For two seasons in a row, Mamaroneck has followed up strong regular season showings by failing to make it out of the Class AA quarterfinals. The Tigers have been one of the better teams in Section 1, but they’re itching for a deeper postseason run. They’ll have two obstacles to overcome this season before the playoffs come around: The first will be filling the voids of any players lost to the U.S. Soccer Academy in an area where they tend to be heavily recruited, and the second being making it through one of the toughest leagues in the section. It looks like it should be a three-way race with Scarsdale and defending champ White Plains for the league title, which will surely produce some memorable games. Emerging from that pack would be a major confidence booster heading into sectionals.
Here are coach Rich Becker’s thoughts on the upcoming season:
Who are your key returning players? Emmet Gaffney, Senior, Midfield (pictured to the right); Noah Katz, Senior, Defender; Maximo Vasquez, Senior, Defender; Ricardo Eugenio, Senior, Midfield; Juan Giraldo, Junior, Forward; Jack Green, Junior, Midfielder; Elver Maldonado, Senior, Midfield.
Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? GK – Zach Aller; Defender – Josh Kriss; Defender -Sebastian Velez; Forward – John Velez; Forward -Guillermo Martinez.
Are you anticipating losing any players to the U.S. Soccer Federation season? Seven Mamaroneck juniors and seniors participated in academy tryouts at one of the seven academies throughout the tri-state area. I will find out on August 19 who has decided try out for the 2013 Tigers squad. Some players have notified me of their intent to play. We will see on Monday! (Editor’s note: This response was sent before August 19)
What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? This year I believe our depth and goal potential will be one of our best strengths.
What are some areas of concern? Losing three of the back five (two defenders and GK) will be tough to replace.
Which formation do you anticipate using? It depends on the make up of our team.
What is your goal for your team in 2013? Our first goal is always to win our league. Second, to develop into a unified team that plays at its best for every game. Lastly, to win a sectional championship!
Who is your biggest rival(s)? Anyone in our league is a major rival. However, I feel the boys get up most for Scarsdale and White Plains.
Up next: Monday practice stops with Lakeland and Valhalla
Photo by Peter Carr/The Journal News