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Great, great games this week!
In the first game NYC FC got on the winning track with a 3-2 win over Deportiva Toluca. Just a great game from start to finish. NYC FC chalk up their first win of the season while Toluca who played to a 1-1 tie last week added a lose. Game 2 saw favorite NY El Salvador squeak out a win against Real Honduras 2-1. Real Honduras is one of the new clubs and tied last week but proved to be competitive against a strong NY El Salvador team. Game 3 saw CD Alianza easily winning over Monarcas 4-0. The game got a little heated and red cards were given to simmer things down. ALianza is going to be tough to beat and Monarcas needs to regroup and play smart soccer. The last game was probably the best soccer played during the day seeing Juventus narrowly get by Atlas 2-1. Both teams have strengthen their rosters this year and will be in the hunt for the top spots in the division.
Next week the teams have the day off to honor our veterans for Memorial Day. Action resumes June 4th
May 21, 2017
11:00am NYFC 3 vs Deportivo Toluca 2
12:30PM Real Honduras 1 vs NY El Salvador 2
2:00PM Monarcas 0 vs Alianza 4
3:30PM Atlas 1 vs Juventus 2
Liga de Yonkers kicked off the 2017 season on May 14th. In the first game C.D. Alianza defeated a strong Atlas team 3-1. C.D. Alianza is one of the early favorites to compete for the top spot and played a well balanced game. Atlas had its opportunities but simply could not make the big play but proved they are should not be taken for granted. Juventus defeated Monarcas also by a score of 3-1. Another game with multiple opportunities for each team to score with Juventus taking advantage of mistakes. Monarcas has added some good players to their rosters and just needs a little more playing time together. The third game saw NY El Salvador tie NYC FC 1-1. Defense was the name of this game with each team pressing the other and limiting scoring opportunities. NY El Salvador was last years runner-up but NYC FC made some changes to their roster this year and showed they are ready to take on the world. The last game saw this year’s 2 new teams, Real Honduras and Deportivio Toluca play to a 2-2 tie. Action was fierce and the adrenaline was flowing. All the teams proved they are ready for an exciting and fun season.
Liga de Yonkers opens its 2017 season on Sunday May 14th. As always the games are played at Pelton Field on McLean Avenue in Yonkers. This is the 11th season for Liga de Yonkers and we have 8 teams participating. 1. Atlas 2. CD. Alianze 3. Toluca 4. NYC FC 5. Juventus 6. Monarcas 7. Real Honduras and 8. NY El Salvador. NY El Salvador and CD Alianza are the strongest teams returning from last year but late runs from Atlas, NYC FC, Monarcas and Juventus made things interesting and caused some last minute seed changes for the 2016 playoffs. These teams have strengthen their rosters and are contenders for the top spots. Two new teams, Toluca and Real Honduras have shown great promise during our pre-game “Friendly Games” and will surprise everyone with their defense and scoring power.
The schedule will be a double round robin so each team plays 14 games. All eight teams will advance to a single elimination playoff round starting in August.
The leagues top 4 teams will represent Liga de Yonkers in the Eastern Division Soccer League Tournament of Championship Cup in June. In this tournament 16 teams from the various Eastern District Soccer League divisions will play for some substantial prize money and the bragging rights to say they were the best of the best in 2017.
Everything starts this Sunday at Pelton at 11:00am. Come down and watch some fast, exciting local soccer.
It was an all “Liga de Yonkers” final with Real Sociedad and Morazán meeting in the Championship Game played at Fleming Field. Liga de Yonkers sends 4 teams to this 16 team championship tournament and 3 out of the final four were from Liga de Yonkers this year. This was the best showing we have had since the start of the Tournament 4 years ago. All 16 teams are true champions and it is a great honor to compete against them and this year luckily win against each and everyone of them. Real Sociedad defeated Morazán 3-2 in a tough played final match. Real Sociedad scored first and was ahead 2-0 nothing at half but a determined Morazán team stayed in the game with aggressive play but just couldn’t keep up with Real Sociedad in the end. Real Sociedad just seemed quicker and was one step in front of Morazán the whole match. Morazán has lost in the finals the past 2 years but vows to be back next year. Real Sociedad is basking in their victory and looking forward to the EDSL Dinner Dance in October where they will get their proper recogination.
Real Sociedad now advances to Stae Tournament!!!!
Liga de Yonkers wants to thank EDSL and its board of directors who attended the matches and conducted an excellent tournament. It is an honor to play for the Eastern District Soccer League
San Lorenzo and Real Sociedad played to a tough 4-4 tie at Pelton but the one point received by San Lorenzo was good enough to put them in first place for the first time this season. San Lorenzo is a well balanced team and when they come to play is tough to beat. Real Socidad had played earlier in the day and had won the EDSL Champions Cup and just didn’t have the energy in the second game.
Hondurs looked sharp defeating C.D.Juventud 4-1 with only 9 players. Juventud scored first and early in the first half but then it was all Honduras. Atlas and Sport Peru both received wins on forfeits this week. I think World Cup action was just too much to pass on. Real Cotija and Monarcas didn’t play this week. The week off caused Cotija to slip to second this week but with a game still to be played you know they want to regain that top spot.
There is still 5 weeks of regular play the points are really close. Anything can and probably will happen.