In recognition of Edward “Ed” Placke for his years of service to the sport of youth soccer in the Capital District, two soccer scholarships are presented in his honor. Edward Placke dedicated many years establishing soccer programs for children to play in a fun, competitive and enriching environment. Many young soccer players have grown and developed into fine young adults and athletes through programs Ed spearheaded. He recently retired from soccer in the Capital District and NY Elite FC would like to thank him for what he has established and for what will continue to carry on for years to come. In the spirit of NY Elite FC, the club will award a total of $1000 in college scholarships to players who best exemplify the spirit of true sportsmanship in the sport of soccer. This year, four winners were selected from the Class of 2016. These players have shown great commitment to the club and have been outstanding teammates and contributors. Congratulations to all recipients. 

Matthew JeanPierre, Shaker HS
Christopher Jupin, Shenendehowa HS
Meghan Cavanaugh, Shenendehowa HS
Emma Smith, Shenendehowa HS

NY ELITE FC 1997/1998 BOYS

NY Elite FC is extremely pleased to report that our 1997/1998 boys secured the 2016 New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) U18 National Premier League (NPL) first place title. This is the first NPL title for this team in what is the last year for a core group of boys who have been with NY Elite FC since its inception in 2009. They had a great NPL run in their final season together, wrapping up competition at the NPL Finals in Aurora, CO July 14-17, 2016. Their final record was 0-1-2, and tied with Campton United, the eventual champions.  This was the team’s second trip to Colorado, with their last visit in July 2013 to compete in the US Club Soccer National Cup as a result of winning the Atlantic Soccer League (ASL) U15 Championship. A great effort by this team. See below for local media coverage and game recaps.

See News10 Coverage from Saturday, July 9, 2016 11PM broadcast 

See The Troy Record, July 13, 2016

See The Saratogian, July 13, 2016

Game 1 – 7/14/16 – NYE vs. Houstonians DRAW 2-2 – Steve Klimek scored from Connor DeFilippis at 14′, Justin Akin put one in unassisted at 39′. However, Adel Cekic got a red card at the start of 2nd half, playing a man down until the final minutes when they scored 2, ending the game with the second goal on a PK. Klimek was injured and may not be back.

Game 2 – 7/15/16 – NYE vs. Campton United (IL) – DRAW 3-3 – NYE had an unbelievable second half 3 goal comeback to earn a 3-3 draw with Campton United in game 2 of the NPL Finals. NYE was down 3-0 after 45 minutes on three shots due to defensive giveaways, despite dominating in possession. NYE stormed back in the second half with a stiff wind on their backs. Connor DeFilippis got NYE on the board at 48′ with a penalty kick. Kyle Landis scored a header off a long free kick by Ben Licht in the 70′. The comeback was complete with a repeat long kick header combo at 86′ by Griffen MacWatters. NYE plays at 3:00 tomorrow needing a win and preferably a win by either team playing in the other game to advance. A win by NYE and a tie in the other game will have a 3 way tie with tiebreakers determining who advances.

Game 3 – 7/16/16 – NYE vs. Houston Dynamos – LOSS 1-3 – The run is unfortunately over with a 1-3 loss to the Dynamos from Houston. We controlled the play early on and had several chances but couldn’t put one in. They converted a free kick and led 1-0 at half. Griffen MacWatters got blasted in the box but no call only to have a PK called on us to go down 2-0. Malik Sykes scored quickly on a nice individual effort from some distance. With our players pushed up the Dynamos countered to make it 3-1. The team just didn’t have anything left after that, playing in 98 degree heat at kickoff. Not the result these guys were expecting but they worked hard all season and were able to make it this far.