New York Premier FC defeated the Massapequa Boltz, 2-1, to win the ENYYSA Boys U-17 crown. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)

In a rematch of last year’s championship game, New York Premier FC won this time, defeating the Massapequa Boltz, 2-1, in extratime to win the Jose Vargas, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Boys Under-17 State Cup at Stringham Park in LaGrange, N.Y. on June 4.

Lorenzo Galeano and Marco Goni scored New York Premier’s goals.

“We have not lost since last year’s final,” New York Premier coach Simon Baines said. “It was a good game today. We get along well with Massapequa, a good group of people.”

Massapequa received the Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award as determined by the game officials. Amoroso, a US Soccer Life Member who died seven years ago, started the Long Island Junior Soccer League Sportsmanship Program in 1980 and it spread to Eastern New York, nationally, China and Ireland.

Vargas was a man of many hats (and many hats that had many feathers) who served as State Referee Administrator, State Youth Referee Administrator and State Director of Assessment as well as president of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League and East Fishkill Soccer Club.

New York Premier will represent ENYYSA at the nationals as part of the National Championship Series in Orlando, Fla. from July 17-23.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at