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Portuguese Soccer Club Wins Back-to-Back League Titles

The Mineola-Portuguese Soccer Club (MPSC) brought home its second consecutive Long Island Division 1 amateur title in late July after they defeated rival Forest Park 4-1.

“It is this club’s 10th career title in 74 years of playing the beautiful game on Long Island,” said club president Marco Dafonte of the 14-0-2 unbeaten season.

The MPSC, who won the Eastern Division in addition to the league title, finished as semifinalists in the New York State Manning Cup, and runners-up in the LI Hertwig and Cangero Cups. Mayor Jack Martins and Legislator Richard Nicolello congratulated club officials after the game on their repeat performance.

“Not only did we have two players drafted to the PDL and three former junior US National team players on the team, but we are also honored to be representing LI this October in the inaugural New York State Champions League,” General Manager Gabriel Marques said.

The big news out of the team’s front office however is the possibility that team management may enter the club in the oldest club competition in the USA, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

“There is no doubt in the board’s opinion that the team can play at that level,” said Mineola Portuguese Center President Tony Santos. “We have to evaluate, among other things, cost. I can say that local sponsors are enthusiastic, since there is a possibility that our team may end up playing the NY Red Bulls.”

The team will be honored at the LISFL Trophy Ceremony in August with their trophies and other honors, which include best defense with only 14 goals surrendered and best offense with 62 goals scored.