Team preview: Yonkers

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It’s been a similar story for Yonkers in recent seasons, as the Bulldogs have been the most dominant team in the city but have yet to make any real noise in the Class A tournament. Yonkers once again put together a strong regular season against a favorable schedule, but they were bounced before the sectional quarterfinals. The Bulldogs bring back their best player from the past few seasons in Chris Cruz — a player that any team in Section 1 would be glad to have — but they were hit hard by graduation at other positions. Budget cuts in Yonkers have stripped the program of its feeder program, and coach Janet Ryan says that it makes rebuilding more difficult.

Here are the responses that I received from Ryan:

yonkersWhat was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? 13-3-1. Lost to Somers in the second round for the second year in a row.

Who are your key returning players? Chris Cruz, MF; Mateo Galindo, Def; Cesar Cruz, Def; Nabeel Qawasmi, For; Liam Pettitt, Def.

Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Alex Marta (Attending Georgetown, but not playing) and Aidan Tansey.

Are you anticipating losing any players to the U.S. Soccer Federation season? Two.

What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? The ability to work together as a unit and being able to adapt to the needs of the team. We have numerous players who can play various positions.

What are some areas of concern? Losing our four-year starting goalie and rebuilding the defense. Having no feeder program for the third year is starting to affect the program.

Which formation do you anticipate using? 4-4-2.

What is your goal for your team in 2013? Laying a solid foundation for how to play the game. Developing character through hard work, accountability and success.

Who is your biggest rival(s)? Any team in Yonkers.

Up next: Port Chester

Photo by Nancy Haggerty/The Journal News

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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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