Professional

April 1, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

With the opening game of the NPSL regualr season now less than 4 weeks away they have shored up their team at all levels, some players are returning, most have Long Island ties.

Paul Blanchette the Cali 'keeper is here by way of Finaland and his last team, PEPO Lappeenranta with 18 league games to his credit. HC Carlos Mendes, a Long Islander himself had this to say of the netminder, "We are very happy to sign Paul. He is a talented and focused individual."

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March 14, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

This was my first game with Soccer Long Island Magazine and it was facing my hometown DC United at historic Yankee Stadium no less. It was a cool damp day for a hard fought battle of eastern division rivals, NYCFC & DC United did not disappoint. Both teams had their chances on goal and the pair of USMNT goalkeepers were more than up to the task.

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March 4, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

Not here to defend a title, so much as to win another, the 2018 NWSL champs are back at it under the tutelege of Long Island Legend, Paul Riley. Almost 40 players are expected with no less than 10 not yet in camp due to Natioinal Team commitments, we hope to see all of those tomorrow facing tammate Debinha. Our friend, Shannon Horgan who had us out to a few of her events and a training session that left me exhausted is in camp for her former youth coach as non roster invitee, she should have no issues with any of the fitness work whatsoever.

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March 4, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

They opened the season in the balmy confines of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson CA, struck first but were bested by the Galaxy 2-1 as Zlatan hit the winner in off a rebound before 25,866 fans.

Coach had this to say of Frankowski: "He was fantastic. I think the same as the whole team until we conceded the first goal. I think the performance of the team, the plan worked perfectly. We controlled the game, created bunch of opportunities, clear opportunities."

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March 3, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

Coming out of the gate strong, an Ebenezer Ofori goal assisted by USMNT standout Jonathan Lewis at 13' and closing out the opening half of the year in similar fashion, Alex RIng assisted by newcomer Alexandru Mitrita for his first of what I am sure will be many MLS points at the 45' mark.

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