Mass United FC All-Stars Bring Home 2013 Donnelly Cup

Mass United FC All-Stars Captain Cooly Durham displayed excellent leadership throughout the tournament.

Mass United FC All-Stars Captain Coolie Durham displayed excellent leadership throughout the tournament.

Canandaigua, NY– The Mass United FC All-Stars made the long ride to Finger Lakes Community College for the 2013 Donnelly Cup worth their while with a 3-0 win over Western New York Select in the Final on Sunday afternoon. The All-Stars began the tournament with a 2-1 loss to their fellow finalists but turned things around in their other 2 group stage matches, which included wins over the New England All-Stars and the Ravens of New Jersey.

One of Mass United FC All-Stars CB NAME many clearing headers

One of Mass United FC All-Stars CB Kareem Smith’s many clearing headers, which helped stifle the Western NY Select offense.

The final, played under a gorgeous upstate New York sky, was a battle of wills until late in the first half when Braima Samati scored the first of his three goals on the day, a feat which earned the young man the Tournament Final MVP award. The All-Stars carried that momentum into the second half, hitting the posts and crossbar several times as they tried to extend their lead. The breathing room came half way through the second half when Samati scored his second goal, soon followed by his third, which came from the penalty spot.
Tournaments such as these are always a test of fitness, depth, and determination. Tests your All-Stars aced. This was a team-wide effort as every player and coach contributed to victory, both in the final and throughout the tournament.

Full Tournament Roster:
Alex Alverez
Ralph Angrand
Salvatore Castro
Roman Ducotterd
Coolie Durham (Captain)
Breny Guzman
Jensy Guzman
Kelvin Jimenez
Eric Moreno JR
Baboucar (Babs) Njie
Reynato Barbosa Paiva
Ryan Palingo (injured)
Ray Rebeiro
Braima Samati
Christopher Sharpe
Kareem Smith
Abel Wasswa
Christopher Weedon

Head Coach: Eric Moreno
Asst. Coach: John Stack JR

Mass United FC All-Stars GK NAME Renato corrals a cross as his defenders (L-R: ) handle the Western New York Select Attack

Mass United FC All-Stars GK Reynato Barbosa Paiva corrals a cross in front of the outnumbered Western New York Select attack