By: Matt Rothman
Two Parkland Club Soccer teams secured spots in the National Playoffs in Greensboro, NC, after placing in the top four of their Florida Conference in the ENCL.
Both teams, coached by brothers Dumel and Robens Decius, finished third in conference play. Dumel says he is extremely proud 2007 and 2010 ECNL Boys for their hard work throughout the season and how they represented Parkland Soccer Club on and off the field.
“It was a great accomplishment to be in Greensboro in the Champions League playoffs, and both the 2007 and 2010s proved that they belong and can play against anyone in the country, Dumel said. “The boys are an incredibly talented and hardworking group of players with a bright future. They are tight-knit, have accomplished many great things in Parkland, and will use this experience as a stepping stone for greater accomplishments.”
The 2007 team was one of 64 qualifying teams and went 2-0-1 to reach the Sweet 16. They beat Colorado Rapids 1-0 and St. Louis Scott Gallagher 2-0. Their draw came against NEFC before falling 1-0 against Class FC.
Their team consists of Elijah Argov, Coby Alhadeff, Brandon Allman, Martin Arredondo, Ryan Ashley, Bradley Chung, Alexander Jimenez, Benjamin Labrador, Gabriel Lana, Luca Lopez, Michael Macedo, Arthur Medina, Cai Anthony McLean, Sebastian Mendez, Jaime Millan, Steve Moodie Jr., Manuel Polanco, Marco Tuesta, David Vargas, Elliot Wheelhouse and Aquiles Yibirin.
The 2010 team was one of 48 teams to qualify. Their team consists of Gabriel Cardoso, Nasir Forbes, Victor Galiberne, Chase Gianell, Moises Gianell, Matthew Hernandez, Glenn Lawler, Samuel Levy, Zaidan Marshall, Michael Martinez, Diego Monsalve, Sami Mustafa, Lucca Novaes, Ajani Phillips, Gabriel Rocha, Dylan Skala, Kamar Smith, Henry Tomkies, Victor Turri, and Arturo Yibirin.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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