New York Pancyprian-Freedoms

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Pancyprian-Freedoms
NY Pancyprian Freedoms logo.png
Full name New York Pancyprian-Freedoms
Founded 1974; 40 years ago (1974)
Ground Belson Stadium
Jamaica, New York
Ground Capacity 2,600
General Manager Greece George Halkidis
League Cosmopolitan Soccer League
USASA
Website Club home page

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms is an American amateur soccer team based in Astoria,New York, United States. Founded in 1974, the team plays in Region I of the United States Adult Soccer Association, a network of amateur leagues at the fifth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team plays its home games at Belson Stadium on the campus of at St. John's University. The team's colors are white and blue.

History[edit]

The Pancyprian-Freedoms were founded in 1974, and have competed in New York City’s Cosmopolitan Soccer League, a well-respected league which dates back to the 1920s and which is a member of the United States Adult Soccer Association Region I group of leagues, since that inaugural season. The Freedoms have won seven Cosmopolitan League titles in their history, in 1979, 1980, 1982, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011.[1][2]

The Pancyprian-Freedoms are also one of the all-time great National Challenge Cup clubs, and have qualified, or have attempted to qualify, for the Open Cup every year of their existence. They won the cup three times in the pre-Major League Soccer era, in 1980, 1982 and 1983, and following their triumph in 1983 they reached the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1984, beating Mexican powerhouse Puebla on penalties, and overcoming Honduran champions Vida, before they and their semi-final opponents CD Guadalajara were disqualified after failing to agree on the dates of the matches.

The Pancyprian-Freedoms have qualified for the final stages of two US Open Cups in the MLS era. They lost 3-2 in extra time to the Real Maryland Monarchs in the first round in 2008,[3] and lost 2-0 in the first round to USL Premier Development League team Long Island Rough Riders[4] in 2010.

In addition to their CSL and USOC exploits, the Pancyprian-Freedoms won the 2008 US Open Amateur Cup, beating the Arizona Sahuaros 2-1 after extra time in the final in Seattle, Washington.[5] They also won the 2010 and 2011 US Open Cup besting the Detroit FC 3-0 in pk's following 2-2 tie after regulation and 2OT's in 2010. The team once again won the US Open Cup in 2011 in Bowling Green, KY crushing AAC Eagles (ILL) 6-0 in the semifinals and besting Doxa Italia (CA) 5-4 in Pk's after a 2-2 tie in regulation and overtime.

The current men's team is composed primarily of players that came up through the Eleftheria-Pancyprian Youth teams, the youth soccer division of the Pancyprian Association of New York.[6] The majority of players have played NCAA Division I college soccer, and are now young business professionals or attending graduate school in various fields of study.

New York Freedom[edit]

After years of competing in the Cosmopolitan League and the US Open Cup, the Freedoms branched out and created a second team - called the New York Freedom - which joined the USL Premier Development League in 1999. The Freedom won the Northeast Division title and advancing to the PDL national semifinals in their inaugural season, and qualified for the US Open Cup, where they upset the Cape Cod Crusaders of the USL D3 Pro League in the first round and nearly eliminated the A-League’s Rochester Raging Rhinos, eventually falling 2-1 in extra time to the eventual champions. The Freedoms left the USL in 2003.

Players[edit]

2013-2014 roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Nick Tarkany
18 United States FW Franki Spanos
2 United States DF Jon Simos
3 Greece DF Chris Zisimatos
4 Greece DF Nick Katsanos
5 United States DF Billy Antoniou
6 Greece DF Peter Pavlakos
7 Cyprus FW Stelios Andreou
8 Italy MF Matia Damiani
22 Greece MF Panayioti Despotopoulos
9 Cyprus MF Taso Polydefkis
10 United States MF Jeff Matteo
11 Greece MF Andreas Chronis
13 United States MF Nick Christopher
15 United States DF Mike Volk
16 Greece DF Tommy Vlahos
23 Germany DF Yannick Reyering
14 United States DF Georgi Spanos
19 Greece MF Panagiotis Halkidis
20 Brazil FW Julio Dos Santos
21 United States MF John Koutsounadis
17 United States MF Michael Palacio

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
1979 5 USASA Champions
1980 5 USASA Champions
1982 5 USASA Champions
1993 5 USASA Quarter Finals
2008 5 USASA 1st Round
2009 5 USASA Did not qualify
2010 5 USASA 1st Round
2011 5 USASA 2nd Round

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Stadium[edit]

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