THE KICKERS WELCOME HÈCTOR NUÑEZ TO THE COACHING STAFF
Hèctor comes to NYC from Barcelona, Catalonia
The Kickers welcome Hèctor to the coaching staff for the 2013/14 season. Hèctor will add his experience and knowledge to the club from his years coaching youth soccer and futsal in Barcelona, most notably at F.C. Barcelona. He will be the head coach of the Kickers U11 team and will assist with the other ages as well.
Kickers Alumni Update - Alex Muyl ('95) and Henry Martin ('97)
Alex heads to NCAA Finalists Georgetown University and Henry attends the US U17 National Camp
Former MKFC 1995 player Alex Muyl will be attending Georgetown University next fall on a generous soccer scholarship. Georgetown is a 2012 NCAA Division I National Finalist. Alex, a NSCAA Boy’s Youth All-American, currently plays for the New York Red Bulls U18 team.
Henry Martin, a Kickers 1997 player, was invited to a week-long U17 US Youth National team camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson California. Henry was one of twenty-four players chosen from across the nation. Henry plays for the U16 New York Red Bulls.
Both players began with the Kickers and the club wishes to congratulate them on their recent succes.
Winners of the 2012 US Futsal Northeast Regional Championships
The Manhattan Kickers Cosmos under-12 team went undefeated in route to the 2012 Northeast Fustal Regional Championship. The tournament took place February 18th through the 20th at the Wildwood Convention Center in Wildwood, New Jersey. The Cosmos players, born in 1999 and 2000, won all their group games on Saturday and Sunday before beating LSTS Academy in the semi-final and Pachuca UFC of Maryland in the finals on Monday afternoon. The nine players who participated for the Cosmos were: (top row, left to right) Julian Boehning, Zachary Seigelstein, Fiachra McDonagh, Miguel Morales, Rafael Iocavelli; (bottom row, left to right) Cal Warshaw, Nicholas Kodron, Tarek Fahmy, Rafael Bustamonte.
Mohammed Al-Khamees named captain of Atletico Madrid '97
Former Manhattan Kickers FC player Mohammed Al-Khamees was named captain of Atletico Madrid’s ’97 team for the second straight year. Mohammed started playing with the Kickers at age seven and was an integral part of the successful Kickers ’96 team, winners of numerous local and regional tournaments, competitive friendly matches in Brasil, and the Watford International Football Festival in London. Three years ago, Mohammed moved with his family to Madrid, Spain where he was selected for the Atletico Madrid Academy.
Sal Esposito accepted into Serie A club Genoa CFC youth Academy
Under-9 MKFC player Sal Esposito moved with his family to Italy this fall, and his father sends word that he has been accepted into the Genoa CFC youth program in the Italian Serie A. For the past years, Sal has showed much promise with the Kickers, so we are extremely happy he is able to continue the game he loves in a professional environment.
Below are parts of the email from his father…
Curt, wanted to let you know that Genoa CFC has accepted Sal into their program. As you know they were our first choice as a professional academy as they are the oldest and most established and in the last few years have won both the Youth Scudetto and the Youth Coppa Italia. Sal is on the 2001 Pulcini team which is a select team of 15 players chosen as the best players from the over 500 clubs and 7500+ kids all vying for a spot. Needless to say we’re very proud of him.
The academy is extremely professional and 01’s have 7 official trainers that work with the 15 boys. There are so many similarities with your program and philosophy. Specifically their training over game mentality. They do not participate in a league and do not play weekly games. The teams only play a few warm up local tournaments against older kids. All of this is in preparation for a few national tournaments against Inter, Juventus, and the likes which are at their level and they take very seriously. At each practice no more than 10 minutes is dedicated to scrimmages. The emphasis of training is on pure tactical drills and developing field intelligence. Many of the drills are the same ones you run. And, in all this parents are to be barely seen and never heard and have zero contact with coaches before or after practice.
I want to thank you and encourage you in your work at MKFC. I can assure you that Sal showed great passion and love for the game and signs of being a good player early on but without having gone through MKFC and your anti-game/pro-training philosophy he would never have made the Genoa team. There would have been no better preparation for him in all of the US I am convinced. What you accomplish with such few financial and human resources and lack of a culture that is truly appreciative and collaborative is remarkable.
I can’t thank you enough for helping Sal accomplish this. And Sal says, "I can’t wait to be back in NY to play with Kickers one day. The kids there are so nice."
Alex Muyl selected to US Men's U17 National Team Residency Program
Former Manhattan Kickers FC player and current New York Cosmos East player Alex Muyl has been selected into the U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.
Head coach Wilmer Cabrera chose Alex as one of 40 players for the Fall 2010 Semester.
Born in 1995, Alex is from the East Village and started playing soccer with the Kickers at age seven. As a result of his dedication and passion for the game, he is now being recognized nationally for his ability.
Alex’s parents, Lisa and JC, have been exceptionally supportive of the Kickers program throughout Alex’s seven years with the club, volunteering in managerial positions, administratively, as well as leading fundraising and other efforts for futsal and international travel.
Most recently, Alex was selected as one of 24 players who represented theU.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, who traveled to face the New York Red Bulls U18, Crossfire Premier U18 and Seattle Sounders FC U18 Development Academy teams during a cross-country trip in October.
Two Kickers Teams Win Northeast Regional Futsal Championship
'96 and '99 Teams Lift the Trophy, '98s Fall in Semis
’96 Kickers have won the NE Regional Futsal Tourney three times.
’99s take home another trophy.
During President’s Day weekend in York, PA, the ’96 and ’99 teams won the Northeast Regional Futsal Championship in their respective age groups—both teams won all of their matches over the course of the three-day tournament.
The U13 team, coached by Evan Rosenthal, played an organized passing game and have now won this tournament three times. The U10 team, coached by Curt Rosenthal, played exciting attacking soccer, capping it off with a 7-2 finals victory.
Also competing in the tournament were the ’98 team, coached by Nick Cooke. The U11s finished first in their group, without a loss, before succumbing in the semi-finals to the eventual winner in a closely contested match.
Congrats to all on a successful weekend!
'99s Take BW Gottschee NYC Tournament
U10 Team Wins all 7 Matches
The U10s clinched highest honors at the BW Gottschee NYC indoor tournament held on Jan. 30th in Queens, NY.
'00s Taste Victory
Against U10 teams, Kickers U9 team had strong showing
The MKFC U9 group excelled in their first ever competition. Playing against U10 teams, they won both their group games, the semi-final match and advanced to the finals before losing in a close contest. They played exciting, attacking, team soccer and represented the Club well in their debut performance. The Club would like to congratulate this young group who are already showing great potential.
'98s Enjoy Back-to-Back Tournament Successes
The U11s won the Coliseum Cup, held in Teaneck, NJ, one week after placing 2nd in the BW Gottschee NYC Tournament.
2009 Columbus Cup Highlights
'98s and '95-'96s Clinch Top Honors
Congratulations to coach Nick Cooke and his team for winning the U11 title!
Coach Phillip Martin's U13-14s also took the top spot in their age group.
CBF Welcomes MKFC
The Kickers share in the Brazilian soccer experience
Kickers players with Brazilian star Adriano.
CBF staffers Alexandre, Junior and Thais with the Kickers.
Manhattan Kickers FC merge with BW Gottschee
NEW YORK, JULY 15, 2009 - BW Gottschee, a charter member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, has merged with Manhattan Kickers FC to form BW Gottschee NYC. The union, which became official on July 15, 2009, will enable both clubs to further develop New York City-based youth soccer talent and bring its players to the attention of national team scouts.