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Luis Montoya Honored When 22nd Annual Summer Tournament Was Played in His Name

Luis Montoya Honored When 22nd Annual Summer Tournament Was Played in His Name


By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

August 6, 2019-The volunteers of the Big Apple Youth Soccer League (BAYSL) got together and surprised Luis Montoya as the league’s 22nd Annual Summer Tournament was dedicated to him. BAYSL Games Chairperson Carlos Vergara stated, “In honor of Luis Montoya for all the hard work he always does for the kids, we dedicated our 22nd annual tournament in his name.”

88 coed and boys teams from Under-6 to Under-16 competed in the Luis Montoya Tournament that was played on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings until July 27 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. Participating leagues included BAYSL, Metrokids Youth Soccer LeagueCosmopolitan Junior Soccer League and the Long Island Junior Soccer League and 600 trophies with Luis’ name on them were distributed to the players.

Montoya stated, “Oh man, how great. It was approved by the Big Apple Board of Directors without my knowledge and what a great surprise. It was very, very nice and I wanted to cry.”

Montoya founded the BAYSL in 1997 to serve the growing number of soccer families who recently arrived in New York City and is the only President the BAYSL has ever known.

The Astoria resident has had two tours of duty as Trustee of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association(ENYYSA)––previously, when Barry Salter was President of Eastern New York and the last five years serving the Presidency of Richard Christiano. He is currently an Eastern New York Vice President.

Montoya is all about making certain that all children in the United States have the opportunity to play the world’s most popular sport. He has served as a member of the Diversity Committee for US Soccer under four Presidents––Alan Rothenberg, Dr. Bob Contiguglia, Sunil Gulati and currently under Carlos Cordeiro.

Vergara added, “At the Big Apple Youth Soccer League, we decided that was time to honor Luis who gives us his time, patience and love for this sport for the past 22 years. I hope he can be in charge of Big Apple for many more years to come.”

This is far from the first honor for Montoya. Most notably, he was inducted into the Eastern New York Hall of Fame in 2016.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.

FINAL League Standing Indoor 2019 Sunil Gulati - BAYSL

March 16, 2019


FINAL League Standing Indoor 2019 Sunil Gulati - BAYSL



Champion         Club Madrid

Runner Up        Queens 94

Best Striker      Alexander Muyudumbay  - Club Madrid  17 Goals



Champion         NY Kids

Runner Up        Real Astoria

Best Striker      Miguel Lopez  - NY Manchester  22 goals



Champion        NY Manchester

Runner Up       NY Talentos

Best Striker     Matias Gutierrez -  NY Manchester 12 Goals



Champion        Islas Malvinas

Runner Up       Club Madrid

Best Striker     Daniel Figueroa - Real Astoria  18 Goals



Champion       Cuenca Kids

Runner Up      NY Kids

Best Striker    Bryan Cortez - NY Kids 20 Goals



Champion      Cuenca Kids

Runner Up     NY Talentos

Best Striker   Randy Torres - Cuenca Kids 15 Goals


New York Kids Americans Win the Boys-Under-12 ENYPL Championship



By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

May 16, 2018-Representing the Big Apple Youth Soccer League (BAYSL), the New York Kids Americans won the Boys-Under-12 Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) title this spring. In a very tight division, they became champs with a 3-2-1 record, scoring 18 goals and conceding 16.

“Our Under-12 team works very hard in every practice, with a lot of discipline and a lot of hard work. We focused on technical, physical and tactical preparation to become champions in the ENYPL,” stated coach Cesar Martinez.

Noting how competitive each team was in the division, Coach Martinez added, “I would like to take the opportunity to say that all the teams who played us were very competitive and that there was not much difference between the teams. I want to congratulate them as well because anyone could have become champion.”

This is the second consecutive year that Martinez has coached the New York Kids to the Boys-Under-12 ENYPL title, doing it with New York Kids Alcones Neza in 2017.

The ENYPL is the oldest continuous Premier League in the United States and is playing in its 18th year in 2018. Under the direction of ENYPL Chairperson Andreas Touros, teams from eight member leagues from all over the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) formed the ENYPL for the 2018 Spring Season.

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