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Silver Lake Soccer Club, where John Wolyniec learned to play the game

Posted on 04 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Silver Lake Soccer Club, in Staten Island, N.Y., was formed in 1970 by Dr. Gabriel Nigrin as an opportunity to give youth a place to play soccer. Its most famous alumni is John Wolyniec, longtime Major League Soccer striker currently in his third stint with the New York/New Jersey MLS franchise.

“He played most of his childhood up until his high school years,” Silver Lake president Anthony Carucci said of Wolyniec. The club prides itself on the success of its teams over individual accolades, however. Its clubs have won nine ENNYSA (Eastern NY Youth Soccer Association) State Cups, Premier League as well as Region 1 competition.

“Right now we have five teams,” said Carucci. “All our teams are competing for the top of the division in the Cosmopolitan [Junior Soccer] League in New York. We compete strongly in MAPS in New Jersey. Our theory is quality, not quantity.”

Three of the teams are also competing in the newly formed New York Club Soccer League State Cup, founded by U.S. Club Soccer and are currently in the Round of 16. They will be fielding at least seven squads by the Fall of 2010 with hopes of reaching 10 teams by 2011.

Three teams will also compete in The Virginian Memorial Day soccer tournament.

“We do a lot of things differently,” said Carucci. “We have disadvantaged youth in our clubs…these kids would not be playing travel soccer. If we can develop these kids and they get a scholarship to college one day, we’ve done our job. That’s how we look at it.”

Coaches and board members all have soccer in their blood, some have even played on professional teams in Europe. Two coaches and long time Silver Lake Soccer Club members, Zoran Bistre and Franco Legovich, have won seven State Cups between them.

“Most of us have been in and around the game for a long time,” said Carucci. “All of our coaches right now have at least an ‘E’ license. I would say a majority of us have ‘D’.” A few plan to get the ‘C’ license this year as well.

The club prides itself on teaching the game of soccer the way it was meant to be played, through training, sportsmanship and character building. Any player who is serious about the beautiful game belongs at Silver Lake Soccer Club.

The organization also has a beginner program called First Steps, designed for new players, both boys and girls, between the ages of 4 – 8. Here they will get their first taste of the beautiful game while working with some of our best coaches and trainers. The year round program will help teach self esteem, coordination, fitness and fun as well as the fundamentals of soccer. The children in this program will have opportunity to play both intramural games as well as games in the Staten Island Youth Soccer League as they prepare for a future in our travel soccer program.

Tryouts for the Fall 2010-Spring 2011 season for boys and girls ages five to 14 will be held May 18 and June 1 at Greenbelt Recreational Center (501 Brielle Ave. Staten Island, NY) at 6:30PM.

For info contact 718-841-7164 or visit www.silverlakesoccer.org. Silver Lake is on FaceBook and Twitter as well.

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