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Newletter #7: May 2018

Newletter #7: May 2018

A word from the Mass Soccer president, Andy Weiss: 

"Does the game go on without us?

For the month of April I had an opportunity to take an extended vacation for the first time in....well as long as I can remember. Besides arranging the time off from work and planning for the trip itself, the brief worry crossed my mind that I would be neglecting my soccer obligations. Then I remembered the stellar team of people around me:

  • Liz McQuilkin is our Operations Manager and handles just about anything that is thrown her way, always with a smile that does not quit.
  • Debbie Forte is our Registrar and is currently moving a mountain of people through our system with seamless efficiency.
  • JP Musanda and Kevin Griffith are running the largest ever field of teams competing for the National Cups.
  • Paul Athanasiadis is our State Games Assignor and will make sure those games all have good referees.
  • Moulay Ridaoui is our Treasurer and is working to prepare our budget reports.
  • Nadia Sussman is our Secretary and has successfully organized and recorded another Mass Soccer Annual General Meeting.
  • Garrett Solomon is our VP and Disciplinary Chair, and is already at work resolving some misconduct issues that came in.
  • Jessica Berry is our Legal Counsel and is researching to make sure we are in compliance with new child safety statutes.
  • Jeremy Mordkoff is our web developer and continues to make behind the scene changes that make all our lives easier.

And there are more. From the organization that produces the passcards, the accountant preparing the tax returns, our coaching department, the apparel company, and even the person putting together this newsletter. All this is going on while I took the month to goof off. There is a very large and very capable team of people supporting Mass Soccer and for that we owe them a debt of thanks. 

It is easy for us to think we are indispensable to the game, but the truth is that good people are all around us!


USASA National Amateur Cup & Werner Fricker Cup: Safira makes runs in two National Cup Tournaments

To say Safira FC has had a solid past 12 months would be an understatement. The defending OTHSL D1 champions qualified for two USASA national cup competitions, as the Mass Soccer representative, and have advanced to the next round in both. Ironically the Massachusetts champion was paired against the New York champions, NY Greek America SC, in the regional quarterfinals in both competitions. Click here to read more...


USASA Gerhard Mengel Cup: Warehouse Gunners defeat Polonia Wallington SC to advance to Region I semis

Mass Soccer's Warehouse Gunners are one of seven USASA Region I teams competing in the 2018 Gerhard Mengel Cup. The competition is USASA's O30 cup tournament, it dates back to 1984 and is named after Gerhard Mengel, a former National Cup Commissioner.

On Sunday, April 29 the Warehouse Gunners defeated New Jersey's Polonia Wallington SC in a tight quarterfinal match. Both of Gunner's goals were scored by Marty Galvin who first struck in the 24th minute and later in the 65th minute. Polonia made things interesting when they netted a neat header off a corner kick with 15 minutes remaining. However, the Gunners stood strong and held on to a 2-1 victory to book a ticket into the semifinals on May 20th where they will travel to the winner of Pancyprian Freedoms (NY) vs. Danbury United (CT).  Click here to read more...


Discount tickets for our first "Mass Soccer Night at the Revs"

Calling all Mass Soccer players, family and friends! Come cheer on the New England Revolution and receive a 35% discount on the Revolution's June 2nd match against the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium. Tickets are only $28 in section 112 and 113 of the stadium and kickoff is 7:30pm EST. Be sure to join the fun and cheer on the Revs as they continue their climb up the Major League Soccer East standings! As a benefit of your Mass Soccer membership, you qualify for this ticket discount - click here to receive your special member pricing


BSSL: MIT FC, Brockton FC, Southie FC Reserves, Alleghany, Valeo FC U20 remain perfect through 3 weeks

The Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) is up-and-running three weeks into the 2018 season and it's another exciting year for the league with the addition of 11 new teams (Boston City FC U20, Boston Siege, Iraq FC, Lowell United, Lusitana Sports, Oneida Reserves, SR Young Boys, United Hands FC, Valeo FC U20, Worcester County, Worcester Warriors) and the expansion of Division 3 North and Division 3 South from 10 to 14 teams each. The league now has an impressive 48 teams across D1, D2, D3N and D3S. Click here to read more...


One-on-one conversation with Safira FC manager Andre Ferreira

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how/why Safira FC established? - "I was born in Brazil and I am 36 years old. I have resided in the Boston area since 2000. Safira FC was established in 2007 by a group of friends trying to play in Boston's Brazilian Soccer League."

What Safira FC accomplishment are you most proud of? - "In 2008 we entered into our first ever futsal tournament in Baltimore, MD but didn't perform so well. In 2009 we entered again and won the Region I and National titles. To date, Safira FC have won 8 regional futsal titles and 4 national futsal titles.The Safira FC accomplishment that I am most proud of is our 4 national futsal titles."

What is it about soccer that’s so special to you and the Safira FC family? - "Soccer is our passion, it runs in our blood since we were kids. It is what has kept us away from many difficult times and it is genuinely what has made us who we are today."

To read more about Andre and Safira FC click here...


EMWSL & OCWSL: Collaberation Builds Community!

Eastern Mass Women's Soccer League (EMWSL) and Old Colony Women's Soccer League (OCWSL) continue to create and foster programs that give back to their local communities. Mass Soccer would like to shine a spotlight on both leagues' grassroots efforts, using soccer as a vehicle, to help grow the Beautiful Game and support individual players and programs in need. Click here to read more


USAfrica: Sal Afonseca returns as president following Nilda Morris' successful spell

As the 2018 USAfrica campaign approaches, teams are prepping for another competitive season. This year, the league is transitioning into a new era with a change of league leadership. Sal Afonseca has returned as league President replacing a very successful presidential spell by Nilda Morris. One immediate change expected this season is the move to an online roster system. Mass Soccer is very excited to have previous USAfrica President Nilda Morris join the Mass Soccer team as the new Appeals Committee Chair.


CMO35: Kosova off to hot start in Division A

Auburn is the reigning Fall 2017 league champions having finished slightly above 85 Main, Kosova and Chicopee in the standings with 6 wins and 4 losses. This spring season however, it's Kosova who top the Division A standings with 2 wins and 1 draw in the young campaign. Kosova began the season with a 1-1 draw against Chicopee, a 2-0 victory over New England and most recently edged 85 Main by a 2-1 score line. The CMO35 league is a recreational Sunday morning league with 20+ teams in the Greater Worcester area. Most players are over the age of 35.


OTHSL: Safira & Lynfield Azzuri undefeated in O30 D1, Peabody Sporting Club, Concord United Masters & Crafty Veterans lead way in O40 divisions

Mass Soccer's Over the Hill Soccer League (OTHSL) continues to provide players 30 years old and above the opportunity to play the game they love in a competitive setting. with 46 leagues in the O30, O40, O50, O56 and O63 formats, there is an abundance of competitive soccer every weekend in northern, central and southern Massachusetts. The 2018 season is only 4 weeks in but several story lines are beginning to unfold.  Click here to read more...


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