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Fury 07 Blue win Indoor Mania
by posted 03/14/2018

F07B Indoor Mania

Congrats to Fury 07 Blue who were Champions of the 2017-18 Winter Indoor Mania League

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Special Discount for ASC families at EverAfter
by posted 03/05/2018

EverAfter 10%

Please support our sponsor and in return receive 10% off when you shop with your coupon email 

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Boys Fury ECNL adds 2 major coaching pieces
by posted 02/27/2018

Boys ECNL Coaches
By Michael Lewis
The Albertson Fury has added two more experienced and talented hands to their impressive stable of coaches -- Flavio Ferri and Tom Wharf.
Ferri, most recently the coach and general manager of the Long Island Rough Riders, was named the director of the Boys ECNL program.
“Flavio is a huge addition to our staff," Fury director of football Paul Riley said. "He is thorough, knowledgeable and has a great demeanor in his coaching style. We needed a committed, hungry professional and Flavio is excited to elevate our Boys ECNL program to one of the best on the East Coast. He understands the demands of a top program and he is a big proponent of the ECNL college platform. His tenacity and his belief in our culture of stellar effort over stellar results will bring him the love and respect of the players.”
Wharf, who was the Rough Riders youth director, was tapped to be director of Albertson's Junior ECNL program.
“Tom has a personality that players embrace and gravitate too. He has an excellent soccer brain and his energy for coaching is first class," Riley said. "He will be a massive addition to our Girls ECNL program and his ability to develop young talent will be an integral part of our player improvement program. He is an Evertonian, which is never easy for me to accept but his coaching style reflects that of their famous neighbors Liverpool FC. Great young coach with a zest for attacking football. “
Ferri will oversee the boys program and coach some of the younger teams.
He said he was "hitting the floor running and getting going right away."
"I'm looking forward to it," he added. "Timing is never perfect. I wish I had come in a bit earlier to sort of have more of an influence in terms of what happens this spring. The spring season is right around the corner."
Ferri, who performed with the Rough Riders and was a teammate of Riley in 1996-97, had been in several key administrative roles with the Premier Development League club since 2004. He guided the Rough Riders to a second-place finish in the Northeast Division with a 10-2-5 record while reaching the Eastern Conference final in 2017.
"It was great. I learned a lot," he said. "I basically had every role you could have within the organization at one point or another. Towards the end of my time there, I focused on the men's and women's programs, coaching the men's team and building up the camp program."
Born in Brazil, Ferri led the U.S. Interregional Soccer League in scoring with 29 goals during the 1995 season while playing with the San Antonio Pumas. He also performed for the Austin Lone Stars, Staten Island Vipers and New York Freedom.
Ferri explained his coaching philosophy.
"One, at any level, I want players to be passionate about the sport and enjoy their time on the field," he said. "A lot of times, there's talk about at the younger ages that it needs to be fun, which is very true. My philosophy it should be fun if you are a professional. You should be doing it because you love it, creating an atmosphere where players can thrive in that type of environment. Go out on the field and have fun.
"From a soccer standpoint, the two things that I would like to connect is possession with penetration. I think at time we get so caught up with possessing the ball that our first look is always square or back and we kind of play negatively. What I want to instill in the players is that we want to keep the ball, but always looking to get in behind other teams, always looking to penetrate. From that, hopefully generate opportunities, score more than the other team and we're doing all right."
A native of Southport, England, Wharf attended the University of Connecticut.  coached at the Massapequa Soccer Club and also played with the Rough Riders.
"It's an environment here that I feel is quite rare," he said of Albertson. "In America, especially on Long Island, it is a pure soccer club. Coming from back home, it reminds me of where I was playing. I was playing in the academies back home. There is a pathway all the way up to the top. It's an opportunity to strictly coach. To put my focus on players and player development is something where I really want to be."
Joining a club that has enjoyed success on the field, Wharf knows something about winning himself. He is the center back of the Lansdowne Bhoys, the Cosmopolitan Soccer League team that captured two national amateur titles in 2017. Within a two-week span last August, Lansdowne secured the Fritz Marth U.S. Amateur Cup and the Werner Fricker Cup for a rare double.
"It was very special to be a part of it," he said. "It's something that doesn't happen very often. Lansdowne's great. They have look after me up there, managed to get some quality players in. Enjoying the playing, enjoying the environment. It just all worked and clicked. We managed to do what we hoped to do."
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Fury players impress at NESS Combine
by posted 02/27/2018

By Michael Lewis
For many college coaches, the National Elite Soccer Showcase is like being a little kid locked in a candy store.
Just where do you begin?
It's not every day you have 80 talented premier level players of various ages in front of you trying to impress.
So, it was not surprising that 38 women’s college coaches attended the combine at the Hofstra Bubble in Hempstead, N.Y. Wednesday, Feb. 21, looking to enhance their respective rosters.
After watching high school players for five-plus hours, they walked away impressed. Most of the participants were members of the Albertson Fury.
Here's just a sampling of what some of the coaches thought:
"It was a really good combine," said DeSales University assistant women's coach Jasmine Sconciafurno. "There's a lot of talented players out there. The level is really high. So, it's not there's just a few. Everyone can play. It was really good to see from the younger to the older groups. I was really excited about that."
Added Central Connecticut State University assistant coach Jen Prozzo: "The level here is very good. It is very well balanced. It's a high level."
"So far, so good. They have talented players," New York University assistant coach Scott Waddell said. "They have a lot of coaches here, D1 to D3, so there is a range of talent. It's pretty good."
Stacey Weinberg, a Port Washington, N.Y. native in her first year as an assistant coach at Utica College, said that combines such as NESS can be a treasure trove.
"Sometimes you get 10 players who reach out to you and they all go to one tournament," she said. "So, it’s easier for coaches to go to one tournament and see all 10 players. Sometimes you get other recruits you are interested in."
Providence College assistant coach Carlos Pinchancos knows the Fury well. He has recruited two women from the club in recent years. Given that track record, he was hoping that he will find another diamond and some diamonds in the rough as well from the NESS combine.
Rockville Centre, N.Y.'s Christina Klaum, an Albertson product, finished up her college career at Providence while the Friars recently recruited another club player, Celina Falzarano, a forward from Roslyn Heights.
"I think it’s a first class combine so far," he said. "They treat coaches really well. They do a good job of showing individual talent as well as on the field as well as getting to know each kid. They do a good job. Their reputation speaks for itself. They're very trusted coaches that we reach out to find student athletes."
NESS made sure of that as each college coach received a thick spiral book of more than 80 players, which had a full page dedicated to each participant. The information included contact information, SAT and PSAT scores, academic and athletic background and space for coaches to write notes about any player.
Of course, every school and coach are looking for talented players, but each college program has its own priorities and philosophy.
"We're just looking for something different," said Prozzo, who might be more familiar to Long Island Lady Riders and Women's United Soccer Association fans as Jen Tietjen when she played. "There's a lot of good players out there. They all can run, they all can pass the ball well. But for me I'm looking for what sets them apart, what makes them a little bit special. For some, it might be speed, for some they just be fantastic on the ball and some they may just be really good in the air."
At a combine, a player needs only one minute of brilliance to make a coach or coaches notice her ability.
"One moment will catch my eye and I'll watch a little bit longer and then I'll see, 'Wow, she really can shoot the ball well, she can finish,' " Prozzo said. "Now does she have the athleticism to match? Does she have the touch to go with it?"
While ball skills are essential, Waddell also looked at the other aspects of the game.
"We look for players who work without the ball, if their ball control is good and if they can manipulate the ball and get by defenders or protect the ball," he said. "Players who understand the game, how they move off the ball, how they read situations."
Many coaches will watch a player in warm-ups and how they interact with their teammates.
For a good portion of the bubble session, Pinchancos sat by himself watching the players train and play how they acted with their teammates off the field.
"That's all connected and all very connected because someone who has the desire to do well in the classroom, someone who has the desire to be respectful and very courteous and just an overall quality person is the same effort that is going to put that effort forth on the field," he said. "For us, it's important to get to know people that we recruit because we're about winning on the field, off the field, socially and in the classroom. That's all under the same umbrella on the field and off the field."
"I look for the habits, I look for the training habits," Prozzo said. "You don't want just someone who's just a gamer. I want to make sure they can do it every day in our training session. When they're taking water breaks, what are they doing? Are they interacting with teammates and the players? How their personality is."
The coaches certainly had an opportunity to watch the players up close and personal. The players started with warm-ups, went to 2 v 2 drills to 3 v 3 and then to 7 v 7 games.
The players took a lunch break and had a Q&A session with several coaches about the recruiting process before getting an opportunity to play on two outdoor fields on an unusual sunny February day in which the temperatures soared into the seventies.
"It was nice that we had to move outside," Sconciafurno said. "I went to one a few weeks ago and it was snowing and raining. This was a pleasant surprise."
Playing on the larger fields helped coaches assess the players skills at another level.
"A lot of these players are versatile, and you see they've been in a lot of different positions throughout the day," Sconciafurno said. "The morning session allowed us to look at their basic foot skills and technical skills. It was nice to have full aspects."
Recruiting is a two-way street. A college team might desire a player, but it has to be the right fit for both parties. Does the player like the campus? Does she fit in with the team? Just as important is whether the school has the right academic program that she seeks.
"I may like a kid, but they have to like us, too," Prozzo said. "And they have to be able to fit in and get into the school as well, too. So, every school has different strengths, different caliber of players that they're looking for and different type of students they're looking for, too. So, you've got to put it all together. We've got to do our homework. talk to the coaches and get more background information on them."
To do a job properly, both sides need to make sure their ducks are lined up in a row.
“You talk to them, you talk to the coaches. You go back and forth, and you find out information,” Waddell said. “You need their test scores and GPA. It’s a process. That's why they call it the recruiting process because it takes time.”
So, Weinberg and Utica probably won’t know for a while if they will wind up recruiting anyone from NESS. If they did, that would be considered a success.
"For sure," she said. "At least one is great. That's the goal. It's hard. Picking your college is like putting pieces of the puzzle together. There is only so much we can do in terms of reaching out, having them come on campus. At the end of the day, it's their decision -- distance from home, major, price and all of that."
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Two Albertson Fury players decide to stay close to home
by posted 02/26/2018

Fury commits close home

By Michael Lewis

There are so many reasons why soccer players decide to attend a particular college. For some it is the closeness to home. For others it is the athletic and academic programs. And yet for other players it is the team and school environment itself. For Albertson Fury standouts Kayla Duvenhorst and Marissa Stanco, the colleges they selected to attend checked off many, if not all the boxes, on their respective lists. They were among 10 Fury players who announced their intentions on National Letter of Intent Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Duvenhorst decided to attend Farmingdale State University, which is about five miles from her Levittown, N.Y. home. 

"It was the first serious college I was looking into and got the tour," she said. "I really liked it. I liked the distance from my house. I liked the coach and I liked the facilities. It was really nice."

It certainly did not hurt that Farmingdale has a top-flight nursing program, in which Duvenhorst plans to major.

"Athletically, I just want to grow as a player and enjoy my last four years of soccer," she said. "Academically, I just want to become stronger in nursing."

Fordham University is a longer trip for Stanco, but its proximity fit the Glen Cove, N.Y. resident just fine. It's about a 40-minute car ride to the Bronx college.

"It's so close to home," she said. "It's the best of both worlds."

In so many ways -- on and off the field.

"I knew it would challenge me athletically and academically," she said, adding that on her visit, "the girls made me feel like I was at home."

That was an important part of the mix as well.

Training with and playing for the Albertson Fury in some intense competition in the Elite Clubs National League helped prepare both players for college.

"The coaches, their training is unreal," Stanco said. "It's paying attention to every detail. It helps you not just on the field, but off the field as well. It's helped my character, tremendously."

The Albertson Fury's success and its ability to place many players into top-flight college programs was not lost on club director of coaching Paul Riley.

The club traditionally has participated in the highly competitive ECNL for many years, which has allowed Albertson players to showcase their talents to college coaches many times.

"It's an amazing college platform that they've created there," Riley said. "That's been a reason why we have been able to showcase our players and put them in a great competitive environment, in a college platform environment. A lot of leagues try to be the ECNL. They just never really created a platform that was good enough for the players, but ECNL created this platform."

All you need is one coach to believe in you, which can open the door to further opportunities.

"They get so much visibility, so many showcases, so many options in front of coaches," Riley said. "I say you have 24 job interviews, I say you can't fail 24 job interviews. You've got to pass one of them to get on a good school. All the college coaches follow the ECNL well."

It's not just showcasing your abilities. To play for the Albertson Fury in the ECNL, players must be committed and be ready to play and/or practice five times a week.

"We're looking for a pipeline to these college coaches," Riley said. "Our players who have graduated from the ECNL have gone on to become coaches, like Kelly Farrell. They are coaching in the college ranks."

Riley was referring to Farrell, who is an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

"I think they understand what we do for the players and what the preparation is for the players, whether it scholastically or physically on the field," he added. "Time management is difficult for kids. In the ECNL we've done a good job that they're all at practice. It's five days a week and these kids got to manage their time."

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ASC Fury Girls sign National Letters of Intent
by posted 02/09/2018

2018 NLI

Albertson Fury ECNL girls signed their NLI on February 8th! Congratulations class of 2018, all the best at University's- Vermont, Fordham, New Hampshire, Bryant, Duke, Brown, Colleges- Ohio State, Farmingdale State, Kings & Alderson Broaddus

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ASC Staff attend ECNL General Meeeting
by posted 02/01/2018


ASC Staff recently attended the first Boys ECNL Annual General Meeting with ECNL President Christian Lavers outlining the current structure, and leading the discussion on the future. The future is bright for ASC with ECNL!

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Avery Minsky Named Tournament Defensive MVP
by posted 01/28/2018


Blue Thunder 09 player Avery Minsky was named the Best Defensive Player of The Rudy Lamonica Memorial Indoor tournament!  Go Avery!! All at ASC are very proud

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Blue Thunder 09 Win Rudy Lamonica Memorial Tournament
by posted 01/28/2018

BT09 Indoor

Blue Thunder 09 won 1st place in their bracket of the Rudy Lamonica Memorial Indoor Tournament.  It's time for BACON!

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Fury 01 ECNL featured on ECNL Social Media
by posted 01/09/2018

E01 FL

Check out the "Amazing Young Women" of Fury 01 ECNL who were featured on the SnapChat, Instagram and Twitter platforms of ECNL

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Hoardes of College Coaches watch Girls ECNL at FL National Event
by posted 01/06/2018

ECNL FL Coaches

College coaches and more college coaches pack it in at the ECNL National Event in FL. A great crowd pictured here watching Albertson Fury ECNL in action

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Albertson SC Made a Difference In Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by posted 12/19/2017

Breast Cancer Check

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ASC Director of Coaching Paul Riley named one of 25 Best in US
by posted 07/11/2017

Riley Top 25

Wonderful recognition for Albertson SC's Director of Coaching Paul Riley who was just named among the 25 best Coaches in the USA by fourfourtwo.com

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