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2021 Head Coach Spotlights: Eastern Conference

By Staff, 04/15/21, 12:30PM EDT


Check out the Head Coaches of this year’s Eastern Conference

As USL League Two prepares for its return to the pitch on May 5 for the 2021 season, the league presents a preview of the new and existing head coaches of each #Path2Pro club. 

In this week’s head coach spotlight series, the coaches of the Eastern Conference tell us what to expect from their teams in the 2021 season. Come back next week for a preview of the head coaches in the Central Conference.

Be sure to check out last week's preview featuring the head coaches of the Southern Conference. 


Northeast Division

Aidan Byrne
Boston Bolts
License: USSF B License

“I am looking forward to playing some competitive games against some good teams. Getting into the playoffs is the ultimate goal.”
George Henry Louis Jermy
FC Malaga City
License: UEFA A License, UEFA PRO Candidate

“Incredible inaugural season for us entering USL League Two and one we will take head on to hit the ground running!”
Federico Molinari
Western Mass Pioneers
License: USSF National A and B License

“We are very excited for this upcoming season and we are ready to be as competitive as we were in our last season. We are also going to do our best to qualify for the post season while developing tomorrow's professional players.”
Brad Agoos
Black Rock FC
License: USSF A License

“We are a young but ambitious side and we are all looking forward to the season ahead after last year's cancelation. We hope it will be a fun and safe season of USL League Two soccer.”
Alex Harrison and Joe Mingachos
AC Connecticut | Co-Head Coaches
License: UEFA B License

“With the addition of our USL Academy, Alex and Joe's objective this year is to help integrate the clubs' top youth players and help them in their transition to the USL League Two. At the same time, with our affiliate in Hartford, they will be challenging and preparing our USL League Two standouts for professional soccer in the USL Championship”
Paul Baber and Alex Ryan
Seacoast United Phantoms | Co-Head Coaches
License: Baber: USSF A License, Ryan: USSF C License

“Alex and I are extremely excited for the upcoming season. We are looking forward to coaching some of the best players within the New England area, while also bringing in some top college athletes from across the country.”

Mid Atlantic Division

Alan McCann
Ocean City Nor'easters
License: USSF B and UEFA B Licenses. USSF A in progress

“Our goal is to bring a team to Ocean City that can excite the fans and showcase future professionals while adding to the club’s already successful history.”
Patrick Snyder
Real Central New Jersey
License: USSF B License

“Our goal as an organization is to be competitive within the Mid Atlantic in our first year. We are in a tough division with clubs that have a great deal of history and traditions of success. Soccer in Mercer County and the surrounding areas border on a religion. We want to be entertaining while putting in a shift that our fans can be proud of.”
Casey Moore
Reading United AC
License: USSF D License

“We plan to provide a professional environment for players with high-level training and player development. Our ultimate goal is to develop players so they can earn opportunities to become professional soccer players while also competing to be one of the top teams within the Mid Atlantic Division and all of USL League Two.”
Fatoma Turay
Philadelphia Lone Star
License: USSF D License

“Expectations are always high within our club. Our goal as a club is to always develop our players and put together a very competitive team that can compete for a championship at this level.”
Andrew Adlard
Lehigh Valley United
License: USSF A License

“Just to be playing and have a season where we can all enjoy the game we love is enough after a difficult year for everyone around the world. We look forward to having the opportunity to compete.”
Blaise Santangelo
West Chester United
“We expect to be extremely competitive and earn a USOC bid from the league.”

Metropolitan Division

Anthony Nixon
Cedar Stars Rush
License: USSF A, UEFA B, Advanced National, and FA Level 2 and 1 Licenses

“A successful season will see the club qualify for the playoffs while integrating youth players from our Academy into the USL League Two first team. Throughout the season, we will implement our playing style and club philosophy as we provide players with a pathway to professional soccer.”
Edson Buddle
Westchester Flames
License: USSF A License

“As a club, we're elated for the return of USL Two competition. Last year was challenging for everyone. Especially for players who aspire to play USL Two. Westchester Flames will create the best environment to maximize each player's potential and experience. Assembling a squad that can compete, win and play attractive soccer can really engage the local community. Also, grow the USL Two brand and serve as a place that gets you one step closer to your personal playing soccer goal. ”
Javier Velasco
Morris Elite SC
License: National B License, National A Senior License in progress

“We have a competitive team that plays attractive soccer that the fans will enjoy.”
Tom Bowen
Long Island Rough Riders
License: USSF D License

“Our goal as always is to be competing at the top end of the Metropolitan Division and competing for those playoff places. The unique set of challenges that will come with this particular season, coupled with the sheer number of strong teams within the division will make it a difficult task, but that’s what makes it exciting.”
Alan McClintock
FC Motown
License: UEFA B, USSF C, Advanced National (NSCAA now United Soccer Coaches) Licenses

“We are looking to compete and have a fun summer for all of our players and provide a great brand of soccer for the local community in Morris County NJ.”
Fernando Barboto
New Jersey Copa FC
License: USSF A License

“Our intention from day one has been to build a team that competes deep in the playoffs each year and provides a best in class experience for our players. We are confident that New Jersey Copa FC will achieve this in our inaugural USL League Two season.”
Samuel Castellanos
New York Red Bulls U23
License: USSF A License

“We have put together a young, exciting group for this upcoming season. It will be a mix of former and present academy players so there will be a familiarity that we think will give us an edge over the competition.”
Colin Hodge
Manhattan SC
License: USSF A License

“Manhattan SC is looking forward to the summer 2021 season. With the new conference alignment, our players will be challenged with a competitive schedule against some great long standing and exciting new clubs in our area. After the 2020 hiatus, our community is looking forward to supporting our team. Everyone at Manhattan Soccer Club missed USL League Two last summer and New York City is ready to go for this summer.”
Joe Balsamo
FA Euro NY
License: USSF B License

“We have a very solid group that features a mix of experienced international players and home grown youth products. We want to make an impact and are aiming for a top 3 finish and a play-off spot. We have the quality to do so.”

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