Representing the Big Apple Youth Soccer League, the New York Kids Americans won the Boys Under-12 Eastern New York Premier League title this spring.

In a very tight division, the Americans became champions with a 3-2-1 record, scoring 18 goals and conceding 16.

“Our Under-12 team works very hard in every practice, with a lot of discipline and a lot of hard work. We focused on technical, physical and tactical preparation to become champions in the ENYPL,” coach Cesar Martinez said.

Noting how competitive each team was in the division, Martinez added, “I would like to take the opportunity to say that all the teams who played us were very competitive and that there was not much difference between the teams. I want to congratulate them as well because anyone could have become champion.”

This was the second consecutive year that Martinez has coached the New York Kids to the U-12 ENYPL title, accomplising it with New York Kids Alcones Neza in 2017.

The ENYPL is the oldest continuous Premier League in the United States and is in its 18th year in 2018. Under the direction of ENYPL chairperson Andreas Touros, teams from eight member leagues from all over the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association formed the ENYPL for the 2018 spring season.