Oceaneers draw on the road vs AC Crusaders

Rhode Island Oceaneers Pro Soccer
Posted by David Borts · 4 hours ago
The Oceaneers started their three week road trip with a draw against the AC(Atlantic City) Crusaders in American Soccer League action. The Oceaneers opened their account in the 1st minute with a brilliant combination between Sam Fonseca who crossed a low ball from the right side which former Shea High School star Emerson Barros beautifully slotted into the net. In 10th minute Andres Perdomo was sent in alone by the Oceaneer’s dominant midfield but missed wide. AC evened the match at 1-1 on a controversial PK awarded by the Referee. With only seconds left in the first half the O’s took the lead again on a brilliant goal by Brayan Rouvira. The second half saw  the Oceaneers dominate possession, but fail to take advantage of their numerous chances. AC’s night long long ball assault finally resulted in a corner kick which resulted in bringing the match even with the final result, Oceaneers 2 AC Crusaders 2. Follow the Oceaneer’s as they continue their road trip to face Icon FC next Saturday.


The Oceaneers are Back!!

Rhode Island Oceaneers Hoping to Build Momentum in the ASL

You may not be familiar with the Providence-based club in the first year league, but the American Soccer League’s Oceaneers have the pieces in place to stick around.

How well do you know the New England Revolution?

Do you know who is the head of scouting for the Revolution’s academy? Do you know is the goalkeepers coach for the Revs’ youth teams? Do you know helps Remi Roy train the first team’s goalkeepers? Do you know who acts as the liaison between Spanish-speaking players and the MLS coaching staff?

 The answer is Jasir Charris and if you’re mouthing the word “who?” while reading this, remember the name.

Charris is a Colombian-born former soccer player who wears half a dozen hats for the New England Revolution in addition to coaching goalkeepers for their PDL affiliate Real Boston Rams.

The Bent Musket talked to Rhode Island Oceaneers General Manager David Borts about Charris and the club in general. “I’ve been around a lot of coaches,” Borts told the Bent Musket, “and Jasir has put together a program that is just tremendous.”

Jim Antonakas, the owner of the team who also owns fellow ASL team Mass United FC, approached Borts in the spring about the prospect of joining the new American Soccer League. “At the time I said to give me a year and I’ll go put together the best organization possible,” Borts said, but Antonakas pressed the issue over the summer. In the middle of July, Borts had an ultimatum of sorts to either put the team together to pass on the option to operate Antonakas’s club in the ASL.

With just 5 weeks before the start the season, Borts set out to put together a quality soccer organization on late notice. Borts, who is the president of Rhode Island’s United States Adult Soccer Association affiliate, reached out to long-time friend Steve Votolato to be the club’s assistant general manager. Votolato is the head of state’s U.S. Youth Soccer body and Borts is very excited about the Rolodex available to the Oceaneers now.

“Steve and I have done a lot of projects together and there couldn’t be a better pair of people to be involved in this,” Borts told the Bent Musket glowingly. As the chiefs of both the adult soccer and youth soccer governing bodies in Rhode Island, Borts and Votolato know just about everyone involved in the sport across the state. “Regarding our connections in the soccer community, there couldn’t be two other people better for this. It’s kind of the perfect storm ultimately as long as we’re around.”

As excited as Borts was to talk about Votolato, his volunteer assistant coaches, or the impressive turnout for tryouts, the Oceaneers’ general manager could not stop mentioning Jasir Charris.

Hobie Hare, a member of the Revolution coaching staff and head coach of the Rams, recommended Jasir and after a one or two conversations it seemed Charris was the only logical choice. “What Hobie told me is that in the Revolution academy and the whole community up in Foxborough, they really want to get this guy some type of head coaching job so he can start moving on.”

Despite a full CV, this job with the Oceaneers will be the highest level of coaching in Charris’s young career. Borts didn’t seem nervous about hiring a first-time head coach, but rather sounded grateful for the opportunity to have him in the organization.

“He is a find; that’s all I can tell you. This is his first job at this level but he’ll be the best coach in the league within a year and I’ll be happy if we can keep him for maybe 2 years.”

Borts went to to say that Charris has a bright future in coaching, “He’s going somewhere, whether that’s a big college program or an assistant job in MLS. He’s a tremendous trainer, has a great rapport with the kids, and actually he’s been a big help in attracting a lot of the players initially.”

“The system that Jasir is putting in, which is a possession-dominated system, is something that several of the kids, even those who played Division-1 [college soccer], haven’t seen in training before.” The training at Oceaneers’ practice and the style Charris is coaching the team to play is “an attractive product for the players.”

Borts stressed that his trust in Charris will help the Oceaneers avoid some of the pitfalls of former Rhode Island-based clubs. He told the Bent Musket that he knows his own duties as general manager and that he’ll give Charris the space to implement his own training system free from any micromanagement. “It’s very important to maintain the differentiation of roles within the club; that’s been one of the greatest failures of clubs around here in the past.”

Borts admits that because he started late after initially planning to join the ASL in 2015, “some of the organizational stuff is behind the 8-ball,” but he is confident about the team. “We’re trying really to build from the field out.”

While the team continues to improve in the league, Borts and the rest of the club’s staff will pursue sponsorship deals and try to nail down a more permanent home venue during the winter. The ASL calendar is split between a fall campaign and the spring campaign, which allows the Oceaneers an opportunity to shop around for investments during the mid-season break.

“On the field we need to maintain our coaching staff because our coaching staff is phenomenal. As long as we keep this coaching staff for a couple years there are few ways to fail.”


RI Oceaneers vs Mass United Saturday

Get ready for the First Derby as The Rhode Island Oceaneers host United (Mass United) in a battle for New England Soccer Supremacy. October 4,2014 at Bryant University Bryant University 1150 Douglas Pike Smithfield RI 02917 Gate opens at 8:00PM Kickoff at 9:15 PM. Come join the Oceaneer’s “Road to a Championship” in American Soccer League action.


USASA sanctions new Division 4 League with all teams to located in the Northeast



Let’s Support our entry in the US OPEN CUP AC BLAUGRANA

Let’s go out and support RISA’s entry in the US Open Cup
Sun, Apr 6 @ 2:00 PM
AC Blaugrana(A) at Mass Premier Soccer(H)
Playoff @ Framingham State College


LUSA Southern New England Super Cup


After a series of negotiations and meetings LUSA (LIGA UNIDAS SOCCER ASSOCIATION), The Southern New England Super Cup (SNESC) and RISA (The Rhode Island Soccer Association) are
proud to announce the formation of Southern New England’s most prestigious and and competitive men’s soccer league. The The New League will carry on the 100 year old tradition that was established by the Southern New England Football Association which was one of the founders of the USSF United States Soccer Federation. Joe Mendes Vice President of LUSA has been instrumental in bringing the Leagues together and he and David Borts President of RISA have established a governance commission along with Carlos Goulart President of LUSA and Steve Votolato Commissioner of the SNESC to finalize schedule and formulate disciplinary guidelines for the New League.

The teams committed to the new league accepted as members are:
For Additional Information
Joe Mendes 508-508-4989835 Last preseason meeting March 26, 2014/ @ Lima’s Lounge 110 School Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island 7:30 PM
David Borts 401-241-0535
Steve Votolato 401-255-5176


SNESC Meeting Wednesday 2/26/14 7:30 PM

Southern New England Super Cup, Southern New England’s top men’s soccer league will hold its pre-season meeting at Lima’s Lounge 110 School Street Pawtucket Rhode Island Wednesday February 26th at 7:30 PM.
Please note this change of address
David Borts 401-241-0535
Steve Votolato 401-255-5176


John Ferreira Soccer Great!

Rhode Island continues to be led in Over 30 and Over 40 Men’s Soccer development
by John Ferreira


New England Soccer Mourns the passing of Ernie Branco

Retired Brockton educator, soccer coach killed in Norton crash
Maria Papadopoulos
Posted: 12/08/2013 8:35PM

Mike Thomas remembers the way Hernani “Ernie” Branco connected with his students while working as an educator in Brockton’s public schools.

Branco, a fun-loving, easy-going native of Portugal who loved soccer, had a “great sense of humor” that helped him gain the attention – and respect – of his students, said Thomas, who worked with Branco first at East Middle School and then again at Brockton High School, where both educators worked as assistant housemasters.

“That’s what made him such a good disciplinarian. The kids really respected him. They knew that he cared a lot about them,” said Thomas, now director of operations for Brockton Public Schools. “He really cared about kids.”
The school district is mourning the sudden death of Branco, 61, a retired Brockton educator and soccer coach who was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Norton early Sunday morning, police said.
Branco, a Norton resident, died after the Cadillac CTS he was driving crashed on Richardson Avenue in Norton about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, Norton Police Lt. Todd M. Jackson said in a statement Sunday.
The Cadillac veered off the side of the road and struck a guardrail, Jackson said. Branco was sent by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died, Jackson said.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Kathleen Smith, superintendent of Brockton Public Schools, remembered Branco as an educator who cared deeply about his students.

“He was certainly supportive of many students, especially the neediest students,” Smith said Sunday. “Whether it was overseeing alternative programs or supporting finding other avenues, Ernie gave a lot to the city and to our city schools. We express our sympathy to his family.”
Branco, who was retired at the time of his death, worked for the district for more than two decades, officials said.
He worked as a health teacher at East Middle School, and later became assistant housemaster of the Red Building at Brockton High School. He served for several years as principal of the Keith Center, which houses the district’s alternative programs, Smith said.
Susan Szachowicz, retired principal of Brockton High School, said she first met Branco in the 1970s, when both began working in city schools. They later worked together for several years at Brockton High.
“I am so sad about this,” Szachowicz said. “He was funny and so loyal. He just would do anything for you.”Branco, an immigrant, had lived the American dream, Szachowicz said.When he came to this country from Portugal, Branco knew no English, she said. He worked in a factory and studied at night, and graduated from the city’s nighttime high school program, then he went on to study at Bridgewater State University, she said.
Branco, a married father of three, coached soccer at Brock ton High School and also at Stonehill College. He was the head coach of the Stonehill College men’s soccer team when it won tourney titles in 1990 and 1991.
“He was the proudest Dad you could ever imagine on the face of the earth,” Szachowicz said.
His brother, Paul Branco, works as a teacher at the B.B. Russell alternative high school in Brockton, Smith said.
Smith said the school district would provide support, as needed, to Branco’s former co-workers when they arrive to work on Monday.
“It’s just a very sad day for the whole school system,” Thomas said. “I’ve gotten text messages and calls all day. It’s a very sad day.”


Soccer Hall of Fame Ceremonies November 24, 2013

New England Soccer Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2013
November 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The New England Soccer Hall of Fame, which has recognized the region’s best players, coaches, referees, executives, and builders since 1978, inducted its 2013 class during the Hall’s 36th Annual Induction Ceremony on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Hilltop Hotel in Seekonk, Mass. The ceremony will start at 1:00pm.

Among this year’s honorees are former Rhode Island Oceaneers midfielder Juan Cano, Western Mass Pioneers club president Celso Correia, longtime USSF referee George Cortes, former Providence College men’s soccer coach Bill Doyle, South Center Premier president Andrea Duffy, former University of Rhode Island men’s soccer coach Geza Henni, longtime youth administrator Kathy Palmeiro, PROJECT GOAL co-founder Darius Shirzadi and former Brown men’s soccer coach Cliff Stevenson.

Juan Cano came to the United States from Colombia in 1973 and shortly thereafter linked up with Giovanni XXIII in Rhode Island. Later that year, he made the successful jump to ASL competition when he joined the Rhode Island Oceaneers. It proved to be a fruitful signing for the Oceaneers, who won the 1974 ASL championship with Cano earning Rookie of the Year honors. Cano continued his career in Rhode Island through 1976 before joining the New Jersey Americans in 1977. His arrival coincided with the Generals winning the ASL championship that year In 1978, he was named Most Valuable Player, and shortly thereafter, he joined the New England Team for the 1979 and 1980 seasons. He lives in Central Falls, RI.

Celso Correia played for the Gremio Lusitano Club in Ludlow, MA for years before taking over as club president in the mid-90s. Motivated by a dare posed by fellow club members, Correia started the the Western Mass Pioneers, a side that entered USISL in 1997. In 1999, the Pioneers won the USL-2 championship, and became one of the strongest teams in third-division soccer. The Pioneers advanced to the USL-2 championship again in 2005, but the Charlotte Eagles denied them of a second title. In 2010, the Pioneers entered PDL, where they continually set attendance records among New England-based squads. Correia remains an integral part of the team’s success, and is often seen at Lusitano Stadium chatting with fans, players and coaches alike. He lives in Ludlow, MA.

George Cortes was born in Colombia but moved to the U.S. at age 18. After playing and refereeing numerous games in his native country as a youth referee, Cortes earned his Business Administration degree at Worcester State College, all the while working as a local Spanish-language sportscaster part-time. He played for Worcester Scandinavian Club with his brother in 1967, before moving onto a number of different teams in Massachusetts during the 1970s. Although a severe leg injury cut his playing career short in 1975, it wasn’t long before he returned to the pitch – as a referee. In 1977, he commenced a decorated career that saw him referee in LASA, USISL, and PDL leagues, and also served as an assistant referee in a few international friendlies. He currently serves as a USSF instructor and National Assessor. Earlier this year, he was recognized by the USSF as a Lifetime Member. He lives in Worcester, MA.

Bill Doyle piloted the Providence College Friars to a hugely successful run that spanned four decades. He kicked off his stint with the Friars in 1968, and built the program into a New England powerhouse. In 1983, he not only led the Friars to the NCAAs, but the team also earned the Sampson Trophy as the top team in the Eastern Region. That same year, Doyle was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year, and a year later, he was a finalist for National Coach of the Year after the Friars were ranked eighth in the country, and first in New England. During a 27-year career at PC that lasted through 1994, Doyle put together a 207-155-35 mark, all the while he became the second-longest tenured coach in Providence College athletic history. He lives in Wakefield, RI.

Andrea Duffy kicked off her soccer journey in 1984 when she was named Secretary of the West Haven Youth Soccer League, a post she held until 2000. Shortly after she joined the WHYSL, she became South Central District Registrar in 1986, before moving on to State Registrar in 1991. Two years later, she was elected as President of the CJSA, and during her tenure, established the CJSA Inner City Program, as well as the CJSA Scholarship Program. She also kickstarted the CJSA American Cup, the CJSA website, the CJSA Young Player Development Program, TOPSoccer for athletes with disabilities and the Silent Sidelines Weekend program. She is also involved with the USSF and US Youth Soccer, and remains involved with South Central District and is president of South Central Premier. She was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006. She lives in Branford, CT.

Geza Henni spent 20 years on the sideline as head coach of the University of Rhode Island men’s soccer team, starting in 1969. During his tenure, he posted a 175-125-47 record, and led the Rams to NCAA berths, as well as first place finishes in the New England and Yankee Conferences. He was named New England Coach of the Year in 1979, and served as an assistant professor of physical education at Kingston from 1969-89, and is now professor emeritus. Prior to his coaching career, Henni was a member of the Hungary National Team from 1946-54, before moving on to coach the U.S. National Team at the Pan American Games in 1967. He also guided the U.S. through its World Cup qualification process in 1965, and not long after, was appointed coach of the Houston Stars (NASL) from 1967-69. He lives in Florida.

Kathy Palmeiro served as Rhode Island Youth Invitation Indoor Tournament League Administrator from 1983-2006, all while also serving as President of Plantation Indoor Soccer. In 2000, she was named Region 1 Premier League Administrator, and in that role, she established the Premier and Sub-Regional Leagues. She lives in Foster, RI.

Darius Shirzadi co-founded PROJECT GOAL, an organization that provides academic, soccer and life skills to inner city children, in 2003 and since then, has made it one of the most visible youth soccer outreach programs in the country. His organization has helped over 700 children and their families, and has raised over four million dollars for scholarships and assistance to at risk children. PROJECT GOAL was recognized as a recipient of the FIFA Football for Hope Programme Grant in 2012 and 2013, and earned USSF grants in 2009, 2012 and 2013. The organization has been profiled in The Providence Journal, The Pawtucket Times, WJAR 10, WLNE 6 and Soccer New England. Prior to his involvement with PROJECT GOAL, Shirzadi served as assistant coach, general manager and director of operations for the Rhode Island Stingrays from 1995-99. He lives in Providence, RI.

Cliff Stevenson is regarded as one of the most distinguished coaches in college soccer history after a remarkable 38-season tenure at Brown University. From 1960-90, the Bears clinched 15 conference titles, including six straight from 1963-68. Between 1966 and 1968, the Bears ran a remarkable 26-game unbeaten streak, but were precluded from participating in the NCAA tournament due to the Ivy League’s refusal to adhere to a NCAA ruling. His influence on high school soccer in the Ocean State was undeniable; through his tireless efforts, soccer was offered at every state high school by the time he retired in 1990 despite the fact that the sport was rarely offered at the high school level when he started at Brown. Stevenson wasn’t just a coach or advocate for the sport, either; he was an innovator as well, who introduced the now-classic black and white paneled soccer ball, as well as the introduction of ball boys and ball girls to help speed up the game at the college level. Stevenson compiled a career 299-176-12 record in college soccer. A testament of his legacy is not hard to find at Brown, as the school soccer stadium was christened “Stevenson Field” in 1979. He lives in Sun City Center, FL.