MPSC Punch Ticket to Third State Amateur Final in Three Years

Signs 2-Year Sponsorship Deal With PowerBar

Mineola-Portuguese’s Premier Team beat Central Park 2-0 in Manhattan to secure spot in ENYSSA State Manning Cup Finals, Reserves beat New York Irish at NYIT to move ahead into D’Alprino Cup semi-finals.

Mineola is once again the center of attention in the world of amateur soccer as the Mineola-Portuguese Soccer Club marched into Randall’s Island on Sunday and eliminated last year’s finalists, Central Park Rangers, for the most prestigious amateur competition in New York: the Manning Cup. Behind a goal from Shane Arikian and Frank Spanos, the MPSC easily moved through the semi-finals, dispatching the team that knocked them out in last year’s semi-final. Mineola’s first team now looks to battle with 2008 National Open Champions, NY Pancyprian-Freedoms (Astoria) up in Yonkers on June 12 (Portuguese Independence Day weekend) for the Manning Cup. Mineola last won the Manning Cup back in 1981.

Early Sunday morning, the Mineola-Portuguese Reserve Team confronted past New York State champion, New York Irish Rovers, in the lower division state competition, the D’Alprino Cup. Even with four major players injured and sidelined for the game at NYIT’s President’s Stadium, Mineola managed to draw 1-1 at full time, and won in penalty kicks 4-3.

Team General Manager Gabriel Marques cites the team’s new, and first-ever, national sponsorship with PowerBar as one of the contributing factors to today’s success.

“This new partnership with PowerBar has given Mineola the ability to push the envelope even farther, knowing that we have such strong companies supporting local youth and amateur soccer on Long Island,” he said.

The club, which fields two division 1 teams, has seen incredible success this year, winning 30 games of 35 this season and scoring a total 110 goals so far with a 2.5 game average.

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