MADISON, NJ – It began as an idea. Fast forward four years later, Morris Elite Soccer Club is one of the fastest growing youth soccer organizations in New Jersey.
“We believe in having a professional coaching staff who share our values and philosophical commitment to grow and develop in the community and the sport,” said Vincenzo Bernardo President of Morris Elite SC. “Adding a new Director to the girls program, Scott Maloney, and Technical Director, Anthony Flores, has improved our leadership team. They bring a lot of experience to the club,” added Bernardo.
Morris Elite Soccer Club was established in 2016 after Bernardo finished his professional soccer career in Europe. As a former U20 U.S. Men’s National player, Bernardo knew what he wanted for the next chapter in his life.
“I wanted to give back to the sport that gave me so much in my life. And I felt it would be great to do it where I grew up, Madison is my home,” said Bernardo.
In the short years they have been established, Morris Elite Soccer Club has become one of only three youth clubs in N.J. that has been recognized by US Club Soccer as a ‘Player First Club.’
“To be a part of an exclusive group of youth clubs in our country that are committed to improving the sport is a huge honor,” explained Bernardo.
It seems like all the hard work is paying off because on December 12th, Morris Elite Soccer Club will be traveling to Tampa, FL with their U13 boys team and U14 girls team to compete for the National title at the 2019 Super-Y League National Tournament.
“I couldn’t be happier for the teams and players, especially for the Madison natives John David Aristaizabal, Jake Kurtzman, Luca Guarino, Santiago Rodriguez, Ellison Errington, and Ophelia Bhullar. This is a huge achievement for the club. It is a vision I had since day one,” said Bernardo.
“The program has top class coaches,” Bernardo added, “all who are former collegiate and professional players. This is their passion. And those are the people I want to surround myself with everyday, and that’s who I want the players in the community to be around.”
As Morris Elite’s youth teams are winding down the Fall league, the boys and girls U15 teams and older are beginning their college showcase tournaments.
“It is important we created a player pathway for those who have inspiration to play in college and beyond,” Bernardo said. “We have an experienced college coordinator in Katy Fissell who does a great job communicating with college coaches and guiding our players throughout the recruiting process.”
While touring Morris Elite’s new headquarters located in the heart of Madison, NJ, you certainly get an air of passion and joy when meeting the staff, walking through their trophy room and sitting in the conference room where a five foot club motto reads:
“One Club. Passion.”
To learn more about Morris Elite Soccer Club tryouts, clinics or training programs visit them at www.morriselitesoccer.com. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Y League : https://www.sylsoccer.com/news_article/show/1001627
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