June 6, 2006
Albertson's Boys U-18, U-19 sides in state final
The Storm Academy trained Albertson Clash (Under-19) and New Rochelle Raiders(U-18) have again reached their respective finals of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association State Cup competition.
It will be both the U-19's and U-18's sixth consecutive final and both teams will face B.W. Gottschee. The two teams have captured a combined State Cup finals, reached the Region I semifinal five times, had 1 Region I finalist, won three Region I titles and a Super Y-League national championship.
And, the teams are looking for more.
"Both teams though have unfinished business" coach David Price said."The players have the belief that going onto win another State Cup and Regional title, which is always difficult, would make them the best youth team to come out of New York. Treir is competition from Gottsche but also competition between the two teams themselves to out do each other. The Raiders have won a National Championship and the Clash have won Two Region One titles but both believe their is more to do to be the best".
It is, for both teams their final year together as a team.
"We have decided this is it for both teams and we want to end up bettering last year's feats of having two Region I finalists," Price said. "But again we have to win the State Cup to do that, so one thing at a time. We cannot look further that Gottschee."
But with that in mind Price might just bring a lot of these players into the New York Red Bulls organization at the U-20 age group were he has just been named the head coach. So they might yet have more time together as players and with Price.
"I was flattered to be approached to do the job by Gio Savarese. I'm excited because it is something I have always wanted to do and that is to be a part of an MLS franchise. It is my job to help contribute to the organization and make it better and bring in players that I believe can play for the first team in the future and yes that does include players that have played for me over the past five years mainly because they are good enough."