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LEADING CENTRAL PA SOCCER CLUBS COLLABORATE TO CREATE AN ELITE HERSHEY NPSL MEN’S TEAM AND NEW CENTRAL PENN UNITED U-23 TEAM

(HERSHEY-HARRISBURG, Pa.) − In honor of its 10th Anniversary, the Hershey Soccer Club (Hershey SC) announces a collaboration of four Central Pa. leading youth soccer clubs to form an Advisory Board to enhance the recruitment and training of regional young male soccer players. To better compete at the highest amateur levels, this new Advisory Board comprised of Hershey Soccer Club, Capital Area Soccer Association (CASA), Penn FC and Eagle FC leaders will support the Men’s Hershey FC National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Team and the Central Pennsylvania United Under 23 Team (Central Penn United U-23).  The Board’s focus is the creation of a single Men’s Hershey FC NPSL team of exceptional athletes through high-level development, recruitment and training of young soccer players from Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon and Perry counties, as well as a heightened fan experience.

 

“Over the years, these community clubs and directors have informally worked together to improve the players and performance of area youth soccer clubs. However, this dynamic collaborative effort is designed to build a single top-flight team,” said Tony Potter, president of Hershey Soccer Club. “The advisory panel is excited and dedicated to creating top-level soccer in our highly competitive East Region of the NPSL with a specific focus on developing players for college and professional play.”

 

Eric Pettis, the former owner of the Harrisburg City Islanders professional soccer team, is a catalyst for the initiative.

 

“As community-based clubs, Hershey SC, CASA, Penn FC and Eagle FC are committed to continuing the long tradition of putting the larger central Pennsylvania soccer community first,” said Pettis. “We encourage local young men with a passion for elite soccer competition, and the personal dedication required to be a successful teammate, to try out and earn the right to play with the best. We are hopeful this new alliance leads to a top-tier NPSL soccer team in Central Pa. that will qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.”

Joining Pettis on the Advisory Board are Hershey Soccer Club Directors Anthony Potter and Keenan Schaeffer, CASA Director Gino DiFlorio, Penn FC Director Bill Becher, Eagle FC Director Brian Redding and longtime Trinidad and U.S. soccer pro Richard Chinapoo. Through high-quality training of the new Central Penn United Under 23 Team, the Advisory Board will ensure skilled players train together and fuel a deep talent pool for the Hershey FC NPSL Team.

 

An open tryout for the Hershey FC NPSL and Central Penn United U-23 teams will be held on February 6, 2022 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at In The Net, 798 Airport Road, Palmyra, Pa. For more information and to register, visit HersheySoccer.org. (NOTE: MEDIA INVITED TO ATTEND.)

 

 

 

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER BIOS:

Eric Pettis, the former owner and board member of the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United States League (USL), is the President of Comprehensive Financial Associates. He manages the firm’s advisors and provides wealth management to clients. Pettis enjoys cycling, hiking and playing soccer. He and has wife, Patrice, have four children.

 

Bill Becher is the current Executive Director at Penn FC. Becher was the Head Coach of the Harrisburg City Islanders for 14 years. The Islanders competed in the United States League (USL) and Becher was the 2005 USL Coach of the Year. Becher, who has more than 23 years of overall coaching experience, previously played professionally indoors for 13 years, mostly with the Harrisburg Heat. He spent two summers playing outdoors with the Colorado Foxes. Becher is an inductee in the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. 

 

Richard Chinapoo, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, had an extensive soccer career, primarily in the United States. He has been a longtime resident of Central Pa. Chinapoo played for the Trinidad and Tobago National Team and played multiple years with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. In 1996, Chinapoo became a player-coach with the Harrisburg Heat in the indoor soccer league. After he retired from playing in 1998, Chinapoo became the full-time Head Coach of the Heat. Chinapoo was the longtime Capital Area Soccer Association Technical Director but has since retired. He remains a consultant with CASA.

 

Gino DiFlorio currently the Technical Director for Capital Area Soccer Association (CASA), was previously the Director of Coaching at Hampden Middlesex Monroe and Silver Spring Soccer Association (HMMS) from 2001 through 2018 and has 25 years of coaching experience. DiFlorio had an extensive playing career with 18 years of professional experience in both indoor and outdoor soccer. He is a former Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) MVP in 2001 and was inducted into the Harrisburg Heat Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

Tony Potter is the President of Hershey Soccer Club and chairs the Hershey FC. Potter is a soccer and community enthusiast interested in furthering the game in Central Pa. As an equity principal with Offit Kurman, P.C, Potter focuses his legal practice in construction law working with national and regional architectural and engineering firms and owners and assisting with delivering projects. Potter and his wife, Karen, have 3 children.

 

Brian Redding, Director of Coaching at Eagle FC, stepped into the leadership role there a little over a year ago. Redding has 26 years of experience as a head/assistant coach at the collegiate level, most recently as the former Head Coach of the men’s team at Dickinson College. While at Dickinson, Redding compiled an overall record of 182-93-33.  Under Redding’s coaching, multiple players went on to play pro soccer after college.

 

Keenan Schaeffer is the General Manager of Hershey FC and is the Head Coach of the Maine Maritime Academy women's soccer team. Schaeffer has a wealth of coaching experience guiding both men and women at the youth, high school, collegiate and semi-professional levels. He also has served as the Head Coach and General Manager of Hershey FC of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) since 2017. He also served as the First Assistant for Penn State-Harrisburg's men's program until his appointment at Maine Maritime. Schaeffer continues to work as an administrator, coach and goal-keeping trainer for the Hershey Soccer Club. 

 

Members of the Advisory Board for Hershey FC NPSL and Central Penn United U-23 teams, pictured left to right, are:  Richard Chinapoo, Brian Redding, Tony Potter, Bill Becher and Gino DiFlorio.  Not pictured:  Eric Pettis and Keenan Schaeffer

Congratulations to our players that were selected to All-Star Teams for their respective high schools (Fall 2021)!

Congratulations to our Boys players that were selected to 2021 All-Star Teams for their respective high schools!

 

United Soccer Coaches Region II All-American Team                                                   

Luke Johnson (03M Elite United)

 

United Soccer Coaches All Region II Team                                                                     

Luke Johnson (03M Elite United)

Ben Zimmer (03M Elite United)

 

PA All-State Team                                                                                                               

Luke Johnson (03M Elite United)

Ben Zimmer (03M Elite United)

 

 

Mid Penn Conference All-Stars                                                                                          

Capital Division

First Team                                                      

  • Konstantinos Giannaris (04M Elite)               
  • Ben Starner (04M Elite)         

Second Team                                                 

  • Bobby Rockwell, Jr. (05M Elite)                      

 

 

Colonial Division

First Team                                                                  

  • Cace Oburn (03M Elite United)                     
  • Brady Olson (03M Elite United)
  • Dante Beddia (03M Elite United)
  • Dominic Beddia (04M Elite)

 

 

Commonwealth Division

Commonwealth Division MVP – Luke Johnson

 

First Team                                                                   Second Team

  • Eric Axtman (03M Elite United)                        ●  Alex Dick (03M Elite United)
  • Owen Clark (03M Elite United)                         ●  Seth Clark (03M Elite United)
  • Ethan Flickinger (03M Elite United)                Honorable Mention
  • Jay Goldfeder (03M Elite United)                     ●  Quinn Murphy (03M Elite United)
  • Shaw Masson (03M Elite United)                     ●  Evan Tran (03M Elite United)

                                                                          ●  Kyle Hoyt (04M Elite)

 

Keystone Division

Keystone Division MVP – Ben Zimmer

 

First Team

  • Ben Zimmer (03M Elite United)
  • Nolan Ciesielka (03M Elite United)

 

 

Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference                                                                

First Team

  • Hayden Bassoff (04M Elite)

 

 

Allegheny Christian Athletic Association                                                                         

ACAA MVP – Anson Portzline

First Team

  • Anson Portzline (04M Elite)

 

 

Tri-Valley Athletic Association                                                                                           

First Team

  • Sam Myers (04M Elite)
  • Gage Wirth (04M Elite)

 

 

York Adams League                                                                                                            

  • First Team                                                       Second Team
  • Jaeger James (04M Elite)                                ●  Tyler Mummert (04M United)                                                                                                                                                            ●  Aiden Keja (03M Elite United)

 

2022 - 2023 Uniform Kit

Uniform Kit for 2022

Gino DiFlorio, Technical Director (August 2021)

Open Letter From Richard Chinapoo (August 2021)

CASA Christmas Toy Drive

CASA held their first Christmas Toy Drive in December 2019.  We participated with KidsPeace, a local non-profit foster care and adoption agency with offices throughout Central PA.  Thank you to all who donated and made the holidays brighter these kids in need and the families who love and care for them.

 

 


2021 Toy Drive


Toy Drive 2020 - Thank you!

Kids First Travel Tryouts!

CASA is proud to partner with EPYSA and other clubs in the Central PA area to support the "Kids First Initiative". The first step of this will be to establish tryout dates for all participating clubs in early May. This year, CASA's tryouts for the Travel Soccer program will not start prior to May 4th. With this initiative it will allow a player to develop naturally through the Spring season.

At the EPYSA meeting to approve this initiative our Technical Director, Richard Chinapoo, represented CASA. Richard is excited for this initiative, and wanted to let our club know this news. "I commend all clubs taking part in this initiative as we continue to provide quality soccer development in Central PA. The focus for the year should be to develop the player and not put them into a situation halfway through the season where they need to choose a club. "

EPYSA Article

Concession Stand

Here is a short news segment on our new Concession Stand by ABC 27 news.

ABC 27 News Concession Stand