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EDP Soccer Club Spotlight: Eastern FC

By Evan Unger, 07/08/20, 6:00PM EDT


Exciting New Chapter for Long-Standing Premier Club

In 1977, Eastern FC was founded by President Ray Franklin; Eastern has the reputation of being one of the area's oldest established reputable premier clubs. The club prides itself with providing its players and families with quality programs to develop their every need. Moving into 2020-2021, the club starts a new chapter in this changing soccer landscape as one of the inaugural members of the US Youth Soccer North Atlantic EDP Conference Club Based Divisions. With a history of championships in US Youth Soccer, Eastern FC is excited to make its return to the platform.

“Eastern FC is enthusiastic about the continued partnership with member clubs in the USYS National League Club v Club platform. We are confident this new league will provide the competition level our families are accustomed to. In our clubs' forty four year history we have been successful to adapt to the youth soccer environment as we constantly strive for excellence with our members.” Beau Morki, Technical Director.

Eastern FC has found success in both CJSA in Connecticut and ENYYSA in New York during its long history. In the late 90’s, the club was a staple in the CJSA State Cup Finals, making 5 appearances in just 1998 and 1999 alone. As the club transitioned into ENYYSA, they found similar levels of success, as from 2010-2011 the club won 5 ENYYSA Premier League championships.

In addition to its success on the field, one of the most integral parts of the club is off the field with the Eastern Soccer Foundation, and the opportunities it is giving players. The primary goal of the foundation is to see all those interested in playing soccer be able to participate regardless of their financial position. It was started in 2002 by Eastern FC Family, The LaGrecas and has helped provide financial assistance to over 3000 families since 2002. Who have become High School Player of the Year Awards, High School and Collegiate All Americans, All Region Players, and have been scouted by the US National Team. Since its inception, 100% of players graduated High School and Graduated College.

"The Eastern Soccer Foundation has worked tirelessly to provide an opportunity for players to play soccer in our community. It is only with the selfless effort of many of our families and donations are we able to support the players in need. The core values; Respect, Integrity, Character, Teamwork and Patience, our club was founded on are the glue that drives our foundation, families, teams, coaches and players in everything we do. Those values become who we are!" Ray Franklin, President and Founder.