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New York City Football Club Announces Players Signed to NYCFC II Contracts for the Newly Formed MLS NEXT Pro
Thursday, Mar 24, 2022, 12:29 PM
New York, N.Y., March 24, 2022 – New York City Football Club (NYCFC) today announced the roster of NYCFC II in the newly formed MLS NEXT Pro. NYCFC II is set to play its inaugural match this Sunday, March 27 at 5pm ET against New England Revolution II at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y.
All players signed to NYCFC II are local to the Tri-State area. The roster includes two forwards, five midfielders, one defender and two goalkeepers. In addition, all players that are signed to First Team contracts are eligible to play for NYCFC II.
NYCFC Sporting Director, David Lee, said: “We are thrilled that NYCFC II is finally here. It’s a great opportunity for us to continue to progress young talent and provide a pathway for local youth to achieve their dreams of playing professional soccer. No player pathway is linear, and NYCFC II is an excellent platform for the Club to keep identifying and developing talent.
“NYCFC II will allow us to have some fluidity within our roster. While we can include First Team players who are still in their development stage or looking to gain additional playing minutes, we’ll also have players from our academy who are ready to test themself at a very competitive level.
Playing our inaugural game is a very exciting moment for us and there has been a huge amount of hard work from our Academy staff to get us to this stage.”
NYCFC II will feature players such as Nicholas ‘Nico’ Benalcazar, Jonathan ‘JJ’ Jimenez and Samuel ‘Kwaku’ Owusu who are signed to First Team Homegrown contracts. A number of these NYCFC II players including El Mahdi Youssoufi and Jack Beer took part in this year’s First Team preseason. Alex Rando was part of the original NYCFC U-14 Academy team in 15’/’16 and won back-to-back USSDA National Championships, as well as the ‘18/’19 Golden Glove for best keeper in the USSDA Playoffs and Championship. Piero Elias also played for NYCFC’s U-14 Academy team during the ‘16/’17 season and most recently played for USL’s Queensboro FC.
NYCFC II is one of 21 clubs that will join MLS’ new professional league MLS NEXT Pro and will compete in the Eastern Conference alongside Chicago Fire II, FC Cincinnati 2, Inter Miami II, New England Revolution II, Orlando City B, Philadelphia Union II, TFC II, Columbus Crew 2 and Rochester New York FC.
To stay up to date on all things NYCFC II, visit NYCFC.com/NYCFCII.
Alex Rando | Goalkeeper | Manhattan, NY
Giuliano Santucci | Goalkeeper | Yorktown Heights, NY
Stephen | Turnbull Defender | Holtsville, NY
Jack Beer | Midfielder | Thornwood, NY
Andrew Maia | Midfielder | Kearny, NJ
John Denis | Midfielder | Yorktown Heights, NY
Piero Elias | Midfielder | Queens, NY
Steven Bednarsky | Midfielder | Chester, NJ
El Mahdi Youssoufi* | Forward | Brooklyn, NY
Julian Gomez | Forward | Fairview, NJ
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Lohud’s 2021 Westchester/Putnam All-Stars
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Mamaroneck’s Milton Mancias-Magana (10) splits the Hilton defense during Hilton’s 3-2 overtime win in the NYSPHSAA boys soccer Class AA semifinal at Middletown High School in Middletown on Saturday, November 13, 2021.
The rest of the first team
F – Milton Mancias-Magana, Mamaroneck: The senior helped the Tigers win the first Section 1 title in program history, finishing with 23 goals and eight assists. He was named all-state, all-region and All-American.
F – Bennett Leitner, Somers: He was either finishing through balls from D’Ippolito or setting his childhood friend up with crossing passes from the corner. The senior had 54 goals and 32 assists in four varsity seasons and was all-state and all region this fall.
F – Gianluca Ruggiero, Westlake: The speedy senior came up with 20 goals and 10 assists for the Wildcats, who captured the first Section 1 title in program history and made the state final four. He was named all-state.
MF – George Popovic, Yorktown: It was nearly impossible to knock the dangerous senior playmaker off the ball. He scored 23 goals and handed out 22 assists and was named all-state.
MF – Alejandro Londono, Mamaroneck: The senior provided stability as the Tigers worked new players into the lineup. He was a stopper who got the ball moving up the field in a hurry, finishing with nine assists from the back of the midfield.
MF – Ryan Bochenski, Eastchester: He was a physical presence on and off the ball who often got special attention on set plays. The senior finished with six goals and six assists for the Eagles, who narrowly lost in the Section 1 Class A final to Somers.
D – Jayden Green, Hamilton: The senior is a natural scorer whose sideline-to-sideline work on the back line helped the Red Raiders win a NYSPHSAA Class C title. In limited time up front, the all-state pick had 20 goals and four assists.
D – Dwyant Suazo, Carmel: He was perhaps the most dynamic defensive player in Section 1, locking down many of the best forwards in the section and keeping the Rams in play. The senior was part of a unit that gave up just 1.3 goals per game.
D – Luke Peltz, Scarsdale: The senior knew how to play the angles for a Raiders team that won a league title and posted 11 shutouts. Only rival Mamaroneck scored more than two goals against Scarsdale this season.
G – Vincent Repoulis, Mamaroneck: He made 157 saves and posted 10 shutouts for the Tigers, who won a Section 1 title. The senior was Superman in the postseason, making 14 saves against John Jay in the Class AA semis and seven in a 1-0 win over Scarsdale in the championship.
Robert Segaloff, Hamilton: The Red Raiders only had three starters coming back from last season, but won another Section 1 Class C title before finding ways to survive a string of NYSPHSAA playoff matches. Hamilton celebrated a state title with a 1-0 victory over Maple Hill.
F – Rintaro Miyawaki, Sr., Eastchester
F – Isaiah Boyles, Sr., Irvington
F – Peter Tinaj, Sr., Yorktown
MF – Christian Torres, Sr., Port Chester
MF – Will Redman, Jr., Bronxville
MF – Mike Micceri, Sr., Somers
MF – Ross Eagle, Sr., Byram Hills
D – Diego Tejada, Sr., New Rochelle
D – Lucas McLaughlin, Sr., Eastchester
D – Mason Murphy, Sr., Yorktown
G – Daniel Alvarez, Sr., Hamilton
Alex Aguilar, Sr., F, Saunders; John Antolino, Jr., MF, Harrison; Kyle Arraiano, Sr., F, Panas; Nico Bisgaier, Sr., F, Byram Hills; Oscar Bowring, Sr., MF, Irvington; Stephen Cambisaca, Jr., F, Hamilton; Thomas Casale, Sr., F, Valhalla; Jack Childs, Jr., MF, Rye; Tyler Cho, Sr., MF, Briarcliff; Brayan Coyt, Sr., D, Port Chester; Michael Desmond, Sr., MF, Rye; Pierce Dillon, Sr., MF, Ardsley; Caleb Elias, Jr., MF, North Salem; Kevin Espinosa Duque, Jr., White Plains; Sam Fash, Sr., D, Briarcliff; Trevor Fraioli, Sr., F, Fox Lane; Gabe Franchi, Sr., F, Valhalla; Nico Galeano, Jr., MF, Scarsdale; Jesse Goldstein, Jr., MF, Byram Hills; Emerson Guevara, Sr., MF, Saunders; Erick Guinassaca, Sr., MF, Peekskill; Charlie Gutch, Sr., D, Pelham; Jordy Guzman, Sr., MF, Lincoln; Rowan Hafner, Sr., G, Scarsdale; Yahir Hernandez, Sr., MF, Saunders; h1. _Bryan Jaramillo, Jr., F, Lakeland_
; Ryan Kang, Sr., MF, Pleasantville; Harrison Krieg, Sr., MF, Irvington; Nikola Ljuljic, Jr., F, Yonkers Montessori; Ermin Mackic, Jr., MF, Riverside; Daniel Madeira, Sr., G, New Rochelle; Wilman Miranda, Sr., MF, Mamaroneck; Brennyn Ordonez, Sr., F, White Plains; Isaiah Ortiz, Sr., MF, Westlake; Will Peacock, Jr., F, Pleasantville; Francisco Pena, Sr., F, Gorton; Matthew Pereira, Sr., F, Rye Neck; Pablo Perez, Sr., MF, Greeley; Jack Prybylski, Sr., MF, Yorktown; Carlo Ricchiuti, Sr., F, Rye; Tyler Robinson, Sr., F, Hen Hud; h1. Michael Rodriguez, Jr., F, Lakeland;Peter Saca, Sr., MF, Hamilton; Alex Sapatanga, Sr., F, Peekskill; Sander Schuchat, Sr., G, Edgemont; Will Sniffen, Jr., D, Haldane; Tiwa Soetan, Jr., F, Hamilton; Martin Sunjic, Sr., F, Westlake; Justin Tuba, Sr., MF, Ossining; Jonas Van Beurden, Jr., D, Rye; Albert Van Ness, Jr., D, Bronxville; Ryan Vele, Sr., MF, Croton; Jacques Verard, Sr., F, Somers; Tate Wong, Sr., MF, Carmel.
Athlete Spotlight – Chris Ciraco, Lakeland Boys Soccer
Lakeland keeper Chris Ciraco sends it up the field against John Jay.
By MIKE SABINI
SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland goalie Chris Ciraco recently completed his third year playing varsity soccer for the Hornets.
That included making 7 saves and shutting out visiting No. 20 Pelham, 3-0, in the out-bracket round of the Section 1 Class A Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Ciraco spent this past season for the No. 13 Hornets as one of their three senior captains, along with David Pinkowsky and Bobby Hernandez.
What was it like to record a shutout in a sectional contest, a 3-0 victory against Pelham, which was your final home game as a Hornet?
It was a very special moment with my teammates. Our fans showed up and really rallied behind us, which got us motivated and helped us on to the win. It was my final home game as a Hornet and one that I will never forget.
How old were you when you started playing soccer and what got you started?
I was 5 years old when I first started playing. My family is very into soccer. We played a lot with kicking the ball around and decided to give it a try. I’ve been playing ever since.
What is your favorite thing about being on the soccer team at Lakeland?
Being a part of a team with great friends, lots of laughs, good memories, and family atmosphere.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
To hype up my team before a game.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents are my biggest role models because they taught me to never give up, always stay humble, be respectful and to care about others.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know.
I almost decided to play football in high school over soccer, but I know I made the right choice.
Do you plan to continue to play soccer in college? Tell us about where you are going to school and why you chose it?
I am still deciding whether I will continue to play in college. I have a few colleges in mind but still researching the best option for me.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro (or college) sports team?
My favorite team is Roma and my favorite player is the goalie Gianluigi Buffon.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want to be able to fly because I can get somewhere faster and also have a great view.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would like to go to Greece because of the food and how beautiful it looks.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
After a game I like to go to Salsa Fresca.
Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
Peter Pratt’s Inn and not because I work there. The food and history of the restaurant is amazing.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Snapchat because it’s a good way to stay connected with my friends.
For a young athlete growing up in the Lakeland district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the soccer team and why should they go out for the team?
I would tell them that it’s a great program, committed coaches (Tim Hourahan, Nick Jerussi and Tim O’Driscoll), and not only do you get to play competitively as a team but also for charity events like breast-cancer awareness. You also get to help develop younger players during summer-camp programs, which is a great way to get involved with the community.