Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Roosevelt Island Has A New Men's Soccer Team In The Gotham Soccer League - Home Opener Of Zum Schneider Football Club Roosevelt Island At Octagon Field Tomorrow Evening

Roosevelt Islander Andrew Giacalone reports on the home opener of a new men's Roosevelt Island Soccer team. Mr. Giacalone, the team manager and right back, says he is:

... very excited about debuting on our home field...
at the Octagon Soccer Field tomorrow night.

Image Of Octagon Soccer Field

Mr. Giacolone writes:

Men’s soccer will finally return to Roosevelt Island as Zum Schneider Football Club Roosevelt Island (ZSFC Roosevelt Island) prepares to take the field for its home opener in the Gotham Soccer League at Octagon Park tomorrow, June 5th at 7:45 PM. The game marks a comeback for a Roosevelt Island men’s soccer team after a 15-year interruption.

Boasting a full squad of homegrown talent, ZSFC Roosevelt Island is looking to claim promotion to the Gotham Soccer League's First Division as well as its third overall title in as many years.

"We've been successful in a variety of leagues around the city – from Urban Soccer to MetroSoccer – but now we have an opportunity to show our worth in front of a home crowd on the very island where we first learned how to kick a ball."

The Gotham Soccer League is a two-tier league with new teams debuting in the Second Division and requiring promotion into the top tier. As a result, ZSFC Roosevelt Island will have a challenging season ahead of them as they seek immediate promotion into the top flight.

Assistant Manager Alex Beola expressed confidence that the season would ultimately be a successful one.

"We have many talented players on our squad who just returned from playing with competitive college teams," Mr. Beola noted. "Not only do we have Roosevelt Island pride to play for but we also have the necessary skill and know-how to make us a winning team and a team worth watching and supporting."

ZSFC Roosevelt Island has received its sponsorship from Zum Schneider, a renowned Bavarian beer hall located in the East Village that also nurtures a winning soccer ethos.

Zum Schneider has a well-established reputation for supporting high-level soccer throughout the city. It's an additional honor for us that they would choose to sponsor the Roosevelt Island men's soccer team and evidence that they believe in our long term project. Tomorrow night's game will be the first home game at Octagon Park since I last captained the Roosevelt Island Strikers to their 1998 Eastern New York State Cup victory.

It'll be an emotional homecoming. But I'll get over it quickly.

ZSFC Roosevelt Island kicks off its debut match tomorrow, June 5th at 7:45 PM against the Brooklyn Gunners. The game will be held at Octagon Park.
I'm looking forward to an exciting match tomorrow night at the Octagon Field like this one by the Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer League. It's A GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL.