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Jersey City Fire Department Taking on Police Department after Ironmen Opener

November 18, 2008 - Xtreme Soccer League (XSL) - New Jersey Ironmen News Release

Newark, N.J. (Tuesday, November 18, 2008) - The New Jersey Ironmen and The Soccer Learning Center announced today that they will be co-hosting the Heroes Cup Revenge Match at Prudential Center following the Ironmen season opener on Sunday, December 14th. The rematch will be the second installment in a soccer series between the Jersey City Fire and Police Departments, with the first win going to the fire department this past summer at Giants Stadium.

"I think this is a great way to honor the servicemen of the fire and police departments, and it is the least we can do," Ironmen Head Coach Omid Namazi stated. "We hope they are able to come out and have some fun being part of our opening night ceremonies."

Running concurrently with the preparation for the Heroes Cup is a jersey fundraiser. Both a police department and fire department jersey will be placed on Ebay, each with one side autographed by the Ironmen players and one side autographed by the Red Bull New York players. Funds raised from the fire department jersey auction will go to The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, and the money raised by the police department jersey auction will go to the Women Rising programs for women and families.

"I know both teams really want to take home this championship," Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy said. "But with the autographed jersey auction benefiting The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas and Women Rising, I think everyone will go home a winner."

The fire and police department teams will square off on the turf at Prudential Center immediately following the Ironmen season opener against the Chicago Storm, which is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. The two teams played the inaugural Heroes Cup this past summer at a Red Bulls match with the fire department sealing a 3-1 victory. With the score still unsettled, the two sides decided to bring their game indoors. Representatives from each department will also serve as the honor guard by presenting the colors during the opening ceremonies of the Ironmen contest against the Storm.

"We always see the fire and police departments active and doing good things in the community, but we wanted to see them in action playing soccer," The Soccer Learning Center founder Alex Lalaoui commented about the Heroes Cup concept. "Playing indoors is going to be a tough game."

When trying to put Lalaoui on the spot with a game prediction, the USSF-B License holder remained steadfast on his unbiased platform.

"I am in the middle on this one," he jokingly responded. "They both are tough teams, and it will definitely be a revenge match."

The Soccer Learning Center is a private soccer academy that introduces both children and adults to the game of soccer. Lalaoui, who is of Moroccan descent, provides a European approach to soccer instruction, allowing students to learn in a small and team-centric environment. For more information on The Soccer Learning Center, visit them on the web at http://www.soccerlearningcenter.com/index.php.

The New Jersey Ironmen will open up preseason training on Monday, December 1, and the club has one more open tryout scheduled. The club will host a tryout at Turf City in Wayne this Saturday, November 22, slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. Players interested in attending open tryouts must pre-register by calling Gioia DiFlumeri, Ironmen Operations Manager, at 973-757-6303. Registration for tryouts is $50, and the non-refundable fee must be submitted in cash or check. Tryouts will be conducted on sports turf, and soccer attire (including indoor flats) is required. Applicants will be limited so those interested are encouraged to register as soon as they can.

The New Jersey Ironmen will make their 2008-09 season debut at Prudential Center on Sunday, December 14th, opening up their sophomore campaign at 4:00 p.m. against the Chicago Storm. The Ironmen provide fun and affordable family entertainment with tickets starting at only $10! Don't miss out on the action! Call 1-800-IRONMEN today!

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