Brentwood Premier Man City, which won the Boys Under-13 Eastern Regionals in Hammonton, N.J., will represent the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association in the US Youth Soccer Nationals from July 18 to 25 in the Bradenton-Sarasota area on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The team, who clinched a berth in the nationals July 1, plays in the Eastern Development Program (EDP) and previously played in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL). Brentwood won the division title this spring in the North Atlantic EDP Conference, which is part of US Youth Soccer’s National League. It also captured the championship in the East Meadow Summer Tournament in 2020 plus the Jefferson Cup in Virginia and the Hershey Cup in Pennsylvania, both in 2019.
“Not only the impeccable skill to perform complicated maneuvers on the field but also the creativity to adapt to difficult situations that our players are faced with are integral to the success of our young athletes,” team manager Margaret Campos said. “The boys play as a unit, they are friends on and off the field. Many of the boys have been playing together for the Brentwood Soccer Club since intramurals, which has given them incredible insight on a player-to-player basis. Being able to play together from such a young age in the Brentwood program makes this team special.”
To help defray the costs of playing in Florida, ENYYSA and the LIJSL have donated $2,000 apiece to the team. Despite these donations, many families are having a difficult time securing the funds to travel so the team has started a Go Fund Me page and all of the money raised will go directly to the players:
“Our team practices hard and listens to their coaches, Oscar Carrillo and Raul Campos,” Campos said. “Many of them spend hours at home honing their own skills in order to bring the team to another level. Even during the pandemic, they found a way to keep their skills sharp and began practicing as a team as soon as the state allowed youth sports to return. They came back ready to play and had an amazing year!”