With 2017 in the books, the youth sector of FA Euro New York is in full swing with an announced five teams that will participate in the Eastern Development Program (EDP) for the 2018 Spring season.
In particular, it will be the on field debut for the 2001 team, coached by Zhuarbek Khusanboev. The 2006/5 (coached by Adam Marcu), 2003 (coached by Momodou Sawaneh), 2002 (Coached by Pietro Asaro), and 2001 (coached by Zhuarbek 'Beki' Khusanboev), and 2000 teams have officially been confirmed to participate in the regional league competition.
Coach Adam Marcu was confident that his 2006/5 age group will continue to excel off a much improved 2017 season. “This group has progressed at an amazing rate over the past 6-8 months. I couldn’t be prouder of them. With that said, I expect there to be strong competition this season, and I am interested to see how we will address, and hopefully, rise to meet, the challenges we face. Last season, as I watched us play, I could see moments where we would play good soccer and compete physically. Now we need to challenge ourselves to do that more consistently during games and throughout the season as a whole. And, of course, to add new and varied elements to our game. I can’t wait to see the boys continue to progress.”
Coach Sawaneh had the following to say about his 2003's: "I'm really excited and looking forward to this season. It's my first season as the head coach and I'm very conscious about how tough the EDP league is, and we are preparing for it. We want to compete with best teams around and the club did very well to get us to this stage. Therefore, we will do our best to learn and represent the club the best possible way."
Coach Ben Marcu is looking forward toe the new season with great enthusaism. “Last year was a year of great growth for the 2000s. We moved up two divisions into the EDP First Division North, won five straight games, and nearly won the group. Despite outperforming expectations last year, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be able to challenge for the top of the league this year. After narrowly missing out on a National Championship in December, I’m sure the players will be hungry for silverware in the spring. With a great staff next to me and the specter of the Viareggio Cup on the horizon, I am excited to show the EDP how much we’ve grown and improved as a team since last spring. It should be a great spring season and I’m sure we’ll be treated to some excellent football along the way.”