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Strong showing by Villa & Emelec at Jefferson Cup 2017

By MSC, 04/11/17, 6:30AM EDT


Manhattan Villa 2000 (U17) Boys and Manhattan Emelec (U16) Boys traveled to Richmond, Virginia to participate at the Jefferson Cup Showcase, one of the nation's top level tournaments. 

Villa, currently ranked #4 in the nation finished with a strong showing going winning 2 of 3 games against national top 30 competition and claiming a semifinalist finish. The U17's knocked off #9 in the nation  BRYC (Virginia) 2-0 and #14 in the nation MatchFit Academy (NJ) 1-0 on a goal with under a minute to play!

Emelec, currently a national top 50 team coached by Colin Hodge finished as quarterfinalist in a highly competitive group going 1-1-1. The U16's gained points against Legacy FC (Virginia) and Clearwater Chargers (Florida) in a successful trip.

Great showing by the boys!


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Perennial powerhouse and 2016 Jefferson Cup U-16 Championship Division winner, Manhattan SC Villa, had another noteworthy performance at the 2017 event, posting a pair of victories after opening the weekend with a loss to Delaware Rush. Manhattan SC Villa shut out BRYC Elite Academy 2-0 and Match Fit Academy FC ’00 Blue 1-0 in its final two matches, putting on a dominant defensive effort. Winger Marouf Barry was simply everywhere for Manhattan, covering the entire defensive side of the pitch, as well as the midfield and even into the attacking zone.

On Sunday, Manhattan SC picked up a stunning last-minute victory over Tri-State area foe Match Fit, as Drew Dworkin netted a dramatic game-winner in the final seconds, off a well-placed cross from Anthony Lima-Sanchez. Dworkin connected on a challenging volley, beating the keeper amid a crowded box.

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