Coach Sarah helps bring the DUSC Spirit to Uganda

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Coach Sarah helps bring the DUSC Spirit to Uganda

Girls from Mulago and Buguyere Deaf schools compete in the 2017 Promoting Play Tournament

Girls from Mulago and Buguyere Deaf schools compete in the 2017 Promoting Play Tournament

In the Fall of 2017, Downtown United Soccer Club donated more than a hundred new uniforms from its recreational program to African children in need. The uniforms went to the Ugandan-based organization Growing the Game for Girls (G3) through DUSC's Sarah Dwyer-Shick and The Sports Bra Project. Lisa Berg, American based Cofounder of G3, delivered the DUSC uniforms and Sports Bras provided by The Sports Bra Project to the organization’s Promoting Play Tournament & Symposium held in Uganda in October.

G3 partnered with three local schools for the deaf in Kampala, Uganda to bring together students to play soccer. G3 committed to training their teachers in coaching soccer. G3 also worked with the schools to sensitize community members to the ability of kids with disabilities to participate in sports. The schools received soccer balls, cones, bibs, sports bras and new uniforms for their girls’ teams from Downtown United Soccer Club, The Sports Bra Project, Woodbury Soccer Club and One World Soccer Balls.

After visits to each school, G3 held a tournament for the girls and a symposium for parents, community members. Over 120 girls age 8–18 competed in a new sport in their new uniforms. The impact continues to grow and G3 continues to work with coaches and find ways to promote play for all girls, no matter what barriers they face.

Growing the Game for Girls (G3) was established in 2010 by Berg and Majidah Nantanda. They were women’s national team coaches in Uganda and wanted to develop soccer for girls and women. The purpose of Growing the Game for Girls is to encourage more girls and women to participate in soccer and to sensitize the community to the equal treatment, non-discrimination, and promotion of opportunities for girls and women in sport. For information on Growing the Game for Girls (G3), click here.

The Sports BraProject was founded in 2017 to provide Sports Bras to female athletes in areas where access to such items is limited and is often one of many barriers to participation. The Sports Bra Project distributes the bras it collects through organizations already operating sports programming in the US and abroad. For information on The Sports Bra Project, click here.

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Ntinda Deaf School had the largest number of players participating in the symposium and tournament

Ntinda Deaf School had the largest number of players participating in the symposium and tournament

Buguyere Deaf School player takes penalty kick against Ntinda Deaf School in the 2017 G3 Promoting Play Tournament.

Buguyere Deaf School player takes penalty kick against Ntinda Deaf School in the 2017 G3 Promoting Play Tournament.

Growing the Game for Girls Co-founder, and former Uganda Women's National Team Coach, Majidah Nantanda with girls from Buguyere Deaf School.  Girls at the symposium also got snacks and sodas after they compete.

Growing the Game for Girls Co-founder, and former Uganda Women's National Team Coach, Majidah Nantanda with girls from Buguyere Deaf School.  Girls at the symposium also got snacks and sodas after they compete.

6-12 year old girls from the Mulago School of the Deaf in their new Downtown United Soccer Club jerseys.

6-12 year old girls from the Mulago School of the Deaf in their new Downtown United Soccer Club jerseys.

Majidah Nantanda conducting the pre-game coin toss with players wearing jerseys and gear donated by clubs in the US.

Majidah Nantanda conducting the pre-game coin toss with players wearing jerseys and gear donated by clubs in the US.

Players received sports bras and uniforms from The Sports Bra Project and Downtown United Soccer Club.

Players received sports bras and uniforms from The Sports Bra Project and Downtown United Soccer Club.

Girls from Buguyere Deaf School celebrate their goal against Ntinda in the 2017 Promoting Play.

Girls from Buguyere Deaf School celebrate their goal against Ntinda in the 2017 Promoting Play.

13-16 year old girls from Mulago School of the Deaf. Girls in Uganda shave their heads for uniformity and cleanliness.

13-16 year old girls from Mulago School of the Deaf. Girls in Uganda shave their heads for uniformity and cleanliness.

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Coach Mauricio Brings the DUSC Spirit to Colombia

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Coach Mauricio Brings the DUSC Spirit to Colombia

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Mauricio Maya has been one of DUSC’s most popular — and most well-respected — coaches since he arrived back in the US five years ago. He had been a student here years earlier prior to coaching sojourns in Mexico and France. Having coached in four countries gives him a unique perspective: 

“In Colombia and Mexico you have the passion but no facilities, no money. In the US, you have money but, historically at least, little passion. In France you have passion and the facilities, so you see where that has led and the success they have had. But things are changing here in the US, at least from what I can see in New York. Everyone is watching the games on TV, there are pick-up games everywhere, the kids playing with grown-ups and you can see the kids wearing the team shirts wherever you go.”

Mauricio credits the New York parents for the sea change he is observing. “They get the kids where they need to be and they instill in them a love for the beautiful game.”

Each December, Mauricio’s  hometown, Cali has its annual Carnival celebration. He uses the holiday break to recharge his batteries with a trip back, to celebrate the Carnival, enjoy the warmth, see family and friends — and spend some time coaching young footballers from his home town. Prior to each trip, he stuffs his luggage with soccer donations from the club to distribute — shirts, shoes, balls and miscellaneous equipment. This year, a buddy and fellow ex-pat encouraged him to reach out to a different group of youngsters, kids from the inner city, “invasiones”, the Colombian version of Brazil’s favelas.

“These kids live in a very dangerous place, where people are shot and killed randomly and without reason. But when they play none of that matters; when they play they are free.”

Mauricio loved his experience coaching — and playing — this year. His only regret was not bringing more. “They don’t expect anything and when they receive something . . . you see this look in their eyes. It makes such a difference to them.”

Next year he’ll return, with his luggage even more packed. Or maybe he’ll bring some extra luggage.  Click here to donate for a future trip.  #WeAreDUSC

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Happy #GivingTuesday from DUSC

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Happy #GivingTuesday from DUSC

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Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that kicks off the end-of-year giving season. We are asking that all of our DUSC families consider giving to DUSC today or in the coming month. 

As a 501 c(3) not for profit, we depend on your generosity. At DUSC, it is our philosophy to provide a place for committed individuals to play and learn about soccer-and grow as people-regardless of financial resources. Your donations will provide the best coaches possible for our children, identify and secure much-needed field space, and offer scholarships to 20% of our academy players, which is fundamental to DUSC's core principle of inclusion.

DUSC accepts donations through Firstgiving, and all donations are fully tax-deductible. 

We are thankful for your support.

#WeAreDUSC

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Open Tryouts: DUSC U20/23s (Men + Women)

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Open Tryouts: DUSC U20/23s (Men + Women)

We are pleased to announce that DUSC will be offering U20 + U23 teams in 2018 for both Men + Women.  Lead by Kevin McCarthy, Director of Youth Development at DUSC, the season will run mid May through end of July in conjunction with summer break for college students.  League games will commence during the months of June and July.  Tryouts are open to the public.  

Open Tryouts

Where: Columbia University

When: December 16, 2017

Men: Open to Ages 18–23 (9:00am)

Women: Open to Ages 18–23 (10:30am)

Register here

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Q+A with a DUSC Recreation League Parent Coach

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Q+A with a DUSC Recreation League Parent Coach

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Lou Chiorazzi has been a  parent coach in our DUSC Recreation League since last winter. He took some time to share his experience with us. . . .

How did you learn about the DUSC Recreation League?

I searched online for a larger girls program because the one I was using across town had limited girls, so they mixed 10- to 15-year-olds. I was concerned that my daughter, at the time 10 years old, would be discouraged by the bigger players, and wanted her with similar age and sized girls. I also knew about DUSC from a parent of an Academy player, who I admire, he loves the game and has nothing but good things to say about DUSC. His son also flourished and continues to play today.

Did you have any prior soccer or coaching experience?

Some minor assistant coaching experience in my daughter's prior league, but not prior coaching skill, or major soccer knowledge, just a love and appreciation for the game. When I came to DUSC last season, I coached the Winter Coed league. I really enjoyed the time.

What do you enjoy most about being a parent-coach?

I truly enjoy seeing the players get excited to play the game, and observing the natural teamwork that dynamically forms. The natural love to be sporty, compete and have fun with others. They want to do well, some know how to do that, and some don't. Trying to help find a balance is the most fun for me. It's rewarding to me to provide basic guidance to simple game situations, positioning, passing, shooting, to help build confidence in their game, while encouraging teamwork. Sometimes a little extra attention to teaching a player makes a difference. It's limited time we have on the field, but it's quality time as DUSC provides a laid back and fun environment, with the support of the coaches. A great way to introduce, or continue to encourage players for the game.

What would you say to a parent who is considering coaching this winter but still undecided?

Dive in and just let your natural ability to even consider getting involved, to get involved. Most parents are fully capable of what's needed to coach. Encouraging the players, the teamwork, balancing playing time, and simply cheering. You don't need to know a lot about the game. You'll learn if you get involved. The DUSC coaches will help and the kids can naturally figure out, or know the game anyway. It rubs off on everyone. Coaching at DUSC, less is more in general.  Your simple presence and care for the players will go a long way.

How does your daughter feel about you being her coach?

My daughter is definitely proud that I coach. It's a symbiotic activity for both of us, as I want her to put in more effort to achieve her best, whatever that ends up being regardless of skills and result, and she sees me leading by example to put in the effort with her, and the other players. Showing care is half the battle. I continue to grow a love for the game over the years and think it's the best sport for anyone to play, especially children. The game encourages the players to put in effort and find their way to be effective on the pitch. I've seen work ethic improve, teamwork take shape, relationships build, and sheer enjoyment in the flow of the game, regardless of the final result.  

What does being a part of the DUSC Community mean to you?

DUSC made my daughter and me feel welcome, included and valued to be a member.  An inclusive model with recreational options, camps, skills classes, and a future potential academy option makes DUSC worth committing time to build a player to their maximum potential.

NYCFC or Red Bulls?

#WeAreOne #NewYorkIsBlue #NYCFC! #NuffSaid

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Coach in our Winter Recreation League please let us know. No prior soccer experience necessary! 
 

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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! 

#WeAreDUSC

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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! 

#WeAreDUSC

 

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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

#WeAreDUSC
 

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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.

#WeAreDUSC

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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...

#wearedusc

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