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Boca SYL Player Will Attend IMG Academy – – Published June 14, 2004
June 14, 2004

Published on
June 14, 2004

Boca SYL Player Will Attend IMG Academy

Standout Will Become Full-Time Resident of US National Teams Program

HAMILTON, NJ – Jersey Shore Boca Super Y-League standout Joseph Sorrentino of Hamilton, NJ has been accepted into the US National Team’s residency program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and will take-up his full-time residency with the US Under-17 National Team in September.

Sorrentino has compiled eight goals and five assists in four U15 SYL games for Coach Tom Gentz to help lead his Boca team to a 4-0-0 start and first place in the SYL U15 Mid-Atlantic Division thus far.

The Hamilton West High School freshman has also tallied three goals and two assists in three games this year while playing with the Boca U16 SYL team.

Sorrentino led his 2003 Boca U14 Super Y-League team to a very respectable fourth place finish last year in the SYL’s tough Mid-Atlantic Division. The Boca U14s, under Gentz, finished the 2003 SYL season with an overall record of 6-5-1 just missing the SYL playoffs by only a few points in the standings.

At the conclusion of the SYL season, Sorrentino was named to the Super Y-League’s U14 Mid-Atlantic Regional ODP Team.

Sorrentino has also become a regular roster selection for Coach Jim Barlow and the US U-15 National Team over the past several months. The US Under-17 National Team is coached by John Ellinger.

“We would like to congratulate Joseph on his acceptance to the IMG Academy and US National Team Residency Program. It is quite an honor to be selected into IMG and we are positive Joseph will succeed there. He is a very mature young man and has a great soccer future ahead of him. On behalf of all of our coaches, directors, administrators and players, we wish him the best of success in Florida and with the US National Team Programs,” commented Walt Konopka, a member of the Jersey Shore Boca Board of Directors.

This is the fourth straight year that Jersey Shore Boca competes in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Super Y-League, the nation’s top elite youth soccer league. Boca fielded a record six Super Y-League teams, the highest number ever in its SYL history, this year. Along with their newest U-14 girls team, Jersey Shore Boca also has five boys teams for the 2004 SYL season; U-13s, U-14s, U-15s, U-16s and U-19s.

Jersey Shore Boca has been a fixture in the soccer community since 1978 and is one of the most respected soccer clubs in New Jersey. The Club celebrated their 25-year anniversary in 2003. Boca alumni include several former National and Olympic Team members as well as numerous collegiate players, coaches and former local high school standouts.

Published on
June 14, 2004