DUSC Donation Drive with Bowery Mission - November 2019

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DUSC Donation Drive with Bowery Mission - November 2019

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In partnership with The Bowery Mission, DUSC is hosting a donation drive on Saturday, November 2nd at Pier 40.

Drop off food, clothing /or toiletry items that will be donated to The Bowery Mission to serve the homeless and hungry in the NYC community anytime between 8:00am - 3:00pm at Pier 40.

As the weather begins to change and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, we are thankful for some of the everyday things we may take for granted.

Some items to donate include:

FOOD

  • Canned foods (soup, vegetables, beans, tomatoes, etc.)

  • Non perishable foods (pasta, rice, potatoes, grains (barley, quinoa)

  • Pre-packaged snacks (crackers, granola bars, cereal bars)

  • Herbs + spices (salt, garlic powder, rosemary, basil, etc.)

  • Oil (vegetable, olive, canola)

  • Vinegar (balsamic, red wine)

  • Sauces (BBZ, soy, tomato, pasta sauce)

  • Condiments (salad dressing, mustard, ketchup, mayo, syrup, jam, salsa)

  • Water bottles

CLOTHING (gently used with no rips, tears or stains)

  • Men's and Women's professional and casual clothing

  • Men's and Women's shoes and boots

  • Coats, jackets and sweaters

  • Hats, gloves and scarves

  • New socks, underwear, undershirts (large sizes preferred)

TOILETRY KITS

  • Liquid soap

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Toothpaste

  • Toothbrush

  • Shaving cream

  • Razors

  • Mouthwash

  • Lotion

  • Body or face wipes

  • Tissues

  • Feminine care

You can visit the Bowery Mission website - HERE

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1st Annual DUSC Halloween

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1st Annual DUSC Halloween

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When: Thursday, October 31st

Time: 5:00pm

Where: Pier 40

Who: Entire DUSC community

All are encouraged to come dressed up in halloween costumes and trick or treat around the perimeter of the pier. DUSC Coaches will be set up in stations around the pier with safe candy to give out to the players and families.

If you have training scheduled at 5:30pm that day, players will jump into training once trick or treating is completed at 5:30pm.

If you have training scheduled at 7:00pm that day, players are more than welcomed to attend the festivities at 5:00pm, however training is on as scheduled at 7:00pm.

If you do not have training scheduled that day, players are encouraged to join us at 5:00pm to trick or treat, then head head out to other planned events or jump onto the Pier 40 courtyard to play pick up.

This is open to the entire DUSC community.

Meet at 5:00pm sharp at the entrance of Pier 40.

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Kickoff to the Fall Season

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Kickoff to the Fall Season

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As the summer months come to a close and we see a capricious change to fall weather, DUSC begins its 2019/2020 season.

The end of summer was very successful with our Men's U23 team winning the EDP Regional Championship for a second consecutive year. Alongside this, our 2003 Boys Academy were finalists at the prestigious Surf Cup in California. 

We turn now to fall competitions across DUSC programming. Our Boys and Girls Academy have over 750 participants, while the Development League squads continue to expand with over 70 participants this season. 

DUSC welcomes Alexandra Keaney to our Girls Academy as the Technical Coordinator of girls ages U7-U11. Alex will focus on the overall development and growth of those ages as well as coach two Girls Academy teams, G2010 Blue and G2003/04 Blue. 

DUSC Fall Recreation League has seen very healthy growth of 10% this year to almost 500 participants. These players are complimented by 90 community based volunteers helping to coach every weekend. This is paired with consistent participation in Classes + Clinics attended by both Rec and Academy players.

This email began with a note about winning a championship; however, the real trophies we strive for daily are myriad: they range from the smile on your child's face after a game, the satisfaction of seeing kids experience the joy of competition while learning to both win and lose with grace, the magic of teammates becoming childhood friends, the delight to wake up and look forward to sharing the day together, to the mix of amusement and compassion while seeing your son trip and fall because his 10 year old legs have not caught up to his 13 year old body or the heart bursting pride you feel as your daughter goes unsolicited to console the girl crying from the losing team. 

These are all trophies—gifts we wouldn’t have if you didn’t sacrifice your time and freedom to make them happen. We are tremendously appreciative that you trust DUSC to partner with you in the development of your child's youth soccer experience on and off the field. It is a privilege and responsibility we dedicate our time and effort to every day.

Executive Director,

Kevin McCarthy

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DUSC August Uniform Drive

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DUSC August Uniform Drive

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In late August, DUSC hosted a club wide uniform drive. This was inspired by the change of our Academy uniforms, which happens on a two year cycle. The 2019/2020 season marks a time to bring in new uniforms, and in our case, donate the old to our global community in need. Along with our Academy donations, we encouraged those from our other programs to donate their old uniforms and shirts as well.

This drive, DUSC made a donation to both Haiti and Cameroon. Our donation to Haiti was facilitated by club friend, Jean Laguerre. He provides our club with a strong connection to Haiti and those in need there. Our donation to Cameroon was facilitated by Manny Tadonkeng who is a friend of our Operations Assistant, Dimitrie Draguca. Manny reached out to DUSC expressing the need in Cameroon and we were more than happy to incorporate his cause for this drive.  

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On the day, we were able to donate over 30 trash bags full of uniforms and cleats. While this is a great donation, we understand that complications with the new uniform limited the club from an even greater impact. Many families were unable to donate because they had not yet received their new uniforms and therefore had to hold on to the old one. To respond to this inconvenience, we will be holding another drive in November for those families who couldn’t make a contribution.

Thank you for your generosity!

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B2006 International Trip to England 2019

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B2006 International Trip to England 2019

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The DUSC B2006 group traveled to England this summer in partnership with Generation Adidas International. The boys were accompanied by coaches Rolando Gonzales, Danny Rodriguez, and Jose Luis Rebay.

The group's first stop was Manchester, where they were able to watch Manchester City vs.Tottenham Hotspurs at the Etihad Stadium. Although a 2-2 draw, the match didn’t lack drama. A late goal for City was called back thanks to Video Assisted Review (VAR). At the end of the match, the boys found their way to the gift shop before beginning a tour of the Etihad Stadium facilities.

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Our players were fortunate enough to have several sessions with the Manchester City coaching staff on official training grounds. These sessions where ahead of some friendlies in the local area. The group played two matches against Moston Juniors FC before changing locations and heading to Liverpool. 

While in Liverpool, the group was able to tour both Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park. Both facilities are less than a mile away from each other, thus explaining why the rivalry is so intense between the two clubs. The boys had two friendly matches during their time in Liverpool. One was against a Liverpool Community Affiliate Team and the other against Rainhill United.

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The final stop of the trip was London. While on the way there, the boys were able to stop by St. George’s Park which is home to England’s National Teams. At George’s Park, they were able to test out the facilities. This included exercise bikes, futsal courts, and both indoor and outdoor pitches. 

While in London, the group had a training session with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy coaches. They were also able to spectate a U9 7v7 Academy match between Tottenham and Watford. With a plethora of clubs in London, the boys went on to visit Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge as well.

As the trip wound down, the boys not only fit in one more friendly match in London, but also were able to catch Fulham play in the Championship. Everything was capped off with some tourism on the London streets and then the group prepared to head home after what could only be called a jam-packed trip.

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DUSC Fantasy Premier League 2019/2020

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DUSC Fantasy Premier League 2019/2020

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Deadline to join by August 8th at midnight.

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It's hard to believe the Premier League starts this Friday on August 9th. For some, it's the beginning of a glorious season. For others, it's the start of the end as their team finds their way towards relegation.

As fans, we want to taste this experience for better or for worse. What better way to get involved than Fantasy Premier League!

DUSC invites you to pick your own squad and compete against other DUSC community members in the Fantasy Premier League for the 2019/2020 season. You are given £100m to pick 15 players to make up your ultimate premiership team. Think you've got what it takes to top our group?

Glory is great...but what can you win?

1st through 3rd place will be rewarded with signed pro memorabilia and prestigious bragging rights.

Prizes to be awarded at the half season mark, which will be after Gameweek 19 on the FPL website. New prizes will be added for the second half of the season.

Want to join our group? Please follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to https://fantasy.premierleague.com/ and create a team

Step 2: We recommend you name your squad in the following format

--> [Last Name_DUSCTeamName] or [Last Name_DUSCProgramName]
Example: Krakowsky_B2004Blue or Krakowsky_Recreation

This way we know which part of our community knows most about the Prem!

Step 3: Join the DUSC group using code 4alxv5

Deadline to join by August 8th at midnight. Good Luck!

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Girls International Trip to France - 2019

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Girls International Trip to France - 2019

The 2019 World Cup Final at Parque Olympique Lyonnais.

The 2019 World Cup Final at Parque Olympique Lyonnais.

A group from our Girls Academy spent this year’s International Trip in France. It was the perfect time to head to the nation, as the 2019 Women’s World Cup was just entering the final stages of the tournament. On their agenda was everything from visits to landmark locations in France to tickets to the World Cup Semi-Final and Final matches.

On Friday, June 28th the group set off to John F. Kennedy airport for their departure. The girls were even able to watch the USA knock out the home nation, France, prior to taking off. The first stop of two locations in France was Paris. While there, the girls explored the city through activities such as boat rides on the Seine River and visits to both the Louvre and Montmartre.

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A bit of pickup outside the Montmartre.

A bit of pickup outside the Montmartre.

The trip, of course, had a nice balance between cultural activity and hard work. Thanks to the coaching staff, the girls were able to get in a couple of training sessions before their friendly against the local side, Stade De Reims.

When Paris was all said and done, the group took off for their second and final location, Lyon. They took a high speed train to Lyon for one of the marquee events on the itinerary, the World Cup Semi-Final between the USA and England. For good measure, they were also able to watch the Semi Final between the Netherlands and Sweden.

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In Lyon, the team had two more friendlies with one match was against AC Avignon and the other against FC Annecy. The group won both matches, making their record three for three on the trip.

Before departing home, the girls had a chance to participate in something very special. Our group had tickets to the World Cup Final between the USWNT and the Dutch.

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World Cup Experience Pitch

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Instead of summarizing this final part of the trip in detail, we encourage you to read a creative piece written by a player who was on the trip, Simrun Bose (G2001/2002 Blue). She touches on the World Cup Final and much more. Enjoy!

You can find her incredibly described summary below:

“We sit in rows in JFK, eyes glued to the television screen. Soccer bags scatter the surrounding area - a sure hazard for those unfortunate travelers near us. No sound comes from the TVs, and a tense nervousness plagues our little area. Through eager eyes we stare at the screen as our idols of the USWNT face France in the quarterfinal of the World Cup. We had watched the first half on various phones as we maneuvered our way through security, but now in the comfort of a gate, we take in the rest. When Megan Rapinoe scores her second of the game in the 65th doubling the lead to 2-0, we erupt in screams of joy and pride. We’re a group of around 40 American teenagers, loud and full of energy, and very much in love with the USWNT, about to enter a country that we just eliminated from the World Cup. I fear they’ll hate us. Spoiler: I was wrong. 

Our time in France was nothing short of amazing. Considering we were there for only about 9 full days, we managed to fit in quite the agenda. We flew into Paris and immediately the activities commenced. My personal highlights include a boat ride down the Seine, the early morning walks my friends and I would take exploring the city (we even navigated French public transportation!), and a venture out to Montmartre - though described on Google as simply “a large hill in Paris,” I can assure you that it is much more. One day after visiting the Louvre, my friend Andie and I, itching to get some touches on a ball, decided to take on a project for the trip of filming ourselves juggling in various places throughout Paris and Lyon. Another of my projects was filming teammates sleeping on the bus and putting it all together in a compilation made complete with music. Some may call it weird, I call it art. 

On our fourth day, we took a high speed train from Paris to Lyon. Lyon, a smaller city than Paris, held a charming low key environment. In the Lyon area, we visited a medieval village (unexpected, but cool), a chocolate factory, and had our own trainings and games. But as expected, the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend both semi final matches and the final of the World Cup were most definitely the highlight. I don’t think it ever fully hit me that I was really there; the experience was incredibly surreal. Watching the women I so deeply admire play made me incredibly grateful, and the energy of the stadium was overwhelming in the best way. There were moments of anxiety before penalties and after injuries, moments of collective holding of breath and heartbreak, and moments of brilliance when the stadium would erupt in screams and hollers. When the final whistle of the 2019 World Cup blew, I looked to my right and amidst fireworks and drums and endless cheering, my friend was crying silent tears of pure happiness. 

To conclude, I’m going to share a moment from the trip that not only completely obliterated my fear that the French wouldn’t enjoy us Americans, but also made me realize, as cliche as it sounds, the power soccer has to unite people. We had just won our second match 3-1 against a local team, FC Annecy, from Annecy, a town near the Swiss border. The day had already been one of my favorite - we had spent it at Lake Annecy, swimming and tanning, and later exploring the streets of the city dotted with colorful buildings and unrivaled ice cream. As we walk out of our locker room post match, we hear music and shouting from next door, the locker room of the opposing team. It sounds fun! We stand outside the door, hesitant, each of us wanting to go in, but also scared to knock. Finally a brave soul knocks and a French girl opens up. Before I know it I’m pulled inside the locker room, entering, in a sense, a mosh pit of sweaty soccer girls jumping around and dancing to a song I’ve never heard. At one point I take a French flag from a girl, whose name I later learn is Medhina, and hold it up proudly. The French girls are ecstatic, and so are we. To FC Annecy, it didn’t matter that they had just lost to us. In a matter of minutes we had gone from opponents to friends, separated by a language barrier but united in this locker room by a shared love of the game but also just because at the end of the day we’re teenage girls who like to have fun.”






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Update Regarding Gansevoort Peninsula

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Update Regarding Gansevoort Peninsula

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Dear DUSC Community,

We wanted to update you on the most recent information regarding the redevelopment of Gansevoort Peninsula. DUSC has been at the forefront of soliciting feedback from our parents and the larger youth sports community to ensure that Hudson River Park Trust listens to the community. We want to thank you for signing our petition, attending community board meetings, and being advocates for your child’s health and well being.

On July 24, Hudson River Park Trust hosted a public meeting where the design team of James Corner Field Operations put forth a concept presentation after receiving input from the community. See the full presentation HERE. The presentation shows two design concepts, one being with a smaller ball field, and a second with a larger ball field (minimum 300’ length). There was overwhelming consensus from those attending the forum that the larger field is necessary to support families and the downtown community. Following the meeting, see the Letter to HRPT regarding Gansevoort Peninsula Design Concept.pdf sent to Hudson River Park Trust by the Pier 40 Champions group (youth organizations in downtown Manhattan).

We will keep you updated as the process moves forward. Thank you for your continued support in advocating for more fields in lower Manhattan.

DUSC

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US Soccer Foundation Creator Kits Challenge

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US Soccer Foundation Creator Kits Challenge

Downtown United Soccer Club partner, The US Soccer Foundation, ran an activation with Adidas throughout the month of June to promote both the women’s game as well as metropolitan field creation for soccer. 

Adidas packaged together “Creators Kits” which were distributed to regional partners and clubs via the US Soccer Foundation. These kits comprised of an Adidas drawstring bag, a size 4 ball, white chalk, custom Adidas “Dare to Create” tape, and stickers. The items were included in the kit in an effort to give kids all the tools they would need to be able to create a fully functional pitch to play soccer anywhere.

The Foundation asked clubs like DUSC to send photos or videos of their players using the Creator Kits. The media gathered was then to be submitted through email for a chance to get a free mini-pitch in their community. 

There’s no secret about the lack of playing space in the Downtown Manhattan area. With the help of the Foundation, DUSC jumped onto an opportunity to engage with this campaign and try to make a difference in the community. We were able to gather a group of middle school and high school aged girls to activate this campaign in a fun and creative way. This group was special, as it was made up of girls already in preparation for their International Trip to France this summer.

In the middle of a sunny Wednesday, the group met together at William F. Passannante Ballfield to lay chalk to the pavement and create a 4 v. 4 concrete pitch. Through teamwork, this group put together one of the nicer soccer facilities in Manhattan. Adidas branded “Dare to Create” tape marked the sidelines with chalk indicating the goalkeeping box, corner spots, and halfway line. For goals, local empty trash cans would do. 

After creating the pitch, the girls warmed up with some soccer tennis and then got to 4 v. 4 competition. The day was full of invention and fun. To top it all off, a quick pit stop at 7/11 for water and Slurpees on a hot summer’s day before one last DUSC training in the evening at Pier 40. 

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One of the older participants, Amelia Negrete, had a comment on the Foundation’s effort to create more space for soccer in communities. She tied this to the special scenario we find ourselves in the Greater NYC area, “There is definitely not enough field space in NYC. Soccer practice, despite being only an hour and a half takes up a huge chunk of time because it’s hard to find space nearby. In the winter seasons, I always find myself traveling over an hour to small indoor courts or even to New Jersey just to find space to play.”

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Amelia also shared with us her excitement for the International Trip to France, “On a more upbeat note I am incredibly excited to travel to France!! Not only do we get to see the World Cup, but we also get to explore a different country and meet many new people. I am most excited to play French teams because we come from different cultures but share the same love for soccer and I’m sure it is going to be an incredible experience.”

 

We know Amelia and the rest of the girls group had a great time in France as they not only trained and competed abroad, but also got to attend the final matches of the Women’s World Cup! Look forward to a recap of their trip coming soon.

A special thanks to Adidas, the US Soccer Foundation, and all of the girls who participated in creating a concrete pitch in Downtown Manhattan. We’re looking forward to hearing back from the Foundation regarding our submission. 

 

Full Gallery Below – Images by Jeb Burroughs






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Generation Adidas International Press Release - Eva Kellner and Immanuel Sealey

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Generation Adidas International Press Release - Eva Kellner and Immanuel Sealey

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Downtown United Soccer Club sweeps up two generation adidas international Select nominations, sending Immanuel Sealey to Madrid, Spain to train at the Real Madrid Foundation and sending Eva Kellner to Lyon, France to train with Olympique Lyonnais.

ATLANTA, GA - For over ten years, generation adidas international has partnered with premier adidas clubs to develop youth soccer at the international level through its Select programs. Talented players are invited to train at the Real Madrid Foundation, A.F.C. Ajax, and Olympique Lyonnais, three of the world’s most powerful soccer clubs.

Each year, the top adidas clubs nationwide have the exclusive opportunity to nominate players to participate in the program. This August, talented players from some of the nation’s best clubs will take the field in Europe, training with top quality European academy coaches and playing against academy teams.

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Eva Kellner to Olympique Lyonnais

Olympique Lyonnais Féminin is among the most successful teams in Europe and is a true powerhouse in European football. They have won 13 Division 1 Féminine championships in a row. Lyon boasts a record 17 Division 1 Féminine championships, 10 Coupe de France titles and 6 UEFA Women's Champions League titles. In addition to being trained by Olympique Lyonnais academy coaches, Eva Kellner will play in international friendly matches against Academy teams and receive individual evaluation from the coaches - an opportunity presented to few players worldwide.

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Immanuel Sealey to Real Madrid Foundation

Immanuel Sealey will have the opportunity to experience the culture of soccer at one of the most prestigious men’s programs in the world – Real Madrid. Having won 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey titles, and a record of 13 UEFA Champions League titles, Real Madrid is one of the most successful clubs in men’s soccer, both nationally and internationally. Sealey will experience elite level development through specialized training with academy coaches, international friendly matches against academy teams, and individual evaluation.

About generation adidas international: generation adidas international emphasizes adidas’ role as the premier provider of elite developmental opportunities to its youth soccer clubs. With generation adidas international’s incomparable access to the world’s top academies and tournaments, adidas clubs have the opportunity to train and play at the sport’s most renowned institutions. With generation adidas international, the world of adidas soccer opens its doors. Where will you play?

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The Global Game and DUSC Summer of 2019

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The Global Game and DUSC Summer of 2019

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There’s no shortage of soccer this summer of 2019. The Women’s World Cup kicked off last Friday, June 7th and will continue until July 7th where the two best teams will meet in Parc Olympique Lyonnais Stadium for the tournament Final. The facility has a 58,000 person capacity and making it a fantastic venue for the occasion.

The USWNT will play its first match on June 11th at 3PM (EST) against Thailand. Their remaining two group stages fixtures are against Chile on June 16th at 12PM and Sweden on June 20th at 3PM.  Coverage for this World Cup is presented by FOX and it’s network of channels. With the final match against #9 ranked Sweden, it will be important for the reigning World Cup Champions to perform throughout the entirety of the Group Stage to ensure the best positioning for a deep run.

A group of DUSC girls players combined from the G2005, G2006, and high school age groups will be spending time in Paris and parts of France during the World Cup period. This is part of their DUSC International summer trip and even features the opportunity to attend both the Semi-Final and Final of the Women’s World Cup.

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The Gold Cup will also be kicking off this summer on FOX. The tournament begins June 15th and continues until July 7th. On the back of several disappointing results for the USMNT, this Gold Cup comes as a test for the group under new coach Gregg Berhalter. The Men’s group stage matches will be played on the following dates: Tuesday, June 18th vs. Guyana | Saturday, June 22nd vs. Trinidad and Tobago |Wednesday, June 26th vs. Panama.

With a group of DUSC girls traveling and experience international soccer in France, our B2006 boys will be traveling to England this summer. This group will be spending time at Man City and Tottenham Hotspurs where they will engage with both clubs’ facilities and coaching staff.

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Lastly, we are pleased to announce another group of DUSC players and coaches will be participating in Generation Adidas International. Eva Kellner (G2002 Blue) has been selected by Generation Adidas to join the Girls program in Lyon this summer, while Imanual Sealey (B2003 Blue) has been selected by Generation Adidas to join the Boys program in Real Madrid. Our Boys Technical Director (U12-U15), Jose Luis Rebay, will also be headed to Madrid as he was selected to be the Head Coach of the Boys group there.




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DUSC Giving Day 2019 Summary

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DUSC Giving Day 2019 Summary

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Two weeks ago on May 31st, DUSC had it’s annual Giving Day. Each year the community unites together to raise money in an effort to sustain our programming and improve the future for our players.

Giving Day 2019 was our organizations most successful ever as a total of over $50,000 was raised. This total came from the accumulation of nearly 340 donations during the Giving Day period alone.

Our community’s benevolence is something the organization does not take for granted. The club’s daily operations would not be possible without our incredible supporters and families. The giving spirit showcased on Giving Day empowers us to serve the DUSC community in the following ways:

-Fields! Keeping our kids playing in safe, soccer environments in our community

-Scholarships! Ensuring we continue offering Soccer For All and that there are no financial barriers for NYC kids to join DUSC programs.

-Development! Enabling players to participate in international and college prep developmental experiences.

Thanks you all again for sending such a powerful message to support our mission and with your help continue to be the most progressive soccer club in NYC and beyond!

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DUSC Partners with Special Olympics NYC

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DUSC Partners with Special Olympics NYC

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Downtown United Soccer Club and Special Olympics New York have partnered to launch a new soccer program for children with intellectual disabilities. The program will be a free 8- week program designed for ages 12-21. It will introduce participants to basic soccer skills, like dribbling, passing and shooting.

Starting on September 7th, the program will be open to the community and will offer participants the opportunity to share in the joy of soccer and being part of a team.

Our first session will be 9AM Saturday, September 7th at Chelsea Park, located at West 27th Street & 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001. DUSC staff and volunteers will work one-on-one and in groups with children rotating through various activity stations. The program will run through November 9th at the same location, Chelsea Park.

The DUSC partnership with Special Olympics NYC is emblematic of our commitment to Soccer For All regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Simply put, DUSC is for everyone.

We encourage our community to spread the word about our new partnership! If you or anyone you know would like to engage creatively with the program by looping in their media team from work, please reach out to Josh Krakowsky (josh.krakowsky@dusc.net) to coordinate.

When: September 7th - November 9th (runs for 8 weeks)

Where: Chelsea Park

Who: Children with intellectual disabilities

Ages: 12-21

Cost: FREE

Register Here

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Thank You - Graduating Class of 2019

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Thank You - Graduating Class of 2019

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As DUSC transitions into the summer months, we also prepare to say goodbye to some of our graduating players.

These players range from first year DUSC participants to long term players of the club. Athletes from the following teams will be graduating this year: G2001 Blue, G2000 Blue, B2001 Orange, B2001 Blue, and B2000 Blue.

Our graduation send off started on May 30th at the Annual Parent Night in which we celebrated those who will be taking their next steps. The slideshow below showcases actions photos of our seniors as well as where they will be headed when they transition towards their respective futures.

Parent Night had two player speakers, who addressed their favorite moments from DUSC and the impact the club has had on their life thus far. Eli Hertz spoke on behalf of our DUSC girls graduating while Sacha Weiss spoke on behalf of the boys.

We reached out to both Eli and Sacha to share about their DUSC experiences for those who weren’t able to attend Parent Night.

“I started DUSC 8 years ago, in a little gym on the upper west side, in 5th grade. If I had to choose my favorite memories, they would be the games we won with 10 players; or the games we won after being down 2-0; or the games we won in pouring rain, in 90 degree weather etc. those games always seemed the most rewarding and always brought our group closer and at the same time taught us so much. The biggest lesson I learned at DUSC had to do with removing myself from my own bubble. Meaning soccer, in its simplest form, has a whole team relying on each other to succeed, so if you are having an off day, you have to remember that it affects everyone. In other words, playing for the whole team; thinking about the whole team.” - Eli Hertz

“I’ve been at DUSC since 5 years old. DUSC has always been my home and I’m quite proud of the loyalty I’ve shown towards my club in the past fourteen years. Some of my greatest memories include this year’s success - winning the top flight at Potomac (beating rivals Manhattan SC and reigning national champions Baltimore Celtic) and winning the Eastern NY State Cup. I’ll never forget the various coaches I’ve had at DUSC, they have all been strong leaders for me to look up to as I have grown up. Lastly, the bond I have with my teammates from battling together in training or matches are the greatest emotions that I’ll recall in the years to come. The feeling when the final whistle blows after you feel that you have done something truly special, as a collective, is distinct to anything else in the world. I am a blue forever. I’ll be back in the future to bring this club more glory.” - Sacha Weiss

As Sacha referenced, our goodbye with this class is particularly sweetened as our B2000 Blue team closed off their DUSC chapter by winning both the Potomac Memorial Tournament and Eastern New York State Cup.

The victory at Potomac resulted from 1-0 shutout against the #1 team in the nation, Baltimore Celtic SC 2000. The confidence from the Potomac victory rolled into State Cup competition as our B2000 Blue team defeated Black Watch Premier 3-1.

We wish the best for our graduating players and hope to stay in touch!

Click Here for our Alumni Page

Graduates:

Alison Buckley, G2000 Blue

Ambrosier Mitchell, G2000 Blue

Amelia Negrete, G2000 Blue

Ana Berman, G2000 Blue

Clara Burger, G2000 Blue

Eli Hertz, G2000 Blue

Gillian Randall, G2000 Blue

Kyra Birenbaum, G2000 Blue

Olivia Chinitz, G2000 Blue

Paris Gallagher, G2000 Blue

Amelia Smith, G2001 Blue

Amelia Glendening, G2001 Blue

Angye Galan, G2001 Blue

Etta Gold, G2001 Blue

Jessica Blanchard, G2001 Blue

Kaitlyn Fountain, G2001 Blue

Karol Guaman, G2001 Blue

Michelle Reyes, G2001 Blue

Noelle Parks, G2001 Blue

Zoe Contrubis, G2001 Blue

Sacha Weiss, B2000 Blue

Amiel Morrison, B2000 Blue

Elias Venetis, B2000 Blue

Guillermo Purchese, B2000 Blue

Jeremy Tetroashvili, B2000 Blue

Julian Burden, B2000 Blue

Lukas Kokkola, B2000 Blue

Mohammedou Sow, B2000 Blue

Nicholas Tagios, B2000 Blue

Omar Baddeley, B2000 Blue

Ryan Chuang, B2000 Blue

Thomas Ivashkiv, B2000 Blue

Andre Eisenberg, B2001 Blue

Claudio Ferri, B2001 Blue

Dan-Marlon Ospina, B2001 Blue

David Lopez, B2001 Blue

Edwin Zúñiga Lopez, B2001 Blue

Jack Posner, B2001 Blue

Joseph Petrini, B2001 Blue

Josiah Potts, B2001 Blue

Juan Cardenas, B2001 Blue

Julian Juantorena, B2001 Blue

Ryan Contreras, B2001 Blue

Anthony Lopez, B2001 Orange

George Chachkes, B2001 Orange

Jake Danese, B2001 Orange

Jose Martinez, B2001 Orange

Mario Olmedo, B2001 Orange

Martino Pellegrin, B2001 Orange

Omar Ndiaye, B2001 Orange

Omar Samih, B2001 Orange

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DUSC May/June Tournament Finalists - Congrats!

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DUSC May/June Tournament Finalists - Congrats!

We want to congratulate our DUSC teams that reached the finals of their respective tournament competitions for the end of May and Early June!

Girls –
G2008 Blue - Finalist (Needham Memorial Day Tournament)
G2007 Blue - Semi-Finalist (Needham Memorial Day Tournament)

Boys –
B2006 Blue - Finalist (Spring EDP Cup)
B2006 Blue - Finalist (New York State Cup)
B2003 Orange - Finalist (EDP Memorial Day Classic)
B2000 Blue - Champions (Potomac Memorial Day Showcase)
B2000 Blue - Champions - (NY State Cup)

#WeAreDUSC

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The Future of Pier 40!

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The Future of Pier 40!

DUSC Supports Amending the Hudson River Park Act ONLY IF more Sports Fields are guaranteed within the Act 

Dear DUSC Community,

There is another important meeting THIS EVENING, May 28th in our continuing efforts to see Pier 40 transformed to include the sports facilities that downtown Manhattan needs and deserves.  Our Local and State Elected Officials invite you to a Public Forum from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at MS 279, 75 Morton Street, Auditorium.  This is a forum to allow community feedback on a proposed amendment to the Hudson River Park Act that would allow commercial office use at Pier 40.  See proposed language  HERE DUSC needs to be represented and to voice our position.  We need your support again.

We support a changing of the Act and, while we appreciate the progress that has been made by our Elected Officials in developing this amendment, certain changes are required to the proposed amendment to garner our support. The last thing we want to do is have to fight AGAINST a future proposal; we want to fight FOR a solution.

First, while the amendment would require 65% of the total Pier 40 footprint to be open space, we require that at least 50% of the Pier 40 footprint to be active field space at ground level (at least 320,000 square feet). This requirement needs to be in the amendment. We also ask for another 90,000 square feet of outdoor field space and at least 50,000 square feet of indoor community field space, in line with CB2’s latest resolution regarding Pier 40. In conjunction with the development of new fields at Gansevoort Peninsula that we are supporting, such requirements will provide the minimum growth in field space availability to keep up with the growing demand for field space amongst our school-aged children and our community.

Second, DUSC does not support an amendment that prioritizes adaptive reuse of Pier 40.  We support all solutions that meet the minimum requirements as outlined here and we want the opportunity to choose the optimal solution for the community at large.

Third, the amendment needs to be explicit that the applications and process for the development of Pier 40 are subject to a transparent public review process, a ULURP, to ensure among other things, that the quality and safety of fields at Pier 40 are not only improved but also preserved and maintained during the period prior to renovation beginning as well as during construction. At no time during this redevelopment process which could last many years can there be less field space within the Park than exists today. We also recommend that a representative of the youth sports leagues be at the table as the process moves forward.

See you tonight, May 28th and thank you for your continued support.

 

DUSC

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NYCFC Announces Youth League Offering for Fall of 2019

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NYCFC Announces Youth League Offering for Fall of 2019

Downtown United Soccer Club is excited to continue participation in the younger boys league structure with New York City FC in the 2019/20 season for blue and orange teams.

NYCFC will continue to offer a league environment for boys in the U9-U11 division and will be extending it’s offering to the U12 division in the fall of 2019. The league will also be expanding the playing format to engage with the broader tri-state soccer community. Formerly the NYCFC Affiliate Development League (ADL), the restructured league will be named the NYCFC City Soccer League (CSL).

As a youth affiliate of NYCFC, DUSC, along with the seven affiliate clubs will continue to play in the reformatted CSL, along with the addition of clubs from New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, Connecticut, and New Jersey areas.

DUSC families with players participating  in the the CSL can expect the following:

  • Meaningful competition: Inclusion of top-level clubs in talent-rich areas

  • Managing league format and structure: Prioritizes development with age-appropriate guidelines

  • Reduced travel and cost: Increases local competition with no team registration fee

  • Shared sporting values: Allows a transparent player pathway to professional soccer

To streamline integration into the competition, the CSL will be registered and operated under the New York Club Soccer League structure. The internal support from NYCSL will offer players a centralized platform for registration and team mobility as needed for development.

NYCFC Youth Affiliate Clubs:

  • DUSC

  • Manhattan Soccer Club

  • Met Oval

  • New York Soccer Club

  • SUSA

  • TSF

  • World Class


"DUSC is very excited about extending this league to the U12 age group. This is the only league where all of NYC's top clubs play together. Limiting travel and cost while enhancing development and meaningful competition makes this the model league for youth players." – Executive Director, Kevin McCarthy

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March Soccer Recycle Reaches Haiti

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March Soccer Recycle Reaches Haiti

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Downtown United Soccer Club is proud to share that our recent Soccer Recycle donation has reached Haiti.

On March 9th & 10th, we hosted a Soccer Recycle drive in an effort to gather lightly used jerseys and other miscellaneous soccer items. Our item drop off was located right at the field entrance for Pier 40 during a busy and sunny weekend.

Throughout the weekend, it was a common sight to see DUSC parents and families walk up to the donation bins and empty bags full of former DUSC gear. The result of such generosity was a truck full of items which were to be donated to Haiti through a friend of the club, Jean Lagieerre. For more info on Jean, please check out our article that was released during the time of this Soccer Recycle here.

In mid-April, we have been sent imagery and videos of the impact our community has made throughout Haiti. We would like to thank everyone involved in this season’s Soccer Recycle and encourage those to continue to help DUSC make a global impact.

Below you can find video and imagery of our DUSC gear in action!

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Girls Free Play Fridays 2019

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Girls Free Play Fridays 2019

Downtown United Soccer Club is excited to announce our Girls Free Play Fridays

Cost: FREE

Who: Born in birth year 2008-2012 

What: Free Play Soccer!

Where: Pier 40 Indoor

Dates: April 5th, April 12th, May 3, May 17, and May 31

When: 4:00pm-5:15pm

Why: Fun! Free! Friends! Futbol!

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Spring Kickoff Clinic 2019

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Spring Kickoff Clinic 2019

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The weather cooperated on Saturday, and under full spring sun and a temperature in the mid 40's, 60 players took part in the second annual DUSC Spring Kick-Off Clinic. What made the day unique was that all of the players and coaching staff were female. 

“It was an amazing experience to play and learn with a group of all girls, and to have all female coaches.” Simi 2011

“It was a great experience because I was able to play with girls from different age groups and it made me happy to see so many little girls coming out to play soccer. My favorite part was working with the strength and conditioning coaches. It inspired me to train harder. I learned a little bit of everything: speed and agility, ball mastery and we scrimmaged.  I had a lot of fun.” Jordis 2007

Staffing the clinic were DUSC coaches Leanne Campbell, Nicole Carroll, Haley Chow, Oumou Toure and Sierra Kaufman. Joining them was NYU Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Kayleigh Fournier who took the girls through agility, coordination and strength building activities.  The professional staff was joined by six players from the DUSC 2002 and 2003 teams who participated as assistant coaches, demonstrators and mentors to the younger players. 

"I loved working with the girls and it was amazing to see the younger ones doing the same fitness that college players do." Stella 2003

"I had a great time working with the amazing coaching staff and the very talented young players at the clinic. It was inspiring to work with this group of all women coaches and to help the next generation of women soccer players develop their skills." Julia 2002

Sarah Dwyer-Shick, DUSC Girls Goalkeeping TD and Special Projects Coordinator - Girls Development initiatives, reflected on the day.

"Watching the interactions and dynamics between the coaches and players was eye opening and I am not sure who had more fun. With the popularity and growing numbers of girls playing soccer it is easy to forget that, while being on a field with coaches and players who all look like younger and older versions of you is an everyday occurrence for boys, it is one that female players rarely, if ever, have. To be able to be in an environment, for even a few hours, where everyone you interact with is someone that you can see yourself in can be an incredibly inspiring experience for both the players and coaches."  

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