Oceaneers continue Path to a Championship

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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.”