UNION, NJ – The Union SC Spartans have been making a name not only for themselves as a team, but for the town of Union in the soccer community.
On May 19, the team won the prestigious New Jersey Presidents Cup in a 4-1 win over Hazlet United Thunder. Just a week later, the Spartans won their bracket of the 40th Annual Potomac Tournament in Maryland, competing against other top teams in the region. Then, on June 2, they won the NJ Cup, beating PDA Kaka on penalties in a hard-fought battle.
The Spartans are a U17 boys soccer team out of Union, a club of the Union Soccer League. Players come from Union and surrounding townships. “The players have been working hard throughout the season for their success, playing games virtually every weekend,” said player Kodie Sarkodie. Often, the Spartans play two games a weekend, due to their participation in a multitude of competitions. As a result of winning the NJ Presidents Cup, the Spartans will be representing New Jersey on a regional level in West Virginia, from June 14 - June 18, in the US Youth Soccer Eastern Presidents Cup.
"The Union SC Spartans are a diverse team that is made up of young men from different towns in New Jersey,” said assistant coach and team manager Libby Mosquera. “They train hard and play hard.”
"To be honest, this tournament is different than the others,” said captain Joel Santos. “Nothing else fills my mind other than that medal around my neck and that trophy in my hands."
Coach Herberth Mosquera and the Spartan boys are ready to bring the Cup home to Union. Success does come at a price, however. The Spartans have set up a GoFundMe page for their road to the regionals. The donations made will help cover the cost for travels, meals, and hotels. Click here to donate to their GoFundMe page.