Home Game Opener May 10th at 6PM
GBFC Thunder versus Clarkstown Eagles
April 26th Preseason Tournament schedule announcement!
Your GBFC Thunder will continue it’s pre season campaign with the following matches to be held on the Binghamton University Soccer fields. Field 1 is the BU Game field and Field 2 is the adjacent training field.
• 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
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!
Recap of 30 March Scrimmage at Le Moyne College
It took the Thunder 41 minutes to settle into the match and score after continually improving possession and dominance of the college side from the opening whistle. After many missed opportunities, a well-placed 35 yard delivery from defender Jonny Sinclair found the Le Moyne net minder fighting Armin Budnjo for possession of the ball. Armin’ s deft touch was all it took to find the near post past a helpless Dolphin keeper. The remaining four minutes of the half produced several scoring chances with the Le Moyne side reeling from a spirit crushing goal so close to halftime. The second half continued the Thunder’s constant attack. Armin Budnjo again penetrated the box only to be taken down by the Dolphin keeper. The referee awarded no penalty and the spirited play continued. At the 8 minute mark, a penalty kick was awarded to the Thunder after an obvious handball in the box. The Thunder and Keystone Conference leading scorer for 2013, Bo Jelovac received the nod and calmly placed the ball behind the diving Dolphin goalie. Twenty-two Thunder players had traveled to Syracuse to play in the windy, 35 degree day match. All saw playing time. The coaching staff continues preseason evaluation of new players to add to the strong cadre of returning players in preparation for defense of the Thunder’s Keystone Conference Championship and quest for the NPSL National Title.
Your GBFC Thunder next plays in a four way tournament on April 26th against Binghamton University, Cortland State, and Bloomsburg University (Pa). Further information on these matches will be provided on the Thunder website as it becomes available.
Greater Binghamton Futbol Club Announces NPSL 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:
GBFC loses Region Final to FC Sonic, 1-0
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 Beats Pocono Snow, 2-1
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.
GBFC Thunder plays all of their home games on Visions Field at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex 1500 Airport Rd. Binghamton NY 13905