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F.C. New York Is Victorious Against The Pancyprian-Freedoms On Penalty Kicks

June 22, 2011 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - FC New York News Release

Queens NY- The expansion franchise F.C. New York advanced to the third round of the US Open Cup tournament after a marathon match Tuesday evening outlasting the Pancyprian-Freedoms.

While the Freedoms are classified as an "amateur" team the boast several former MLS players. Goalkeeper Chad Calderone who was offered a contract by F.C.New York at the start of the season was near perfect.

The game opened up well for F.C. New York as they controlled the play and offered up a few shots early on. A twist came at the 25th minute when Captain Sam Stockley was given a straight red card by the referee. Stockley and Hoffer were back after a Freedom breakaway and Stockley was tangled with the Freedoms attacker. New York would have to play with ten men for the remainder of the match. Gary Boughton's speed was ripping up the defense and had several good opportunities that were turned aside by Calderone. New York's keeper, Steven Diaz was keeping pace with a number of fine saves himself. Interim Head Coach Paul Shaw stated "speed and conditioning were so important and we are a fit squad". After the sides went through two over-time periods and all New York's opportunities spent, the victor would now be decided by penalty kicks.

Diaz for New York would be the first between the pipes and would surrender the first PK. Next was Calderone who was also foiled by a bullet by Troy Cole. Steven Diaz came up big smothering the second shot by the Pancyprians and then a sweet swing by Jhonny Arteaga put New York up 2-1. The teams traded PK's making it 3-2 and then it was Calderone's time for a big save when he batted aside a strike off the foot of Josiah Snelgrove. The victory was F.C. New York's when Diaz guessed right and the Freedoms shot rang the side post. Defender Karstan Smith who played every minute and was a shining example of the fitness and mental toughness of the team. Smith who buried his PK was ready to keep playing. The boys had little time to celebrate as Coach Tony Noto advised them training was in ten hours and Richmond is back in town Friday. There is much to do. "Oh I almost forgot said Noto...we gotta go to New Jersey next week just in case nobody knew" wink wink!

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