at 1 PM at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Please do your best to have a representative from your league attend the meeting.

The General membership shall be presented annual reports and the order of business shall be as follows:
Roll call/Credential check
Minutes of last meeting
Unfinished business
Reports of Officers
Financial statement by Treasurer
Standing Committee reports
Election of Officers
Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws
New Business
Adjournment

The President shall maintain the right to change the order of business, as he deems appropriate.
IMPORTANT: Elections will be held for the positions of President and Secretary. Anyone from the general membership who desires to run for either position is welcome to do so, but we require that you supply your name, league association (if applicable) and general qualifications to Vice President, Sean Carey and/or our nominating committee by March 29, 2014. These can be sent via email to the Vice President.

IMPORTANT: Constitutional Changes; Any proposed Constitutional or by-laws changes must be submitted at least 14 days in advance of the meeting (by March 29, 2014). These will be reviewed by the Rules Committee and presented at the meeting. Proposed revisions can be sent via email to the Secretary.

Please be sure to notify me if you are designating someone other than your league president to represent your league at the meeting. Notification should be received by April 7, at the latest in writing or via email.

Don’t hesitate to contact any of the Executive Board if you have any questions. Furthermore, if you have any agenda items you want added please send them to us ASAP. We look forward to seeing you on April 12.

Sincerely yours,

Andy Weiss
Secretary, Mass Soccer

03.17.14 USASA U23 Championship Registration Open

Everyone,

Registration is now open for our U23 Championship. The tournament will take place June 13-15 at the Ukrainian American Sport Center outside Philadelphia.

Please pass this on to any teams you believe may be interested.

USASA Communications

03.17.14 2014 PRELIMINARY NEW ENGLAND MUTINY ROSTER

Fifteen returnees & new signees are ready for New England’s 15th season

SPRINGFIELD, MA (03/10/14) – The New England Mutiny will celebrate their 15th season of competition at the highest levels of women’s soccer in the United States this upcoming summer. To commemorate this anniversary, the 2013 WPSL East Conference champions have announced their preliminary roster for the 2014 season which includes 15 of the top collegiate & senior players the Northeast region has to offer.

Alongside the team’s first initial signing – University of Notre Dame & U.S. U-20 star Morgan Andrews – are a mix of veteran Mutiny players and new signees from one of the top collegiate programs in the area. Re-joining Andrews from last year’s East champion side are returnees highlighted by 2013 All-WPSL selection Sarah Brochu, 2013 WPSL National Championship Best XI honoree Alie Fitzsimmons, 2013 All-WPSL East selection McKenzie Hollenbaugh and leading scorer Tori Sousa.

Leading the way for the new signings are two offensive talents in American International College All-American Sonia Basma and former DC United Women star Mikaela Howell. Roxy Lee-Stewart and Jessica Margaretta are two more members from the #4 nationally-ranked and NCAA DII Final Four participant AIC Yellow Jackets to join New England this summer, alongside their college teammates in Basma and Fitzsimmons….

For the full story including player bios & quotes, click HERE to go to our official website!
About the New England Mutiny
The Mutiny are a charter member of the WPSL East Conference, winning 6 East titles while reaching the WPSL National Final on 2 occasions. The Mutiny competed in the New England Division of the WPSL East in 2013 alongside Boston Aztec, Boston Breakers Academy, CFC Passion, New Hampshire Phantoms and Maine Mariners. 2014 schedule out soon.

For more information on the team, please visit http://www.MutinySoccer.com, call
(413) 330-9775 or send an e-mail to NewEnglandMutiny@aol.com. You can also follow our team on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

03.07.14 Steve Siniscalchi Outstanding Achievement Award

Mass Soccer honored Steve Siniscalchi with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his service to Mass Soccer and the NEOTSHL soccer community. Great job Steve!

02.21.14 Revolution acquires forward Teal Bunbury from Sporting KC

Revs pick up young, dynamic forward via trade

TUCSON, Ariz. – The New England Revolution today acquired forward Teal Bunbury (Twitter: @Tealbunb) from Sporting Kansas City via trade. In exchange, the Revs have sent their natural first-round draft pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money to Sporting KC. Bunbury is expected to join the Revolution in Tucson later this week.

Bunbury, 23, is entering his fifth MLS season after Sporting KC drafted him fourth overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. In 89 career appearances in Kansas City, Bunbury made 48 starts while scoring 19 goals and adding seven assists.

“We’ve been very open about our desire to add some additional attacking players to our roster ahead of the season and we believe Teal is a player who can make the sort of impact we need,” New England general manager Michael Burns said. “He’s a talented, young player who can add a dynamic element to our system, and we’re looking forward to getting him into camp and integrated into our group as soon as possible.”

Following a five-goal, two-assist rookie campaign in 2010, Bunbury scored a career-high nine goals and added a career-best three assists in 2011 while tying for the team lead in goals.

After his breakout sophomore campaign, Bunbury saw limited MLS action in 2012 and 2013 because of international call-ups and injury. He spent much of the early spring 2012 with the U.S. Under-23 (Olympic) team ahead of and during Olympic qualifying, and then suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Sporting KC’s game on Aug. 26, 2012. He later returned to the field on June 12, 2013 in a U.S. Open Cup match, 10 months after the injury. Before tearing his ACL in a match against New York, Bunbury made 22 appearances, scored five goals and added one assist in 2012. After returning from the injury, he collected one assist in 12 appearances last year.

With Sporting KC, Bunbury won the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup 2013.

Born in Canada, Bunbury is a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen. He played on Canada’s Under-17 and Under-20 teams before declaring for the United States’ senior national team. He has four caps for the U.S., making his full international debut against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010 under former head coach Bob Bradley. He later scored his first senior international goal on Jan. 22, 2011, notching the Americans’ only goal in a 1-1 draw against Chile. His first international assist came in his last appearance on Jan. 25, 2012, against Panama. Bunbury also saw time with the U.S. Under-23 (Olympic) team during qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Under current U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Bunbury has been called into three training camps: September 2011, October 2011 and January 2012.

Bunbury played two seasons at college powerhouse Akron, helping the Zips to the 2009 College Cup championship match and winning the Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate player that same year. In 48 appearances spanning two seasons at Akron, Bunbury scored 23 goals and added eight assists, including a 17-goal campaign in 2009.

One of Major League Soccer’s first-ever second-generation players, Bunbury’s father – Alex – is a former member of the Canadian National Team (1986-1997) and the Kansas City Wizards (1999-2000, now Sporting KC).

Season tickets for the 2014 New England Revolution season are on sale and start at $342 for 18-game packages. Four- and six-game plans are also available. Call 1-877-GET-REVS or visit revolutionsoccer.net for more information about these plans or any other ticket option.

For up-to-the-minute information on the Revolution, visit the team’s official web site at revolutionsoccer.net, or join the conversation and interact with fans on any of the team’s social platforms: Twitter (@NERevolution, #NERevs), Facebook (NERevolution), Instagram (NERevolution), Google+ (+NERevolution), Pinterest (NERevolution), Vine (NERevolution), YouTube (NERevolutionSoccer) and Flickr (NERevolution).

TRANSACTION: New England Revolution (MLS) – Acquired F Teal Bunbury via trade from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for New England’s natural first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.

TEAL BUNBURY
Pronunciation: TEEL BUN-burr-ree
Jersey Number: TBA
Position: Forward
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185 lbs.
D.O.B.: February 27, 1990 (Hamilton, Ontario)
Hometown: Prior Lake, Minn.
College: Akron
Last Club: Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Status: Senior roster
How Acquired: Acquired via trade with Sporting Kansas City on Feb. 19, 2014, in exchange for New England’s natural first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money

11.26.13 USASA Region I - 2014 National Cups - Dates & Entry Information

Some of you have already started your state qualifiers for the Men’s National Cups. The following is information for states and their teams concerning the cups.

In the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, last season’s Region I US Open & Amateur Cup champions will represent the Region in the 2014 edition. Those teams are Icon FC of New Jersey (Open champion) and NY Greek American Atlas of Eastern New York (Amateur champion). Teams that are qualifying this season in those two cups through their State Associations and then the Region are playing for the 2014 Werner Fricker US Open Cup (USASA national champion) and the 2014 US Amateur Cup. Those two winners will be the Region I designees for the 2015 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

The entry fees for each cup are the following:
US Open Cup – $200/team – maximum paid entries for 5 teams ($1,000)
US Amateur Cup – $150/team – maximum paid entries for 5 teams ($750)
US Over-30 Cup – $150/team – maximum paid entries for 5 teams ($750)
Each State Association may set fees for their qualifiers as they see appropriate. The fees listed above are those that are to be paid to the Region by each State Association. The cap on the fees are set at 5 teams per competition. If a State Association has 3 entries in the US Open Cup, the fees due would be $600. If that member has 8 entries in the same competition, the fees would be capped at $1,000.

Each State Association needs to notify our Region I Cup Commissioner, Gus Xikis, of the number of entries they have in each cup and contact information of the manager/coach for each team. The contact information should include team name, manager/coach name, address, phone number & email address. Gus will also need to know the name and contact information of the State Association Cup Commissioner. The email address for Gus is newworld@aol.com.

The following are the projected dates of our regional cup qualifiers. Keep in mind that there may be some changes depending on the number of entries from our State Associations. The Region I finals will take place at the Ukrainian American Sports Center in Horsham, PA on 15 June.
6 April – Open Cup Quarterfinal
13 April – Amateur Cup Quarterfinal
20 April – NO GAMES – Easter Sunday
27 April – O30 Cup Quarterfinal
4 May – Open Cup Semifinal
11 May – Amateur Cup Semifinal
18 May – O30 Cup Semifinal
26 May – NO GAMES – Memorial Day
1 June – Make-up date
15 June – Region I Cup Finals
The Region is on both Facebook & Twitter (@USASARegion1). If you have not done so yet, please Like or Follow. Pass along the Facebook or Twitter links of your State Association. For those of you who include updates of your cup qualifiers on your web site or social media, please pass them along to me. I will copy or retweet on the Region sites.

If there are any questions, contact Gus or me.

Tony Falcone
Deputy Director
USASAFalcone@msn.com

10.29.13 Special Discount to MLS Cup Playoffs

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09.08.13 3rd Annual Joan Raiano Memorial Tournament EMWSL

3rd Annual Joan Raiano Memorial Tournament
Sunday, October 20th, 8am-5pm
Wheelock School Fields
17 Elm Street, Medfield, MA

7 v 7
3 Open Divisions (based on Skill), O40 Division

Early Bird Registration – $325 per team if registered by 10/1
Registration Fee – $350 per team after 10/1

Registration Deadline is October 15th

For more information or to find out how to sign up please contact:
Tricia Carroll – vp@emwsl.org – 978-835-3633
Arleigh Kennedy – president@emwsl.org – 978-207-0223

08.18.13 MASS Soccer mourns the passing of Arnoldo Funes

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Arnold Funes, 61, of Framingham on Wednesday August 13. Arnoldo was a player for the Framingham United Soccer Club, and collapsed shortly after a game in Lancaster the previous weekend.

Born and raised in El Paraiso, El Salvador, he is survived by his wife, María; four sons, Ronaldy, Jose, Henry and Eric; two grandchildren, Ronaldy, Jr. and Edely. He is also survived by two brothers, Jose Saul Funes, Guillermo Funes; two sisters, Maura Funes, Matilde Funes and many nieces and nephews as well as his extended family in El Salvador.

Arnoldo will be buried in his native El Salvador. To help defray the considerable expense, MASS Soccer will collect funds to be turned over to the family. Donations may be sent to the address below:

MASS Soccer
℅ Antonio Furlan, Treasurer
23 Duggan Road
Acton, MA 01720.

07.25.13 Christos Defends US Over-30 Crown Adria Just Misses Out on Cup Double

The United States Adult Soccer Association concluded its National Cup Finals with winners declared for the 2013 Men’s US Open, Amateur, Over-30 & Under-23 Cups. The competition took part at the STAR Complex in San Antonio, Texas over the weekend of 19 July. More than 200 teams from among member state associations of the four USASA regions around the country qualified through state and regional rounds to reach the final.

In the US Over-30 Cup, Christos FC of Maryland (Region I) successfully kept hold of the Gerhard Mengel Cup. It started with a 4:2 semifinal win over FC Corona of Kansas (Region II) despite falling behind on an early goal. The other semifinal saw
Region IV entry Nomads FC (California South) easily defeat Kickers FC O-30 (Florida/Region IV) 4:1. Christos started the title match in the same fashion, giving up an early goal to the Nomads but finished once again with a 4:2 victory to become the fifth side to repeat in the Over-30 championship.

RWB Adria of Illinois (Region II) showed their nine lives over the weekend in its attempt to take home the cup double in the US Open & Amateur Cups. In the Amateur semifinal against NY Greek American Atlas (Eastern New York/Region I), Adria took a first half lead to only give it up in the final minutes. A 2:1 edge in extra time put them into the final to meet ASC New Stars of Texas South (Region III), who advanced in penalty rounds after drawing 2:2 against Lazio FC (California North/Region IV). The final played on Saturday night saw the Stars take the lead 1:0, which they held to the final minutes. A penalty call in favor of the Chicago side put the match into extra time. It appeared to go to penalty rounds but another last minute penalty call gave Adria the Amateur title.

Adria looked to repeat their fortune in the US Open Cup. If successful, Adria would become the fifth side in US Soccer history to accomplish this unique double. The semifinal against New Jersey’s Icon FC (Region I) was settled in regular time, 5:2. In the other semifinal, Rayados (North Texas/Region III) battled PSA Elite of California South (Region IV) 2:2. The club from Houston went through on penalty rounds. The final was a back and forth affair ending in a 2:2 tie. In the first extra time period, Rayados spoiled Adria’s attempt at the double and were able to hold on 3:2 to take the US Open Cup.

The US Under-23 Cup final featured the last two champions, 2012 cup holder Real Caribe (Eastern New York/Region I) and the 2011 champion Railhawks of North Carolina (Region III). The team from Long Island fell behind on an early goal against Region II entry GLSA Illinois but were able to go through to the final with a 4:2 victory. The Railhawks defeated South Sound FC (Washington/Region IV) 3:1 in the other semifinal. In the final, the Railhawks scored early and kept Caribe at bay to take back the title with a 4:1 win.

US Open Cup

The US Open Cup was first played in the 1913-1914 season when it was called the National Challenge Cup. The winners were awarded the Dewar Cup, donated by Sir Thomas Dewar in 1912 for the promotion of soccer in America. In 1999, USASA established the Werner Fricker US Open Cup to recognize the champion among its own participants.

Semifinals
RWB Adria (IL/Region II) 5:2 Icon FC (NJ/Region I)
• Rayados (NTX/Region III) 2:2 PSA Elite (CAS/Region IV)
[Rayados advance by penalty kicks]
Final
• Rayados (NTX/Region III) 3:2 RWB Adria (IL/Region II)
[Match decided in extra time]

US Amateur Cup

The US Amateur Cup was established in 1923 as the National Amateur Cup in response to the overwhelming number of teams playing in the National Challenge Cup. Originally a competition held by USSF, it is now a USASA event. Teams entered in the US Amateur Cup may not use players registered as professionals.

Semifinals
RWB Adria (IL/Region II) 2:1 NY Greek American Atlas (ENY/Region I)
[Match decided in extra time]
ASC New Stars (TXS/Region III) 2:2 Lazio FC (CAN/Region IV)
[ASC New Stars advance by penalty kicks]
Final
RWB Adria (IL/Region II) 2:1 ASC New Stars (TXS/Region III)
[Match decided in extra time]

US Over-30 Cup

The US Over-30 Cup was first played in 1984. The winner of this competition is awarded the Gerhard Mengel Cup. This is an open competition, which means that both amateur and professional registered players may participate.

Semifinals
• Christos FC (MD/Region I) 4:2 FC Corona (KS/Region II)
• Nomads FC (CAS/Region IV) 4:1 Kickers FC O-30 (FL/Region III)
Final
• Christos FC (MD/Region I) 4:2 Nomads FC (CAS/Region IV)

US Under-23 Cup

The US Under-23 Cup was first established in 1997. This is an open competition, which means that both amateur and professional registered players may participate.

Semifinals
• Real Caribe Soccer Club (ENY/Region I) 4:2 GLSA Illinois (IL/Region II)
• Railhawks (NC/Region III) 3:1 South Sound FC (WA/Region IV)
Final
• Railhawks (NC/Region III) 4:1 Real Caribe Soccer Club (ENY/Region I)

06.21.13 USASA Region I - Regional Cup Finals - Results

The Region I finals of the USASA National Cups were played this past weekend at the Ukrainian American Sports Center in Horsham, Pennsylvania, with two sides repeating last season’s success and two more qualifying for the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. All four regional champions advance to the USASA National Cup Finals that will be held between 19 to 21 July at the Star Complex in San Antonio, Texas, as they seek titles for the US Open, Amateur, Over-30 & Under-23 Cups. Region I had more than 100 teams competing among its member state associations to reach this final round.

The first title match on Sunday pitted defending regional and national champion Christos FC of Maryland against JC Eagles of Eastern New York for the US Over-30 Cup. Val Texiera’s 23rd minute goal gave Christos the lead that they held onto for the half. The second half saw Christos pour it on with goals from Pat Crawford, Todd Hicks & Tarik Walker. Jesse Haislip recorded the shutout for the champions who look to repeat last year’s feat at the National Cup Finals.

The US Amateur Cup final was next on slate that included an extra bonus with the winner not only advancing to the national finals but also securing a spot in next year’s Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The two finalists featured the NY Greek-American Atlas of Eastern New York and the Italian American Sport Club of Western New York. The contest started closely with Chris Megaloudis putting the Greek-Americans ahead on 26th minute mark but then seeing Ngwese Ebangwese responding three minutes later to even it off. Stephen Barea got the game winner for the Greek-Americans on the 37th minute while Megaloudis completed a second half hat trick to finish the result at 5:1.

The US Open Cup final between Icon FC of New Jersey and Mass Premier Soccer of Massachusetts also determined the region’s other place in the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Mass Premier led 1:0 at halftime with a 19th minute strike from Roy Sandeman. The Massachusetts side was in good shape to hold onto that lead as an Icon player was ejected in the 70th minute for a second yellow card. But the New Jersey club fought back when 4 minutes later Nelson Becerra evened the score and then Kevin Zalewski put it away in the 83rd to send Icon to the Werner Fricker US Open Cup semifinal next month.

Saturday saw group play in the U23 Cup with defending champion Real Caribe Soccer Club of Eastern New York winning Group A and the Maryland Bays taking Group B. Advancing to the Sunday semifinals were Junior Lone Star FC of NPSL and UGH Fire of Eastern Pennsylvania. Caribe defeated the Fire 2:0 while Lone Star edged the Bays 2:1 to set up a replay of last year’s U23 final.

Lone Star got off to a very quick start two minutes into the match with a goal from Joe-Joe Jappah. Diron Duah tied the match on the 50th minute and then Yannick Laroche gave Caribe the lead in the 65th. Ansumana Kromah made it 2:2 by scoring 5 minutes later. The match winner started with an 82nd minute run from the left side by Eugene Heershcap whose cross met Keston George with a perfect header that went just underneath the cross bar. Real Caribe go to San Antonio hoping to return the US U23 Cup back to New York as they seek to defend last season’s national title.

The USASA National Cup Finals will have the respective winners of the four regions play in the semifinals to determine who meets for the championship matches.

US Open Cup

The US Open Cup was first played in the 1913-1914 season when it was called the National Challenge Cup. The winners were awarded the Dewar Cup, donated by Sir Thomas Dewar in 1912 for the promotion of soccer in America. In 1999, USASA established the Werner Fricker US Open Cup to recognize the champion among its own participants.

The two finalists took part the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which includes other amateur and professional teams of US Soccer. Icon FC made it to the second round.
Quarterfinals – 7 April
North Division
Newtown Mens Soccer (CT) 0:0 [7:6 PK’s] NY Pancyprian Freedoms (ENY)
[replayed on 21 April]
Rhode Island Reds FC (RI) 0:1 Mass Premier Soccer (MA)

South Division
West Chester United – Majors (EPA) 2:4 Icon FC (NJ)
Screaming Eagles (MD) 1:0 Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (MDCVA)
[Note: Screaming Eagles disqualified]

Semifinals – 21 & 28 April
Newtown Mens Soccer (CT) 0:6 Mass Premier Soccer (MA)
Icon FC (NJ) 1:1 [7:6 PK’s] Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (MDCVA)
Final – 16 June
Mass Premier Soccer (MA) 1:2 Icon FC (NJ)

US Amateur Cup

The US Amateur Cup was established in 1923 as the National Amateur Cup in response to the overwhelming number of teams playing in the National Challenge Cup. Originally a competition held by USSF, it is now a USASA event. Teams entered in the US Amateur Cup may not use players registered as professionals.
Quarterfinals – 28 April

North Division
Stanford Olympia (CT) 0:1 Battery Park Gunners (MA)
NY Greek-American Atlas (ENY) 7:0 Vistula Garfield SC (NJ)
South Division
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (MDCVA) 0:1 Maryland Bays (MD)
Italian American Sport Club (WNY) 5:2 Vereinigung Erzgebirge (EPA)

Semifinals – 12 & 19 May
Battery Park Gunners (MA) 2:2 [4:5 PK’s] NY Greek-American Atlas (ENY)
Maryland Bays (MD) 2:3 Italian American Sport Club (WNY)
Final – 16 June
Italian American Sport Club (WNY) 1:5 NY Greek-American Atlas (ENY)

US Over-30 Cup

The US Over-30 Cup was first played in 1984. The winner of this competition is awarded the Gerhard Mengel Cup. This is an open competition, which means that both amateur and professional registered players may participate.
Quarterfinals – 19 May
North Division
JC Eagles (ENY) 3:2 Club Napoli O30 (CT)
South Division
West Chester United OTM Predators (EPA) 1:0 United FC (MDCVA)

Semifinals – 2 June
JC Eagles (ENY) 4:0 Polonia Wallington Soccer Club (NJ)
West Chester United OTM Predators (EPA) 2:4 Christos FC (MD)

Final – 16 June
Christos FC (MD) 4:0 JC Eagles (ENY)

US Under-23 Cup

Group Standings – 15 June

Semifinals – 16 June
Real Caribe SC (ENY) 2:0 UGH Fire (EPA)
Maryland Bays (MD) 1:2 Junior Lone Star FC (NPSL)

Final – 16 June
Real Caribe SC (ENY) 3:2 Junior Lone Star FC (NPSL)

Other USASA Competitions

USASA this year inaugurates the National Women’s Championship that will take place at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Kansas from 25 to 30 June. The popular USASA Veteran’s Cup returns to Escondido, California and will be played between 25 to 30 June. USASA also will host several US Soccer Centennial tournaments for adult teams throughout the country in celebration of that important milestone. For more information, go to the USASA web site at www.usasa.com.

05.28.13 Elikya Soccer Camp Haiti

Elikya Soccer Camp Haiti

Seeking donations of soccer balls, uniforms, etc.

05.28.13 2013 New England Soccer Open

New England Soccer Open
August 9-11
Progin Park, Lancaster, MA

www.newenglandsocceropen.com

05.19.13 2013 Region I U23 Tournament

The registration for the Region I tournament for the US Men Under-23 Cup is approaching. Please send teams to the regional web site to enter.

The tournament will take place between 15 to 16 June in conjunction with the regional finals at the Ukrainian American Sports Center in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Entries are open until 20 May. Go to the U23 Registration site for more details.

Complete details of all Region I Cup action can be found at the Region I site.

01.26.13 2013 USASA National Veterans Cup Update

USASA National Veterans Cup

It is hard to believe but it’s time to start planning for the upcoming National Veterans Cup. As previously announced, the 2013 USASA National Veterans Cup will be hosted again by Cal South on June 25-June 30, 2013 at Frances Ryan Park in Escondido, North San Diego County, California. This year we are expanding divisions to add a Women’s over 65 age, coed over 30, and coed over 40 divisions.

The vetscup website www.veteranscup.us has been updated and the host hotels have been selected. You can find the details for all of our hotels at www.veteranscup.us/lodging. This years HQ hotel is Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Rancho Bernardo. Be aware that we have limited amount of rooms in many of these hotels and our reservation blocks are only good on most hotels until middle of April. We recommend you make your reservations as soon as possible.

Online registration is now available. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. For more information about how to sign up online, please see the registration instructions at www.veteranscup.us/register.

As a reminder, the early bird deadline for discounted team registration is February 15 and the final registration deadline is May 15, 2013.

For the 2013 Tournament, entry fees are as follows:
Extra Early Bird Registration: $300 (Nov 15 – Feb 15)
Early Bird Registration: $350 (Feb 16 – March 31)
Regular Registration: $400 (April 1 – May 15)

We are expecting a large number of teams to register this year. Registration will be capped at 105 teams due to field availability so don’t wait to the last minute.

Based on many requests we have posted a preliminary schedule for the finals. You can find all the details at www.veteranscup.us/schedules.

For general questions about the tournament, please reach out to your regional director at http://www.veteranscup.us/contact. Also if you want to be added to this newsletter distribution list please e-mail your request to veteranscup@gmail.com

We are looking forward to seeing you all this years tournament.

Cheers,

The National Veterans Committee
Don, Keith, Cezar, Lisa, Mike, John

About the USASA Veterans Cup

The annual Veteran’s Cup tournament was established in 1998 by the United States Adult Soccer Association with the intention of providing high-level soccer to both men and women 30 years of age and older. The current Veteran’s Cup tournament is a 6-day event with an anticipated 100 adult soccer teams, comprising approximately 3,000 players, family members, and supporters. This past year we had teams participate from the following states: AZ, CA, CT, CO, GA, HI, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, OH, IN, TX, VA, UT, WA. In past years we have had teams attend from as far as South Africa, Japan, Cost Rica, and Canada.

The tournament travels the country and has been hosted by local USASA member organizations at the various locations:

Escondido, CA: 2012 & 2013
Sanford, FL: 2011
Lancaster, MA: 2009 & 2010
Bellingham, WA: 2007 & 2008
Wilmington, NC: 2005 & 2006
Honolulu, HI: 2003 & 2004
Beckley, WV: 2001 & 2002
Nashua, NH: 2000
Bellingham, WA: 1998 & 1999

11.14.12 US National Women's Championships!

The National Women’s Championship will serve as the premier women’s competition in the United States. Some of the best amateur women’s teams from around the country will get the opportunity to test their skills and play at one of the top soccer complexes in the nation. Overland Park, Kansas was the recent home of the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships; it consists of 12 lighted synthetic fields with scoreboards and helped Overland Park be named the top soccer city in the United States by Livability.com.

There will be four divisions of competition: U23/Amateur/Open/Over 30. Entry fee in any division is $300 per team.

Dates: June 25-27 (Open) June 28-30 (Amateur, U23 and Over30)

For additional details and registration forms, please click here.

07.24.12 Battery Park Gunners Win USASA Cup

Congratulations to Battery Park Gunners, who recently won the 2012 USASA National Amateur Cup. You’ve done Massachusetts and the BSSL proud!

03.16.12 Online Registration System Now Live

The new Mass Soccer online registration system is now LIVE

All adult players are required to register and sign a liability waiver with Mass Soccer and will receive a Player Passcard with a Mass Soccer membership number. All players MUST have either their temporary or permanent Mass Soccer Player Passcard to participate in a soccer game. Game day rosters which include the player’s name, date of birth, and Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID number are also required. Players and teams will NOT be allowed to play without their Mass Soccer Player Passcard and valid league game day roster with Mass ID number.

Affiliation fees are between $25-$40 (depending on home state) and will cover players for two years until December 31, 2013.

Please inform your players to visit http://reg.mass-soccer.org as soon as possible to complete their registration. The registration process is quick and easy and should not take more than a few minutes. The home page has a link to a detailed tutorial as well as FAQ’s.

League Registrars
There will be a Mass Soccer registration site especially for league registrars to verify player roster data. Please email Registrar@Mass-Soccer.org with the name and email address of your league registrar so we can authorize their access.

Please contact Andrea Cardarelli, Mass Soccer Administrator, if you have questions, suggestions, or feedback.

02.24.12 MASS Player Registration System

To all MASS Soccer affiliated leagues and administrators,

The following information explains the roll-out of the Massachusetts Adult State Soccer Association (Mass Soccer) mandatory Online Player Registration System.

Mass Soccer is pleased to introduce you to the all-new online player registration system. Beginning March 15, 2012, all adult soccer players (age 17+) will be required to create an account and register with Mass Soccer at http://reg.mass-soccer.org in order to participate in US Soccer, USASA (United States Adult Soccer Association), and Mass Soccer affiliated soccer leagues.

Through this online registration system players will provide basic demographic and identification data, a photo, and pay affiliation dues. All registered players will be issued an individual Mass Soccer Player Passcard with a photo and membership ID number based on the information provided. Mass Soccer Player Passcards are mandatory for all affiliated members and will be reviewed and verified by referees at each game.

The player affiliation registration fee for calendar years 2012-2013 is $25.00. (This fee was formerly collected by leagues on behalf of the player.) This annual fee provides affiliated members with facility insurance coverage for team/league/tournament play, league officer insurance, as well as access to affiliated referees. All Mass Soccer Player Passcards issued in 2012 will not expire until December 31, 2013!

A centralized registration process will benefit Mass Soccer, leagues, and players for many reasons:

  1. Every player is required by USASA/US Soccer to sign a waiver acknowledging that MASS Soccer and individual soccer leagues no longer provide secondary player insurance and that they are playing at their own risk. Tracking this acknowledgement on paper was cumbersome and inconsistent. Mass Soccer will now have a legally compliant record of all liability waivers.
  2. Every player is required by USASA/US Soccer to provide accurate demographic information (name, address, date of birth, phone number, and valid e-mail address) for Mass Soccer to maintain secondary insurance wavier eligibility and for the state to be eligible for a player registration discounts with USASA. In addition, it has been difficult for Mass Soccer to maintain current records due to league self-reporting. Mass Soccer will now have accurate and timely information to report to USASA and US Soccer and be in compliance with the national requirements.
  3. Finally by centralizing this information, Mass Soccer will be able to connect better with their membership and provide more frequent updates about US Soccer, USASA, and Mass Soccer programs, tournaments, and other events.

Below is a detailed outline how the new online registration will work from a player, managers, and leagues perspective.

Player Process
Every player will create an account at http://reg.mass-soccer.org by providing an accurate email address. The system will then email the player a link directing them back to the online registration site to complete registration. Each player must have a unique email address to register with MASS Soccer.

  • Player enters demographic information and uploads photo
  • Player enters government ID number (driver’s license, passport)
  • Player electronically signs liability waiver
  • Player pays affiliation fee via Paypal or credit card
  • Player prints temporary paper Mass Soccer Player Passcard
  • Mass Soccer office validates information and generates permanent Passcard
  • Player receives permanent Passcard via US mail within 3 weeks of completed registration
  • Player presents Mass Soccer Player Passcard to referee at game time

Registration is considered complete once a player has entered all the required data, uploaded an acceptable photo (subject to approval by MASS Soccer), paid their USASA/US Soccer affiliation dues, and received a Mass Soccer ID number.

Manager Process
Once a player has completed their registration process and reported their Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID number to team managers, managers will add that player information including the Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID number to rosters based on individual league requirements. Individual leagues will no longer be charging affiliation fees.

  • Player completes online registration and prints temporary paper Mass Soccer Player Passcard which includes Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID number
  • Player reports Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID number to Team Manager
  • Manager adds player information and Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID number to league database and team roster
  • All leagues’ game day rosters are required to contain the player’s name, date of birth, and Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID number
  • Mass Soccer Player Passcards and league game rosters are presented to referee at game time

League Process

  • League registrars can validate player and roster information by logging in to the online registration system as an administrator to verify player Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID numbers. We will also build an API if leagues want to connect directly to it.

  • League registrars may also download league specific players based on the provided Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID numbers

  • Twice a year leagues will be required to send their registered players Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID numbers to Mass Soccer for reconciliation

All players MUST have either their temporary or permanent Mass Soccer Player Passcard to participate in a soccer game. Game day rosters which include the player’s name, date of birth, and Mass Soccer Player Passcard ID number are also required. Players and teams will NOT be allowed to play without their Mass Soccer Player Passcard and valid league game day roster. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Mass Soccer will conduct several Webex (online) training sessions of the online registration system during the month of March. In addition, Mass Soccer will host onsite registration sessions at Lansdowne Pub during weekend English Premier League televised games and have weekday office hours for players who do not have an email address or computer access. In-person office hours will be announced to leagues in early March. This information will also be posted on the Mass Soccer website (http://www.mass-soccer.org).

If you have questions, please contact Andrea Cardarelli at masocceroperations@yahoo.com

Frequently Asked Questions:
How will players who do not have an email address or access to a computer register?
Players who do not have an email address or access to a computer may register in person during office hours or at specified times at Landsdowne Pub. In-person registration opportunities will be shared with leagues soon. Please note: there is an additional $5 fee for players who register in person. Players must bring a government ID, $30 payment (credit card, cash or money order), and a current photo.

I’m a team manager, can I just register players who don’t have an email address or computer access?
No, managers may not register for players because each player must electronically sign their own liability waiver. However, managers may help players through the online registration process by creating an email account, etc. Players without an email address or computer access may also register in-person (see above).

I’m a league registrar and I would like to validate that a player registered correctly?
League registrars may log-in to the online registration system as an administrator to validate player registration completion and player Mass Soccer Player Passcard numbers.

I play in multiple leagues. Do I need a separate Mass Soccer Player Passcard for each league?
No, players who play in multiple leagues need only ONE Mass Soccer Player Passcard. Players are responsible for reporting their Mass Soccer Player Passcard number to each team manager.

I live in New Hampshire and play in Massachusetts, do I still need to complete online registration with Mass Soccer?
Yes, players who reside in New Hampshire and play in Massachusetts should choose the “NH resident” payment option. The NH resident affiliation fee is slightly higher due to secondary insurance coverage which is offered through the New Hampshire State Soccer Association.

What forms of payment are accepted?
The online registration site is equipped to accept payment via major credit cards and Paypal. Players may want to create a Paypal account prior to beginning online registration. Players who do not wish to use a credit card or create a Paypal account may choose to register in person. Please note: there is an additional $5 fee for players who register in person. To register in person, players must bring a government ID, $30 payment (credit card, cash or money order), and a current photo.

Why do you need my government ID number?
Mass Soccer must verify player identity and date of birth for leagues with age restrictions. In addition, US Soccer and USASA require accurate player information.

I lost my card, how do I get a replacement? Can I still play?
Players may access their online registration account at any time and choose the “replacement card” option. There is a $7 charge for replacement cards. Once a player submits payment and requests a replacement, they may print a temporary paper Mass Soccer Player Passcard. Replacement cards will be sent to players via US mail within 7 days of replacement request. Players will NOT be allowed to play without either their temporary paper or permanent Mass Soccer Player Passcard.

Who do I report to if a referee doesn’t check for Mass Soccer Player Passcards?
All affiliated referees have been instructed to check the Mass Soccer Player Passcard at game time. Players will NOT be allowed to play without their temporary paper or permanent Mass ID card. If a referee does not check Mass Soccer Player Passcard’s please contact your league official who will then contact the referee assignor and Mass Soccer to address this issue.

What will occur if a player or team uses fraudulent or invalid Mass Soccer Player Passcards or if a player shares their card with other players?
All players are required to have their own individual Mass Soccer Player Passcard with their own individual Mass Soccer Player Passcard number. If you notice players sharing cards or other questionable actions regarding a Mass Soccer Player Passcard, please report this to your league official. Players and teams participating in suspicious or fraudulent behaviors will be subject to a disciplinary hearing with Mass Soccer and face substantial suspensions and fines.

I created an account on the registration site but I never got an e-mail from MASS Soccer to start the registration process. What do I need to do?
Be sure to check your spam folder. You may want to change your filter settings to allow emails from “Do-Not-Reply@mass-soccer.org”. If the activation email is not in your spam folder please try again. There may have been a typo in your email address. If you are still unsuccessful, please contact Andrea at masocceroperations@yahoo.com

We don’t use printed rosters in our league, how do I proceed?
Please contact Andrea Cardarelli at masocceroperations@yahoo.comand we will assist you with roster generation.

What are the benefits of being associated with MASS Soccer?
The following are a few benefits of being associated with MASS Soccer

  • Team liability insurance for field usage up to $3 million dollars.
  • Insurance for your board of directors of your league. This means you will have access to legal help if necessary.
  • Access to referee assignors and up to 5,000 registered referees. Affiliated referees have training, education, and evaluation programs with a procedure for complaints on referees
  • Teams can participate in state, regional, and national cup tournaments and events like Veterans Cup, New England Soccer Open (NESO) etc.
  • Players can be selected and participate for the MASS Select team in regional and national events
  • Use of independent panel for appeals and disciplinary hearings on state level. In addition, having an appeal system which includes an impartial governing body to oversee all play of soccer
  • Insuring that all players are currently registered and not under suspension for violent conduct across the state and country
  • Access to partnerships and vendors that we are currently developing for leagues. This could be a revenue source for your league or discounts on merchandise
  • Having a centralized communication center to handle information concerning all affiliated leagues, soccer happenings across the United States and the world soccer events
  • Voting rights on MASS Association elections and any other MASS Soccer issues
  • Access to other league Presidents to exchange ideas, access to administrative tools
  • Being part of an organization whose main objective is to provide a fun and safe game to soccer players at any level.
  • Being able to participate in sanctioned tournaments in and out of state with the assurances of the rules and appeals procedure available
  • Free online hosting of league website and databases
  • Access to discounted coaching certification courses
  • Coming soon – free league databases and game rosters for leagues and managers

What insurance benefits do affiliated leagues receive?
Leagues receive many insurance benefits detailed here:http://www.usasa.com/docs/2011-12%20Liability%20Insurance%20Summary%20-%20English.pdf

Who do I contact with online registration questions or comments?
Please contact Mass Soccer administrator, Andrea Cardarelli at masocceroperations@yahoo.com with questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Cezar Wislocki-Wasecki
President, Mass Soccer

07.24.11 Men's Select Team Wins 2011 Donnelly Cup

Huge congratulations to Coach Alex Tsalagas and the Mass Men’s Select Team who emerged as National Champions in the 2011 Donnelly Cup on July 10th in Lancaster, PA. For a full desciption and photo, please see the Men’s Select Team Program page.

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