2010 January - June
TSF Academy Celtic U18 Boys Wins Third State Cup in a Row!
The TSF Academy U18 boys won their third state cup in a row on May 23rd. The team played a number of tough games on their way to the championship. In the semi-finals the team faced Berkeley Boca Jr Alliance. The game went to double overtime, with Celtic coming out on top 2-1. In the finals the team faced off against the Jersey Knights Fire. In a extremely well played game, the Fire took the lead 10 minutes into the second half. With their backs against the wall and time running out, TSF battled back to score two goals in the final 20 minutes to win their third title in three years.
Coach Huey Ferguson said, "I am extremely proud of the team. It is never easy to win a state cup, but to win three years in a row, is a tremendous accomplishment." "The team showed a lot of character to come back from a goal down and win the game". Coach Ferguson started working with the team when the boys were U13s. He added, "I am sad that they are all heading off to college this fall, but proud of what we have been able to accomplish."
The team now sets its sights on the Potomac Memorial Tournament and Regionals in West Virginia.
North Jersey Valkyries Season Opener Just A Couple Of Weeks Away
On Wednesday, June 2, at DePaul Catholic HS in Wayne, NJ, at 8pm, TSF Academy’s W-League Team - the North Jersey Valkyries - will take the field for it’s very first USL Eastern Conference Game. The Valkyries will line up against fellow newcomers to the W-League, the New Jersey Rangers.
Luis Mendoza Joins TSF Academy as Director of Coaching
TSF Management: Mark White(General Manager), Dan Christian(Academy Manager), John Saunders(Youth Development), Luis Mendoza(Director of Coaching)
TSF Academy is pleased to announce that Luis Mendoza has joined the club as the Director of Coaching. Luis has gained a number of high-level qualifications from around the world, including the USSF National A License and certification from The European University of Madrid, Spain. A former Venezuelan National Team player, Luis has attended Coaching Clinics in Italy, Argentina, his native Venezuela, and is a scout for both Castel Di Sangro (Italy) and Real Madrid (Spain).
TSF Academy Girls Have Successful Trip To Baltimore
The TSF Academy U13 through U18 girls were on the road over the March 20-21weekend participating in the March Mania tournament in Baltimore Maryland. Highlights from the weekend include the U14, U15, and U16 Girls teams all claiming first place for the tournament.
TSF Stars Shine at MSSL Showcase
TSF Academy had a tremendous run of results at The MSSL Spring College Showcase on the weekend of April 2nd/3rd. Of the three teams entered the U16 Galacticos and U18 Celtic won their tournaments and the U17 made it to the final only to lose on penalty kicks.
Six TSF Academy stars selected for the Super-Y League National Olympic Development Program
It is with great pride TSF Academy reports that six of it's players were invited down to Florida to the prestigious Olympic Development Programme (ODP). Alex Muyl, Franky Martinez and Cody Pepe (U15) were there alongside James Greco (U16) with Jeremy Witherspoon and Maciej Libucha (U17) making up the six.
Six TSF Academy players invited to the SuperY-League National Olympic Development Girls camp
Goalkeepers Melanie Miller and Carlie Till were joined by Alex Kelly, Jasmine Sconciafurno, Emma Cocchia and Carly Berdan at this intense camp with US National Team and College Coaches in attendance. After a grueling 5 days Carlie Till was rewarded for her hard work with selection to the ODP National Select Team. “This was a great week” Carlie said, attending her second consecutive annual SYL ODP Camp. “Last year there were just 4 goalkeepers across two age groups, this year there were 9 just in my age group.” Carlie was one of just 2 ‘keepers selected for the ’94 ODP National Select Team. “Carlie was outstanding for us last year” TSF Academy General Manager Mark White stated. “She is a great goalkeeper, with a tremendous attitude. She has worked very hard to get to this level, and I am positive she will continue to develop and be a top-class player.” Carlie added “ I really enjoyed the season with TSF Academy, and I was really happy to be selected for the camp and then the National Select Team. I am really looking forward to playing in the SYL again this year”.
Selection for the camp is determined during the regular Super Y-League season when coaches are asked to vote for up to three players on the opposition who they, the coaches believe are of ODP standard. At the end of the season votes are collected, and then regional conference calls are made to discuss the players on the list. ODP Coaches then make a final selection and players are invited to Tampa, FL for the 5-day training camp.
During the camp players are continually evaluated and at the end of each day the ODP Coaches meet to discuss the progress of each player. At the end of the camp a National Super Y-League ODP Selection is made for each age group.
Emma Cocchia attended her first ODP Camp. “I was amazed at how many really good players there were. Every single player was technically very strong. It really was a great experience.” TSF U15G team-mates and first-time attendees Jasmine Sconciafurno and Carly Berdan agreed. “It was so intense” Jasmine said. “I was amazed at the level of competition, it really did open my eyes up to the quality of players out there.” Carly added “I enjoyed the opportunity to meet other great players and to work with some of the top coaches in the country. It was interesting listening to them explain the college process and to learn more about the W-League”.
“This was a great opportunity for the girls” White added. “TSF Academy are showing great strides in its development of young players with the inclusion of these six players at the camp, and we expect this number to continue to grow on an annual basis”.
TSF Academy U14G Triumph at NJ Wildcats Spring Kick-off
The TSF Academy U14 Triumph escaped the indoor environment and winter weather for the first time this past weekend participating in the NJ Wildcats Spring Kick-off tournament in South Jersey and battled to a deserved championship victory.
North Jersey Valkyries Fan Club Member Meets Players
Alexa Monro celebrated her Birthday this past week, and had spent her birthday out at dinner with her family.
The following day at her TSF Inter Academy training session the North Jersey Valkyries arranged for a couple of players to show up to wish Alexa a very happy birthday and have some photo's taken with them.
TSF Academy U17 & U18 Boys Have a Successful Trip To The Disney Soccer Showcase
The U18 Boys won their first group play match against Forsyth Fusion from Georgia 3-2 (#3 in GA). Their next game was a tough match against Clearwater Chargers SC USSF Developmental Academy from Florida with the Chargers winning 2-1. The last game in group play was against Jackson FC 92 from Mississippi (State Cup Champion) with the Celtics drawing the game 2-2. TSF finished second in their group and played in the consolation match against United 1996 FC International (#18 in country) coming out on top with a 2-0 win. The tournament was a great experience for the team as a number of players received offers from colleges.
The U17 Boys , under their new Head Coach, Dan Christian, started group play against Carmel United Elite 93 from Indiana (State Cup Finalist) with a 3-1 win with the highlight of the game being two goals by Griffin Abbot and a goal by Fabian Allen. The next game was a hard fought 1-1 tie against Texas Rush USSF Developmental Academy with the lone goal for TSF coming from Daniel Bellet. The two results set up a must win game against MS/JFC Fire 93 Premier from Mississippi (State Cup Champion). Panther’s player Fabian Allen scored the game’s only goal with a free kick blast from 35 yards out putting the team into the final. In the Championship game TSF Academy outlasted the Dallas Texans 93 Red West recording a 1-0 win. The lone goal was scored by Daniel Di Maio on penalty kick after Jeremy Witherspoon was fouled in the box. Coach Dan said "Everyone on the team worked hard and did a good job. The team played very well against some tough competition."
TSF Academy U18 Celtic's Chris Benedict Named State Player of the Year
On Tuesday, December 8, after 4 years and many, many coaching hours, Senior Manager Zico Nunes has decided to start a new adventure overseas. For the past two years he has been the Boys Academy Manager, expertly dealing with all aspects of TSF. "Zico will be sorely missed, he has been a tremendous member of the TSF Academy staff and has gained the upmost respect from coaches, players and parents alike" said company president Jason Yang. "We all wish him all the very best for the future".
TSF is also pleased to announce the following promotions:
Dan's experience includes CEO, South Jersey Barons ('03-'04), Technical Director of Academy, South Jersey Barons ('97-'04) as well as coaching a number of premier teams, as well as Head Coach for the Barons PDL Team.
We wish Dan, Mark & John continued success in their new roles at TSF.