Team preview: Putnam Valley

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After taking some time off from coaching to be with his family, Craig Glenn is returning to the sidelines this season to take over as the head coach at Putnam Valley. Glenn graduated from Panas and was a coach in the Put Valley system for 10 years, but this will be his first head coaching experience at the varsity level. He’ll take over a Tigers program that has struggled a bit in recent years, and seems to be stressing steady improvement.

Here are Glenn’s words:

What was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? Our final record was 4-12 in the regular season. Finished in outbracket game, losing to JFK.

Who are your key returning players? Seniors: Blendi Muriqi, MF; Lucas Fishbein, MF.

Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Jenner Noguera, Stopper; Gent Berisha, Forward.

Are you anticipating losing any players to the U.S. Soccer Federation season? No.

What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? I feel our strength is the team’s focus on improving. They are working harder than before to be a unit. We are a young team, and they want to prove themselves.

What are some areas of concern? The main concern is scoring and size. They will have to fight for every chance on the ball.

Which formation do you anticipate using? 4-4-2…but we will change for each team as needed.

What is your goal for your team in 2013? Always improvement, maybe to shock some teams.

Who is your biggest rival(s)? Hendrick Hudson

Up next: Westlake

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VINCENT Z. MERCOGLIANO has been with The Journal News and LoHud.com since March 2010. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2005 and from Hofstra University in 2009 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He currently covers boys soccer, wrestling and baseball, while assisting with LoHud's Yankees coverage.

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