Region I First Round Complete

First Round Complete

Final 8 Set for 28 April

(15 April) The final match of the first round of our Amateur Cup qualifiers ended with Christos FC of Maryland outlasting the Alexandria Reds of National Premier Soccer League in penalty rounds after a 1:1 draw. This game was rescheduled after a communication gaffe saw their original date without referees. After a scoreless first half, Manny Ruiz opened the affair with a strike in the 50th minute. His goal appeared to advance the Reds to the next round but Kyle Saunderson tied it up in the waning minutes to send it to extra time. Christos prevailed when it went into penalty rounds 4:2.


The prior ties of the first round were played the week prior. Awaiting the Reds/Christos winner was Los Toros of Metro DC/Virginia who handily shutout Lancaster City FC of Eastern Pennsylvania 6:0. Jack Stone led with a hat trick as Seth Cain, Carlos Hernandez and Ziggey Aggrey contributed. The other South brackets winners saw Steel Pulse FC (MD) edge West Chester United (EPA) 1:0 from a goal by Jonny Humberto Ramos at the end of the first half. They will host Eastern Penn’s Vereinigung Erzgebirge who defeated Virginia Marauders FC (MDCVA) 3:1. Alex Hajj, Antoine Hoppenot and Jalen Weatherspoon tallied for VE with Matthew Martinez scoring the lone goal for the Marauders.


The North bracket saw Region cup holder Newtown Pride FC of Connecticut shutout Massachusetts side Sete de Setembro 2:0. Shanardo Green and Gustavo Gomes put the goals through in the second half for Newtown. Their quarterfinal opponent will be the

NY Pancyprian Freedoms of Eastern New York who went through after penalty rounds against their Eastern Premier Soccer League rival Hoboken FC 1912 of New Jersey. In a match that saw the lead see-saw in regulation and extra time, the teams put away 3 goals apiece. Luis Argudo gave the Freedom the lead in the first half but Hoboken’s Jameson Railey drew it even early in the second. James Thristino put Pancyprian ahead briefly only to find Corey Burkhardt tie it again four minutes later. The Jersey side took their first lead on a goal from Alberto Pangrazzi in extra time. That appeared to be the game winner until Thristino hit one at the end of the match. The Pancyprian prevailed in penalty rounds 5:3. NPSL side New York Shockers defeated SC Vistula Garfield (NJ) 2:1. Adel Cekic converted a penalty in the 60th while Filippo Bellu doubled the lead in the 70th. Hubert Dul was good on his penalty kick but it was not enough for the Jersey side. The Shockers will host Providence City FC (MA) in their quarterfinal slot. The first-round match between Providence and NY Greek American (ENY) was not played when Greek American withdrew in protest of field conditions. The protest was reviewed under the auspices of the USASA National Cup Committee and determined that it failed. As the team had abandoned the match, the result was forfeited and given in favor of Providence City FC.


We also played a Werner Fricker Cup quarterfinal, the rubber match between West Chester and Steel Pulse. The Eastern Penn side got the better of their Maryland rival this time with a 5:2 victory. Kenneth Roby put in a two-goal, two-assist performance including and assist to Joshua Pulla who had his own brace. Ridge Robinson tallied the other goal.


We move onto the Gerhard Mengel Cup, the Over-30 Championship this weekend. First game on Saturday evening with Torres FC (MA) hosting Sportfriends Polonia SC (NJ). On Sunday the other North bracket has New York Ukrainians (ENY)        against Greenwich FC (CT) while the South features NoVa FC (MDCVA) playing Vereinigung Erzgebirge (EPA) and Christos FC (MD) traveling to Rochester to meet Spencerport Storm of Western New York.

Region I Kicks Off 100th Anniversary of the Amateur Cup

Sixteen Teams Battle For Region Title

(5 April) Founded in 1923 as the National Amateur Challenge Cup in response to the growing number of teams entering the National Challenge Cup (Open Cup), the first tournament was not completed due to inclement weather. In 1924, the first side to hoist the inaugural cup was Philly powerhouse, Fleisher Yarn, defeating Chicago Swedish-Americans in the final. Fittingly, the 100th edition kicks off in Region I with the winner heading to DeKalb, Illinois, 25-28 July with USASA club, Dekalb County United, serving as the host organization to determine who will lift the Fritz Marth Trophy.

This Sunday, eight first round matches will be played throughout the Region. Newtown Pride SC of Connecticut look to defend their Region title, falling short last summer in the National final to SC Mesoamerica of Southern California. They will host Sete de Setembro of Massachusetts at Newtown High School Blue & Gold Stadium in a northern bracket battle. Another northern tie has SC Vistula Garfield of New Jersey hosting National Premier Soccer League entry New York Shockers. Two Eastern New York clubs with Open Cup pedigree are among the mix. The NY Greek American will travel to Rhode Island to meet Providence City FC while the NY Pancyprian Freedoms are involved in an Eastern Premier Soccer League derby against Hoboken FC 1912 of New Jersey.

The southern bracket features former the winner of the 2016 edition of the Amateur Cup, Christos FC of Maryland, crossing the Potomac River to take on Alexandria Reds of the Northern Premier Soccer League. Three sides from Eastern Pennsylvania are among the southern group with the Hank Steinbrecher Cup holder West Chester United taking visitors Steel Pulse FC of Maryland, Vereinigung Erzgebirge entertaining Virginia Marauders FC of Metro DC-Virginia while Lancaster City FC head down to Los Toros of Metro DC-Virginia.

The winners advance to the quarterfinals that will be played on 28 April. The Region final is scheduled for Saturday, 15 June, at the Ukrainian American Sport Center in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

Adult Soccer Fest 2024 Greensboro, NC

USASA Adult Soccer Fest Kicks Off In Beautiful Greensboro, NC This July. Formerly, Veterans Cup, Adult Soccer Fest Is The Ultimate Soccer experience For Men & Women From Ages 30 To Over 75. Don’t Miss The unparalleled Fun, Camaraderie, And Competitive Adult Games Of The Summer.

In Memory Of Joe Barone: A Leader In The World Of Soccer

It Is With Profound Sadness That We At The USASA Bid Farewell To Joe (Giuseppe) Barone, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother And Esteemed Past Npsl League Chairman, Who Passed Away Yesterday At Age 57.

It is with profound sadness that we at the USASA bid farewell to Joe (Giuseppe) Barone, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and esteemed past League Chairman for the NPSL, who passed away yesterday at age 57. Barone played an integral part of running the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club for many years. Later he served as League Chairman for the NPSL, an USASA member, and grew the league to its current status. Joe led the NPSL from 2013 to 2018 with immense pride, during which the league experienced unprecedented expansion and brand recognition. When Rocco B. Commisso purchased the Italian Series A team ACF Fiorentina, Joe was announced to be placed permanently in Florence to serve as the Sporting Director.

Joe was more than just a soccer executive; and is remembered as being a proud Italian American immigrant, who was a tireless supporter of amateur soccer in the USA, and who found joy and purpose in helping young players reach their version of the American Dream, guiding them to find a path to play the game that they love. His passion for the game and unwavering commitment to excellence left an indelible mark on amateur and professional soccer.

Joe’s journey in soccer was fueled by his love for the sport and a remarkable talent. Born in southern Sicily, Barone moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of eight. Following a successful career in the financial industry before becoming the League Chairman for the NPSL, followed by Senior Vice President of the New York Cosmos. He joined Fiorentina as General Manager in 2019, where he quickly earned a reputation for his dedication to the club’s success that gained the admiration of the Fiorentina fan base. Barone’s legacy in Florence includes the construction of Viola Park, Fiorentina’s new training center, overseeing the women’s team and title-winning youth sector. For five years, Barone masterminded Fiorentina’s player transfer strategy.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Joe was beloved by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His warmth, generosity, and fatherlike guardianship endeared him to players, colleagues and fans alike. He was not only a leader but also a mentor and friend, always ready to offer support and encouragement.

In honoring Joe’s memory, USASA would like to celebrate the remarkable life he lived and the countless lives he touched along the way.

Watch some terrific Adult Soccer

TOMORROW: Watch some terrific #adultsoccer-the 2024 ENYSSA Manning Cup Final on New Logical Sports…for the Premier Cup of Eastern New York Soccer, contested between 2 of the most historic clubs in NYC. #usopencup #epslsoccer #protagonistsoccer

USASA Region 1 match

USASA Region 1 match for Eastern NY amateur championship starts April 7: Pancyprians will host @HobokenFC1912; Greek Americans to visit @providencecity_.… #amateursoccer #adultsoccer #USASAsoccer

REGION 2 — Amateur Cup Entry Info
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Do you play amateur adult soccer?

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National Amateur Cup is celebrating it’s 100th year!

Likely the oldest soccer competition in the U.S., the National Amateur Cup tournament is celebrating it’s 100th year in 2024. Cup championship starts in July, 2024. So register your team to compete!
#amateurcup #amateuradultsoccer #adultsoccer

Bob Kepner And Sal Rapaglia – U.S. Soccer Life Members

Bob Kepner And Sal Rapaglia Have Been Nominated For Life Membership In The U.S. Soccer Federation, Which Is The Highest Honor Awarded By The National Council And Given To Individuals Who Have Made Significant Contributions In Promoting Soccer In The United States.#


Kepner served as the U.S. Soccer Chairman of Credentials Committee from 2011-19, and is still a member of the committee. But that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg for him.

He played midfield and served as co-captain for the University of North Carolina. He helped build the foundations of two state associations, serving as president of the North Carolina Amateur and Youth Soccer Associations. He is currently treasurer of both associations and also previously served on several North Carolina soccer committees. Kepner is a member of the North Carolina Soccer and U.S. Amateur Soccer Association Halls of Fame and has won USYSA Region III Director’s Award.

Kepner also played an important role in the formation of the youth and amateur State Cups. In fact, he is so revered in the state that the NCYSA named the President’s Cup tournament the Kepner Cup, in his honor. He also has served as Chairman of the Kids Safe Program for US Youth Soccer.


Born in Sicily, Italy, Rapaglia emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 15. He played with the famed Brooklyn Italians (then known as Palermo SC), before moving up the ladder as a coach and then as President of the Italian-American Soccer League. He stepped down from that post in 1979 to become President of the Eastern New York State Soccer Association. Except for a two-year term as the ENYSSA General Secretary, Rapaglia has held that position for 44 years.

Under Rapaglia’s direction, the state association developed Offerman Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. into the 10-field Verrazano Narrows Complex. With a new wave of immigrants entering the country in the 1980s and 1990s, Rapaglia and Eastern New York welcomed Hispanic and Latino teams and leagues to create a more diverse state association. Rapaglia and ENYSSA also expanded the number of women’s leagues in its membership. He also found time to create and be commissioner of the Northeast Super Soccer League.

Rapaglia, who has served on several Federation committees, was honored with the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder’s Award in 2006, the highest award that the Federation itself can bestow upon an individual. He is also a member of the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame.


Joslynn Bigelow Named Carla Overbeck Leadership Award Recipient

Joslynn Bigelow won this year’s Carla Overbeck Leadership Award for her impactful work in the United States’ broad landscape of disability soccer with TOPSoccer- an adaptive soccer program for athletes with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities. She serves as a TOPSoccer coach in her home state of Oregon, is the director for two local TOPSoccer programs and has been named the Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) TOPSoccer Coach of the Year. Bigelow also currently serves as Vice President for Oregon Adult Soccer Association, OYSA TOPSoccer Chair plus is an assistant coach for CP Soccer, and head coach of the Down Syndrome Sports of America Futsal National Team.

Bavarian United Named 2022 National Amateur Champion

The National Amateur Cup, one of the nation’s oldest soccer tournaments, named its 2022 champion August 7 in Milwaukee, WI.

Region II champion Bavarian United defeated Region I champion NOVA FC 1-0  to claim the Fritz Marth Trophy.

The competition featured the four USASA Regional champions from this year:

Region 1 – NOVA FC

Region 2 – Bavarian United

Region 3 – ASC New Stars

Region 4 – Los Angeles Strikers

Region I Finals – 18 & 19 June


The Region I cup finals are this weekend at the Ukrainian American Sports Center in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Six titles are up for grab as a cumulation state and Region qualifiers that started as early as last September. The winners will go on to represent the Region in their respective national finals.

Our first championship match will be Saturday evening as the Renegades (MDCVA) and Safira FC (MA) battle for the Over-40 Cup. It will be the second final trip in a row for the Renegades who lost out to Fairfield GAC FC (CT) in penalty kicks last season.

Following the Over-40 will be the Amateur Cup for the Fritz Marth Trophy featuring 2019 champion Newtown Pride FC (CT) against NOVA FC (MDCVA). This is the first cup run for NOVA who defeated West Chester United (EPA) in the southern bracket semifinal.

Sunday morning, we kick off with the Gerhard Mengel Cup for the Over-30 Championship. This will be a replay of last season’s title match between cup holders Christos FC (MD) and NY Pancyprian Freedom (ENY).

For the second year in a row, we will play the Women’s Championship. Defending champion Sidekicks FC (MA) look hold off Hoboken FC 1912 (NJ).

We wrap it up with the Werner Fricker Cup for the Amateur Open Championship with West Chester United (EPA) taking on Jackson Lions FC (NJ).

Along with the finals, we also will run Men Under-23 Championship for the Gus Xikis Trophy over the weekend with that final taking place on Sunday.

The finals can be seen live on YouTube. Go to our link for finals.

Region I Cup Finals Live Stream

Region Finals Almost Set


The Region is down to its final weekend of qualifiers with half of its slates set for next month’s finals that will be played at the Ukrainian American Sport Center in Horsham and the Vereinigung Erzgebirge Club in Warminster. This weekend we will find out who will play for the Amateur, Over-40 and Over-50 titles.

In the Amateur Cup, Newtown Pride FC of Connecticut will host FC Omens of Massachusetts in the northern semifinal. The Pride defeated NY Pancyprian Freedoms of Eastern New York 3:2 in their quarterfinal round. Gabriel Ganzer scored first for Newtown only to see a penalty from Joseph Holland draw it even before Holland put the Pancyprian ahead at half time. At the restart, Ronaldinho Diniz evened it up and Ganzer put away the game winner in the 82nd minute.

In the southern bracket, last season’s Region winner NOVA FC of Metro DC/Virginia will travel to Maryland to take on Sure Sports FC. In its first ever regional match, Sure Sports defeated West Chester United of Eastern Pennsylvania 4:1 to reach the semifinal. NOVA easily handled Appalachia Steel FC of Pennsylvania West 8:2 that included a hat trick from JP Ayolmbong.

The Werner Fricker Cup final will feature two former champions of the competition, West Chester United and Lansdowne Yonkers FC of Eastern New York. Cup holders West Chester defeated Christos FC of Maryland 3:1 to reach the title match. The Bhoys go through with the same result with a victory over Vistula Garfield SC of New Jersey in their semifinal tie.

The Gerhard Mengel Cup will see the NY Greek American of Eastern New York take on Vereinigung Erzgebirge of Eastern Pennsylvania for the Over-30 Championship. Paul Nattoli scored a brace and Sikele Silvester the game winner in a 3:2 win for the Greeks over Sportfriends Polonia SC of New Jersey. Markus Lahtinen and Mark Gallagher tallied for Sportfriends. VE drew 1:1 with the Tartan Devils of Pennsylvania West as Greg Shertzer put the East Penn side up in the 54th minute followed by Jolo Reuben tying it up just before the final whistle. VE edged their cross-state opponent 3:2 in penalty rounds.

In the Over-40 Cup, Christos FC earned its spot in the final after a lone goal from Dan Lader was enough to defeat Phoenix SC of Eastern Pennsylvania. John Schickert earned the shutout. They await to winner between Kel Kau Masters of Massachusetts and Manhattan Celtic Masters of Eastern New York who play this weekend.

The inaugural Over-50 Cup will feature Chesire Azzurri of Connecticut against True Soccer FC of Massachusetts in one semifinal while the Philly Bucks of Eastern Pennsylvania will host Christos FC.

Our finals weekend will be on 17 & 18 June and it includes the Women’s Championship along with the Men Under-23 Championship for the Gus Xikis Trophy. Registration for the U23 tournament is open until Monday, 29 May. Teams interested in the Women’s Championship should contact their State Association.

Region I Kicks Off 2023 Cup Qualifiers


The 2023 cup season gets on its way with three matches opening the qualifiers on 2 April: Amateur, Werner Fricker and Gerhard Mengel Cups.

In the Amateur Cup, we have a first round contest featuring West Chester United of Eastern Pennsylvania hosting Albion SC of Delaware 2:00 at Delacey Sports Complex in West Chester, Pennsylvania. This is the first entry of Albion in Region play taking on the experienced United who won the national Werner Fricker Cup last summer.

The Region will continue the tradition of the Werner Fricker Cup, whose roots go back to the National Challenge/Open Cup that for decades was carried by amateur sides. This “open title” features three clubs who have won the championship nationally over the past: Christos FC of Maryland, Lansdowned Yonkers FC of Eastern New York and previously mentioned West Chester United. Sunday we have a quarterfinal match between Christos and Appalachia Steel FC who is representing West Virginia in this tie. It is set for 1:30 at Laytonia Recreational Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The final match kicking of the cup season sees Safira FC of Massachusetts traveling to Massapequa, New York to take on NY Greek American of Eastern New York in the Gerhard Mengel Cup. This Over-30 battle will take place at Field of Dreams at 1:00.

Our Region qualifiers involve teams from eleven State Associations of which several of their clubs competed in state cups to advance to the five events, which also includes the Over-40 and Over-50 Cups. More than 150 sides fought to reach these qualifiers. In addition to these cups, the Region will also hold the Women’s Championship along with the Under-23 Tournament for the Gus Xikis Trophy. It all concludes on the weekend of 17 & 18 June with  a number of the winners moving forato the USASA National Cup Finals involving all four Regions.