Coach Oumou Brings the DUSC Spirit to Mali

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Coach Oumou Brings the DUSC Spirit to Mali

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DUSC is proud of our diversity — a microcosm of our great city — with players, coaches and staff from countries around the globe. This mosaic of cultures, styles and beliefs makes for good soccer, and great people.

Mali is a landlocked country in sub-Saharan west Africa known for its music, its cuisine — and its obsession with soccer. It’s also the birthplace of beloved coach Oumou Toure, who despite her youth, has been a fixture at the club for over a decade.

This summer, Oumou visited Mali. As a young girl she had moved to New York City, following her mom, a chef and restaurateur who had immigrated here to open an African restaurant in Harlem. This was her first time returning, a trip she made with her sister and a cousin.

As a DUSC coach, Oumou was very familiar with Soccer Recycle, an initiative with which the club partners to collect and distribute gently used soccer uniforms and equipment internationally where they are needed. She asked Program Director Adam Norse if he had any equipment she herself could distribute in Mali and he was happy to help, finding her four teams worth of uniforms from our Recreation League.

“When I got there, they didn’t even have pinnies, let alone uniforms. As a DUSC coach it was all so different to me; how did they know who was on the team?” It was an eye opener for a coach used to the privileged environs of downtown Manhattan. “Instead of cleats they were all wearing water shoes to play. The field was just dirt.” 

But the smiles were same, and the joy, the universal language of our game. “They were so happy to get the uniforms and I was so happy to be able to provide them.” The DUSC spirit is spread wide, from here to Timbuktu, and beyond.

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DUSC appoints Sarah Dwyer-Shick as Assistant Technical Director for Girls Program

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DUSC appoints Sarah Dwyer-Shick as Assistant Technical Director for Girls Program

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DUSC is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Dwyer-Shick as Assistant Technical Director for its Girls Program

Dwyer-Shick, who brings extensive experience at all levels of youth soccer, will also serve the Manhattan-based club as Assistant Technical Director of Goalkeeping.

During her 15 years collegiate coaching experience, Dwyer-Shick served as a head or assistant coach at each of the three NCAA divisions and is in her third year as assistant men's coach at Dutchess Community College. While she remains passionate about providing resources for players looking to play after high school, and speaks with teams, clubs and players about college soccer and recruiting, her focus is on youth development and creating opportunities for players to grow through the game.

Her sport-for-all passion has taken Dwyer-Shick around the globe, promoting the development of opportunity for girls to play. "Soccer is truly the world's game and has provided me opportunities to see how universal the sport is and the tremendous impact it can have on the lives of young players."

"New York soccer continues to grow and to be at the heart of that development in Manhattan, at an organization that is committed to providing quality education and development opportunities for the youngest recreational players through older competitive teams, is truly exciting."

Dwyer-Shick, played soccer and lacrosse at the collegiate level and holds a Master's degree in Sports Management from the University of Denver. She earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College.

She served for five years as Director of Coaching for New York's Girls North Olympic Development Program (ODP). She also coached with the NY Rush/Patriots Club for eight years and has worked as a consultant with youth organizations throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. 

"Sarah brings a lot of experience to the program from both a youth and collegiate perspective and will certainly help take the program to another level" commented Arman Osooli, Technical Director for Girls.  

Dwyer-Shick holds the US Soccer National Youth License and Advanced National Diploma and Advanced National Goalkeeping Diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA.

Welcome to the Club Sarah! 

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DUSC appoints Kevin McCarthy as Director of Youth Development

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DUSC appoints Kevin McCarthy as Director of Youth Development

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Kevin brings a wealth of experience to DUSC. Having won Ivy League titles as a coach in Columbia University's women's and men's programs, Kevin was selected for a NSCAA Coach of Year Award. He serves on the NY Leadership Council for the  United States Soccer Foundation and was a Founding Director of Next Gen USA and the NYC Soccer Academy. A highly sought-after speaker, Kevin has lectured at many NYC schools, including Columbia, Brooklyn College, Fordham Business School and he has appeared on ESPN, Sirius FM and CNN to discuss the state of American Soccer and youth development.

"Manhattan has been my home for over 30 years and I have navigated the NYC soccer scene as a player, coach, board member, volunteer and parent,” Kevin said. ”DUSC is already a model for holistic and inclusive player development in NYC so I am excited to be involved in supporting and growing the progressive platform of programs that DUSC operates. I am passionate about bringing my value-based approach to DUSC and my initial goal is to build on the strong and positive soccer developmental experience for all the DUSC stakeholders: players, parents, coaches and employees.

"Kevin will be a great addition to the team. His network within NYC and his experience at the collegiate level with both men and women will be a tremendous asset to our players and our community at DUSC" said Tom Frambach, General Manager at DUSC. 

Welcome to the Club Kevin! 

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Thank You for a Great Summer

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Thank You for a Great Summer

After more than 25 years, the summer of 2017 was the best one yet for DUSC Summer Camp, with over 1500 players attending a total of 54 days. Our campers worked on their skills and their fitness, building on their love for the game in a positive, supportive environment. And most important to all of us — they had fun!  We are able to give over $38,000 in financial assistance to those in need this summer to experience the beautiful game.  We are grateful to our footballers and their families for the time they’ve spent with us this summer at DUSC Summer Camp. 

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DUSC G2000 and G2002 Blue Teams Visit Ajax and Frankfurt

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DUSC G2000 and G2002 Blue Teams Visit Ajax and Frankfurt

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This month, our DUSC G2000 and G2002 Blue teams were privileged to travel to Amsterdam and Frankfurt and train with Academy coaches from esteemed AFC Ajax and FFC Frankfurt. Many of them had never traveled to Europe before and doing so with their teammates proved to be an unforgettable experience. Sophie King, a 2001 playing on the 2000 team described it as “traveling the world with my best friends.”

The players were struck by differences in both style of play and coaching in the Europe, noting both an increase in intensity and an overarching emphasis on “the team” in both the Netherlands and Germany. “Everyone pays for mistakes” in practice, just as they would in games. “Everything you do affects the people around you.”

When not training or competing, the girls had time to explore two of Europe's great cities. They felt “Amsterdam completely surpassed our high expectations” as they enjoyed rides along the canals and the beauty of the old city. They were surprised to find that Frankfurt, one of Europe’s major financial hubs and the capital of the European Central Bank, reminded them of downtown Manhattan with its recent glass and steel skyscrapers, and they sought out smaller, more quaint areas. A favorite memory of Frankfurt was of its famed street performers.

A highlight of the trip was going to the UEFA Women’s Euro final between the Netherlands and Denmark. The players didn’t know they’d be attending and it was a wonderful surprise. It was “indescribable”, “very emotional” and “amazing to watch” some of the best players in the world compete for Europe’s crown in the company of their teammates. It was a hard fought match, with the Netherlands, competing at home, defeating underdog Denmark 4-2. 

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Pier 40...What's Next?

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Pier 40...What's Next?

At a meeting on Pier 40 two months ago, Board Member Isaac Daniel Astrachan of Downtown United Soccer Club presented some of the league's ideas for the pier,  including a modest commercial use,  adding a cafe, and increasing the amount of playing-field space. Photo by Lincoln Anderson

At a meeting on Pier 40 two months ago, Board Member Isaac Daniel Astrachan of Downtown United Soccer Club presented some of the league's ideas for the pier,  including a modest commercial use,  adding a cafe, and increasing the amount of playing-field space. Photo by Lincoln Anderson

Survey says? Community Board 2 to release online poll on future of Pier 40

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | So far, a series of meetings by a Community Board 2 working group focusing on Pier 40 have not exactly been going gangbusters in terms of drawing crowds of local residents.

To solicit more ideas and concerns about the planned redevelopment of the sprawling W. Houston St. pier, C.B. 2 now will be sending out an e-survey. Tobi Bergman, chairperson of the board’s ad hoc Future of Pier 40 Working Group, said the survey will be going out next week.

Few details were available at press time about the survey’s actual contents or exactly which e-mail lists will be used to distribute it — though, obviously the C.B. 2 list will be used.

In a recent interview, Bergman told The Villager, “We decided to do a survey to give a broader segment of the community a chance to weigh in, because the turnout at these meetings hasn’t been huge — because there hasn’t been anything on the table. Usually people start coming out [to meetings] when there’s a plan on the table.”

Although the Hudson River Park Trust, the waterfront park’s governing authority, has had one or more representatives at the meetings, which have been going for a few months now, so far no concrete plans have been broached by the Trust. What is known is that the Trust wants to redevelop Pier 40 to generate more revenue for both the massive W. Houston St. pier’s maintenance and the wider park, in general.

The Trust has tried, without success, to find ideas for the pier for more than a decade now. Two previous requests for proposals, or R.F.P.’s, from developers for plans to redevelop Pier 40 both went bust after the community opposed the proposals. Those failed ideas ranged from the world’s largest oceanarium during the first R.F.P. to a Cirque du Soleil-centered “Vegas on the Hudson” plan by The Related Companies during the subsequent R.F.P.

This past May, a deal was closed under which the Trust is selling 200,000 square feet of unused development rights from Pier 40 to the developers of the St. John’s Partners project at 550 Washington St. That project will see the old St. John’s Terminal redeveloped into a new residential-and-hotel complex with a significant amount of affordable housing included.

But Pier 40 still has remaining air rights, and if the pier’s current three-story pier shed is demolished, even more development rights will be available to build new structures on the pier.

“The difficult thing,” Bergman said, “will be to try to figure out how to protect the park from another overblown development project” without totally impeding the Trust from trying to redevelop Pier 40 at all.

The main goal of the Trust right now, he said, is to modify the park’s governing legislation, the Hudson River Park Act of 1998, to allow commercial office space to be built at Pier 40. Currently, under the legislation, space equal to 50 percent of the pier’s footprint must be reserved for recreational park use, while the rest of the pier can be used commercially to generate revenue for the park.

“What the Trust has made clear over the years is that they want as much flexibility as they get,” he noted.

The Pioneers team proudly took the field at Pier 40 at a Greenwich Village Little League Opening Day parade a few years ago. The pier’s enormous courtyard sports field is a sacred cow for local families. Villager file photo

But if what the Trust proposes is out of scale, no doubt there will be community backlash.

“If it’s huge, there will be resistance,” Bergman assured. “Scale is a huge issue.”

The former C.B. 2 chairperson and longtime local youth sports and parks activist noted that the pier has a floor-area ratio, or F.A.R., of 2 — meaning that if all the pier’s original development rights were still intact, the entire 15.4-acre pier could be covered solidly with two stories of floor space. Subtracting the 200,000 square feet that were sold to the St. John’s Partners project for $100 million still leaves the pier with a lot of usable development rights.

“You end up with half the floor area of the Empire State Building,” Bergman offered for comparison. “That’s what you could put there. What would be left would be 1.15 million square feet — the Empire State Building is 2.25 million square feet.

“And if you put offices there, you will have to have a certain amount of ancillary stuff — restaurants, cafes, coffee shops,” he noted.

The “density of the office space” will be a key issue, he predicted.

“If 10,000 people are working there, that would be a disaster,” Bergman warned. “Five thousand sounds like it’s still a lot.”

On the other hand, what the pier currently has — recreational park uses (its sports fields) and parking — are uses that have less impact and are less dense in terms of numbers of people on the pier.

Ultimately, Bergman pointed to the language of the park act as the guideline for any redevelopment of the pier. The legislation, he noted, says that “to the extent practicable,” the park will generate income through park commercial uses for the park’s maintenance and operation.

(“It is intended that, to the extent practicable…the costs of the operation and maintenance of the park be paid by revenues generated within the Hudson River Park and that those revenues be used only for park purposes. Additional funding by the state and the city may be allocated as necessary to meet the costs of operating and maintaining the park.”)

Looking at it another way, Bergman said, it isn’t — or shouldn’t be — a question of how much money the Trust wants to milk out of Pier 40, “but what can the park and the community take?”

“We don’t want to fight it again. That’s why we’re doing this,” he said of the working group’s goal of having recommendations for Pier 40 in place by the end of this year.

What is not wanted is another failed R.F.P., which would be “strike three” for Pier 40 after two previous processes tanked, he stressed.

“That would make chances even less likely it’ll happen,” he said. “We want a successful park / commercial project that can generate funds for the park. But,” he added, “the purpose of the park is not to raise money. The park’s commercial part has to be compatible.”

Personally, Bergman said he would have preferred some residential development as a way to raise funds for the park. Around five years ago, a group he helped spearhead, Pier 40 Champions — a coalition of the local youth sports leagues — proposed the idea of building two luxury residential towers near the bike path at the foot of Pier 40 as a revenue generator. But it never got off the ground due to lack of political support. Like office use, it would have needed a legislative amendment, since the park act doesn’t allow residential use. The leagues wouldn’t have built the towers, but they just suggested the idea.

“I thought the answer was a limited amount of residential,” Bergman reflected, “but the politicians didn’t want that, so we conceded that.”

Meanwhile, the Trust is not helping clarify things, in that it isn’t giving any real specifics on what it wants to see at Pier 40.

The Villager asked a Trust spokesperson if she could provide some more details about what the authority is envisioning, but she replied, “On Pier 40, the Trust respects the community board’s process and is not commenting at this point.”

At least one thing that is very clear, though: Bergman doesn’t want any of the potential office employees on Pier 40 thinking they’ll get insider dibs on the pier’s coveted courtyard or rooftop artificial-turf sports fields.

“They should have no special access to the fields,” he stressed. “No, not the same access to the fields as everyone else, because they already will be dominating the pier. Those fields are there for the community — not to make the pier more attractive to a commercial office use. I think that they would really have to be at the end of the line.”

Another big concern for the local leagues, like Greenwich Village Little League and Downtown United Soccer Club, and local schools that use the pier is that the playing fields never shut down.

However, the fear is that a massive Pier 40 project could close the pier for several years, meaning the leagues will have to scramble to find alternative field space.

“They should not close down the fields for construction,” Bergman stressed.

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DUSC coaches selected to attend the Young Leaders Global Summit in Manchester City

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DUSC coaches selected to attend the Young Leaders Global Summit in Manchester City

DUSC staff members Mauricio Maya (Academy, Camps, City Soccer) and Diana Salinas (Camps, City Soccer) were 2 of 60 inspirational young leaders chosen from around the globe for a life changing experience at Manchester City.

City Football Group’s global community was centre stage as City Football Academy opened its doors for the annual Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit.

Mauricio Maya (2nd from left) enjoying an activity in Manchester

Mauricio Maya (2nd from left) enjoying an activity in Manchester

Official Cityzens Giving Young Leader Summit Partner, Etihad Airways, generously helped to connect these young leaders by flying them from 14 projects to Manchester.

This year they welcome returning leaders from Manchester, New York, Melbourne, Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur, Barranquilla, Kolkata, São Paulo and Ghana as well as from the latest additions to the City Football family in Beijing, Bandung, Mexico City, Abu Dhabi and Hanoi.

The third Young Leaders Summit enabled participants from a growing network of Cityzens Giving projects to access leading edge training in community football and share learning about how they are using the game's unifying power to impact their communities.

For the first time, these returning young leaders took charge and co-delivered the summit with City in the Community coaches, using the knowledge and experience gained over the years to enhance the new young leaders confidence, leadership and community football coaching skills.

The 2017 Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit – in partnership with Etihad Airways - enjoyed a successful finale as participants delivered two football festivals.

Having grown in confidence throughout the week, the young leaders put into practice everything they had learned and demonstrated their community coaching and leadership skills.

Diana Salinas (far left) celebrating the achievements of youth players participating in the youth festival. 

Diana Salinas (far left) celebrating the achievements of youth players participating in the youth festival. 

First up was a festival for 240 local children before Manchester City fans and staff reaped the benefits of their skills in the afternoon.

The Young Leaders Summit concluded last evening when the leaders’ development and success was acknowledged at a graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to Mauricio and Diana!  We are so proud of your accomplishments and look forward to you bringing back the knowledge and skills that you acquired!

For  more information on the Young Leaders Global Summit go here

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Max Neve (B2000 Blue) invited to train in Spain this summer

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Max Neve (B2000 Blue) invited to train in Spain this summer

Max Neve will travel to Madrid, Spain to train with Real Madrid Foundation coaches through invite only generation adidas international Select.


Thursday, June 8th, 2017
ATLANTA, GA - This year DUSC is proud to announce that Max Neve has been selected for one of the 32 spots for the generation adidas international Real Madrid Foundation Select Program.

Each year the top adidas youth soccer clubs nationwide have the exclusive opportunity to nominate players and coaches to participate in the generation adidas international Select program. 96 talented players have been invited to train this August at Real Madrid Foundation, A.F.C. Ajax, and Olympique Lyonnais - three of the world’s most powerful soccer clubs.

Neve is 17 years old and plays for DUSC . He prides himself on his Dutch background and ability to “thrive off of mixing the physical and technical aspects of [his] game into play at all times”. From the program, he looks forward to playing with such high caliber players and coaches. For a more detailed player profile, see his SoccerScout profile .

Real Madrid CF’s multitude of trophies include 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey titles, and 12 Champion’s League titles. In addition to being trained by Real Madrid Foundation coaches, Neve will play in international friendly matches against Academy teams and receive individual evaluation from Real Madrid Foundation coaches - an opportunity presented to very few American players.

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DUSC Academy teams punch ticket to knockout stage of NY State Cup!

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DUSC Academy teams punch ticket to knockout stage of NY State Cup!

 

DUSC is very clear on the focus of long term player development through the system as part of the 'DUSC Way'. We don't sacrifice player development for trophies, which requires patience and a healthy attitude for the long term.  We believe if players have the 3 A's (Attitude, Attendance, Ability) success will be a by product of this down the road and we have seen this come to fruition as players and teams get older.  

The club has continued to make improvements and push the bar to compete at the highest level, with all of the top boys teams now competing in the 1st Division of the Elite Development League (EDP) spanning top competition in the northeast region of NY, NJ, CT.  

In addition, DUSC enters all academy teams U13 and above into the NY State Cup competition to measure against the highest competition in the state. The tournament begins in the fall season with 3 group stage games, with the top two teams from each bracket moving onto to the knockout stage during the spring season.  

This past weekend, DUSC saw the following teams make it through to the next rounds of competition. Congratulations to all teams and best of luck in the next round!  

Gold Division

Boys U13 (2004 Blue) - Quarterfinals - May 6 vs. SUSA Elite
Boys U14 (2003 Blue) - Semifinals - TBD vs. Winner of MSC/White Plains
Boys U16 (2001 Blue) - Round of 16 - May 7 vs. Lake Grove
Boys U17 (2000 Blue) - Round of 16 - May 13 vs. SUSA Commack
Boys U18 (1999 Blue) - Round of 16 - May 7 vs. MSC
Boys U19 (1998 Blue) - Round of 16 - May 2 vs. Pleasant Valley 

Silver Division

Boys U15 (2002 Orange) - Quarterfinals - May 14 vs. East Ramapo
Boys U16 (2001 Orange) - Quarterfinals - May 15 vs. Wappingers
Boys U17 (2000 Orange) - Quarterfinals - May 15 vs. Mamaroneck
Boys U18 (1999 Orange) - Quarterfinals - May 4 vs. NY Fusion

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Girls will train at two of Europeans top women's clubs!

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Girls will train at two of Europeans top women's clubs!

This summer our DUSC G2000 Blue and G2002 Blue teams will have an opportunity of a lifetime as they travel to Europe to train with the youth academy coaches of Dutch giant, AFC Ajax Amsterdam and FFC Frankfurt, and play competitive matches against European teams.  

In beautiful Amsterdam, the program includes an inside look and valuable training with academy coaches from the world-renowned Ajax Academy, De Toekomst (The Future), a virtual European soccer factory that has developed a multitude of international stars past and present. This is a very special opportunity: De Toekomst is considered the prototype of the modern youth academy and the Ajax men's team at is now a semifinalist in the Europa League Cup.

In addition, they'll travel to Frankfurt, Germany; home to FFC Frankfurt, one of the most successful women's clubs both nationally and internationally. They'll train at the academy, sightsee in downtown Frankfurt and submerse themselves in Frankfurt's unique and vibrant culture.

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Join Us for a FREE Girls Clinic at Pier 40 in NYC

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Join Us for a FREE Girls Clinic at Pier 40 in NYC

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Lead by Jen Leaverton (Assistant Women's Coach at St. John's University, Division I), Gary Lawson (Head Women's Soccer Coach at St. Joseph's College, Division III) and Arman Osooli (Technical Director — Girls Academy) at Downtown United Soccer Club, the clinic will include training from some of the top local colleges in the NY area, along with Q & A on what it takes to play at the next level.    

Date: Saturday, May 13th

Ages (Birth year):

  • 2010-2005 9:00am–10:30am
  • 2004-2000 10:30am–12:00pm

Cost:  Free

Featured Staff: 

  • Jen LeavertonAssistant Women's Coach, St. Johns University
  • Gary LawsonHead Women's Coach, St. Joseph's College
  • Arman OsooliGirls Technical Director, DUSC

* All players must register through the online portal HERE in order to participate.  Space is limited. 

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Parent Night 2017

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Parent Night 2017

Wednesday,  May 10th at 6:30 pm
P.S. 3 Charrette School
490 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

We will be hosting DUSC “Parent Night” at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 10th at P.S. 3 for all Academy parents. All Academy practices will be cancelled that night. Food and drinks will be served.

We encourage all parents to attend as we will discuss information for the upcoming 2017-2018 year and beyond. This meeting is for parents only, please do not bring players.

We look forward to seeing everyone.

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DUSC performs extremely well at the City Showcase

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DUSC performs extremely well at the City Showcase

Four DUSC teams were crowned champions in the top bracket of the City Showcase Tournament at Randall's Island this weekend.  With over 75 teams competing, the B1998 Blue, B1999 Blue, B2000 Blue and B2001 Blue came away as Champions this weekend.  

The B2001 Orange narrowly missed out on a visit to the final with a 2 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses in division, but missed out by one goal on a tie breaker via goal differential.

66 College coaches were represented at the Showcase tournament, recruiting the next generation of talent from DUSC and other clubs.  

Congratulations to all teams competing. 

Teams will resume league play next weekend and look to continue their impressive form.  

About City Showcase Tournament
The City Showcase Tournament and Symposium provides strong competition, exposure to college soccer recruitment, and information on college access (from both an educational and athletic standpoint) for youth soccer teams and players from the New York metropolitan area and beyond. The event places particular emphasis on providing inner city and minority youth, who are underrepresented in higher education and college soccer, a platform to reach college. At the same time, the event welcomes teams and players from beyond the city and across the region each year. Last year, featured 96 U15-U19 teams from four states and Canada. Over 70 college coaches registered to attend. The City Showcase Tournament is a partnership between South Bronx United and Downtown United Soccer Club

 

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B2004's headed to England this summer!

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B2004's headed to England this summer!

Players will train at two of the Premier League's top clubs! 

Chelsea moves one step closer to a Premier league title as they topped Manchester City 2-1 yesterday in an exciting match that saw two contrasting styles battle it out in a tactical showcase.  With the second half lead, Antonio Conte's Chelsea did what they did best, not allowing Pep Guardiola's attacking City to break through their organized defensive blocks.    

This summer our DUSC B2004s will have an opportunity of a lifetime as they travel to England to train with the youth academy coaches of Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC, and play competitive matches against top level English teams.  

The players will have a guided tour of Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium and its club museum, attend the Annual Community Shield Match at Wembley Stadium and explore London. Then they will travel north, to tour Manchester City's Etihad Stadium and its club museum, visit the National Football Museum and explore Manchester and nearby Liverpool.

This trip will give our players the experience of a lifetime as they gain insights into youth development at two of the best clubs on the world, while absorbing the culture of their sport in the country that is its birth place.

In addition to B2004's trip, the B2002's are headed to Spain and the G2000's are headed to Holland.  More to come on those trips soon...

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DUSC Academy players working out during the winter season...

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DUSC Academy players working out during the winter season...

DUSC has made upgrades to the academy program to continue and improve player flexibility, joint ROM, reduce muscle tension, body balance, breathing function, along with other benefits for enhancing sports performance.  

"After discussions with our directors, we felt that we needed to bring in more expertise and resources in the areas around performance and injury prevention" says Tom Frambach, General Manager at DUSC.  Kei Kinoshita was hired this past August to oversee the growth in the areas mentioned above.  Tom is quick to note that although DUSC is helping facilitate the introduction of these programs, the players must continue to take responsibility and build upon the foundation that DUSC offers.   

Yoga was a program that DUSC began to implement two years ago to our high school athletes specifically during the winter season.   In addition to yoga, Kei also suggested the Alexander Technique as a supplement as well.   This winter our U15 – U19 players had the opportunity to practice sports yoga with Caroline Williams for 8 weeks, and Emily Faulkner introduced us to Alexander Technique as well. 

Yoga
You are now seeing more and more pro athletes turn to yoga to aid their performance. Yoga has been practiced over the centuries to help improve mental focus, gain strength, stamina and flexibility which any athlete can benefit from.

Beyond Downward Dog: The Rise of Yoga in the NBA and Other Pro Sports (Sports Illustrated)

Yoga can help you stay forever young like Ryan Giggs (The Telegraph)

Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique is now being increasingly adopted by recreational and competitive sports people. They have all used it to improve some aspect of the way that they function - breathing, freedom or efficiency of movement, balance, dealing with stress, aches and pains or injuries. Simple misalignments in posture can cause uncomfortable stress on your body. The focus is on preventing habitual muscular actions that cause inefficient movement patterns that can lead to injury and limit performance. It helps you become more aware of how you think and move.

Yoga vs Pilates vs The Alexander Technique by PosturePeople

"Trying harder does not always make a difference" says Kei.   "Competitive athletes always pay attention to eliminating inefficient movement that can lead to injury or reduced performance caused by poor technique. The well-established general rule is that insufficient range of motion (ROM), or stiffness, will increase muscle-strain risks."

Recent researches suggest that, to improve sports performance, active stiffness should be reduced and active ROM should be improved. This will be more specific than static stretches which reduce passive tension since sports involve both movement and muscular contractions.

“The most common bio-mechanical difference between the elite and novice soccer player is that elite soccer players use a refined and consistent movement pattern where novices use a variable and inconsistent one.” (Sports Injuries in Children and Adolescents” by Apostolos H. Karantanas)

Kei added, "adding steady these practices to a routine can help getting stronger and even aid in recovery. We expect our players to do so at home for their consistent high quality performance."

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DUSC B2002's headed to Spain this summer!

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DUSC B2002's headed to Spain this summer!

The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Paris St. Germain at the Camp Nou yesterday captured the spirit of sport.  Many counted the five time Champions league title holders FC Barcelona out, as they struggled in the first leg in Paris and were down 0-4 going into yesterdays match.  

With a full house of nearly 100,000 spirited fans waiving the Catalonia flag and cheering their team on, Barca scored 3 goals in the last three minutes to go ahead on aggregate and win the match 6-1, moving them forward to the final 8 of the Champions League. 

DUSC B2002's will have an opportunity of a lifetime this summer as they travel with Technical Director Jose Luis Rebay for 11 days splitting their time between Barcelona and Madrid to visit and train at 2 of the remaining 8 clubs in the UEFA Champions League Final.  

Fellow Spanish club Real Madrid will host DUSC B2002's first as they tour the Bernabeu and train at Real Madrid's facilities with their professional coaching staff. While in Madrid, they will stay in the famed ciudad del futbol, home of former World Cup Champion and MLS MVP David Villa's Spanish National Team.  Coaches from the Spanish Federation will train the boys and give them an opportunity to learn the Spanish Way.  

After soaking up the experience in Madrid, the team will take a few hour train ride to Barcelona to finish up the remainder of the five day tour.  Players and coaches will tour Camp Nou and work with local youth clubs to train, compete and enjoy the soccer experience.  

Along the way, the group will soak up the culture off the field as well, sightseeing, eating some amazing food and learning the Spanish way of living.  

The international experience is part of a comprehensive plan for DUSC to give players in the academy an opportunity to experience soccer from the top youth clubs in the world along with a cultural experience they will never forget.  

In addition to B2002's trip, the B2004's are headed to England and the G2000's are headed to Holland.  More to come on those trips soon...

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Pier 40 Update

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Pier 40 Update

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Development Across From Pier 40 Gets OK From City Council

CIVIC CENTER — The St. John's Terminal development across from Pier 40 inched closer to final approval Monday, when it was voted through two City Council committees.

Under the plan, the developers would construct roughly 2 million square feet of retail and residential buildings in St. John's Terminal after paying $100 million for Pier 40 air rights. The money would pay for critical repairs needed at Pier 40. 

The zoning subcommittee voted it through first, followed by the land use committee. The full Council is expected to vote on the project later this month.

► READ MORE: Here's How the St. John's Terminal-Pier 40 Deal Got Done

The approvals came with some hard-fought changes to the plan, negotiated largely by Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents the district where the development will be built.

The development's cellar-level indoor recreation space was increased from 10,000 square feet to 15,000, and will be open to public during all of its operating hours.

The number of parking spaces included in the development was slashed from 772 to 425, and retail spaces were limited to 10,000 square feet, except for one 25,000-square-foot space. The limitation does not apply to grocery stores, food halls or spaces with fitness or recreation use.

► READ MORE: St. John's Terminal Developers Outline Changes to Proposal

In a win for the Hudson River Park, the St. John's Terminal developers will pay the full $100 million for Pier 40's air rights at the closing of the deal, rather than over three years, and even agreed to put the full sum in escrow prior to the full City Council vote later this month.

Johnson said he also secured an additional $14 million from the city "to ensure the long-term sustainability of Pier 40."

The developers also promised to provide some funding for a new crosswalk to Pier 40, though the exact amount has not been specified.

The Hudson River Park Trust and the developers were happy with the vote. 

HRPT President and CEO Madelyn Wils said the new agreement to bring money to repair Pier 40 sooner will ensure "urgently needed repairs to the pier's piles will be made, and the pier will stay open."

And the developers, in their own statement, thanked the committees "for their support, and Councilmember Johnson and his staff for working so hard with us to reach an agreement that works for the community and the project."

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The Fun Zone

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The Fun Zone

The Fun Zone

Stuart Fern on Physical Education 

In addition to his role as DUSC Coach, Stuart Fern, of B2001 Orange, is a physical education teacher and coach of Avenues, a private school in Chelsea for students ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school. Stuart is a passionate advocate for innovation in physical education and, at Avenues, he has a developed a curriculum strongly rooted in wellness and movement. 

Stuart graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a Masters in Sports Science and Teaching Degree, after having also represented the school on its soccer team. He moved to London to work at the American School London, coaching the Girls Varsity Soccer Team, Rugby and Track and Field. While there he was introduced to the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and their Physical Education Conference. He proceeded to present at this conference on many wellness and movement topics, and served on the organizing committee for three years before coming to the US.

The reason I moved to Avenues was because I had a passion to innovate and implement a Physical Education and wellness program that reflected the modern times in which we live. The school encourages innovation and supports teachers in being bold and taking risks. To that end, we have rebranded our subject, and we now call our subject “Wellness and Movement” or “WAM”. This is a holistic approach to health and well-being that also seeks to overlap themes in the class room. Positive psychology is a key newcomer to our curriculum, in which students are taught how to reflect on their current situations and how to identify if they are flourishing. We give them tools to improve happiness and well-being, through topics such as using character strengths, finding flow, gratitude, empathy, optimism, growth mind sets and flourishing. Mindfulness is a key theme through out and students are taught how to be mindful and meditate to help them make positive decisions and reduce stress. We believe mental fitness is as important to train as physical fitness. Exercise science and healthy eating are key aspects that are covered with topics framed in a positive way. Instead of calorie counting, we give the students simple, achievable ideas and skills to make healthy decisions in environments to which they will be exposed. Socio-emotional aspects of the students lives are discussed holistically so they see how their decisions are interconnected.

I always get asked why call it “Movement”. I tell people that, as I have taught and coached middle school track for ten years, I see that young people are not taught to move correctly and thus have poor running mechanics, poor functional movements, coordination, strength and agility.  Also by moving away from an all sports PE model we remove the stigma of being an “athlete” versus being a “nonathlete” or “sporty” versus “nonsporty”. Each child develops a foundation to be a confident mover by developing functional movements — squats, lunges, push-ups, strength through yoga poses, speed and agility — and by working on manipulation skills like throwing, catching and other sport-specific skills. The goal is that they will have the physical capabilities to make positive movement choices as they get older. Traditional sports are still taught, but by providing more choice the chances of students finding their passion for movement increases. 

Recently I have been looking at how organizations in the fitness industry, such as Crossfit and Soul Cycle and have managed to create such a positive communities; this is something schools can learn from. My work at DUSC has also given me insight on how to build a community that has strong core values and a dedication to making progress towards a goal. 

Building a love for movement starts with fun and what I call being in the “Fun Zone”. It is my job to make sure the kids are all “smiling and sweating”  whilst becoming better movers — and better people. Ensuring every child is challenged appropriately, is encouraged to take risks, encouraged to self-improve whilst building grit and resilience is what helps to send the kids on the journey to a healthy and happy life. 

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A Great Start to Our Fall Season

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A Great Start to Our Fall Season

Our 2016 Fall season is off to a great start, with more athletes of all ages playing, learning and having fun, than ever before. Program Director Adam Norse took some time from his busy schedule to share some thoughts about the club.

Can you give us an overview of programs currently offered by DUSC?

We currently have programs for all ages (birth years 2011 to 1998), experience and ability levels. These include fall and winter recreation leagues, instructional classes, camps, and — in partnership with NYCFC — schools program. For our advanced players, we have an academy program.

What is the DUSC approach to soccer education?

Primarily, DUSC hires coaches who we feel will be inspiring role models to our players and who promote positive character traits — working hard, being coachable, learning from mistakes, sportsmanship, and resilience. Soccer gives us a privileged opportunity to influence the lives of our players. By creating a positive learning environment, we look to challenge our players at every opportunity. Our approach is for players to have maximum touches of the ball so they become confident with it at their feet. After a solid base has been established, we can then move onto more advanced aspects. Whilst sessions are challenging, they are also fun and engaging. We know that players learn through repetition and that repetition leads to mastery. The key thing for us is that players fall in love with the game, regardless of their skill level. Once a player sees that through hard work and focus they can improve and we, as coaches, can then help them grow and develop as players. 

What do you feel is the most important factor when coaching soccer?

As mentioned above, players need to have fun and be challenged. Having fun without getting players out of their comfort zone doesn't really help them. That said, for me, the most important factor when coaching soccer is patience. Players all have different learning styles and speeds. It is vital that we give our players time to learn and attempt to implement their newly learned skills with confidence.

What is the difference between the Recreation League, Classes & Academy? 

Our Recreation League provides an opportunity for players to play games against other players/ teams. The league emphasizes skill development, team play and sportsmanship through small-sided games in a positive and supportive environment. The Recreation League is coached by volunteer parents with an emphasis on fun and learning. DUSC Classes are taught by professional coaches and our classes  provide a gateway for the dedicated recreational player to our more competitive programs like the Academy. Classes are 10 weeks in duration and curriculum-based. Skills are taught in a focused environment. Advanced classes are also offered for the more skilled players for supplemental training.  Managed by a staff, the Academy is a 10 month program is geared towards the complete development of high level players looking to progress to the collegiate level and beyond. We have helped develop players into college, professional clubs and the US youth national teams. 

What is unique and special about DUSC?

Above everything, DUSC is a community soccer club. Regardless of a player's experience, skill level, or background, there is a home for them within DUSC up to age 18. We have programs for players new to the game, for advanced players and for those that want to simply play with their friends. Scholarships are available for all players who require financial support; we make soccer accessible for everyone. Our coaching staff come from all over the world and reflect the diversity of New York City. In addition, we also aim to give players an opportunity to give back to the community through refereeing, community service and coaching.  We care about each players progress through the club both on and off the field.  

Can you tell us more about your schools program in the Lower East Side?

DUSC uses soccer to educate students in the Lower East Side about healthy eating and lifestyle habits. In partnership with New York City Football Club, DUSC identified six young leaders (aged 16-20) to set up and run a soccer program for elementary schools (PS 110, PS134 and PS20). Through this program we are able to tackle obesity and health issues whilst also equipping, training and growing young leaders. Two of our young leaders recently went to the Global Youth Summit in Manchester (UK) to meet with other young leaders from across the world. You can find more about that at www.cityzensgiving.org

What are the biggest challenges of running soccer programs in the city?

Our number one issue is space, both outdoor and indoor. All our programs are pretty much at capacity right now and in order to impact more players through soccer we need to find more fields and school gyms to use. Also, we also want to continue offering soccer to everyone, regardless of their financial standing, so we are always looking for sponsors, both individual and corporate. If anyone can help in either of these areas they should definitely let us know!

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