WELCOME to FC WESTCHESTER ARMOUR
FC Westchester Armour is a premier level soccer club based in Westchester County, NY that provides a unique opportunity for serious, skilled and dedicated soccer players. In the summer of 2007, the club received the prestigious designation as a U.S. Soccer Development Academy by the United States Soccer Federation.
On the Boys side, the club has U12, U13, U14, U16 and U18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. And starting in 2017-18, the club will also field U15 as part of a broader US Soccer effort.
U11, U15 and U17 U.S. Pre-Development Academy teams that play in the Northeast Pre-Academy League (NEPAL)
Premier club teams for years 2008,2007,2005,2004,2003,2002 and 2001. These teams provide Developmental Player/DP passes for their top players to be included in up to 6 Academy games per season.
For Boys and Girls the club also runs U8-U10 Pre-Academy training groups.
We attract players from throughout the Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and Fairfield county areas, as well as from New Jersey.
The club has won two youth national championships during the past decade plus. In 2008, the club’s U18 was a national finalist in the inaugural year of the U.S. Development Academy League, and had one of its matches broadcast on the ESPN network
A 501c-3 Non Profit Organization
The club – which was formed in 1984 Coach Al Pastore, who went on to be a national Youth Coach of the Year – is a 501c-3 non profit organization and has several sponsorship opportunities available. If interested in one of those opportunities, contact Mike Mingione at [email protected]
THE BIRTH OF FC WESTCHESTER
In 1987 Coach Al Pastore of the U14 Pelham Travel team and Westchester Select Program saw the future of youth soccer in the United States as elite players playing in premier leagues. As the head coach of the Westchester Select Program he was aware of the opportunity to unite the pool of talented players for a super team that could compete internationally and domestically at the highest levels of youth soccer . He decided to form his own premier team, called FC Westchester.
FC Westchester was officially established as a single team club in 1988 – though Coach Pastore dates the formation to the team earlier in 1984 as the birth of the club – to bring the most talented and dedicated soccer players to one team. The first age group was known as the 1973 age group, the founding members of FC Westchester. In 1988 FC Westchester traveled to Europe for competitions in two international tournaments located in France and Italy. The Plougivin International tournament in France featured teams such as Sporting de Lisbon, Brest Armourique, PSG and South Hampton. FC Westchester finished a disappointing 11th place, but Dwayne Roberts was named the Best GK of the tournament. The second European tournament that FC Westchester competed was held in C’esenatico, Italy. The Italian tour featured a clinic at the Serie A professional club, of Torino. FC Westchester was able to capture the championship in the tournament defeating three Italian teams on the road to the title. After one year, of training and international competition FC Westchester ‘73’s where ready for domestic action in the NY State Cup and the best national tournaments.
In 1989 and 1990 the results reflect a team that set the standard and formed a winning tradition for the future teams of FC Westchester. This team established the moniker of “work ethic second to none” The team had great success and it inspired a new generation of FC Westchester players and teams to write their own history of success.
FC Westchester 73’s
1990 Record: 53 Wins 3 Loses 4Ties
1989 Record: 43 Wins 4 Loses 2 Ties
1990 USYSA Region 1 Champions
1989 USYA Region 1 Semi Finalist
1990 & 1989 NYS Cup Champions
1991 & 1992 NYS Cup Finalist
1992 Dallas Cup Champions
1991-1990 &1989 Dallas Cup Finalist
1990 &1989 McDonalds Sun Bowl Champions
1991 Eastern New York Premier League Champions
1988-1991 WYSL Champions
1990 & 1989 Upstate Cup Champions
1990 Liberty Cup Finalist
FCW ’73 Players College and Pro Teams
Dwayne Roberts – FDU / NY Fever
Colin Johnson – U Mass / Wilmington Hammerheads (All A10 ’95 &’96)
Tom Morcotullio – Harvard / Wilmington Hammerheads (NSCAA HS All American)
Carlos Casas – Boston College/ Wilmington Hammerheads/ NY Fever (’91 Big East Rookie of the Year, All Big East ’92 &’93)
Christian Gonzalez – Fordham / NY Fever / Wilmington Hammerheads (All Patriot League 94 & 95)
Blas Cardoza – NC State / Connecticut Wolves/ Raleigh Flyers (’92 ACC Rookie of the Year)
Brian Pastore – UNC – Charlotte / Wilmington Hammerheads
Chris Talma – Boston College
Matt Murphy – Boston College
Tom Monteverde – South Carolina
Jim Nealis – Oneonta State
Phil Kukchka – Kutztown