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Club Spotlight: Seacoast United Massachusetts

By Evan Unger, 01/13/21, 11:45AM EST


Seacoast United was founded in 1992, and quickly became one of the premier names in the New England soccer scene. Started in New Hampshire, the club was a regular in the USYS Eastern Regionals, representing the state after winning the USYS State Cup. 

Seacoast is a member of MLS Next and also the Girls Academy League. In previous years, the club participated at the 16U age group in EDP Soccer’s Atlantic Development League which served as a place for US Soccer Development Academies gap year teams. Now, in the 2020-2021 season the club's Massachusetts branch is part of EDP Soccer playing in the US Youth Soccer National League New England Conference.

One of Seacoast’s newest branches in Massachusetts, Seacoast United Mass South, had an immediate impact in the Fall of 2020, with the 14U Girls, 14U Boys and 13U Boys participating in the USYS New England Conference. The 14U Boys had a tremendous first season, winning 8 out of their 10 games and finishing top of the table. Based on the team's success, head coach Martin Doherty was named EDP Soccer New England Zone 2 Coach of the Season.  

"Our U13 and U14 Elite boys teams  and U14 Elite Girls team all represented Seacoast Mass in the National League Conference.  The competition was perfect for our teams and provided great games in a positive environment for our players.  The U14 boys led the way with Martin Doherty as head coach and excelling in the league against quality competition. We loved the experience and the everyone involved from admin staff to other fellow clubs have made this a great success." — Rob Jones, Director of Operations

Heading into the spring, the Massachusetts branch will look to have 10 teams participating in the New England Conference, with teams from the Boston and South branches competing. Through the New England Conference and MYSA State Cup, the teams will look to earn their spot in the USYS Eastern Regionals to be played this Summer at Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, NJ. 

"We are excited looking forward to the spring; the introduction of our already successful high school girls elite teams will mean more quality games and experiences for the club.  The winter season will go by tough and soon we will have our players competing in this league, improving and looking to build blocks that will see the vast majority of them go on and have successful collegiate careers.  We are looking forward to the journey with these players and families and with EDP as we go through that process in the leagues and the quality college showcase series,” said Jones.

The club's staff is led by Jones, along with Tom Greenaway and Alex Devey. The club's directors have years of success leading clubs in New England, and will look to continue to build the club in the southern part of Massachusetts. As the spring season kicks off in a couple of months in the inaugural year of the New England Conference, Seacoast is looking forward to making a name for itself as one of the top clubs in the league and in the East Region.