ABOVE: Members of the Empire United Rochester BU17 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in November 2015. The boys were competing at the Bethesda Premier Cup, where they finished with a record of 3-0-0, winning their group.
Empire United Soccer Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with Flower City Soccer for the 2015-16 season. For over 15 years Flower City Soccer has provided soccer opportunities to underprivileged youth from the City of Rochester, while contributing to their personal, physical, and academic growth. Twelve Flower City players earned positions on Empire’s U17 boys team coached by Louis Guilfoil and the U16 boys team coached by Howard Allen.
These teams will attend several elite tournaments and college showcase events, offering them the opportunity to compete against some of the highest quality teams in the United States in front of college coaches from across the country.
This partnership is in line with US Soccer's Urban Soccer Initiatives (http://urbansoccer.org/), whose mission is to find and develop elite soccer players in the USA regardless of socioeconomic status and to use soccer as a vehicle for social change. A recent article in SI.com highlighted the need for US soccer to reach into urban areas to find talented players who love the game:
“I compare it to basketball here, because I look at these guys and they are coming from inner cities,” Klinsmann said. “So we need to find ways to connect, however that could be, to connect with Hispanics, to connect with everybody in the soccer environment in the U.S., and to get kids who are really hungry, to get kids on technical level to perform". To read the full article from SI.com, please visit: http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2014/11/11/usmnt-street-soccer-jurgen-klinsmann-ussf-youth-clint-dempsey-usa
Coach Guilfoil is a teacher by profession and is dedicated to supporting each player’s academic commitment and growth and holding each player accountable for their work in the classroom. The mission for this partnership goes far beyond soccer in its aspiration to help each boy reach his personal, academic and athletic potential and open each boy’s eyes to the possibility of a college degree and college soccer experience.
To support this partnership, Flower City Soccer launched an online fund raising campaign to pay for club fees, uniform costs, and travel expenses for the boys. You can learn more about this partnership and fund raising effort at: