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zack shell

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Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009
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credit to phila soccer club for cancelling games 36 hrs. prior to kick-off. truly the phila soccer club has the best interests of northeast youth soccer in mind. those rotten kids will play on fields predominately covered with grass for all of the fall season.

i am looking forward to my first epl viewing of the season: arsenal v. man untd at the dark horse. maybe afterward we'll round up some fellow casa-lites for a pick-up game at starr garden. if of course the rain has subsided.

this brings to mind the inherent agony of procuring suitable fields for OUR CASA LEAGUE. i understand that there is/ has-been a long standing effort to acquire suitable playing fields... pennypack along 95N being the only suitable option (g long, words don't come easy) the size of casa and the accompanying pre-conditions (3-4 divisions. a ton of games played on saturdays (e.g. access to multiple regulation fields. referee assignments must be centralized--Dan, you are the man; from connecticut wolves and the ethnic leagues of your youth to the riverhounds, ugh sundays-warner fricker's trophey-case covered in a film of german wurste and stale cigar smoke, and the greek-iranian terrordom of the far-post (pete pitoulis made it! professional striker in the greek second divsion) casa is indeed a unique entity. however the size of the league certainly represents a serious obstacle.

and yet casa has over the years (season 1: i remember west philly high school in mid-june; polyester jerseys, mid-day games, bottom-feeder competition, our infantile-league later assuming an unwelcome sunday schedule) attracted and retained players/ teams of real quality... as evidenced by recent "casa-select (?)" triumphs over outside "regional" competition ((who again was that overweight squad from nyc?) yeah eric wirth, not sold on the whole casa-select selection process and resulting showcase.

where casa has missed the mark is in garnering legit (not inter-group discussion or lofty ideas) support. our present association with p.s.c. is necessary. however i would suggest (and if my super-busy schedule can permit i would contribute to) a renewed casa fields-aquisition motive whereby partnership with existing owner-operators such as y.s.c. (kop/horsham) would see our burgeoning league assert itself as a truly significant league within the philadelphia soccer spectrum. the inter-county league and its reserve league (the delco league last i was involved) boast no more than 20 teams. the teasa league at rocketsports in kop currently has 2 divisions of eight teams. OUR CASA LEAGUE consists of more than 30 teams.

the inherent value associated with casa is plain to see. we play on saturdays. we have a wonderful track record of growth and retention. we could even bring our own referees (which is one glaring weakness in the sunday teasa league)

**for those of you who would cast my judgement (casa as burgeoning rather than significant league) as inaccurate request that the coming seasons "casa select" squad compete against a local/ relevent club such as: v.e., ukraine tryzub. phoenix (check out dan monteague and his five-a-side squad at schissler rec. ctr on frankford ave. in january), ugh, or perhaps one of the incredibly dominant sides from the phila. hispanic league in hunting park. if you really want a taste of what "philly soccer" has to offer (especially in the dawn of our inaugural philadelphia union season) shoot me an e-mail: zj ... @gmail.com.

i never thought that when i moved to philly six years ago i would feel compelled to write an ed. piece on a scarcley read amateur soccer web-site. but it keeps true with the idea that philadelphia (or philly soccer) grows on you.

here's to casa fall 2009!

-rock on soccer massive,

zack shell (philly untd: big up segunda!)

Joe Beck
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Stoney United
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Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2009
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Zack, you gonna play in the Newts indoor league (Shissler Rec) once again this year?
Philip Dadzie
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Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2009
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Zack, execllent piece! U hit the nail right on the head. Hope Eric and the Casa team takes ur point seriously and acts on it. We as a family, each Casa team, must see this as an important issue which begs to be addressed head on sooner than later for Casa to be considered as a viable and legitimate football ( soccer league in Philly.

l, as a member of the Casa family, on my own (of course it is also my responsibility by virtue of being a Casa player) have been looking around and have talked with 3 officers in charge of various fields in the Philly environs about securing a suitable, fitting and better fields for Casa to use for its games. Once i make any headway with my search i will then relay the batton to Eric and his officials to help close the deal.

i think the onus is on each and every one of us( irrespective of how much u can help, which ever way u can) to help achieve this goal for the betterment of Casa and its resurgence in the Philly metropolis as a viable and worthy football league and for the enjoyment of good quality football on good quality fields for us all.

Philip
Eric Wirth
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Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2009
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Just a quick note on the topic of fields - Casa has a few irons in the fire and we are actively looking at ways to improve where we play. Yet as of now Pennypack is by far the best combination of cost, quality and convenience. We tend to rule out venues beyond the bounds of Philadelphia by default since that would be too far for many people, not to mention there are plenty of other leagues that exist in the suburbs for that demographic. We use Philadelphia Soccer Club on occasion, though they are significantly more expensive than Pennypack and they don't always have field space available. We could also split up the games across the city, but we haven't come across a suitable set of alternative locations. Sure, Pennypack isn't perfect by a long-shot, but for us to have a large field complex accessible by public transportation with ample parking and within the city limits that we can use all day (usually) for a subsidized fee is actually not a bad set-up. Most metropolitan areas of Philly's size are not so fortunate.

So, if you know of anyone in City Hall or with private land who could help us secure a few pristine pitches for us to call our own please feel free to state our case. As always, we appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and we'll gladly take any help to make our league a better place to play.

Eric
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Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009
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first of all, if you guys want better fields, you won't find them in the city limits. Pennypack could be nice, but it may take you guys fixing them up yourselves for that to happen.
US Soccer has grants available for field development. The only hitch would be you have no youth program. If you started some sort of outreach program with the Fishtown/Port Richmond/Bridesdburg/Mayfair kids, it would certainly aid you in search of grants. The link below will guide you to general information about them:
http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/site/c.ipIQKXOvFoG/b.5482645/k.C652/Grants.htm

As for a Casa Select team, I'm sure most of the United Soccer League teams would be glad to scrimmage if you wanted to play in August, which is their preseason. Otherwise, their schedules are quite full with league and Amateur/Open Cup play during Sept-Dec and Feb-June.
For a taste of what happens when Casa's best goes up against teams of those levels, see the results from this summers Champions Cup. VE beat Deportivo Arsenal 3-1. Mayfair, which would not be able to finish in the top 6 of the USL, beat DA, 1-0. WCUSC over-30 team then thrashed them 6-1. Phoenix, who you specifically mention and has been the best team in the USL three years, beat both VE and WCUSC in that same competition, and eventually won it with ease. Even a CASA select team would find it hard going up against USL teams as the teams at the bottom of that league are full of former collegiate players.
http://www.wcusc.org/Adult/championscup/
Click on 2009 results on the left side menu for full schedule.

casa_observer

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Posted: Tue Dec 1, 2009
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http://thecup.us/2010-qualifying-phoenix-sc-united-german-hungarians-advance-to-eastern-pa-final/

If you guys want to see the two best amateur teams in the area, get out to Phoenix (301 w bristol rd, feasterville, pa, 19053) at 2 PM on Sunday December 6th and catch the game.
There is a clubhouse which will serve adult beverages (cash only) to facilitate cheering.

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