XL SOCCER WORLD would like to congratulate both our 2001 and 2002 Elite Rangers teams on their outstanding achievements during the summer and fall seasons.
The '01's and '02's, practiced three times a week through the long hot summer months to prepare themselves for The New York Cup, Region 3 League, the FC Alliance Fall Classic and the Bethesda Showcase.
The '01's, after winning their Division of the New York Cup, continued to prepare for the Region 3 League where they would be facing the best teams from Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, and both North and South Carolina. The '01's not only won the Region 3 League, but did in very convincing fashion going unbeaten with an 11-0 record, scoring 37 goals and conceding only 5 in the process. Coach Gary Heale stated, “They are a great team capable of creating chances and possess a determination to keep the opposition out”. Edson Candela Perez, took full advantage of those opportunities scoring 25 goals throughout competition along with tremendous team defending and goalkeeping from Ryan Meredith, kept the deficit to only 5 goals. Most recently, the '01's returned from the Bethesda Tournament winning their division and going unbeaten in the process.
The '02’s also shared a great start to the season going unbeaten in all competitions. "Traveling to Tennessee and winning the FC Alliance Fall Classic was a great warm up for the upcoming season" marked Coach Heale. The boys then carried this momentum into their league play and ultimately won the Fall State League with a 9-0 record with some outstanding team performances.
Coach Heale also added, “We are all very proud of the boys for their terrific achievements and it just goes to show that hard work really does pay off!”
XL Soccer World has a very bright future ahead!