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Thunder versus Clarkstown Eagles, May 10th at 6PM
Hartwick Scrimmage Series Announced
Thunder General Manager, Bill Arno, has announced a home and away scrimmage series with the Hartwick Hawks Mens Soccer Team. On Friday, 25 April at 7 PM, the Hawks will play the Thunder in an indoor match at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex. The public is invited to attend. ADMISSION IS FREE! The Thunder and Hartwick College are jointly dedicating this match in honor of Peter McAvoy, a Herkimer College soccer player who passed away recently. He was National Player of the Year for NJCAA and was planning to join the Thunder when he completed his Herkimer season. A moment of silence at kickoff will honor his memory.
On Saturday, 3 May, the Thunder will travel to Oneonta for the concluding match. Watch this site for more information on the outdoor match that is scheduled for a 2 PM kickoff at Elmore Field on the Hartwick campus.
Red Card Cancer Tournament – 26 April
Your GBFC Thunder will continue it’s pre season campaign this Saturday on the Binghamton University Soccer fields. The Red Card Cancer program’s goal is to raise awareness about cancer, as well as funds for research. Paul Payne, the head coach at Bloomsburg, the Thunder’s game 2 opponent, founded Red Card Cancer in 2009. The Thunder’s schedule:
• GAME 1- Cortland State vs. GBFC Thunder 6PM, Field 2
• GAME 2- Bloomsburg University vs. GBFC Thunder 7PM, Field 2
• GAME 3- Binghamton University vs. GBFC Thunder 8PM, Field 1
Field 1 is the BU Game field and Field 2 is the adjacent training field.
All games are 50 minutes. The Thunder will be sporting our White/Red/White kits. ADMISSION IS FREE! Follow us across the river as we continue to fine tune our soccer machine in preparation for our Home Opener on Saturday May 10th!
For more information about the tournament, there is a great article featuring Thunder Coach Al Mydlinski on the Binghamton Bearcat website:
Greater Binghamton Futbol Club Announces Team Name
Binghamton, NY– February 21, 2014 –Team owner, Bahij Kashou, announced today the decision on his NPSL team’s name. The Greater Binghamton Futbol Club will compete in 2014 as the Thunder.
“We decided after last years’ success with winning the Keystone Conference Championship that we needed a unique team name that would reflect our teams’ determination and resolve to win the National Championship” stated team owner Bahij Kashou.
The recognizable idiom “to steal their thunder” is appropriate for the team moniker. GBFC has the reputation of stealing other team’s thunder by winning matches that they weren’t supposed to win. The fact that thunder is a commonplace occurrence in the Greater Binghamton area further enamors the name to the local community.
In its first two seasons in the National Premier Soccer League, the Greater Binghamton FC experienced good success, earning playoff berths in two different NPSL conferences. The year one GBFC squad was a 2012 Midwest Conference semifinalist. In 2013, GBFC was a Keystone Conference playoff finalist. We look forward to continuing improvement in 2014 and hope for to bring a Conference championship to Binghamton.
The current GBFC logo will be updated, adding the Thunder name later this season.
The GBFC Thunder’s 2014 schedule and ticket information will be announced shortly. For this information and all the latest news on the GBFC Thunder, see the team’s website at www.greaterbinghamtonfc.com OR follow the team on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterBinghamtonFutbolClub
2014 Coaching Appointments Announced
Greater Binghamton FC President and Owner Bahij Kashou is pleased to announce the appointments of Paul Marco, Binghamton University Men’s Soccer Coach, as Assistant Coach and Jon Thomson as Goalkeeper Coach.
In announcing Marco as Assistant Coach, joining Andy Davis under Head Coach Al Mydlinski, Kashou stated “We are excited to have Paul join our coaching staff as we prepare to defend our regular season Keystone Conference title in 2014. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff.”
Coach Marco has led Binghamton University to two America East Conference titles (2003 and 2006), two America East regular season titles (2006 and 2007) and a conference-record six consecutive appearances in the America East championship game (2003-08). Following the 2013 campaign, Marco has a record of 105-87-42 (.538) since taking over the helm of the Bearcats’ program.
A former Division I player for West Virginia, Marco led the program to one of its finest seasons in school history in 1990. His 12 points steered the team to a 12-5-1 record—its best mark in 23 years.
In 1991, Marco graduated cum laude from West Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He is teacher certified in grades K-12. Marco also received his master’s degree from West Virginia University in 1994 in physical education/athletic coaching.
Besides holding a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” License, Marco has been a member of the NSCAA national staff for 14 years. Seven years ago, he was promoted to the NSCAA Senior Staff. In that capacity, Marco has taught various levels of the NSCAA academy curriculum courses, and has published numerous articles.
Jon Thomson is a local product who has honed his playing and coaching skills in the Binghamton area spanning 14 years.
As a player, Jon distinguished himself as an All-Conference Defender leading his Susquehanna Valley Varsity Team(Coached by GBFC Head Coach Al Mydlinski) to a Section IV Championship.
Jon continued playing in college by playing all four years at St John Fisher and in his Senior Year finished 3rd in assists in the Empire 8 League.
Since 2011, Jon has been on the Greater Binghamton Sportscenter coaching staff as a trainer and coach for a variety of age groups for both Boys and Girls.
GBFC Head Coach Al Mydlinski remarked “I’m extremely excited to have Paul and Jon join our staff. Paul’s understanding of the game will provide additional experience and will greatly enhance players development and effectiveness on the field. Having Jon to train our Goalkeepers will provide position specific coaching that we have not offered our keepers in the past”
Photos – Rick Sotek’s 2013 game photos are available on Sutterfly at:
In front of a crowd of about 1000 spectators, second year Greater Binghamton FC dreams of an NPSL National Championship came to an end this evening as they were defeated 1-0 by defending NPSL National Champs, FC Sonic.
GBFC win Northeast Region Semifinal, 2-1 over Red Bulls
Greater Binghamton FC defeated the New York Red Bulls, 2-1 and qualified for Sunday’s NPSL Northeast Region finals. Pat Thompson and Armin Budnjo scored the GBFC goals. The Red Bulls made the score 2-1 prior to half time. There was no scoring in the second half. The GBFC defense was able to maintain the one goal advantage with keeper Jason Stenta making 3 sensational saves.
GBFC remains the Keystone Division’s first place team with a 2-1 victory over the Pocono Snow. Binghamton University midfielder, Tommy Moon playing in his second GBFC game scored the game’s first goal.