The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships will take place from June 27-July 2 in Barboursville, WV. Leading up to the event, EDP will be profiling several of the qualified teams and looking at their journey to this point. The next team featured in the “Road to Regionals” series is the Massapequa Titans (NY-E), who earned their Regionals berth through their performance in the US Youth Soccer National League EDP North Atlantic Premier I Conference.
To say the Massapequa Titans are close-knit would be an understatement. But that’s what happens when you have a team that’s been together for 10 years. And when they aren’t on the pitch playing the real thing, the Titans spend most of their free time playing soccer online in the form of the FIFA video game.
That unit—which includes Billy Castoro, Joe Cebollero, Alex Glancy, Owen McGarrity, Ronan McGilvary, Rich Portogallo and Matt Prusan—is currently the No. 2 team in the New York East region and headed to the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships as a representative of the US Youth Soccer National League EDP North Atlantic Premier I Conference. And the Titans are confident they have what it takes to make a run when they get there.
“Our goal was to get to Nationals, so we are close, but we’re not there yet,” Head Coach Eric Prusan remarked. “Making Regionals is satisfying, but not the end game.”
Massapequa fell to Levittown in the finals of the State Cup, but that loss reaffirmed the team’s belief that it can be competitive with the top teams. The Titans then went on to post a 5-2-2 record in the National League EDP Conference, scoring 21 goals in the process.
“Each opponent brought new challenges and the team learned to be incredibly resilient,” Prusan said about the competition his squad faced in the National League EDP Conference. “They enjoyed the challenge each week. Even if they weren’t at their best, they competed in every game and grinded out results.”
After a season that featured a number of come-from-behind wins and positive showings in both league and tournament play, the Titans also have belief—both in themselves and each other. And that belief could be the team’s X factor as it heads to Regionals.
“The boys know that they belong here,” Prusan commented. “The confidence that playing well in big games gives them is clearly showing. They’re ready.”
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments is to enable soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.