New York Shamrock SC's first and reserve teams celebrate their league titles on Randalls Island on Sunday, June 6, 2021 (Credit: Mike Carducci)
After a long year, the 97th season of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League's Division 1 has it's champion. With an undefeated record of 18 wins and four draws, New York Shamrock SC has claimed its first top title in league play. What's more, many other teams have secured great final placement that will allow them to enter into the summer offseason with their heads held high. Full recap is below:
Sunday, June 6
Hoboken FC 1912 vs Real Olé FC (3-0 Forfeit)
Hoboken FC 1912 will finish the season with 16 wins after last Sunday’s match against Real Olé FC was declared a forfeit, along with the reserve team match. With the six point deduction Real now sits at -3 points on the season.
For Hoboken head coach Steve Korfiatis, not playing is always going to be a downer but he hoped to get one final game in to really show how much his team had turned around since the start of the season.
“It was a year with alot of ups and downs for us,” said Korfiatis in an email. “We were a few details away from accomplishing a lot of our goals on the pitch and were lacking the last bit of maturity and focus, which oftentimes is the difference between winning and losing against quality opponents.
“Personally it was really a pleasure managing the boys, whose attitude and characters made it very easy for us at times.”
Additionally, he knows his team will be prepared to come back next season and play hard hoping to win more titles and stay in the top half of the table.
“This club has the longest history of any active CSL team and more history than most clubs throughout the country,” he said. “Our commitment to continuity, and the standard expected of the players, staff and everyone involved around the club is really special and gives us confidence for a bright future.”
Olé FC has one more match scheduled this weekend against Richmond County FC which will determine the final standings.
Stal Mielec NY vs Polonia SC (Postponed)
The result of the Stal Mielec NY and Polonia SC match has been postponed. As of now, the league has only been informed of the reserve team match result which ended in a draw, 2-2. Polonia has already escaped relegation this season while Stal will finish 2020/21 in seventh place.
Richmond County FC vs Kelmendi FC NY (3-3)
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The critical match to determine fourth place in the final league standings ended in a draw, 3-3. With Richmond County FC still having one game to go against Real Olé FC this weekend, the chance Kelemdni FC NY finishes in the Top Four in its first Division 1 campaign are looking slim.
Marcin Klim earned MVP honors from Richmond for his performance which included a goal. Albert Ruci and Daniel Tsygankov both scored goals as well, with Mark Shnadshteyn assisting on the latter’s opening score.
Both teams finishing in the top half of the table, with fourth place usually being a playoff spot, is something both rosters can feel accomplished in.
Manhattan Kickers vs Manhattan Celtic (1-4)
In the Manhattan Derby (name pending), Celtic came away with a good win to close out the season against the Kickers, 4-1. While the victory is nice it does come with the fact that it was not enough and the team will finish in second place behind the champion New York Shamrock SC by one point.
Celtic head coach Matthew Kane is still proud of what his team did and thinks all of his players should hold their heads up high.
“We were fantastic this season. Despite not winning the league we can be proud of our efforts and performance consistently outclassing our opponents,” said Kane in an email. “For us it's not over as we have the cup final Sunday and this team deserves silverware.
“Congratulations to Shamrock, they fully deserved the title. Going an entire season unbeaten is an incredible achievement.”
Against the Kickers his group scored two in both halves with one penalty kick coming in each. Cesar Serna opened the scoring with a successful penalty kick (pictured left, credit Gus C) that came about during a counter attack. Not long after Kwadwo “Kojo” Asante found Daniel Korman for the second goal. In the second half the league’s top goal scorer Marco Charnas put in both of his team’s goals, the first off a penalty kick and the last off an assist from Serna.
Kickers’ head coach Bryan Baracaldo said afterwards that his group possessed the ball and had chances on net but couldn’t get many attempts to be on target. The only score came late as a consolation when Brian Morris tucked in a nice shot to make it 4-1. Baracaldo hopes his group will be back in Division 1 for 2022/23.
As mentioned before, Celtic will compete in the John Kilby Cup Final this Sunday against Division 2 champion Borgetto FC. To get here, Borgetto defeated Shamrock, 2-0, in the semifinal.
New York Greek Americans II vs New York Shamrock SC (0-5)
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The match that determined the Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 1 champion turned out to be pretty one-sided. New York Shamrock SC claimed their first ever D1 title by beating New York Greek Americans II, 5-0, on Randalls Island. In addition, the Shamrocks’ reserve team also won the D1 Reserve league by finishing first on it’s own table.
The win gives the team both the cup and a chance to earn promotion into the Eastern Premier Soccer League’s Metropolitan Conference. As a feeder league, the top CSL champion has an opportunity to play against the Garden State Soccer League Super Division champion for the chance to go up. The GSSL season has not been completed, meaning the champion nor runner-up have decided if they wish to seek promotion.
Should no top GSSL team want to go up, the Shamrocks will earn a direct promotion into the EPSL while New York Athletic Club returns to CSL Division 1 following it’s own relegation.
Pictured below: New York Shamrock SC huddle together on Randalls Island following their match against New York Greek Americans II (Credit Gus C)
Zum Schneider FC 03 II vs Beyond FC (10-1)
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An undermanned Beyond FC had little success against Zum Schneider FC 03 II, falling 10-1 and finishing the season in 8th place with a record of 6-2-14. Zum II finished the season in the top half of the table while the EPSL first team was able to make the Eastern Premier Soccer League Metropolitan Conference playoffs.
Coming in Beyond had many players pull double duty in both the reserve and first team matches, and still struggled to put XI on the field. Before halftime Zum II was already up 4-0.
Conor Pellas had the best performance putting up a hat-trick. Meanwhile head coach Ryan Horch, Evan Kostylev, Mostafa ``Mo'' Haridi, Soham Kutheria, Jackson Mariani, Chris de Abreau, and Nicolloyd ``Nic” Dinham all scored one goal each. With eight different goal scorers this match is close to the record for most individual players scoring in a single game this season.
With that said, Horch was appreciative for the work his team put in Sunday night and all season.
“We recognize it was not easy for anyone and appreciate all the work that went in,” he said while also thanking the league staff. “We look forward to building on our teams and improving to challenge the top of the table in the fall.”