RIP: United FC Binghamton

MLS has begun play for the 2014 season and leagues across the country are preparing to follow suit. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year that those of us who follow the lesser known leagues find out which teams have entered graveyard of American minor league sports. 

United FC Binghamton played two seasons in the WPSL from 2012-2013. They were operated by United FC, a youth soccer club local to Binghamton, NY. United was sponsored by T&M Excavating, which allowed the club to offer free admission t all fans for both seasons. At this time United FC is not listed on the WPSL website, and though there have been no official press releases regarding the operations of the club, it seems safe to assume that they will not be returning for the 2014 campaign.

This is an unfortunate development for the Binghamton soccer community, especially as this was the only elite women’s club in the Southern Tier.

RIP United FC.

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United FC Binghamton WPSL Schedule Set

United FC Binghamton will return this summer for a second season of play in the WPSL. Last season United finished with a 3-4-3 record which was enough to garner 3rd out 5 teams in the Mid-Atlantic table.

Due to a significant conference realignment in the off season United FC,  Syracuse Lady Knights, and FC Westchester (name changed from FCW Elite)  are the only holdovers from last years conference while NYAC moved to the Tri State conference and Millburn Magic and FCW Elite seem to have suspended operations for the season. Joining Binghamton and Syracuse will be a pair of new upstate clubs Empire Revs WNY (Buffalo), Tri-City Celtics (Albany) as well as Yankee Lady FC.

SCHEDULE:

  • May 29, 6:00 PM – United FC Binghamton vs. Tri-City Celtics @ Greater Binghamton Sports Complex
  • June 01, 3:00 PM – United FC Binghamton vs. Empire Revs WNY@ Greater Binghamton Sports Complex
  • June 08, 3:00 PM – United FC Binghamton vs. FC Westchester @ Greater Binghamton Sports Complex
  • June 12, 6:00 PM – Tri-City Celtics vs. United FC Binghamton @ Plumeri Sports Complex
  • June 15, 12:00 PM – Empire Revs WNY vs. United FC Binghamton @ Zaepfel Field
  • June 22, 3:00 PM – United FC Binghamton vs. Syracuse Lady Knights @ Greater Binghamton Sports Complex
  • June 29, 5:00 PM – FC Westchester vs. United FC Binghamton @ White Plains HS
  • June 30, 2:00 PM – United FC Binghamton vs. Yankee Lady FC @ Greater Binghamton Sports Complex
  • July 03, 7:00 PM – Syracuse Lady Knights vs. United FC Binghamton @ Liverpool HS, Liverpool, NY
  • July 06, 2:00 PM – Yankee Lady FC vs. United FC Binghamton @ St Joseph HS, Trumbull, CT

Once again, all United FC Binghamton matches will be free to attend thanks to title sponsor T&M Excavating.

United FC Set Tryout Dates

United FC Binghamton will have a tryout for their WPSL team on March 24th. They had the first tryout this week on the 10th.

WPSL enters their second season in the WPSL as an immediate conference contender. The 2012 campaign saw United finish 3rd out of six in the conference table with a record of 3-4-3. Two of the losses came in overtime against the #1 and #2 clubs in the conference.

United FC will once again offer free admission to matches – just another reason to get out and support you’re local club.

You can find out more about United FC Binghamton by visiting their website.

 

United FC Weekend Round Up

United FC played two matches this weekend with split results.  Friday they traveled south for an inter-conference visit to the Buxmont Torch and were handed a surprising 3-1 defeat by the hosts, who until Friday had only won a single game.  

Returning home to the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, United (10 points) recorded a 2-0 shutout win over the Millburn Magic (9 points) to leapfrog the visitors into 3rd place in the Northeast Atlantic Mid conference.  New York Athletic Club holds the 2nd slot with 14 points, Syracuse Lady Knights lead the conference with 17 points and FCW Elite are a distant 5th with only 1 point.

If you haven’t attended a match yet, I would encourage you to go!  Tickets are free!

6/24/12 Weekend Recap

The weekend saw United FC extend their unbeaten streak to three games after a lackluster 0 – 0 draw with the women of the New York Athletic Club.  NYAC won the first contest between the two teams 2-1.  The draw levels NYAC at the top of the conference with Syracuse (both at 10 points) while United (5 points) find themselves two spots back in third place behind Millburn (7 points) and ahead of FCW Elite (1 point).

Unfortunately, Greater Binghamton FC a 1 – 4 loss to the Erie Admirals squashed hopes of a matching 3 game unbeaten streak and dropped the hosts back into the basement of the Midwest Great Lakes division.  Binghamton will face Buffalo next Sunday at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex with a playoff berth on the line.

Weekend Roundup

It was a historic weekend as both Greater Binghamton FC (NPSL) and United FC Binghamton (WPSL) recorded their first franchise wins.  United FC defeated conference opponent FCW Elite 2-1 at home on Saturday afternoon and GBFC followed up with an evening 2-0 defeat of A.F.C. Cleveland.  GBFC returned to action on Sunday away at FC Buffalo, where they endured an embarrassing defensive lapse that allowed the hosts to salvage the point with a 1-1 draw.

Both teams have demonstrated they are capable of competing in their respective leagues and now must seek consistency over the remainder of the season to make a push for the playoffs. 

FC Binghamton – WPSL UPDATE

Several weeks ago I mentioned local club FC Binghamton was bringing a WPSL team to the area.  Unfortunately, I have not been to any of their games to date and I don’t know much about the team – but I will bring you updates as I am able to glean information from other sources!  

FC Binghamton is 0-2 on the season after a close 1 – 0 away loss to Upstate rival Syracuse Lady Knights and a not so close home opener against FC Bucks.

Thanks to the generosity of the club sponsors, all FC Binghamton home games will be free for the remainder of the season!  The club believes that this will help to fill the stands and create buzz in the local soccer community.  While I don’t agree with this strategy, I can still appreciate what amounts to free season tickets!  This a great opportunity for families to come out and support a local team without breaking the bank.

P.S. If you or anyone you know is interested in providing write ups for the FC Binghamton games, please contact me.  I would be happy to have another contributor!

Football Around the Parlor City

For the first time in history, Binghamton will play host to teams in the NPSL and WPSL for the summer of 2012.  Both leagues offer a relatively high level of amateur soccer including clubs all across the country.  The Greater Binghamton Sports Complex will play host to both clubs – Greater Binghamton FC (NPSL) operated by the Greater Binghamton Soccer Association and United FC Binghamton (WPSL) operated by the United FC.

It has long been a dream of mine to bring a club to Binghamton, and I am proud to be able to say that though my dream didn’t unfold as I had planned, and though things didn’t work out for me to be involved with the team, I planted the seed that brought an NPSL club to the Parlor City.

I am somewhat disappointed by the lack of buzz being generated by the new club, but I don’t expect that too change unless members of the front office begin actively promoting the club.  Having a club is not enough; and with the home field located well outside of the urban center, I fear that community support will be thin.  I understand that budgets are limited; budgets are always limited.  But a small budget is no excuse not to leverage the power of volunteer efforts!  If it weren’t for volunteers believing in the future of their club, storied teams like Manchester, Newcastle, and Celtic wouldn’t exist.  

So, you tell me – how well supported are the local clubs in your community?  And what will it take to grow community support for smaller clubs?

Obligatory First Post…

so this is where i cast some grand vision for the blog, tell you what i’m all about, how great i am, offer up my smashing credentials and convince you to keep reading my timeless prose for now and evermore.

ok, so i got a little carried away.  

like the tag line says i’m here to share my thoughts about football (do i really have to qualify and say ‘soccer’ here?), beer (no further explanation needed), and occasionally how they intersect in the Parlor City (the booming metropolis of Binghamton, NY for those of you who have not had the good fortune of visiting the Carousel Capital of the World – but you’re off the hook for not knowing this one).  until recently, this city has had little of either culture.

with that said, it’s opening match night of the MLS season… i’m a Red Bull NY fan – how about you?