Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00
With 15 wins and only one draw in 16 games since June 14, 2009, the Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club is showing top form before the March league restart.
“We are firing on all cylinders,” said team president Marco Dafonte.
The focus now comes to planning for the season end and bringing a few trophies back to the Mineola Portuguese Center.
In the Long Island Soccer Futebol League, the MPSC sits alone atop the Eastern Division with 19 points (six wins and one draw) a game ahead of OB Fenerbache USA of Oyster Bay.
“Without a doubt, the New York State Manning Cup is our center of attention; we were runners-up last year and we want to redeem ourselves,” said Dafonte.
After beating Nassau County heavyweights NY Hota Bavarians 2-1 in a game which spectators called “the ice bowl” because of the 40 degree weather, Mineola is currently in the semifinals.
On April 11, 2010, they will compete with semi-pro Central Park Rangers of Manhattan for a chance to return to Yonkers and play for the cup.
Locally, the team and its reserve squad are both in the quarter-finals of the Long Island McKim and Hertwig Cup competitions. On April 25, 2010, a Portuguese national holiday, the premier team will play Irish Rovers Futebol Club and the reserves will play sister club, Jamaica-Portuguese.
Dafonte also guarantees that the off-season will not be quiet. “We are launching our official website in mid-January, in addition to holding a gala-fundraiser on February 20 at the Mineola Portuguese Center. We did not enter the Lamar Hunt Open Cup this year, the United States National Cup competition, because of financing issues last year. We are confident however, that this year will be different. If we make it again we will compete at the highest level and represent New York with the highest honor,” he said.