Gunners Soccer Kids are competing at the Nationals in Orlando. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)

Gunners Soccer Kids won all their six games at the Eastern Regionals, outscoring their opponents by a 25-3 margin to win the Boys Under-13 championship in Loudoun County, Virginia.

They won the final, 4-1, over the Virginia Rush on June 29.

Frank Pampin, the 2022 Eastern New York and Regional boys competitive coach of the year, talked about his Gunners.

“We play a possession-based style,” he said. “Our boys do a very good job in passing at short distances while stretching the field horizontally and vertically. They are always looking to pass the ball through the thirds of the field without letting opponents attack us.”

The Gunners’ players live in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Westchester and Long Island. They are representing the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association at the Nationals from July 17-23 in Orlando as part of the National Championship Series.

“To prepare for nationals, we worked on pre-planned movements that will be utilized during our games while trying to correct the errors we made at regionals,” Pampin said.

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