Dear CFC Families,
Commonwealth FC is excited to announce that we will be working closely with the South Shore Select for the 2018-2019 season and beyond to continue our pattern of growth, offer new personal and soccer development programs for our players and families, and engage more deeply with the club soccer community. By forming an alliance with the Select, CFC will be in a position to provide more opportunities to our players both on and off the field. Our coaches and staff will work closely with Select personnel to share experiences and successes and learn from one another.
Our management team is confident that Select’s culture, priorities, values, programs, and history of success on the field make this partnership an excellent fit. We look forward to success in the years to come. Below we set out some of the information about this partnership. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your team manager, coach, or club leadership.
The CFC Management Team
Here is why this alliance is an excellent opportunity for CFC, our families, and our players.
The club soccer landscape in Massachusetts shifted in very significant ways during the Spring of 2018. Many of the club programs that we compete with, and which are closer in geographical proximity to us, have entered relationships with clubs competing in the New England Premiership soccer league. After spending considerable time evaluating the options, and a significant amount of time in meetings, discussions, and negotiations, our management team came to consensus that the next best step for our families, and the program, is a migration to the NEP. Entry to the NEP was only possible through member club organizations. Consequently, we began working hard to form a relationship with a club that encompasses the same mission and values as CFC, and provides the absolute best opportunity for our entire CFC community both now and in the future. We are proud to announce that we have found that partner in South Shore Select.
Here is an overview of how this alliance will work.
For the 2018-2019 season, there will be very few changes. Our tryout, registration, team placement and overall operations will be similar to past years. Due to NEP regulations, a new uniform will be developed and approved. The objective is to identify a uniform kit to outfit players for two years. Throughout this year, we are excited to begin to work closely with South Shore Select, to enhance our overall product and to share best practices.
After the 2018-2019 season, Select and CFC will form a more integrated alliance. Members of our management staff will assume leadership roles within the Select organization, offering continuity of operations and helping us maintain our core founding principles.
Here is how this alliance will benefit our families, players, coach, staff, and Commonwealth FC as an organization.
We firmly believe this alliance is the logical next step for CFC and its families for several reasons. We look forward to a successful partnership, which we are sure will expose our players and coaches to new opportunities.
1). This alliance will provide the best opportunity for team and individual player development. Ultimately, this partnership provides us with more options to tailor each players’ experience in a way that will maximize individual growth on and off the field. Players and families will continue to have the opportunity to experience programming very similar to what has always been offered at CFC. For those players looking for a higher level pathway, we have now provided that in our partnership with South Shore Select
2). The transition to NEP offers our players the best opportunity to play appropriate competition. Further, because there are more local clubs competing in NEP than years past, we expect the travel demands to be less taxing on our families.
3). CFC is a program founded on the core belief that sports help young athletes develop critical life skills like responsibility, determination, hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. Athletics fosters a sound body and mind and perhaps most important, sports are fun and help us develop relationships with friends and mentors. The CFC-Select alliance will offer our players more opportunity to engage in community events and programs focused on personal development and wellness. Our decision to form this partnership with Select was motivated in large part by the successful programs of this nature already in place.
4). Since its inception, CFC has always offered an affordable and convenient option for the families in our community. It is important to us to ensure that we continue to offer a club soccer experience at an affordable price. With this alliance, we have worked on strategies to contain the cost of base membership for our players. Players who choose to engage in additional opportunities will be able to do so at an additional cost. Our management team is committed to remaining a family friendly organization.
5). Braintree will continue to be a significant hub for training and game play.
6). Running a club soccer organization requires considerable manpower, infrastructure, and resources. By combining resources and personnel, we grow together so that we can continue to offer opportunities and growth for our players.
Commonwealth FC’s TOTS Academy is set in a safe, fun, non-competitive environment that introduces players ages 3-5 to the sport of soccer. The TOTS Academy’s core belief is that the most important aspect in future development is first the love of the game. Our dynamic coaching staff has designed a 4-week innovative curriculum that introduces your young soccer player the fundamentals of the game while developing their motor, social, and psychological skills through creative programming and imaginative games.
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Classes for February are FREE, but you MUST register online with the registration link!
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BRAINTREE, MA – Prior to joining the Commonwealth Football Club’s coaching staff, Coach Verrier has spent the last two seasons coaching at Milton High School (2017) and Foxboro High School (2016) as the Boys Junior Varsity Head Coach, as well as being an assistant coach for both varsity programs.
Verrier started his playing career at the age of 4 years old in the Milton & Dorchester Youth Soccer programs before playing club soccer for Eastern Mass FC, Hancock Strikers, and The Real Boston Rams Academy. During his high school years, Richkkard was a three year starter for the wildcats and in 2010, played a pivotal role in guiding Milton to win their first ever state tournament game while leading team with 7 goals. The following year Verrier captained the side in his final year wearing the red and white.
After graduating from Milton High School, Verrier began his collegiate career at Curry college where he played for four years and captained the side his senior year in 2015. This same season Curry had set the best start to the season in Curry College Men’s Soccer history (9-0). In addition to his days as a Colonel, Verrier played two seasons for the Boston Rams (PDL) Reserves in 2013 & 2014. Coach Verrier has worked with clubs and programs such as Milton Youth Soccer, Boston Rams, Galway Rovers and numerous other camps across eastern Massachusetts.
Upon graduating Curry College with a degree in Sports Management, Verrier has worked in various after school programs in the Milton Elementary School System since 2013 and more recently as a para professional in 2016 for Foxboro High School. Verrier currently serves as a para professional for Brookline High School, in addition to being on staff with the New England Revolution Operations department. Coach Verrier is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Sports Leadership and Johnson and Wales University.
Commonwealth Football Club College Post Season Round Up
Commonwealth Football Club takes pride in making a significant impact on its players when it comes to player development, as well as continuing to develop players’ passion for the game so they can have football (soccer) hold a special place in their heart as well as an appreciation of commitment and development, not only as a player, but as a member of society. This past fall over 15 former Commonwealth FC players laced up the boots in the post season for their respective college’s and universities, some of them wearing a jersey for the last time in their collegiate careers. Here are Commonwealth FC Alumni that reached the Post Season this past fall!
Leandro “Geo” Alves (Junior) – University of Vermont (American East Semi Final)
Mike Auld (Senior) – Cedarville University (GMAC Semi-Final)
Matt Cicalis (Senior) – Wentworth Institute of Technology (CCC Semi Finals)
Ollie DaGraca (Sophomore) – Massasoit CC (NJCAA Region 21 Champions)
Samuel Fonseca (Junior) – Dean College (USCAA National Semi Finals)
Jhony Gonzalez (Junior) – Southern Connecticut State University (NE10 Semi Finals)
Joe Kalil (Senior) – Wentworth Institute of Technology (CCC Semi Finals)
Johance Liverpool (Junior) – Framingham State University (MASCAC First Round)
Declan McCabe (Senior) – Georgetown University (Big East Champions, NCAA First Round)
Lucas Rezende (Senior) – Merrimack College (NE10 Champions, NCAA First Round)
Abigail Ford (Senior) – Curry College (CCC Quarter Finals)
Cassandra Grasso (Senior) – Curry College (CCC Quarter Finals)
Julianna Petrucelli (Senior) – Curry College (CCC Quarter Finals)
Arianna Viscione (Senior) – Curry College (CCC Quarter Finals)
Abby Smith (Senior) – Framingham State University (MASCAC First Round)
Haley McKay (Senior) – Framingham State University (MASCAC First Round)
Via New England Soccer Journal
Division 1 Men: Hoya Hero
Former Revs Academy star Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass.) perseveres at Georgetown
By Jonathan Sigal
AS BRYAN SCALES, the New England Revolution Academy director, sat down to reflect on Declan McCabe’s path, he opted for the big-picture look.
Here was a two-footed attacking player who went to The Rivers School, spent time down at U.S. Soccer’s nowdefunct residency program in Bradenton, Fla., and stood out as a Revs’ youth mainstay. He grew up in Weston, Mass., and spent much of his club career with MPS, which is now part of the Global Premier Soccer umbrella.
Now, McCabe stands tall as a senior at Georgetown, a top program nationally, and with a stellar final campaign for the Hoyas in the books. The cherry on top? “Dec,” as he’s known by family and friends, curled home the gamewinning free kick in the Big East tournament final against Xavier, giving the Hoyas a 2-1 win in mid-November.
“It’s an example of how the player development pathway is never linear,” Scales said in his office at Gillette Stadium. “There’s always ups and downs and challenges and injuries, you’re not starting and then you’re starting. The next thing you know, he’s scoring the winner to win the Big East tournament in overtime. Pretty cool.”
Scales’ comments, though, struck a more pressing chord when it comes to charting McCabe’s time in college soccer. Playing time — and the goals and assists, in turn — didn’t always flow so easily.
During McCabe’s freshman and sophomore years at Georgetown, he sat behind Alex Muyl, who now is a starting midfielder for the New York Red Bulls. That reality check was, in McCabe’s words, a “tough transition” because he was used to being a focal point instead of a name on the depth chart.
But as the months passed, meaningful games simply weren’t coming for McCabe, who appeared in just under half of the Hoyas’ 61 games across his first three seasons in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Part of that, however, was out of McCabe’s control, as he had surgeries on both hips — one after his sophomore season, the other following his junior campaign. Those caused him to miss the “better part of two spring seasons,” according to Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese, and some frustrating times ensued.
“He just wasn’t healthy,” Wiese said. “His handling of that could have gone in a lot of different directions. Our associate coach talked with him some, and it was about handling this decision a little bit better here or there on the field. You’re talking to him for three years, and he’s finally doing these things.”
Much like every step of Mc-Cabe’s journey at Georgetown, there’s a twist involved with his senior year, too. He found himself fighting for minutes, with attacking midfielders Zach Knudson and Achara earning the lion’s share of starts.
Twenty to 30 minutes would roll McCabe’s way, and then when Knudson and Achara fought through injuries, he seized his chance. For Chris Lema, the Georgetown captain who also spent time with McCabe at U.S. Soccer residency, his classmate grew into an indispensable cog, especially as the Hoyas have shifted toward a counter-attacking style.
“He can find the final ball and run through players, and it’s so important to have someone in the underneath role who can hold it up,” Lema said. “‘Dec’ has brought exactly that. We talk about it a lot at halftime; Coach Wiese says that we have to get the ball to Declan.”
Now, McCabe’s intention is to carry his soccer career far beyond his Georgetown days. He’s slated to graduate in December with an economics degree, and the Revolution hold his rights as a Homegrown Player.
When back home for the summer, he’d play for New England’s U-23 team and keeps in touch with his academy friends, including Federico Ferre (Waltham, Mass.) of UMass-Lowell, Chris Arling (Windham, N.H.) of New Hampshire and Christian Sady (North Andover, Mass.) of Harvard.
“It’s always in the back of my head that I’m going to play after this,” McCabe said. “Throughout the course of the season, what’s led to a lot of our success is the team. When our season comes to a close, I’ll start looking at it from a personal standpoint.”
Unfortunately for McCabe and Georgetown, the Hoyas were upset by Southern Methodist, 2-1, in overtime in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
While McCabe was taking a wait-and-see approach, Wiese said his conversations reveal a player with genuine ambition.
“Suddenly Declan has looked like a true senior,” Wiese said. “That’s the mark of a great senior, where the team is sitting there thinking, ‘We’re going to be diminished when he leaves.’”
Added Weise: “He’s really the perfect model for a recruitable kid who has a huge drive to be a pro and wants to get a Georgetown degree.”
That outlook, however, has come with some bumps in the road. He was atop the U.S. youth soccer landscape at residency, and a step above the rest of New England while starring for the Revs Academy.
It all landed him a spot at Georgetown, where his collegiate career looked to be one riddled by injuries. But Mc-Cabe turned things around in a major way his senior year and now is dreaming big.
“I think I’ve grown up a lot since I came here in my freshman year,” McCabe said. “I’ve learned so much in terms of coming into a place where you’re not handed anything. You have to work really hard to earn your minutes and what you get.”
Braintree, MA –
Commonwealth Football Club have hired Peter Mendel to the coaching staff where he will take over the reigns of the U17 Boys Elite team effective immediately.
A native of Adams, Massachusetts, Mendel is a graduate of Endicott College where he earned his degree in Sport Management. He was a four-year letterman with the soccer program. He was an All-State player in high school and was inducted into the Berkshire County Soccer Hall of Fame for his stellar career at Hoosac Valley High School.
Mendel started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Salem State College, where he helped turn around a program that had four wins in 2004 to a 14-win season in 2006. While at Salem, Mendel was in charge of recruitment and retention for the men’s soccer program.
Mendel holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma as well as his Director of Coaching Diploma. He also has his Master’s Degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State College. Mendel’s responsibilities include game and contest management and is the Coordinator of Curry’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and an Adjunct Professor in the Management Department at Curry focusing on Sport Management.
During the summers Mendel works as site coordinator for the NSCAA Coaching courses and works numerous camps and clinics in New England. Mendel was also voted “College Coach of the Year” in 2013 by the Eastern Mass Soccer Coaches Association for his work in growing the game in Eastern Massachusetts.
Mendel led the Curry Men’s Soccer team for his eleventh season in 2017. His 2017 team finished with an 8-11-1 overall record, including a 2-7 mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Mendel obtained his 100th career head coaching on October 6 in a 1-0 shutout of conference opponent Eastern Nazarene.
The 2016 squad posted a 6-13-1 overall record and qualified for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinals.
In 2015, his squad qualified for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinals. The team finished with a 10-9-1 overall record.
In 2014, he led his team to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals. Following that tournament his squad earned a bid to the ECAC Division III Tournament as the #6 seed. The Colonels defeated the #3 seed Bridgewater State to advance them into the Semifinals where they fell to the #1 seed Endicott College. Curry finished the season with an 11-10-1 overall record.
In 2012 and 2013 the Colonels’ squads qualified for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinals.
The 2008 season was a very successful season for Mendel and his squad. The Colonels finished the regular season with a 16-5-3 overall record. The 16 wins were the most in school history. Curry’s conference record was 9-2-2. For the first time since the 1995 season, the team advanced to the semi-final round of the CCC Tournament. Curry was defeated by Nichols College, 2-1. Also for the first time in school history, Curry was selected to play in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. The Colonels lost to Coast Guard in the semi-final round, 2-0. At year’s end, Mendel was chosen by his peers as CCC “Coach of the Year.”
Rapids coach: Dominique Badji could be “top scorer for many years” in MLS
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – In a season filled with its fair share of struggles for the Colorado Rapids, Dominique Badji has excelled. The 24-year old striker continues to lead Colorado in scoring, adding his eighth goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against New York City FC.
“Every day he comes into work he’s a top professional,” Rapids interim head coach Steve Cooke said of Badji. “He puts in his time before training and stays late to work on becoming a good player and a good professional. I’m really pleased for him because he does put in that time.”
Entering 2017, Badji set a personal mark of double digit goals for the season. With six games remaining for the Rapids, he remains eager hit the mark.
“I’m still on track to do it and I’m still planning on doing it,” Badji said. “I’ve got a handful of games left and I’m definitely planning on scoring in those games. I want to hit that target.”
As the 67th overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Badji was not expected to earn a golden boot for the team initially.
“People possibly can’t remember because he’s scoring goals these days but he was a fourth-round pick. People probably looked and said this might be one of those fourth-round draft picks who gets pushed aside,” Cooke recalls. “When he started, I don’t think anyone would say he’d be the top scorer for the Rapids within a couple of years and that’s where he is.”
After some hard work and signs of improvement in each of his seasons as a professional, those within the Rapids’ locker room believe the sky is the limit for the young striker.
“I think his ceiling is as high as he wants it to be,” Cooke said “He needs to have ambition to be a top player in this league and I think Dominique Badji could be a top scorer for many years to come.”
Colorado has struggled with consistency in both lineup and results this season, but with latest signing Stefan Aigner starting to get his legs under him and the midfield developing chemistry, Badji is optimistic about the Rapids’ offense.
“The wingers are just looking to create opportunities for me,” he explained. “It’s something that’s been a work in progress, but we’ve got a solid front four that are attacking minded.”
Despite the difficulties of 2017, Colorado still believes it has a lot to bank on for its future. Badji figures to play a big part in that along the way.
Said Cooke, “We said to the guys, if you stay in this game, we’re going to have this moments. If you hit the target, you’ve got a great opportunity to score a goal and Dominique Badji keeps doing that. He’s a real threat now in this league. He’s only 24 so he’s got some good years ahead of him. “
This past Sunday kicked off the Northeast Soccer League’s league matches throughout the area! Here is the first week of matches by the numbers for Commonwealth FC!
Over THIRTY Goals were scored in 16 matches!
SIXTEEN Commonwealth FC teams are itching to get on the training ground this week to prepare for Matchday 2!
TEN teams opened up their 2017 Fall Campaign with an away fixture!
SEVEN teams were able to put the ball into the back of the next multiple times!
SIX teams kept a clean sheet!
FIVE teams scored FOUR goals or more in their matches!
Commonwealth FC came together as ONE to start an exciting fall season!
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Commonwealth FC U18s opened up Group D play against Northern Steel (PA) to kick off the Region I Championships this morning in Spotsylvania, VA.
Northern Steel was able to find the scoresheet in the 10th minute on a turnover by the Rams in their own attacking third. Northern Steel quickly established a counter attack on the left flank, where their left winger dribbled to the end line, and cut the ball back across the 6yard box for a tap in goal.
12 minutes later the Rams started to find their feet underneath them and were able to test the Northern Steel goalkeeper numerous times over the corse of 10minutes. The first chance coming from a whipped in ball by Rams right back Declan Foley that found the feet of Rams forward Liam Kelley who put the ball in the back of the net while colliding with the goalkeeper. The goal was disallowed as the sideline official raised his flag for offsides. After a couple of minutes of both teams going back and fourth with possession, Northern Steel found possession in the Rams defensive third about 25 yards out and struck the ball well enough to get it to knuckle and dip away from the Rams Goalkeeper at the last second to make it 2-0 in the 33rd minute.
Minutes later another chance for the Rams came, as right winger Matt Campbell found the ball on the right flank near the top of the 18 yard box, cut in on his left foot and blasted the ball that was bound for the the bottom right corner, but was ultimately tipped just wide of the net by the Northern Steel goalkeeper for a corner to wrap up the first half.
The second half started as a back and fourth midfield battle between both sides up until the 60th minute where Northern Steel were able to throw numbers forward in transition that forced Rams center back Larson Keys to step hard into the midfield to slow down the Steel attack. The ball was then played wide to the left winger who served the ball into the box that took a deflection of Rams defender for an unfortunate own goal to make it 3-0 with 30minutes remaining in the half.
In the final remaining minutes of the match, Northern Steel played a ball in the air into the Rams 18 yard box that was poorly cleared and fell to the Steel’s striker who slotted the ball into the back of the net to make extend the score to 4-0 with only a few minutes left remaining in regulation.