Video: F.C. New York takes tryouts to Southbay Sportsplex

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01/18/2011 1:09 PM |

GEORGE FAELLA PHOTO | Over 80 players from more than 20 countries participated in F.C. New York's two-day tryout at the Southbay Sportsplex in Calverton.

Some future members of F.C. New York, the new entry in the United Soccer League, showed off their skills this past weekend in the Southbay Sportsplex in Calverton.

Because of recent snowfall, the club hastily rescheduled a two-day tryout for this past Saturday and Sunday at the indoor facility. Matt Weston, the team’s technical director and coach, liked what he saw from the 80-plus hopefuls from over 20 countries who participated in the tryout.

“There are players on this field who are going to be signed with F.C. New York, and that’s exciting,” said Weston, whose business card describes the club’s mission as “BRINGING THE WORLD’S GREATEST SPORT TO THE WORLD’S GREATEST CITY.”

Those had to be encouraging words for the players, many of whom came from far away to be considered for a place on the club’s 25-player roster.

“There were some good lads here,” said Sam Stockley a defender from Liverpool, England. “All the lads have come together. … They put their heads down and they’ve worked really hard trying to get to this point.”

The USL will enter the 2011 season with 15 teams. F.C. New York, which will play its home games at Hofstra University’s James A. Shuart Stadium, is scheduled to kick off its season on April 9 at Orlando. Before then, though, the club plans to play an exhibition game on Jan. 29 against the New York City Cup of Nations All-Star Team in Brooklyn.

“It’s really exciting times,” Weston said. “I’m looking to bring in the right players, whether they be from New York, whether they be from South America. I’m looking to bring in the right blend of players, and I’m excited about it, I really am.”

Stockley offers a good deal of experience at a high level. He has played for Hungarian club Ferencváros as well as 570 games in England for eight clubs, including Southampton, Blackpool and Port Vale, yet said he was drawn to play in the United States. “I think there’s something really exciting about this club,” he said. “I think there can be some really big things and I’d like to be a part of it. I want to come here and make a difference in the side.”

Weston has an impressive soccer background. A product of the famed Manchester United Academy of Excellence, which included great players such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, he received coaching from Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s legendary coach. Weston played for Ipswich Town of the English Premier League for five years before joining Stockport County on loan during the 1995-96 season. He retired as a player shortly after and went into coaching. Upon arriving in the United States in 2006, he became a player development officer for Major League Soccer. He was recently named the SUNY/Purchase coach.

Players tried to catch Weston’s eye as they showcased their talent.

“I just try and play my game, try and be simple, try not to do too much, try and do what I’m best at,” said Kyle Hoffer, a defender from Rockland County who played for St. John’s University.

Tadeu Terra, a Brazilian midfielder from Rio de Janeiro, took a similar approach, embracing simplicity. “Try to do the simple things,” he said. “Don’t try to do anything out of the ordinary. Don’t try to be too complicated because that’s when you make mistakes. Be simple. Be a team player.”

Weston acknowledged that assessing players playing nine vs. nine on a small indoor field is different than seeing them playing 11 aside outdoors.

“The bottom line is you got to be technical in this game anyway,” he said. “The ball’s on the ground a lot. I’m looking at a lot of guys to see what the first touch is all about because that’s really ultimately what soccer players need to possess. Really, then, it comes down to communication, confidence and a belief that they belong here, and there are some guys here who really do.”

Players who were interviewed said the talent on display was good.

“I’m just happy I got a chance,” Hoffer said. “There’s a lot of good players here. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I came in, but there’s a lot of good competition. It’s a great club, I’m excited to be here, and I hope I make the team.”

Weston said: “It’s a great opportunity. There are players on this field who are going to be signed by F.C. New York, and I think that’s exciting.”

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  • this is disastrous !……people often are too lazy to place good items in the goody pile and some very usable furniture, wood, household items get crushed by the over zealous workers. I consider that I am doing a service to the island when I troll the dumps for needed wood and interesting items that I can use around my house instead of following the wasteful acts of a throwaway society. This is what made this island special and just like the good pickins….the powers that be have crushed that too.

  • I will continue to work to find a happy medium concerning usable items thrown away needlessly when less fortunate or for that matter “anyone” would be happy to put them to good use!
    Maybe the answer is a couple of us with the time and insurance to cover the accident liability go there and be the goodypile watchdog, with the permission of the Superintendant. Obviously our objective is not to antagonize the workers but to work together for a common cause. The dollar amount we are talking about is negligable.
    Its so easy to say no without any thought but by saying yes there has to be solutions!!!!/photo.php?fbid=1892294625094&set=a.1257898365584.40874.1173376248&theater

  • Well I think, Mark, if you want to blame someone, blame the “pickers” with the lawsuits. They are the ones who ruined it for everyone else. They guys at the dump are only trying to do their jobs…give them a break!

  • Beans if you reread my rant you will come to the line that states–“Obviously our objective is not to antagonize the workers but to work together for a common cause”.
    What part of that, Beans, didnt you understand? I thought it was quite clear!!!!!!!!!
    Maybe that’s the problem here on Shelter Island. Everyone is too eager to pass blame and not work together for the possibility of a solution like in years past when i was growing up. That in my opinion is the reason the dump is all but closed!

  • Well Mark, I think maybe the people of Shelter Island need to learn to follow the rules, sorry to say but times are changing! If we didn’t live in such a litigious society maybe there wouldn’t be any issues. Seems to me too many people are out for themselves and not the greater good. Sorry I don’t agree with you, but Mark, we hardly agree on much now don’t we.

  • Love your reply but your acting like a child! The Town allows cutting down trees on Island property, correct? The Town allows kids to ride skateboards on the dump property, correct??? People dumping their trucks ( c&d) in the bins have to side step the nails or other potential damaging debris correct??? Seems to me there is danger and potential litigation everywhere one looks doesnt it???? When will everything be shut down to the people paying the taxes????? I guess this tues at the work seesion i will raise these concerns!!!! Is that what you want????

  • This child says…Put up or shut up!

  • Put up what?
    Shut up–why????
    Why dont we just let the 5 people on the Town Board who are pretending to protect the publics interests,just say no to everything that is left to do on this hell hole of an Island!
    My concern is why you are so interested in this??? Why do you care? Why isnt your husband posting? Hmmmmm
    I wonder how you would act if the public wanted to shut the after school programs which are costing mucho tax dollars. The school is the biggest tax burden we have. Just wondering. As you said —“times are changing”!

  • The solution to this problem is the same as it is for everything else. The culture has to change. We as a community and society must stop passing blame. We must stop suing for everything, we must hold those accoutable (in this case the Supervisor and the Superintendent) responsible, we must not turn our heads and tape our mouths shut when we see something WRONG. It starts with someone getting hurt, then the discovery of town employees doing exactly what they should not be doing and now acting as though they have done no wrong and hoping some of us forgot that they admitted to picking the revenue from the town themselves. As soon as someone ruffles some feathers, the finger pointing ensues and then everyone is punished for it. Kinda like in grade school YEARS ago. If no one admits to it, then everyone has their privileges revoked. Ask questions, don’t try to lay blame. While all privileges are revoked work together to find a reasonable solution. (remember you can’t make everyone happy).