South Bronx United has enjoyed quite a spring season. (Photo courtesy of South Bronx United)

South Bronx United 99/00, which never won a league title, saved the best for last in its final year of youth soccer as they took the Boys Under-19 Eastern New York Premier League title this spring.

The team went undefeated at 5-0-1, outscoring its foes, 16-3.

Another championship might be coming as South Bronx United is at the top of the standings of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League.

“I’ve been with most of the team for several years now and their growth as players was the key factor in our success in the ENYPL this season,” coach George Nantwi said. “As a coach, I pride myself on seeing improvement in my players because if they all improve individually so does the collective.”

The ENYPL is the oldest continuous premier league in the United States and is playing in its 18th year. Under the direction of chairperson Andreas Touros, teams from eight member leagues from Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association were part of the ENYPL for the spring season.

“The boys also had showed a lot of mental toughness as they never lose focus, nor panic when the game is not going their way,” Nantwi said. “Eventually, they find a way to get the job done. We finished second at the City Showcase tournament last year and in the CJSL several years ago. Those setbacks also served as a catalyst and provided the hunger for the success they’re having this year.”

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