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Eastern PA Cups



The draw for the EPSA Amateur and Open Cups was held on September 28. 

Amateur Cup Bracket

October 15 (home listed first / 2:30pm)

  • Junior Lone Star u23 / Salone FC
  • VE Major / West Chester Reserve
  • Danubia / Upper Darby FC
  • Ukrainian Nationals / UGH
  • Phoenix SC / VE Reserve
  • Lighthouse United / West-Mont United
  • Colonial FC / West Chester Major

Open Cup Bracket

October 22 (home listed first / 2:30pm)

  • Deep Run / Lighthouse United
  • Ukrainian Nationals / VE

October 24-26 (night matches)

  • Phoenix SC / Danubia
  • West Chester United / UGH


Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

2018 Qualification Rounds for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

In the first round, three United League teams advanced.  


Second Round action (home team listed first):

  • West Chester United / Phoenix Sport Club
    • Sat Oct 21 7:30pm at WC United Turf
  • UGH / Junior Lone Star u23
    • Sun Oct 22 2:30pm at UGH Club




Eastern PA Cup Draw

The draw for the EPSA Amateur and Open Cups will be held this Thursday, September 28, 8:00pm, in Manayunk at the SONA PUB & KITCHEN 4417 Main Street, Philadelphia PA 19127 

Join us for a festive atmosphere after the draw!  Sona Pub & Kitchen has a wide variety of craft beer and elevated pub fare including artisan pizza.  We invite all coaches, players and supporters to join us and show your support!

The following teams have entered the competitions:

Werner Fricker Open Cup (8 entries - ALL United Soccer League)

  • Danubia SC
  • Deep Run Valley SA
  • Lighthouse United
  • Phoenix Sport Club
  • Ukrainian Nationals
  • United German Hungarians
  • Vereinigung Erzgebirge
  • West Chester United

Robert M O'Neill Amateur Cup  (15 entries - United SL unless noted)

  • Colonial SC
  • Danubia SC
  • Junior Lone Star  (Phila Premier SL)
  • Junior Lone Star u23  (Phila Premier SL)
  • Lighthouse United
  • Phoenix Sport Club
  • Salone FC   (Phila Premier SL)
  • Ukrainian Nationals
  • United German Hungarians
  • Upper Darby SC   (Phila Premier SL)
  • Vereinigung Erzgebirge
  • Vereinigung Erzgebirge Reserves
  • West Chester United
  • West Chester United Reserves
  • West Mont United


Barry Strube Challenge Cup

The Championship Match of the Barry Strube Major Challenge Cup was contested on Wednesday, July 5, on the Stadium Field of the United German Hungarians.  The match between the Majors II teams of the United German Hungarians and the Phoenix Sport Club had all the drama necessary for a championship final.  After a scoreless first half, UGH pulled out 3 unanswered goals in the 2nd to claim the prize.

Barry Strube became involved with the United Soccer League initially as a member of the America Soccer Club, later America-Kolping Soccer Club.  While serving these teams as a delegate to the league, he alo served on numerous league committees.  He has been on the Board of Directors as League Treasurer for over a decade.  The United Soccer League is proud to name the 2016-17 Challenge Cup in his honor.


2nd Annual Keystone Cup

Congratulations to Phoenix Sport Club for winning the Keystone Cup 4-2 over Calamari FC.  This is the second year of the competition between teams from Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, with West Chester United claiming the trophy last year.  Location alternates between East and West, with Phoenix hosting this year.

Phoenix SC 2016-17





Season Preview

The 2017-2018 roster of United Soccer League Clubs has been released. The upcoming season features the formation of an Over-30 Division, expansions of the Men's Major & Major II Divisions and the returning strong Women's Major Division.

The Board of Directors is currently prepping for the upcoming season, preparing schedules and media.

This year, Deep Run Valley SA and West-Mont United have joined the Men's Major Division, coming to the United SL from the Inter-County SL. Lancaster City FC return after a break year, having had a successful inaugural season in 2015-2016. Bearfight FC joins the Major II DIvision, also from the Inter-County SL, and seem excited per their social media presence.

The Women's Major Division remains the top league in the region. Last season, the United German Hungarians won the newly formed Paul Stilley Womens Cup, which the club will host the this year the weekend of September 23/24.

MAJOR MEN: Colonial SC, Danubia, Deep Run Valley SA, Lighthouse United, Lancaster City FC, Phoenix Sport Club, Ukrainian Nationals, United German Hungarians, Vereinigung Erzgebirge (16-17 Runner-Up), West Chester Predators (16-17 Champion), West-Mont United

MAJOR II: Bearfight FC, Colonial SC, Phoenix Sport Club  (16-17 Challenge Cup Runner-Up), Ukrainian Nationals (16-17 Champions), United German Hungarians (16-17 Challenge Cup winner), Vereinigung Erzgebirge, West Chester Predators (16-17 Runner-Up)

MAJOR WOMEN: Danubia, Fox Chase SC, Lancaster City FC, Lighthouse United (16-17 Runner-Up), Lower South, Phoenix Sport Club, Ukrainian Nationals (16-17 Champion), United German Hungarians

OVER-30: Colonial SC, Phoenix Sport Club, Ukrainian Nationals, United German Hungarians, Vereinigung Erzgebirge, West Chester Predators 

The 2017-2018 Schedule for all 4 Divisions will release on Tuesday, August 15 th at 12 noon.

* All schedules are subject to changes based on weather and cup schedules.  The most current schedule can always be found on this site.




Legendary American coach Tony DiCicco dies at age 68


[6/21/2017 Soccer America]  Tony DiCicco, who died Monday at the age of 68, was the winningest coach in the history of the U.S. national team programs but he accomplished far more that that, having a huge role in the modern history of American soccer.

DiCicco was the goalkeeper coach on the 1991 Women's World Cup championship team, coached the USA to the gold medal at the first Olympic women's soccer competition in 1996 and led the USA to the 1999 Women's World Cup championship -- becoming the only coach to win the Women's World Cup immediately after winning the Olympics -- and later coached the USA to the 2008 Under-20 World Cup title.

Most U.S. national team wins:
103 Tony DiCicco (women)
87 April Heinrichs (women)
74 Bruce Arena (men)
65 Anson Dorrance (women)
57 Jill Ellis (women)
55 Greg Ryan (women)
55 Jurgen Klinsmann (men)

DiCicco hailed from Connecticut, where he played soccer, baseball and basketball and attended nearby Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he was an All-American goalkeeper. He received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield, a national soccer power for many years, and master's degree in physical education from Central Connecticut State University.

He was a standout keeper in the American Soccer League, playing for the Connecticut Wildcats and the Rhode Island Oceaneers. Like men's national team coach Bruce Arena, who was a goalkeeper and whose pro soccer career was spent entirely in the ASL, DiCicco represented the USA once in 1973, coming on in a game against touring Italian club Lazio in Hartford, Connecticut, near his home.

DiCicco began working for the U.S. women's national team program on the recommendation of then-men's national team coach Bob Gansler as Anson Dorrance's goalkeeper coach in 1990 and took over for Dorrance as the head coach of the national team at the beginning of 1995. The program wasn't like it is today with full-time salaries for the players and a huge support staff. The team played a heavy schedule but often at college of high school facilities.

A year after the USA lost to Norway in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup in Sweden, it won the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics with thrilling victories over Norway (2-1 in overtime) in the semifinals and over China (2-1) in the gold-medal game. The huge crowds at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium demonstrated the growing interest in women's soccer and were a wake-up call to host broadcaster NBC, which largely ignored the games in Athens.

Three years later, DiCicco's '99ers drew record crowds and television audiences for the Women's World Cup and made history as the only subjects who graced the covers of Time, Newsweek, People and Sports Illustrated the same week.  

But four months later, DiCicco turned down the opportunity to remain with the team to spend more time with his wife and four sons, then 8, 12, 14 and 17. He retired with a record of 103-8-8.

Within a year, he began working for the WUSA, set to launch in 2001, handling the soccer side as a consultant and then acting commissioner. He became the league commissioner at the end of the first season. The league folded after only three years.

Perhaps DiCicco's greatest accomplishment was leading the USA to the 2008 Under-20 World Cup championship. He had less than a year to work with the team that was in considerable disarray and jump-started U.S. international careers for Alex MorganSydney Leroux, Alyssa Naeher and Meghan Klingenberg, all current members of the senior national team.

"Today we mourn the loss of one of the most influential coaches in U.S. Soccer history," said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati. Tonys passion for the game as a coach, administrator and broadcaster was always evident and his relationships with everyone in the soccer community distinguished him as a compassionate and much-loved man. U.S. Soccer will forever be thankful to Tony for his vast contributions to the game and we extend thoughts and condolences to his family and to the many people who were positively impacted by him during what was a remarkable life.

DiCicco, who is a past member of the NSCAA Board of Directors and acted in an advisory role for both U.S. Soccer and FIFA, received the NSCAA Honorary All-American award in 1999 and was honored with the NSCAA Womens Committee Award of Excellence in 2008. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012 and the NSCAA Hall of Fame in 2016.

DiCicco is survived by wife Diane and sons AnthonyAndrewAlex and 
Nicholas.





Paul Stilley Memorial Cup Tournament 

2017 EPSA Paul Stilley Memorial Cup - UGH

[3/26/2017]  Congratulations to the United German Hungarians for winning the inaugural Paul Stilley Memorial Cup Tournament, sponsored by the Eastern PA Soccer Association.  U.G.H. beat Lancaster City FC 1-0 in the championship match to secure the title.

Ten teams started the tournament on March 4 and 5.  After the group stage, four United SL teams moved on to the semifinal round.  This was delayed due to weather for two weeks, but finally played on March 25.  Lancaster beat Danubia, and U.G.H. over Ukrainian Nationals to advance to the Final.

Paul Stilley was a firm supporter of the womens game in the Philadelphia area.  His Little Club team participated in the first season that the United League offered a competition for women.  He served the league as Secretary, Vice-President and President, and represented the United League on the EPSA Board.



EPSA Hall of Fame

[2/25/2017]  Two United Soccer League members are in the 2017 Class of Inductees into the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association Hall of Fame.  Currrent Board Trustee Werner Fricker Jr, and former President Paul Stilley were inducted at the EPYSA banquet on February 25, 2017.  More information can be found HERE.





With much sadness we announce the passing of Jenna Richards,

22 years old, a player on the UGH Womens Majors team.  A recent

graduate of Holy Family University, she was involved in an auto accident

in Croydon, Bucks County, on Tuesday Dec 20. 

Friends

and family are invited to call at St Thomas Aquinas church in Croydon,

Dec 26, 6 to 9pm and Dec 27 9:30 to 10:45am. Funeral Mass will start at

11am. Contributions in lieu of flowers are accepted at Fidelity Savings in Bristol PA.  (Link to:

obituary and news article)








Regional Honors for Two of Our Own!

Regional honors were bestowed on two long-time members of the United Soccer League.  Region 1, comprised of 14 State Associations stretching from West Virginia into the Northeast, for the first time ever awarded all three of it's major awards to one State Association.  Two of those winners were from the United League.  Congratulations to:


Blair Thomson of the Phoenix Sport Club

Region One Coach of the Year




West Chester United - Rocco Amoroso Fair Play Award

West Chester United - Rocco Amoroso Fair Play Award


Red Card Cancer!

Good Afternoon Coaches-


 

As many of you are already aware, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has a partnership with Red Card Cancer. 

Red Card Cancer

is a national organization with a mission to raise awareness and funds

to fight all types of cancer.   Our friend Paul Payne from Bloomsburg

University

is the founder of the organization, and I began working with him about

four years ago. 



Letter from Paul Payne



Last summer, in conjunction with the Gold Cup finals in Philadelphia,

our office launched a program called Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢??Futbol Friday.Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢??  The idea is

simple: donate money, wear your favorite soccer jersey, help fight

cancer.  We partnered with 6ABC, Philadelphia Sports

Congress, Philadelphia Union and Modell Sporting Goods.  Funds were

split between Red Card Cancer (Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins)

and Temple University Cancer Center.  In a very short period of time, we

raised $10,000.


 

This year, we are declaring the first week of October Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢??Red Card Cancer Week."  From October 1st through 9th, we encourage you to hold Red Card Cancer days at one of your home games. 



We ask that you along with your co-workers, staff, students and

supporters join us to help us raise awareness and funds to fight

cancer.   In addition, our

Futbol Friday program will be October 7th. 

  Next Friday, we encourage everyone to wear their favorite soccer

jersey to work or school in return for a donation of $5 or more.  This

appeal is going to colleges, high schools and all of our

clubs.  Pledge sheets and flyers are available below and on our

website to assist you. 



Futbol Friday Pledge Sheet



In addition, we have a text-to-give feature.  Simply text the word Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢??SOCCERÃ?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢?? to 52000 and you can donate $10 to Red Card Cancer. 

To pledge a larger donation, text "SOCCER" [Amount] to 91011. The charge will be reflected on your bill and is supported by most major carriers.

 

IÃ?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢??m asking for your help as both colleagues and friends.   IÃ?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢??m sure

everyone on this email has been touched by cancer through their family

or extended soccer family.  Our personal stories could fill many pages. 

I hope that you can help in a few simple ways. 

First, by using social media, we can reach a wide audience to promote

the event. The buildup is part of the fun and will help drive people to

participate. We�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??d like you to simply take a picture of yourself, staff

members, players, your boss, or whoever, showing

which favorite jersey you plan to wear on October 7

th, as well as plans you may have for an on-campus event. 



Congratulations to our 2015-16 Winners!

Mens Major Champions - West Chester United  (12-2-0)

West Chester United

Womens Major Champions - Ukrainian Nationals  (13-2-1)

Ukrainian Nationals














Lamar Hunt US Open Cup 1st Round


Qualifying

action for this year's competition kicks off early this year with two

United League teams in the mix.  On Saturday, September 10, Vereinigung

Erzgebirge Majors host the Brick Lions FC (NJ) at 2:30 at the club, and

West Chester United Majors host Salone FC (Eastern PA)

with kickoff 7:30pm at the West Chester United turf field.  Directions and map links to both fields can be found here on this website.



Can Your Team Compete?

Team Applications for the 2016-17 Season

Application Forms for the 2016-17 season are now available on the Admin/Downloads page of the website.  All applications for the upcoming season will be due at the League Meeting on August 1, 2016.  

Our league welcomes teams who are ready to prove themselves at the highest level in the Philadelphia/South Jersey region.  Our league over the years has had teams who have proven themselves at the highest levels - State, Regional and National Champions.  These teams were tested weekly in league play before ever advancing in other competitions.  Our league provides a balanced competition where no game is certain - Any team can beat any other when Sunday rolls around.

Any new teams wishing to apply should also contact our 2nd Vice-President (Membership) prior to the meeting for application instructions.





Phoenix SC to Host o-30 National Final






Saturday/Sunday July 30/31, 2016

SAT  4:00pm   Phoenix SC / Carpathia Kickers (MI)

SAT  6:00pm  CD Motagua (LA) / Safira Soccer Academy (MA)

SUN   10:00am   Third Place Match

SUN   12:00pm   CHAMPIONSHIP



West Chester United to play home in 2nd Round of Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

West Chester United will host USL Pro side Harrisburg City Islanders on Wednesday, May 18 in the 2nd Round of the 103rd Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.  Match will be at the West Chester United SC turf field, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA.  To get here, West Chester beat NPSL side Fredericksburg FC 8-7 in penalty kicks, after a 1-1 tie after overtime.  In that match, West Chester held a 1-0 advantage through the match, but conceded a late goal to force extra time.  

In

recent years, West Chester United has won 4 straight Eastern PA Open

Cup titles, and just won the 2015 Werner Fricker US Open Cup, hosted by

US Adult Soccer.  More information about West Chester's journey can be

found in an article 

HERE



West Chester United are US Open Cup Champions!!!

(Virginia Beach VA, 7/18/2015) Congratulations to West Chester United for winning the Werner Fricker Open Cup with a 2-1 victory over Region 2 champion RWB Adria Chicago.  West Chester had punched their ticket to the final by defeating Chula Vista of California by the score of 4-1 on Friday.  This is the 100th year of Open Cup competition and our league is proud of West Chester's achievement.





Eastern Pennsylvania 100th Anniversary Gala

The Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association celebrated it's 100th Anniversary on Saturday, March 21, with a gala at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA.  The event was well attended by current and former members of our league.

A number of individuals with ties to the United Soccer League were inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania SA Hall of Fame.  They include Walter Bahr, Walt Chyzowich, Aldo D'Aversa, Gino Feraguti, Werner Fricker, Karl Regul and Roger Schott.







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