Signs 2-Year Sponsorship Deal With PowerBar
Mineola-Portugueseâ€™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 Dâ€™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 Randallâ€™s Island on Sunday and eliminated last yearâ€™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 yearâ€™s semi-final. Mineolaâ€™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 Dâ€™Alprino Cup. Even with four major players injured and sidelined for the game at NYITâ€™s Presidentâ€™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 teamâ€™s new, and first-ever, national sponsorship with PowerBar as one of the contributing factors to todayâ€™s success.
â€œThis 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,â€ 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.