Met Oval Solidifies Role as Elite Talent Development Academy

Met Oval Solidifies Role as Elite Talent Development Academy

The fall season has further established Met Oval and its Youth Center of Excellence as the regions leading elite talent development environment.  With the addition of higher licensed coaches, the expansion of the USSF academy status and a growth in Met Oval’s affiliate program, the elite development environment has been strengthened and significant progress has been seen both on the individual and team levels.
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USSF Youth National Team Call ups

Met Oval current and former players have impressed at the national level this Fall.  In the first National Camp for the YNT U14 group, Met Oval player Jobany Garcia was invited for the week long camp at the US Soccer Training Center in Los Angeles.  Jobany was one of only 3 players from our region invited. Pictured above second left back row.   (Congrats also in order for Jack Mcglynn and Ryan Kipness)

In addition, congrats go out to former Met Oval players who have been called into Youth National Camps this past year.  Veljko Petrovic, Balthazar Saunders, Justin Haak and Aziel Jackson.

MLS academy selections

This year, seven additional Met Oval players were selected to join the NYCFC academy. These on top of the five Met Oval players selected in the 2015 cycle further demonstrate the elite development acumen that lies at the core of Met Oval’s philosophy and Met Oval’s important role in NYCFC’s affiliate program.  Currently 12 Met Oval players have been selected for NYCFC’s academy which equates to approximately 33% of the NYCFC academy roster.  In addition congrats go out to former Met Oval players Balthazar Saunders and Jose Flores who lead the NYCFC U14 and U16 academy teams in goals this fall with 11 each.
2016 NYCFC Academy player selections:

2002 born players  Manny Smalios, Pierro Elias, Omar Torres, Peter Dres and Niko Kapandaze, 2001 born player Victor Souza, and 2000 born player Jose Flores.

Team news

Met Oval’s Academy teams concluded a productive Fall with a tough slate of games against the NY Red Bulls and BW Gotchee. Met Oval academy teams went undefeated in our 4 game stand versus Gotchee on the weekend of November 12/13th.  The U12 group played one of their most complete performances of the year winning the two games 4-1 and 7-0.  The U13 and U14 group both tied 1-1 in competitive matches that highlighted our possession oriented style of play. On November 19th, Met Oval hosted the NY Red Bulls academy for a slate of games on a mild fall day.  The U12 group split games with the red bulls wining and losing 3-1 while the U13 and U14 lost games that eventually got away from them in the 2nd half to a strong Red Bull’s group.

In other league play, the Met Oval 05, 06, 07 and 08 groups have shown strong performances over the fall implementing the individual technique and style of play worked on though out the weekly training sessions.  The Met Oval curriculum is rooted in its approach to individual technical development in the Phase 1 development cycle and slowly injecting game cognition at the Phase 2 cycle.

Met Oval’s older teams continued their progression acclimating to new leagues and competition. The 03 and 04 EDP groups as well as the 2001 Pre Academy competed all Fall while the 2000 group will star their season shortly after winning their first State Cup game and going 4-1 at the Super Y championships in Florida.

Met Oval’s U18 won their 3rd consecutive National Championship at the IMG complex in Florida this month.  Ivo Mohorovic’s men won the title at the Super Y Finals winning all games in the 5 day competition. Congrats on a very successful few years.

Club Updates

Met Oval has expanded its use of video analysis technology through affiliations with FieldVision and Hud’l.  Investing in a full time analyst and related technology has allowed coaching staff to further expand players cognitive development.  Academy players will continue to have weekly video review session with analysis of principles of play.
Met Oval’s U12 academy group have been invited to train at the Ajax Academy in April.  The 10 day trip will see the group train at Ajax’s De Tokemost, play friendlies against Ajax Academy and other Dutch teams and compete in the Force Cup against academy teams from the leading professional clubs in Europe. Please help them fund raise via  the donation link below and forwarding to your friends and family.

Remember all donations are tax deductible so now is the time to donate!

During the summer of 2017, a Met Oval 06/05 and 03/04 team have been invited to the inaugural Southampton Cup in the UK to play against Europe's finest academies including RSC Anderlecht, Dinamo Zagreb, Real Club Deportivo La Coruna and Southampton.


Met Oval’s affiliate network has grown stronger in the past year as we welcomed additional clubs as partners in the elite youth development pathway.  With affiliate clubs in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island more youth now have an opportunity to develop to their full potential while best practices are shared across coaching staff.  

Met Oval is delighted to welcome Mark Van Lith to our coaching staff.  Mark was a former coach at the Ajax Academy in the Netherlands and will assume the role of Asst Director of Coaching and the U13 USSF academy coach.  Mark holds a UEFA B license and is in the midst of attaining his USSF B license.

Met Oval also welcomes James Francis and Eduardo Cruz who joined the staff this Fall.  James is a UEFA B licensed coach from the UK who also manages our analytics department. Eduardo is a USSF B licensed coach who has coached through out the senior and youth ranks in his native Colombia as well as here in the USA for many years.

Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season from all of us at the Met Oval !!

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The Metropolitan Oval Foundation is a 501(3) Not for Profit dedicated to developing the regions elite players while offering youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to play in a committed environment.  Met Oval is a USSF Development Academy member, a Nike Premier club and a NYCFC affiliate club and the only youth club in New York City to own its own field and related facilities.

Ballon d'or Winner Gianni Rivera Visits Met Oval

Met Oval was honored to have the former Italian star,  Gianni Rivera, one of the best soccer athletes of his time, visit Met Oval last week.

In the course of nineteen professional seasons Rivera, a midfielder-playmaker, played in the Italian Serie A with single allegiance to AC Milan. During that time he secured for his team:

4 scudetti (league titles)

2 UEFA Cups (1967-1968, 1972-1973)

2 Champion League Cups (formerly Champions Cup) (1962-1963, 1968-1969) 

1 International Cup (1969)

Rivera has also played 63 games with the Italian National team and scored 15 goals, including the seventh winning goal in the iconic semifinal Italy-Germany (4-3) which allowed Italy to enter the final game against Brasil in the 1970 World Cup. The year before he was voted Ballon d'Or winner, a title that had narrowly escaped him in 1963, when he was a runner up.

After retiring, Gianni Rivera had a successful run as a politician. He served first in the Italian Parliament, then in the European Parliament. He remained in touch with the Italian soccer world, and in 2013 he was appointed President of the Technical Sector of the Italian Soccer Federation.

It was a great privilege to have him come visit Met Oval and oversee a night of our training.

Met Oval U12 Academy Top NY Red Bulls

Met Oval U12 Academy Top NY Red Bulls

The Met Oval U12 Academy teams traveled to NJ to face MLS side NY Red Bulls in USSF Development academy play in the highly anticipated matches.

In the first game, Met Oval' U12 had to adjust to the high pressing style of the Red Bulls and subsequently went down 0-2 in the first half.  After some tactical changes by Coach Filippo Giovagnoli, the 2nd half was a a different affair as the players came out with a new focus.  Goals by Alex Apielwiez, Jacob Thomas and Ambrogio Musso sealed the victory as the Met Oval dominated possession throughout the 2nd half.  Final 3-2.

In the second game, The Red Bulls again jumped out to a lead scoring three first half goals and leading at half time 3-1 with Kaden Davidson notching the goal.   Again Met Oval mounted a strong second half performance with goals by Marco Derlly and Kiequon Aaron to come back for a 3-3 tie.

This weekend Met Oval teams suit up for Columbus Day Tournaments and the NYCFC affiliate festival.

Met Oval U14's win agianst New York City FC in USSF Development Academy Play


In another sign of the continued strength of Met Oval 's Youth Center of Excellence, our U14 USSF Development Academy team topped our MLS affiliate partner New York City FC's U14 team by a score of 2-1 in a closely contested match Sunday at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. Johns University.

Although five Met Oval U14 players were selected to join NYC FC this past summer (the most of any club), Met Oval's current U14 team was poised to show their talent and grit in what turned out to be a physical and tactical encounter.  NYC FC had the better of the first 15 min with a number of shots by Balthazar Saunders ( ex Met Oval) saved or blocked. Met Oval's Jasson Garay tormented the defense using his speed to exploit many 1v1'sfrom the wide left position and saw his most dangerous effort parryed wide by NYCFC goal keeper Manny Smalios ( ex Met Oval).   The ensuing corner landed in the mixer and Met Oval's Jobany Garcia slotted it home for the lead. 1-0.

NYC FC's Balthazar Saunders offered a reply pouncing on a square ball through the back line, beat two players and the keeper to slot home the equalizer. 1-1. Met Oval's Jasson Garay again broke through the NYCFC back line on a through ball from Marco Cottone arriving to a 1v1 with GK Manny Smalios who took down Jasson and was issued a red card.  On the ensuing free kick from 30 yards out, Met Oval's Santi Campos found the top left corner in what may be a goal of the season contender. 2-1 Met Oval.

The 2nd half was defensive oriented for Met Oval as they dropped in the midfield to control the tempo of the game, relinquishing more of the possession in favor of counter attacking opportunities.  The game finished 2-1 for Met Oval handing NYC FC its first loss of the season. Met Oval's back line including Gk Juan Cruz had a strong performance and boasted three U13 players playing with the U14 team. It was a reunion of sorts with so many current or former Met Oval players on the field and in the stands.

In other weekend action, The Met Oval U15 Pre Academy team came from behind to beat Beachside 3-2 in NEPAL play. Two goals from Jordan May plus a goal from Charlie Welch powered the team to a 1-1-1 record on the season so far.

The Met Oval USSF Development Academy teams hosted World Class on Satruday.  The U14 won 1-0 on a penalty by Jack Wagner.  The U13 lost 3-2 on disjointed game with four goals from set pieces. The U12 Academy teams were both victories 5-3 and 3-1 in a positive display of technical capabilities.

The 04 EDP team split their weekend games loosing away at CT Rush and then rebounding to top Manhattan Soccer Club at Randall's Island 3-1.  The 03 EDP team lost to MatchFit away while the 06 and 07 Met Oval East teams were victories over DUSC.

Other News:

Met Oval Brooklyn player Merce Keller won theNYC FC "Once in a Lifetime" video contest.  Check it out here

Both NYC FC's U14 and U16 leading scorers are former Met Oval Players.  U14 player Balthazar Saunders has netted 5 goals in 5 games this season while U16 player Jose Flores has scored 4 goals in 4 games.

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About US

The Metropolitan Oval is a USSF Development Academy dedicated to developing the highest-quality soccer talent in New York City while offering youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer in a committed environment through specialized training, team play, camps and clinics.

The Met Oval's soccer facility was originally built in 1925 by immigrants from Germany and Hungary, and remains the most historic soccer facility in the United States.  The Met Oval is the only New York City soccer club that owns its own field and related facilities through its Youth Center of Excellence. Met Oval is the leading elite talent developer in the region with our professional pathway which builds players for USSF Youth National team participation, Int'l and MLS academies, and collegiate careers.

Academy Season Kicks off on 9/11 Weekend with Hero's Salute

Met Oval's season got off to a positive start this weekend with most teams in competition.  The U13 and U14 USSF academy teams visited NJCSA on Saturday.  After a sluggish start, the U13s dominated possession and were technically and tactically solid in a 4-0 win.  Striker Markus Anderson had a brace as did the central midfielder Steffen Nikolic in what turned into a attacking minded second half.

The U14 USSF Academy team played a spirited game against a much bigger NJCSA team who fielded mostly 2002 players.  Met Oval with a third of their team playing up an age (2003),  recovered from going behind 0-1 on a penalty call.  Abdul Seck tied it up in the 70th minute and Met Oval nearly stole the winner in the final minutes.  The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The 03 EDP team had a strong start playing well against a good Athletico team and ended up losing 1-2. The 04 EDP team traveled to Shoreline in CT where they managed a 1-1 draw.

On Sunday 9/11, the action shifted to a home stand at Met Oval's Youth Center of Excellence where the club hosted NYSC inNew York City FC Affiliate Development League games.  Prior to each match there was a moment of silence to remember all the Heros associated with the tragic events of 9/11.  Never forget.

There where seven games lasting throughout the day from 2008s though 2005s which highlighted the the technical and athletic abilities from players from both clubs.  




On Sunday


Met Oval Players Called up for USSF Youth National Team Camps

Many current and former Met Oval players have recently been called into USSF National Team camps across the USA.  So far this year four players with roots at Met Oval have competed to represent the USA on Youth National Teams.   Met Oval's Youth Center of Excellence focuses on developing elite level talent for the US national teams, professional academies and collegiate careers. Met Oval offers a professional pathway through its affiliation with New York City FC.

Veljko Petkovic (currently at NYCFC) attended the U16 national camp in California this spring and was selected to represent the U16 team at an international tournament.  This was Veljko's second national team camp previously attending one in the Fall of 2014 while at Met Oval. 

Balthazar Saunders (currently at NYCFC) was selected to attend the U15 National camp this month in Portland, his first call up.

Bella Semper was selected for the U14 girls national team camp this summer her second call up. Bella plays within the boys program at Met Oval.

Angela Aguero (currently at World Class) was selected for the U15 girls national team camp this summer and played for years within the Met Oval boys program.

In addition, Justin Haak ( currently at NYCFC) was selected to attend the Generation Adidas ESP event in San Jose last month which highlights talented U15 players.  Justin played at Met Oval for a number of years until moving to NYCFC via our professional pathway partnership with NYCFC.

Over 10 former or current Met Oval players have been called into USSF National Team Camps in the past 2 years demonstrating the elite development environment at hand at Met Oval's Youth Center of Excellence in Queens.


Metropolitan Oval is a USSF Development Academy dedicated to developing the highest-quality soccer talent in New York City while offering youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer in a committed environment through specialized training, team play, camps and clinics. The Met Oval's soccer facility was originally built in 1925 by immigrants from Germany and Hungary, and remains the most historic soccer facility in the United States.  The Met Oval is the only New York City soccer club that owns its own field and related facilities.




Met Oval Beats Red Bulls in League Play

Met Oval's U13 and U12 teams both played at Red Bulls this past weekend in what has become a heated local derby.  

The Met Oval U13 triumphed over the Red Bulls 2-1 on Sunday and clinched 2nd place in the Pre Academy league behind the Philadelphia Union with a record of 18-2-2 for the season.  The Red Bulls tallied first early in the game after a deflection off goal keeper Manny Smalios.  The lead did not last long as Santiago Campos found a streaking Niko Kapandaze who slotted home the equalizer to make it 1-1. Red Bulls had additional chances but could not finish as the half ended 1-1.   The second half was all Met Oval as the group showed their determination as they controlled the midfield and back line and created numerous chances through a number of high paced counter attacks.  Midway through the second half, it was deja vu as Santiago Campos again found Niko Kapandaze with a beautiful weighted through ball and Niko side stepped the keeper and slotted home for his second of the game and put Met Oval in the lead for good. Goal Keeper Ethan Wood ensured victory with a series of exceptional saves to close the game out.  The entire team showed why they are ranked in the top 5 nationally with a technical and gritty performance against a strong and highly skilled Red Bulls group.

On Saturday, the Met Oval U12 's traveled to Red Bulls for a pre-academy league game.  On a hot and humid day, the first half saw the Red Bulls control the pace and possession but they were unable to score. The second half was the reverse as Met Oval controlled the ball and created five clear chances which they could not convert.  The game finished 0-0in the return game of one earlier in the spring where Met Oval won 3-2 at Met Oval.

Met Oval U13's host Gotchee on Sunday June 12th at 12noon in the first round of the U13 Pre Academy playoffs as Met Oval finished 2nd and Gotchee finished 7th in the league table.

Tryouts will continue for all age groups on Monday June 6th and Monday June 13th.




Metropolitan Oval has entered into an affiliate partnership agreement with Manhattan Kickers Football Club which will see the two clubs build a best-in-class approach to youth soccer player development in the New York City region through a number of joint programs, shared knowledge and a more coordinated approach to player integration across all levels of youth soccer.  

The partnership will provide a comprehensive, European-styled youth player development program for ages 3 -18 and will be anchored around Metropolitan Oval’s Youth Center of Excellence, New York City’s only club-owned soccer facility.  Players of the two clubs will have unrivaled access to top coaches and have the opportunity to play at the highest levels of competition in the New York City region throughout each stage of their development.  Metropolitan Oval is a USSF Development Academy Club, a New York City FC Affiliate Partner and a Nike Premier Club.  This partnership aims to provide a better defined pathway to the US Youth National Teams, professional academies both domestically and internationally, as well as collegiate careers.

Manhattan Kickers FC has demonstrated as a club that it is one of the top development academies in the region for players aged 6-12.  The club focuses on individual technical skill sets which is parallel to Met Oval's philosophy and will further strengthen the environment in which players develop their technical, cognitive and tactical attributes” said Metropolitan Oval’s Director of Coaching, Filippo Giovagnoli.

Accomplished youth players from all five boroughs will have the opportunity to train in programs based in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.  Both clubs have built highly successful programs based on possession-oriented soccer that focuses on individual development over team results.

“MKFC is pleased to partner with Met Oval with the goal of strengthening the youth soccer environment in New York City. With the partnership, we hope to help build on what Met Oval has already accomplished and also to improve the overall experience of MKFC youth players, by offering a continuous pathway where they can be guided by top-level professional coaches. Both organizations are working towards the same goal, so this partnership is just an initial phase of what we hope to be the continued mission of providing the best possible soccer environment for New York City youth soccer players.” Evan Rosenthal, President, Manhattan Kickers FC

Players are eligible to participate in the USSF Development Academy, the NEPAL Pre-Academy and New York City FC Affiliate Development League.  

For information on Tryouts please visit

About Met Oval

The Metropolitan Oval is a USSF Development Academy dedicated to developing the highest-quality soccer talent in New York City while offering youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer in a committed environment through specialized training, team play, camps and clinics.

The Met Oval's soccer facility was originally built in 1925 by immigrants from Germany and Hungary, and remains the most historic soccer facility in the United States.  The Met Oval is the only New York City soccer club that owns its own field and related facilities through its Youth center of Excellence.  Met Oval has produced Professional, Collegiate and Youth National Team players.

About Manhattan Kickers

Manhattan Kickers Football Club (MKFC) is a non-profit youth soccer school in New York City serving players ages 4 to 12. The club believes foremost in the development of individual skill and game intelligence, and the coaches strive to instill a passion and respect for the game in the players, along with the right attitude to succeed. MKFC values these characteristics over wins and losses, as they are ultimately what form the foundation for the highest level of soccer player and citizen.

The club’s curriculum is modeled after professional European and South American Academies, and focuses intensely on developing the technical ability and game intelligence of the players. The club believes it is at these young ages where the fundamentals are learned which will enable a player to have future success. With over a decade of experience, MKFC’s special focus on the early years is unique because in the United States those crucial ages are largely neglected or left to inexperienced parent-coaches, new coaches with little experience, or recreational teams. MKFC’s exclusive focus on those ages has allowed the club to create a specialized program catered to the needs of players at that stage of development.

In just over ten years, MKFC players have reached the highest levels of soccer – professional contracts in the MLS and abroad, places in professional European and American youth academies, the United States National Program, as well as earning college scholarships and spots on top youth clubs in the area.

Five Met Oval Academy Players Train at Manchester City's Academy

Five Met Oval Academy players were selected to train at Manchester City's Academy as part of the New York City FCselect program.  The players spent nine days in Manchester training at Manchester's Ethiad Campus, playing friendlies against Man City and other EPL youth academy teams and attending a Man City EPL game as well as the Semi-Finals of the Champions League.

" The facilities, the training and the entire experience was amazing. I got to meet professional players and understand what it takes to reach my dream of being a professional player" said Met Oval player Alejandro Suarez.

These types of experiences add to the development of young players from the New York region both on and off the field. 

Met Oval is USSF Development Academy Club and an affiliate partner of New York City FC which is owned by Manchester City.  Met Oval runs a Youth Center of Excellence based out of New York's only club owned soccer facility.

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Met Oval beats local rivals NY Red Bulls and Albertson in local derby play

In a busy derby weekend for Met Oval teams, The U12's dominated possession in a 3-2 win over the NY Red Bulls in Pre Academy action. This was the Red Bulls first loss of the season. Met Oval controlled the first half exploiting much of the space give by the Red Bulls. Stefan Nikolic notched a brace while the winner came from Alex Bal after a beautiful ten pass combination.  The U12s sit at the top of the U12 Pre academy standings.

In U13 action, Met Oval continued its progression toward the playoffs and national championship with a 1-0 win over local club Albertson.  The winner came in the second half after a multi-pass play out of the back and a through ball found Abdul Seck who did not hesitate to finish a beautiful upper 90 shot. Met Oval's solid defense prevailed as Albertson only manged one shot on target during the entire game.  With the victory, the U13's climb to #5 in the national ranking with a 13-1-2 record and a share the Pre Academy U13 top spot with the Philadelphia Union.

In other action, the U11 pre academy group played Gotchee in a fierce local battle.  The Met Oval U11 Blue lost in the final minute (2-3) while the U11 White beat Gotcheee 6-2.

The U14s Academy lost to the Philadelphia Union after hanging tough in the 1st half.  The U15/16s split their weekend games in a EDP college showcase.  The younger age groups played in the local NYCFC league and the NYCSL.

Met Oval Player Rasheed Martin Called into Jamaican Youth National Team Camp


Met Oval's U14 academy player Rasheed Martin has been called into to the U17 Jamaican Youth National Team Camp.   Rasheed traveled to Jamaica this week for the five day camp which includes youth players from around the world.

" I'm happy to have the opportunity to represent Jamaica and Met Oval during my time at this national team camp.  The training was tough and player pool strong which made it a great experience for me"

Rasheed is a striker for the Met Oval u14 academy team and leads the team in goals this year so far.


Met Oval U-18 Boys traveled down to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida looking to defend the Super Y League National Championship they won last season. Met Oval got off on the right foot winning their first game 5-0 against Rochester SC from Michigan. Jesus Patino opened the scoring in the third minute and that was followed by goals from Joseph Antonino, Alexis Santa, and two from Miguel Chung. In their second game Met Oval took on A3 United from Maryland and after a tough first half which ended scoreless, Alexis Santa scored on incredible volley from 30 yards to give Met Oval the lead. That was followed by goals from Joseph Antonino and Angel Serrano to seal the 3-0 win for Met Oval. Gianfranco Barone recorded his second consecutive shutout in goal. In their third game Met Oval took on a very good Ironbound side and after falling behind 1-0, Met Oval was able to tie the score through Jesus Patino. The tie was enough to allow Met Oval to finish on top of the group heading into the semifinals. 

In the semifinals they faced a very tough TSF Academy team from New Jersey at IMG Stadium. Met Oval opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Alexis Santa broke through and chipped the ball over the TSF keeper. Met Oval had several chances to double their lead, but could not capitalize on their chances. They also unluckily had two goals disallowed by the referee. TSF took advantage, scoring two late goals to give them a 2-1 lead. Just when things looked over for Met Oval, forward Julian Correa got on the end of a cross and equalized for Met Oval in the final minute of stoppage time. The game moved into extra time where it remained tied 2-2 after 110 minutes and the teams went on to a penalty shootout. The teams remained tied through nine rounds of penalties and after Gianfranco Barone saved TSF's tenth shot, defender Dean Ramadan stepped up and converted for Met Oval giving the team a thrilling victory and sending them to Tuesday's championship game. 

The final would be a rematch against rivals Ironbound from New Jersey. In a very physical affair, Met Oval opened the scoring in the 25th minute on a 20 yard volley from Dayo Adeosun. Met Oval was able to control possession throughout the game, creating several scoring chances. In the 75th minute Alexis Santa broke through on goal for Met Oval and gave the team a 2-0 lead with only 15 minutes to go. From there, Met Oval coasted to the finish winning their second consecutive Super Y League National Championship. Met Oval had four players selected to the finals starting 11 with Gianfranco Barone, Miguel Chung, Alexis Santa, and Jesus Patino all being selected. Gianfranco Barone also received the golden glove award as the weeks top goalkeeper giving up only three goals in five games. It was a perfect ending to a great week for Met Oval.

The Met Oval U13 team also traveled to Florida and made it to the Semifinals losing 1-0 in double overtime to the eventual champions, Chicago Inferno.

Met Oval 2002's Ranked #7 in the Nation

Met Oval's 2002 U13 Pre Academy team is now ranked # 7 in the nation.  Coming off a recent win over Cedar Stars, the team improved to 9-1-2 for the season.  Met Oval's Director of Coaching Filippo Giovagnoli commented,  "I am so proud to see the kids playing high level soccer focused on ball possession, composure, defensive organization and great individual technique".

The team will have its final game of the Fall season on December 5th against local rival Albertson and then will prepare throughout the winter for its spring match ups against NY Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union among others en route to the Pre Academy playoffs and national title run.

Metropolitan Oval Academy is a USSF Development Academy Member and houses a Youth Center of Excellence within New York City's only club owned facility soccer facility.

Metropolitan Oval Appoints Filippo Giovagnoli as Director of Coaching

September 4, 2014 The Metropolitan Oval is pleased to announce the appointment of Filippo Giovagnoli as Director of Coaching.  Filippo will oversee all soccer-related activities at the club, including player and coach development, training curriculum, style of play, and interaction with the United States Soccer Federation and Met Oval’s affiliate clubs.

Filippo brings an abundance of experience and knowledge to Met Oval. Most recently Filippo was Technical Director of AC Milan’s Junior Camps in Italy and throughout the United States, and head coach of the Italian Soccer Training Exchange Program based on Long Island.  Following an 18-year professional career in his native Italy, Filippo turned to coaching, serving as head coach of Italian clubs Urbania, Urbino, Sansovino and Montegranaro. He also served as head coach of the U18 squad at A.S. Gubbio 1910. He holds a UEFA A License and a diploma in personal training from the International Sport Sciences Association.

“We are excited to have Filippo build on the foundation of success that we have built at Met Oval in the past few years,” the Met Oval Board of Directors says.  “Filippo’s experience as a coach and player, and his positive interactions with parents and players, will serve Met Oval well in years to come.”

The Metropolitan Oval is a historic soccer venue and the only club in New York City to own its own field and related facilities.  A USSF development academy, Met Oval is dedicated to developing the highest-quality soccer talent in New York City while offering youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer in a committed environment through specialized training, team play, camps, and clinics.  The Metropolitan Oval Foundation is a § 501 (c)(3) not-for- profit, charitable foundation incorporated in 1998.

Former Met Oval Technical Director Paul Buckle Named Head Coach of United Soccer League’s Sacramento Republic FC

Met Oval would like to congratulate its former Technical Director Paul Buckle upon his appointment as Head Coach of reigning USL Pro champions Sacramento Republic FC. Buckle accepted the job after his predecessor at the Republic, 2014 USL Coach of the Year Predrag “Preki” Radosavljević, resigned to take up a managerial role in the U.K. at an as-yet-unnamed club. Buckle began his coaching duties in Sacramento on July 12. In his first match in charge just two days later, the Republic notched a 1-0 win at home in a friendly against Sunderland of the English Premier League.


Buckle takes over the Republic at a critical time in the club’s history. In its debut season last year the team not only won the USL crown, it also broke the league’s attendance record. Its home stadium, Bonney Field, is regularly sold out and the team boasts more than 9,000 season ticket holders—more than several MLS clubs. The success and buzz in Sacramento has the Republic’s owners pushing to join MLS as soon as possible.

This season, having played 19 of 28 regular season games, the Republic sits in fourth place, two points behind Western Conference leaders LA Galaxy II. Met Oval wishes Paul the best of luck as he leads the Republic through the final games of the regular season and on into the playoffs in its quest to repeat as champions.



Met Oval Leads NYCFC Academy Player Selections

Met Oval is proud to announce that 5 of its players have been selected for New York FC's  inaugural U14 academy team.  This represents the highest number of players selected from any affiliate club and solidifies Met Oval's reputation as the regions top player development environment.   Over the past year, Met Oval has had 9 players selected to join MLS academies, more then any other regional club.

Our congratulations go out to Justin Haak, Neil Dejesus, Balthazar Saunders, Veljko Petkovic and Sal Rasizzi.The New York City FC Academy held its first-ever training session on June 25 at the Club's facility on the campus of SUNY Purchase.

NYCFC stated:" The New York City FC Academy is comprised so far of 15 U13/14 players from six of the Club's Youth Affiliates: Metropolitan Oval Academy, BW Gottschee Academy, Beachside Soccer Club of Connecticut, New York Soccer Club, TSF Academy and Manhattan Soccer Club.”

Met Oval U12 Wins Prestigious FC Delco Players Cup

The Met Oval U12s have won the 2015 FC Delco Players Cup. Competing in the tournament’s highest U12 bracket, Met Oval showcased their possession-based and attacking oriented style of soccer against high-level opposition. The boys welcomed the added pressure of knowing that the current Met Oval U13 won this tournament in 2014. In fact, it was a source of motivation that fueled them throughout the weekend.

Noteworthy Met Oval victories came at the expense of Ohio Premier (3-1) and McLean Youth Soccer (4-0) in the group stage. Competing 11v11 for the first time, the team impressively utilized the additional space in which to operate and the additional players with whom to combine. Led by Piero Elias and Jayson Chirino in midfield, Met Oval dictated the games’ tempo via their polished touch, quick and accurate passing, and advanced level of awareness. With brilliant speed and agility, Juan Osorio continually tested the oppositions’ defense, finishing the tournament with a total of 6 goals and 3 assists.

The Cup Final proved to be Met Oval’s biggest challenge against a very strong PDA team. Tenacious defense led by Jobany Garcia, Jacton Tlaczani, and goalkeeper Manny Smalios helped Met Oval maintain a clean sheet through overtime. Moreover, it set the stage for a beautiful Nicholas Killen winner in the penalty-kick shootout and Cup Final victory for Met Oval (5-4). 

Huge congratulations to our boys and to coach Christian Galvan for a well-deserved championship title in this age group for the 2nd year in a row!


Met Oval's U9 and U10 teams also competed in the Memorial Day weekend tournament. The U9s also displayed possession-based and attacking oriented soccer while posting impressive results, including a strong victory against the eventual tournament champion. The boys were disappointed to miss out on the semi-final round by one point, but the coaching staff was delighted with their development and positive attitude.

The U10s were slotted in a very competitive bracket and faced the added challenge of injuries to key players. While the team did not advance to the semi-final round, the boys maintained the Met Oval style of play and showcased a physical and mental toughness that will undoubtedly carry them forward. 




Tryout / Summer Camp Reminders: 

Tryout info and registration HERE

Summer camp info and registration HERE


***Important Note:  Met Oval Academy will not offer the following camp-weeks (6/29-7/3, 7/6-7/10, and 7/20-7/24). Updated summer camp schedule is as follows:

June 22-26 – Met Oval Skills Camp

July 13-17 – Dutch Skills Camp

July 27-31 – La Liga Camp

Weekend Recap (5/16-5/17): Met Oval Shows Top Form, Sweeps Local Rival Albertson in U13, U14, and U15

In a packed weekend schedule against local rival Albertson, Met Oval’s U-13 Pre Academy, U-14 Academy and U-15 pre Academy all earned hard-fought wins at Met Oval’s Youth Center of Excellence.

Met Oval U-14 Academy set the tone on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Albertson U-14 Academy. Sal Rasizzi’s brace and Luis Ten Jarpa’s lone tally were enough to secure victory in a physical match.  Coach Hugo Guzman was impressed by Met Oval’s discipline with the ball and ability to adapt to tactical changes during the game.

Met Oval U-13 Pre Academy followed suit and played with great energy and tempo throughout the first half. A beautiful Balthazar Saunders’ free-kick struck the post and fell to Met Oval teammate Owen Algrant, who neatly finished the first of his two first half goals. The second came minutes later, as Victor Souza fed a streaking Owen who buried his shot and secured a 2-0 lead for Met Oval in the first half. As expected, Albertson came out firing in a tense second half as they looked to get back into the game. Despite an Albertson header goal from an in-swinging cross, Met Oval maintained their shape and discipline, and continued to generate scoring opportunities throughout the second half. Standout performances from Met Oval GK Manny Smalios and the back line of Mathis Varin, Justin Hessler, Victor Souza and Dylan Cordero helped Met Oval secure victory and a likely trip to the playoffs.

Met Oval U-15 Pre-Academy didn't alter the script and earned a 2-1 victory over Albertson's u15 with goals from Stefan Mirkovic and Denzel Nash.

In other action, the U13 pre academy had a Saturday game as well versus Gotchee that ended in a 1-1 draw with a goal from Niko Kapandaze.

The u11 and u12 pre academy teams won against NJCSA and FC Westchester respectively by wide margins.  The U10s bowed out of the NY state cup losing a tough game ( 1-2) in the Quarterfinals vs Bethlehem. The U9 team earned a 2-0 victory in their return to action.



Met Oval Reminders:

Tryout info and registration HERE

Summer camp info and registration HERE

***Important Note:  Met Oval Academy will not offer the following camp-weeks (6/29-7/3, 7/6-7/10, and 7/20-7/24). Updated summer camp schedule is as follows:

 June 22-26 – Met Oval Skills Camp

 July 13-17 – Dutch Skills Camp

 July 27-31 – La Liga Camp