National Cup brings clubs together: ‘Soccer Night in Newtown’

NEWTOWN, Newtown Pride FC announced on March 29 a special doubleheader match all for a good community cause. On Friday, May 6 Newtown Pride FC, New York Cosmos B, Reading United A.C., and the 2015 Werner Fricker Open Cup Champions West Chester United will be coming together to use soccer to raise awareness and funds for Newtown Youth & Family Services and their peer to peer mentoring program.

The evening of soccer and community will take place at Newtown High School Blue & Gold Stadium at 12 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, Connecticut. At 6:00pm the National Champion West Chester Side will take on New York Cosmos B. At 8:00pm the hosts, Newtown Pride FC will play Reading United A.C.

West Chester Director of Coaching, Head Coach, and Region I Coach of the Year, Blaise Santangelo told Kyle Lyddy in Newtown about their involvement in this event. “Soccer is a character building sport.  I told our players and management team that winning a National Title in 2015( USASA Werner Fricker Open Cup) would allow us opportunities.  It has created a broader canvas to work with enabling us to do things that are bigger than the game itself.  Not only on the pitch but to champion causes for the better good ‘off the field’.”

Newtown Pride FC is a pillar of soccer and their community in and around Newtown and Sandy Hook. The club lost in the  2015 Region I final of the Open Cup. They lost to West Chester United, and immediately after the match became one of the club’s biggest supporters as they went to Virginia Beach for the Final they would eventually win.

Santangelo spoke of the relationship their club has built with Newtown and the pride that goes along with this good cause, “Everyone on our team was impressed by the way the ‘Newtown boys’ handled themselves at regionals last year.  We did a lot of research on them prior to our match.  In doing so, we heard of all the wonderful thing they had done in their community over the last several years.  I stayed in touch with Matt Svanda through the year (Newtown Pride). The way they used ‘the beautiful game’ to raise awareness and funds in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy . We are truly honored to be part of SOCCER NIGHT in NEWTOWN and to help support the Newtown Youth & Family Services.”

Soccer can bring people together. It can create lasting friendships that help a community. The National Cups in this case created a respect between two clubs. These clubs joined together to do something better for youth in a community.

Anyone wishing to donate can make checks payable to “Newtown Youth & Family Services.” Kindly write “Soccer Night” on memo line. Donations can be mailed to Andy Elkin (899 Old State Road, Berwyn, PA 19212)


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