NPSL Playoffs

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A Season to Remember

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NEW HAVEN, Ct. On a mild midsummer's night in the middle of the very pitch his players dominated for 90 minutes, Elm City Express coach Teddy Haley could only soak up the scene surrounding him.

Champagne and beer spewed skyward. Drums thundered amid loud and wild cheers.

Elm City Captures NPSL Title

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NEW HAVEN, Ct. – The NPSL Championship trophy will reside in New England for the next 12 months. And it was captured in emphatic fashion by a league debutant, no less.

Tavoy Morgan scored twice to spearhead Elm City Express to the NPSL title in its inaugural season by beating Midland-Odessa FC 5-0 before a crowd of 3,112 at Yale University's Reese Stadium.

Elm City 90 Minutes from Championship Glory

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Four months ago, Elm City Express were club eagerly awaiting their NPSL debut. Now, they're 90 minutes from capturing the league championship, and in front of their home fans at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

With Saturday's title match against Midland-Odessa FC on tap (kickoff 8:15pm), Express founder, co-owner, and president Zack Henry reflected on a scene that transpired not all that long ago.

Elm City En Route to NPSL Final

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Elm City Express is headed to the NPSL Championship Final after beating CD Aguiluchos USA 2-0 before a crowd of 2,261 in Saturday's semifinal at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

Graciano Brito broke it open inside of nine minutes while Shaquille Saunchez widened the margin in the 45th minute.

History Awaits Elm City

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On Saturday, Elm City Express will attempt to become to achieve something that hasn't been done by a Connecticut club in a generation: reach a national final.

The New Haven-based selection, who entered the 2017 season as fresh-faced outfit, stand only 90 minutes away from reaching the NPSL final with Saturday's semifinal against Oakland, Ca.

Elm City Clinches Regional Title

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Elm City Express claimed the Northeast Regional title after beating Clarkstown SC Eagles (N.J.) 3-1 in Saturday's regional final at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

The Connecticut selection opened the scoring in the 19th minute on a Shaquille Saunchez goal that was set up by a Cris Hernandez cross.

Express Slam Legacy 76, Clinch Regional Final Berth

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The storybook debut season of Elm City Express added another chapter on Friday after they clinched a spot in the Northeast Regional Final after overpowering Legacy 76 (Va.) in a 4-0 rout at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

Shaquille Saunchez fired the opening salvo of the regional semifinal showdown inside of 16 minutes when he nodded a corner from Cris Hernandez through from point blank range.

Elm City Set for Regional Round

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Less than a week after clinching its first postseason victory in club history, NPSL expansion club Elm City Express is aiming for an encore on Friday when they face Legacy 76 (Virginia) in the Northeast Regional Semifinal.

While few debut clubs reach the playoffs in Year 1 nevermind find success when they get there Express general manager Brian Neumeyer isn't surprised by what his club has accomplished this season.

Elm City Advances to Regional Round

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Elm City Express notched its first playoff victory in club history to earn a spot in the Northeast Regional round following Saturday's 2-0 win over TSF FC (New Jersey) in the Atlantic Blue Conference Division final at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

Colts Playoff Hopes End in ET at Stockade

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Sebastian Stezewski grabbed an early lead for Hartford City FC, but Kingston Stockade FC prevailed in extra time to grab a 2-1 win in Saturday's Atlantic White Conference Division final in front of a record 1,396 fans at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, N.Y.

Stezewski scored inside of six minutes to put the Colts ahead before Kingston's Bruce Jeter equalized in the 15th minute in a match that required extra time to separate the combatants.

Big Day in the Nutmeg State

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To say that Saturday is a big day for soccer in the state of Connecticut might be an understatement.

Less than three months after they each kicked off their debut season in NPSL, Elm City Express (New Haven) and Hartford City FC will vie for championship glory in their respective divisions.

Elm City Learns Conference Final Foe

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Elm City Express learned its foe for Saturday's Atlantic Blue Conference final after TSF FC beat the Brooklyn Italians in Wednesday's conference semifinal at LIU Brooklyn Athletic Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

TSF's Tyler Pinho scored the lone goal of the match in the 78th minute to send the Garden State side to Saturday's conference final at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

The Rest

Elm City May Face Weakened Foe in Final

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Elm City Express may face a severely weakened foe in Saturday's league final as NCAA regulations could render the vast majority of Midland-Odessa FC's players unavailable for the match.

Following the Sockers semifinal victory over Detroit City FC on Saturday, coach Matt Barnes told the Detroit Free Pressabout the dilemma facing his squad, which is largely comprised of college players.