WORCESTER MASSACHUSETTS – A beautiful sunny day saw an even matchup unfold between Valeo FC and New York Shockers at General Foley Stadium in Worcester, MA. Both teams had chances in the first half and after a scoreless 30 minutes, Shockers took the lead off of a fairly uneventful goal.
Valeo evened the score soon after. It was 1-1 at the half but it wouldn’t last long as Shockers scored within 5 minutes to take a 2-1 lead and then put Valeo away with another goal to finish off the game. The game finished 3-1 with NY Shockers earning their first win of the season on the road while Valeo starts the season winless.
Valeo continues their season at home again next Saturday taking on Stockade FC at General Foley Stadium with kickoff at 7:00pm
NEWTON MASSACHUSETTS – Valeo FC, a global soccer club, is excited to announce the full pathway for MLS NEXT Zone 2 age-group teams and its participation in the National Academy League for the 2023/24 season.
As one of only four Massachusetts clubs participating in the National Academy League, Valeo FC will provide a competitive platform geared towards college recruiting and regional and national exposure for its players. The National Academy League serves as a Pre-MLS NEXT platform where technical and administrative processes will be aligned with the MLS NEXT platform.
This new initiative will provide our players with the game-day preparation needed to excel in collegiate and professional soccer environments. Our dedicated coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities will ensure that our players have access to the best possible resources for their development.
“We are thrilled to offer our players a full pathway for MLS NEXT Zone 2 age-group teams by participating in the National Academy League,” said Corlton Simmond, Director of Global Soccer Operations for Valeo FC. ” Our commitment to providing our players with the resources and platform needed to excel in soccer is unwavering. We believe that this new initiative will provide our players with the preparation and exposure they need to succeed in collegiate and professional soccer.”
“Valeo FC provides an environment that holistically guides a player with a complete pathway at one club to fulfill their soccer goal of becoming a collegiate player or national or international professional player,” said Altimont Butler, MLS Next Staff Coach and former MLS and World cup player. Valeo FC presently has gap year programs in Portugal and Ireland as well as an NPSL national league team for players that need additional collegiate preparation after high school club soccer. For players that are more aggressive in becoming a professional player, Valeo FC presently has a semi-professional team in the 4th division in Portugal and a professional team in the 1st division in Ireland. We also have a relationship with regional MLS teams for players that prefer the domestic national platform.
Valeo FC has a long history of producing top-tier soccer players, and we are proud to continue our tradition of excellence. With the full pathway for MLS NEXT Zone 2 age-group teams and participation in the National Academy League, Valeo FC is excited about the future and looks forward to continuing to develop the next generation of soccer stars.
About Valeo Futbol Club
Valeo Futbol Club Inc. is a global soccer training organization that provides opportunities and access for young student-athletes, regardless of their socio-economic status and geography. Valeo FC trains thousands of athletes throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Europe each year, including extensive outreach and inclusion for inner-city youth. They provide a challenging and rewarding environment that teaches the virtues of teamwork, discipline, hard work, commitment, respect, and leadership.
NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS —Valeo Futbol Club Inc. – an elite global futbol training organization focused on developing highly competitive athletes, outstanding citizens, and strong leaders – today announced a new partnership with Athlone Town Association Football Club, an Irish football club whose adult teams play in the League of Ireland.
Under the terms of the partnership, Valeo Futbol Club will lend its footballing expertise to all of Athlone Town AFC’s teams and oversee their technical direction. It will additionally lead efforts to transform Athlone’s Youth Academy into a global football development center of excellence for ambitious players and coaches.
The goal of this partnership is to create a world-class training and development environment for elite players and coaches from all over Ireland, and attract the best and brightest young players from across the globe.
“Athlone Town Association Football Club has a storied history as the oldest team in the League of Ireland,” said Valeo Futbol Club’s Founder and President, Emelio Williams. “With this exciting new partnership, we will work hand-in-hand to improve all of the club’s teams, strengthen the club’s training program and develop the next generation of players”.
Based in the heart of Ireland, Athlone Town Association Football Club was founded in 1887. First elected to the League of Ireland in 1922, the club plays its home matches in their stadium in Lissywollen, which opened in 2007.
A two-time men’s domestic champion Athlone Town has competed in European Competition on several occasions. The club famously held seven-time Champions League winners AC Milan scoreless in a home UEFA Cup tie.
“This partnership will help Athlone get to the next level in and improve our competitiveness in Ireland’s First Division,” said Athlone Town Association Football Club’s Club President, John Hayden. “But perhaps more importantly, it will help our players – and generations of players to come – access new opportunities to play football at the highest levels in Ireland and Europe.”
NEWTON, MA — It was a rainy and brisk Sunday afternoon as the U13 MLS Next squad took on Cedar Stars Academy. Kickoff was slated for 4:30pm, and once the referee blew the whistle, the fireworks began.
It was a back and forth matchup between two familiar foes to start the game, each team creating their own chances, moving up and down the field and teasing the opponents net minders with shot attempts at the top of their respective boxes, but through the first twenty minutes, neither team could find the breakthrough. Valeo’s goalkeeper Paul would make several key saves to keep the home side in the fight. However, soon after, a ball would be played through down the right flank sending a Cedar Stars forward in alone on a breakaway finding the back of the net to make it 1-0 Cedar Stars.
This would not deter Valeo’s ambitions as right away they would storm down the field creating multiple set pieces, corner kicks, free kicks, but none would get by the Cedar Stars goalkeeper. A few minutes before the end of the first half, an accidental giveaway would give Cedar Stars the ball just outside the box, putting a shot low past Valeo’s goalkeeper into the bottom lefthand corner making it 2-0.
Early on in the second half, Valeo would come out of the gate aggressively and would slot one past the Cedar Stars keeper off of a corner kick. They would continue to push throughout the second half, but one would be all they could muster, and that’s how the score would finish, 1-2.
Valeo’s U13 MLS Next squad returns to action next week October 29th when they take on NEFC on the road.
It was a weekend full of excitement and energy for multiple Valeo squads this past weekend. Over the holiday weekend, Valeo sent teams to two different tournaments. The first was the Seacoast United Ocean Cup in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the second was the EDP Fall Cup in New Jersey.
Some of the highlights
On the first day of the Seacoast United Ocean Cup, the 2012 girls won both of their games they played that day, and the 2011 girls won their only matchup of the day. The 2012 girls would push all the way to the finals, but would unfortunately fall in a 2-0 final score losing on a penalty kick and wacky own goal. The 2014 girls would make their respective run all the way to the finals as well, only to lost 1-0 in penalty kicks. That wouldn’t dampen any of their spirits though as they all left with their heads held high.
The boys 2013 Napoli squad would finish first in their bracket with six total points. With a 2-2 and 4-2 result, the 2013 Boston boys would finish second in their respective bracket. The 2011 Rangers and Celtic squads would finish second and first in their U12 brackets.
The EDP Fall Cup saw the 2014 Bayern boys squad battle in a competitive group all the way to a third place finish with a 7-3 win, 5-5 draw, and 3-5 loss.
Both tournaments saw several Valeo squads finish in the top halves of their respective brackets. It was a weekend full of great soccer, elite development, lots of smiles, and even more fun.
NEWTON, MA – A 90 degree 7:00 pm kickoff was a foreshadowing of the heat that this game between Cedar Stars FC and Valeo FC would bring. It was the #2 vs the #3 seed in the semifinal of the North Atlantic Conference playoffs. The first time these two faced off it was a 5-0 Valeo win; the second game was an exhilarating 4-3 come-from-behind win for Valeo. Cedar Stars did not forget those games.
Valeo did come out on the front foot, winning a penalty kick in the fourth minute. Leading goal scorer Matthew Bell would put the goal in the bottom left hand corner of the goal, sending Cedar Stars goalkeeper Daniel DiMarco the wrong way.
However, just one minute later, a ball would be sent in Valeo’s box leading to a driven shot that was saved initially by Valeo’s keeper Zach Rowell. Gunnar Studenhufft, who had a hat trick in their last match, would bury the rebound for the Cedar Stars.
Valeo would not take their foot off the gas creating eight shots on goal. DiMarco would stand strong stopping all eight to keep the half 1-1. The second half would be no different for Valeo’s mentality, unleashing five more dangerous shots on goal. DiMarco would continue to be the hero for Cedar Stars, stopping all five.
In the 63rd minute, Cedar Stars would earn a penalty kick of their own. Thomas Stickley would rip the penalty kick low and to the left where it would be initially saved by Rowell, but Daniel Zholendz would drive the rebound into the upper right hand corner. This would give the Cedar Stars the 2-1 lead, and that’s where the game would finish.
Cedar Stars will host the North Atlantic final as they take on the New York Shockers who upset the #1 seed Hartford City FC. The game will take place on Saturday, July 16th.