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Monday, June 14
2010 Maryland State Cup Champions!


Welcome to the SAC United Premier 90-91 Boys U19 website! Now all in college, the boys are organizing for one last run at Maryland State Cup. For the boys and parents, we hope this website is both informative and enjoyable, helping to keep you up to date with the latest team news.

2003 Maryland State Cup Champions (U12)
2004 Maryland State Cup Semi-Finalist (U13)
2005 Maryland State Cup Finalist (U14)
2006 Maryland State Cup Champions (U15)
2007 Maryland State Cup Champions (U16)

2008 Maryland State Cup Finalist (U17)

2009 Maryland State Cup Champions  (U18) 

2010 Maryland State Cup Champions (U19)


U19 Maryland State Cup Champions!
Five-time State Champs!
Monday, June 14
2010 Maryland State Cup Champions!

SAC U12 Fall 2002 Team
2003 Maryland State Cup Champions U12
Saturday, June 13
From the archives...

Seven players are currently on the roster who were on the roster for the first trip to the Region 1 Championship in 2003 (Portland, Maine)...Daniel Benitez, Paul Killian, Phil Martinelli, Roston Moore, Jimmy Mundy, Garrett Nickles, and Jake Pace. Can you find them in the photo above???

Region 1 Championship
Saturday, June 13
We're Going to Regionals, Follow the Moments...

Thursday, June 11
Next Up, Region 1 Championship in West Virginia (July 2-7, 2009)

Saturday, June 13
Local Team Captures Championship

Web Site Links!

Please check out our "Important Web Site" listings. FYI, The NCSL site is terrific and answers anything you would need to know about the league and our boys!

State Cup 2009
Wednesday, June 3
SAC United Premier 90-91 Wins Fourth State Cup Crown

SAC United Premier Boys U-18 Capture Fourth State Crown

After losing in the Championship game last year in PKs to the Baltimore Bays, SAC United Premier 90-91 reclaimed the Maryland State Cup Championship on Saturday, May 30 with a 3-0 victory over the Freestate Blazers in the U18
Boys division.

The United got on the scoreboard in the first half on a cross from Phil Martinelli to Jake Pace. After beating his defender on the endline, Martinelli sent a beautiful ball to the far post which Pace put away on a skillfully placed, decisive header. The duration of the first half featured goalkeeper Paul Killian patrolling the backline with an organized, well-managed game plan that kept the Blazers at bay. Working in sync with Killian, defenders Jason McCarron, Roston Moore, Garrett Nickles, and Tommy Schaeffler were very effective in shutting down the Blazers' high-powered attack. Midfielders Daniel Benitez, Edwin Granados and Luis Mendoza initiated several quality chances on the outside, sending well-timed through balls to the attack. The score would stand at the half 1-0.

The United kept pressuring the Blazers' defense in the second half, making penetrating runs and generating many offensive chances. Midfielder Matt Seinfeld scored the second goal on a set piece from Garrett Nickles. Seinfeld ran onto a ball played smartly over the Blazers last line of defense, finishing the ball perfectly to the lower left corner. Nickles would almost score later in the half on a free kick rocketed off the crossbar from more than 40 yards out. After the second goal the United maintained their intensity in the midfield as Seinfeld, Martinelli, Pace, Ricky Cantore, and Mike Doyle won the majority of possession and initiated the attack. The United's final goal of the game began on a run in which striker Wils Alpern side-stepped his defender and went one on one with the Blazers goalkeeper. After beating the goalkeeper with a deft move, Alpern was about to finish the ball into the empty net when he was taken down from behind by the goalkeeper in an effort to prevent the goal. A penalty kick was awarded and team captain Jason McCarron stepped up and iced the game by finishing the ball high and left with authority.

The victory sends the United to the Region 1 Championship, which will take place in West Virginia from July 2-7. The United, coached by Rick Cantore and Tommy Farran, finishes a Maryland State Cup run as four time State Champions, two time State Finalists, and one time State Semi-finalist over the course of their history since Cup play began at U12. Howard County players on the United's roster include: Daniel Benitez (Centennial), Ricky Cantore (River Hill), Mike Doyle (River Hill), Ryan Ferrera (Glenelg), Vince Garofalo (Mount St. Joe), Paul Killian (Marriotts Ridge), Phil Martinelli (Marriotts Ridge), Roston Moore (River Hill), Jimmy Mundy (Centennial), Garrett Nickles (Mt. Hebron), Jake Pace (River Hill), and Matt Seinfeld (Wilde Lake.)

Wednesday, March 18
Maryland State Cup 2009

2nd Round

Saturday, May 16

SAC United Premier 90-91             5

St. Mary's United Powershots        1



Sunday, May 17

SAC United Premier 90-91          3

Severna Park Crew                     2



Saturday, May 30

SAC United Premier 90-91        3

Freestate Blazers                      0

The Commitments - Class of 2009


Ricky Cantore               University of North Carolina - Wilmington

Paul Killian                      West Virginia University

Phil Martinelli                  Towson University

Roston Moore                 Long Island University

Jimmy Mundy                Salisbury University

Garrett Nickles               Duquesne University

Jake Pace                       University of Maryland

Matt Seinfeld                  Virginia Military Institute

Wednesday, November 12
Fall 2008 Schedule


The United will participate in the following tournaments in 2008:

Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament     November 22-23, 2008

Baltimore College Showcase                 November 28-30, 2008

Disney Soccer Showcase                      December 27-30, 2008

Monday, May 26
SAC United Premier 90-91 Wins Columbia Invitational


SAC United Premier 90-91 won the Columbia Invitational final 1-0 in a tough, physical game against the East Meadow Falcons. Although the United has entered many of the same tournaments as the Falcons over the years, the two teams had not crossed paths since the Columbia Invitational final in 2001 at U10 (East Meadow won 2-1.) The Falcons, a top-ranked team from New York, will play in the Eastern New York State Cup final this weekend (Good Luck to the Falcons!)

The game was very physical in the first half, with each team challenging every ball at top speed. Both teams had several chances on goal. The United caught a break early on when the Falcons sent an incredible, blistering shot off the crossbar and United goalkeeper Paul Killian then made some excellent decisions to come out and cut off other Falcon opportunities. The Falcons keeper also made several nice plays to break up several United chances in the first half. The half ended 0-0.

The second half was very close and tense, with numerous yellow cards continuing to be issued. With six minutes left in regulation, a Falcons player was given his second yellow card of the match, resulting in the send off. The Falcons hung tough to preserve the 0-0 tie in regulation, despite high pressure from the United.

The tournament rules stipulated no overtime, so the match went straight to penalty kicks. United goalkeeper C.J. Johnson made a clutch save on the first Falcon shot and the United's shooters did the rest to seal the victory. Matt Seinfeld, Vince Garofalo, Garrett Nickles, Jimmy Mundy, and Wils Alpern stepped up and buried each shot with confidence.

The victory was a total team effort with every player contributing to the outcome. Next up for the United is the Maryland State Cup final versus the Baltimore Bays on Saturday, May 31 at 11:15 AM at Soccerplex. Good luck United!

Wednesday, May 21
The Commitments - Class of 2008


Congratulations to the seniors on SAC United Premier 90-91 for making the following commitments as student-athletes beginning in the Fall of 2008:


Wils Alpern        University of Pittsburgh


Graham Franke      Gettysburg College  (lacrosse)


Vincent Garofalo      College of the Holy Cross


Jason McCarron         University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC)


Tommy Schaeffler          University of Maryland

Thursday, April 24
Maryland State Cup 2008...United Advances to Final for Fourth Straight Year!

SAC United Premier 90-91 won their first match in Maryland State Cup 2008 on Sunday, April 13th over the Seneca United, 6-2 . Goals were scored by Ricky Cantore, Matt Seinfeld, Jake Pace (2), and Edwin Granados (2).

SAC United Premier 90-91 won their second match of State Cup 2008 with a solid 4-0 result against ASA United. Goals were scored by Tommy Schaeffler, Max Rutherford, Jake Pace, and Jason McCarron. Excellent play in the midfield and defense kept the ball in the United's offensive third of the field for much of the match. Goalkeepers Paul Killian and CJ Johnson both came up big when they needed to. Hats off to the ASA United's incredible goalkeeper, who turned in an outstanding performance!

SAC United Premier 90-91 won their semifinal match against the Baltimore Bays United on Saturday, April 26th  3-2.  The United were down 1-0 quickly but would score three goals to hold the lead 3-1 late in the second half. A strike by the Bays United closed the gap 3-2, but the United locked it down defensively to maintain the win. Goals were scored by Wils Alpern, Tommy Schaeffler, and Jake Pace. The United will play the Baltimore Bays on Saturday, May 31 for the Maryland State Cup U17 title.

 Follow all the scores in the U17 Boys age group by clicking on the link above.

Thursday, April 17
Region 1 Premier League


SAC United Premier 90-91 are competing in the Region 1 Premier League again this spring. The United has faced great competition. Follow all game results on the link above.


SAC United Premier 90-91  0

FC DELCO Hammerheads  1 (PK)


SAC United Premier 90-91   2

Spirit United   0


SAC United Premier 90-91   2

Princeton Union Elite    1


SAC United Premier 90-91   0

PDA Cruyff       0


SAC United Premier 90-91     0

Baltimore Bays 90-91             0


SAC United Premier 90-91    0

Penns Forest        0


SAC United Premier 90-91    0

VE Blast           1 

Wednesday, January 9
Tournament Schedule 2008

Triangle FC Friendlies

Fayetteville, NC

February 2-3, 2008


Jefferson Cup

Richmond, VA

March 22-23, 2008


March Madness

Ellicott City, Maryland

March 29-30, 2008


Maryland State Cup

April - June, 2008


Columbia Invitational

Ellicott City, MD

May 24-26, 2008



Tuesday, December 18
United Players Honored

SAC United Premier placed seven players on the Maryland Soccer Coaches All State teams. Wils Alpern, CJ Johnson and Jake Pace were selected to the first team. Vince Garafalo and Garrett Nickles were chosen on the second team. Phil Martinelli and Jason McCarron were named honorable mention. These players will be honored at the All State awards banquet at the end of January.

Thursday, November 29
Congrats to Ricky and Jake

For the third year in a row members of SAC United Premier have claimed a Maryland High School State Championship. Ricky Cantore and Jake Pace of the River Hill Hawks were victorious in OT to win the 2007 MD AA State Final. So far five different members of the team have been state high school champs.

Sunday, September 2
Good Luck to all United Players!

High school soccer is right around the corner and the coaches and parents wish all the United players the best of luck as they undertake their Varsity soccer seasons. Stay healthy! Follow your United players on the following high school teams:

Wils Alpern       Towson High School
Hudson Batista    Walt Whitman High School
Daniel Benitez    Centennial High School
Ricky Cantore      River Hill High School
Hugh Cross         St. Johns College High School
Graham Franke      Towson High School
Vincent Garofalo   Mount St. Joe's High School
Edwin Granados    Paint Branch High School
C.J. Johnson       Queen Anne's County High School
Paul Killian       Marriotts Ridge High School
Phil Martinelli    Marriotts Ridge High School
Jason McCarron    Arundel High School
Jimmy Mundy       Centennial High School
Garrett Nickles    Mt. Hebron High School
Jake Pace          River Hill High School
Max Rutherford    Churchill High School
Sal Sarr          Northwood High School
Matt Seinfeld      Wilde Lake High School
Tommy Schaeffler   Archbishop Spalding High School

Sunday, July 22
Tournament Schedule - Fall 2007

The tournament schedule for late fall 2007:

Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament
11/17/07 – 11/18/07
Bethesda, MD

Baltimore College Showcase
Ellicott City, MD

Disney Soccer Showcase
12/27/07 – 12/30/07
Orlando, FL

1999...a sign of things to come!
Saturday, July 14
Congratulations Jake!

Congratulations to Jake Pace for being selected to the Maryland 1991 ODP Regional Pool. Jake was one of three players from the Maryland 1991 ODP State team to be selected for the Regional pool.

Jake is an original member of the SAC United Premier 90-91 team, which was formed in 1999 as a U9 travel team. Good luck in the next round, Jake!

Monday, June 18
Schedules Released for Region 1 Tournament

The United will be in Group C, along with New York West, Virginia, and New Hampshire. After three preliminary round games, the winner of Group C will advance to the semi-finals to play the winner of Group B.

Thursday, May 24
Maryland State Cup - REPEAT Champions - No goals allowed 2007

First Round

Bye (as U15 Champions in 2006)

Second Round

SAC United Premier 90-91    5
The Greene Turtle          0

Third Round

SAC United Premier 90-91    4
Overlea United             0


SAC United Premier 90-91    1
Baltimore Bays Premier      0


SAC United Premier 90-91    1
Potomac Cougars             0

Monday, May 28
SAC United Premier 90-91 Wins Columbia Invitational

SAC United Premier 90-91 continued their winning ways by posting four shutouts in the top group at the Columbia Invitational. An excellent effort all weekend by all team members!

SAC v. Eastchester Patriots (ENY)       2-0 (Isaac Taylor, Tommy Schaeffler)

SAC v. Stonybrook Heat (ENY)            5-0 (Wils Alpern 2, Phil Martineli, Jake Pace, Max Rutherford)

SAC v. FC Copa Classico (NJ)          1-0   (Isaac Taylor)

SAC v. South Jersey Barons Black (NJ) 2-0 (Garrett Nickles, Jake Pace)

Monday, March 12
Jefferson Cup 2007

SAC United Premier 90-91 will travel to Richmond, VA on March 17-18 to play in the Jefferson Cup. This will be the 7th year in a row that the team has participated in this top-notch tournament!

Clink on the link above to see the schedule for the U16 Boys Championship group.

Tuesday, August 8
Tournament Schedule 2007

SC Sol President’s Day Tournament
2/17/07 – 2/19/07
Phoenix, AZ

Jefferson Cup
3/17/07 – 3/18/07
Richmond, VA

MSYSA State Cup
April – June 2007

Columbia Invitational
5/26/07 – 5/28/07
Ellicott City, MD

Monday, January 8
United Players Selected for Maryland ODP

Big congratulations go out to C.J. Johnson and Tommy Schaeffler for being selected to the Maryland 1990 ODP team and to Mattia Melillo, Jake Pace, and Matt Seinfeld for being selected to the Maryland 1991 ODP team. Way to go boys!

Monday, January 8
Welcome Back Phil!

Philip Martinelli, who has been a member of SAC since U5 Clinic days, returns to the Premier team after a one year stint with the Classic team. Phil, who is a sophomore at Marriotts Ridge High School, is a speedy striker / midfielder with a nose for the goal. Coming off a great high school season in which he was named to the All-County team, Phil will be a very welcome addition to the team!

Wednesday, December 13
Congratulations to Isaac, Vince, and Max

Congratulations to Isaac Taylor, Vince Garafolo, and Max Rutherford for being selected to attend the USL National ODP ID Camp in Cocoa Beach, Florida in January 2007.

Sunday, November 19
Congratulations Garrett

For the second year in a row members of the SAC United squad have won a MD State High School championship. Garrett Nickles and the Mt. Hebron Vikings claimed this year's 3A crown with an exciting 2-1 victory at UMBC. In 2005 Graham Franke and Wils Alpern and the Towson Generals shared the 3A state title with Jake Pace and the River Hill Hawks. Isaac Taylor and the Loyola Dons shared the MIAA A Conference Championship with Vince Garafalo and the St. Joe Gaels.

Tuesday, August 1
Welcome Matt Seinfeld!

The United are excited to welcome Matt Seinfeld back to SAC after several years away playing for the Baltimore Bays and the Potomac Cougars. Matt started playing soccer in SAC and played travel on the SAC U9 and U10 teams but then left to play with the Baltimore Bays. Everyone at SAC is excited for Matt's return and we look forward to watching him play with the team!

Thursday, June 22
Spring Season Update

The United continues their excellent season by posting a 8-0-1 record in the Colonial League with 32 goals for and 2 goals against. The tie came in the last match against Spirit United, an always tough team out of Downingtown, PA. The United's record assured the team of first place in the Colonial League with an automatic bid for the Region 1 Premier League in Spring 2007.

Including the Jefferson Cup, Maryland State Cup, Columbia Invitational, and Colonial League play, the United has played 21 games in and posted a 17-1-3 record, with 51 goals for and 7 goals against.

Sunday, June 4
Maryland State Cup 2006

Follow all the action in U15 Boys play on the MSYSA website (

SAC United Premier 5
MSC Synergy Lightning 0

SAC United Premier 2
SAC United Classic 0

SAC United Premier 3
Baltimore Bays   0

Sunday, June 4th U15 State Cup Final
SAC United Premier   2   
Potomac Cougars Premier   1    (4 - 1 in PKs)

Jefferson Cup 2006

SAC United Premier 90-91 will be playing in the Championship bracket of the Jefferson Cup.
As always, the tournament offers excellent competition.

*** Update: SAC United Premier wins their group and loses in the semi-final to CASL Elite in PKs after a scoreless double overtime. Great game, great tournament! ***

Group 1

Michigan Wolves (MI)
Carolina Goldstar Select (NC)
SYC Fire Gold (VA)

Group 2

Rochester Rhinos (W-NY)
TAP Santos (VA)
LDC United (E-PA)

Group 3

Richmond Strikers (VA)
CASL Elite (NC)
Spirit United (E-PA)

Group 4

SAC United Premier (MD)
Concorde Fire Elite (GA)
Oakwood SC (CT)

Tuesday, May 30
SAC United Premier Wins Columbia Invitational

SAC United had a good Memorial Day weekend, going 4-0-1 and only allowing one goal in five games to win the Columbia Invitational.

The game scores were as follows:

SAC United Premier   1    Bethlehem Knights (NY)    1
SAC United Premier   5    Freehold Revolution (NJ)   0
SAC United Premier   1    PA Classics White (PA)    0
SAC United Premier   2    Parsippany United (NJ)    0
SAC United Premier   3    Bethesda Arsenal (MD)    0

Sunday, April 30
SAC United Premier 90-91 Advances to Maryland State Cup Final

The SAC United Premier 90-91 advanced to the Maryland State Cup final on June 4th by winning their first three preliminary round games. The first game featured a strong team effort by the United in a 5-0 victory over the MSC Synergy Lightning. Goals were scored by Graham Franke, Mo Erinle, Mattia Melillo, Daniel Benitez, and Vincent Garofalo. Solid play in the midfield by Isaac Taylor and Chase Nichols kept the ball out of the United's defensive third for much of the match.

The second game ended in a 2-0 victory against the SAC United Classic as Mattia Melillo and Mo Erinle notched goals for the United. Once again the midfield and defense turned in strong efforts to keep the ball in the United's offensive third of the field.

The semifinal game pitted the United against their longtime rivals, the Baltimore Bays, in a scrappy, physical match. The United needed an aggressive, spirited performance by all their players and that is exactly what occurred. Leading 1-0 at the half on a beautiful goal by Graham Franke, the United locked it in during the second half with gritty performances all over the field. Mattia Melillo would finish a nice corner kick in the box and Isaac Taylor would launch a rocket shot to the upper 90 to seal the United victory in the second half. The defense continued their solid performance throughout the tournament, pitching their third shutout. Paul Killian and CJ Johnson split time in the goal to turn in the clean sheet while Vincent Garofalo, Garrett Nickles, and Joe Vidmar were a tough and tenacious unit across the back line. Chase Nichols, Jimmy Mundy, and Daniel Benitez were a force in the midfield positions, constantly winning balls in the air and smoothly transitioning the ball through to the midfield. Jason McCarron, Wils Alpern, Jake Pace, Mo Erinle, and Ricky Cantore all provided a spark on offense, constantly pressuring the Bays' defenders. McCarron pulled double duty at the end of the game on the defensive end to help seal the win. All in all an excellent team effort by the United...on to the finals on June 4th to face the winner of the Bethesda Arsenal / Potomac Cougars game in the other semifinal.

Friday, May 19
United's Trip to England - April 2006

I have hosted many teams from around the world and I have to say that I was extremely impressed with SAC as an organisation and would have you guys back in a heartbeat.

It was an absolute pleasure and did not feel like work for me and my staff that week.

Coach Rick Cantore and Coach Sean Wray had a fantastic rapport with the kids and it was easy to see that they both had the boys’ respect. That to me speaks volumes about Rick and Sean as coaches and more importantly, as people. I was also very impressed by the standard of play and the organisation of the team in general. To come over here and compete with some excellent teams is a big achievement, not least achieve a 0 – 0 draw with the City of Liverpool U15 team who had just reached the English Schools Trophy Final, the biggest City representative tournament in the UK at U15 level! SAC should be very proud of what Rick and Sean are doing with these players and I am sure a lot of the boys have a very bright future in the game at a good level.

I talked to the team on the first night and asked them to remember that they need to behave in the right manner whilst in the UK because they are representing their club, their coaches, their families and most importantly themselves. I am delighted to report to all involved that each and every boy on this tour was impeccably behaved, conducted themselves with class and respect and I would like to congratulate and thank them all. I would also like every parent to know that their son was a credit to them, just as I would like to know if one of my son’s had made me proud. The other issue is that you all have some talented players as well!

The parents (and daughter) I met were also fantastic. They were very polite, grateful and genuinely good people and as a result, they were also a pleasure to host. I hope I did enough to convince them that I knew it was their trip as well as the boys. Sophia Cantore was that well mannered and behaved I forgot she was with us half the time!

I sincerely hope that your club goes from strength to strength and I would love to have your club back in the UK any time.

It was a pleasure to have you all and I wish all the team, coaches and the parents the very best for the future.

Neil Sang
Managing Director
Sportstar Promotions Limited
Vale House
Edwards Lane
L24 9HW
United Kingdom

Saturday, May 20
Colonial League Schedule and Results

April 2

DE United FC      0          SAC United Premier      3
10:00 AM    East Middle School

Hockessin Titans      0       SAC United Premier      6
1:00 PM    East Middle School

May 6

SAC United Premier    3       Baltimore Bays United      0
10:00 AM   Covenant Park

May 7

CDSA Revolution      0          SAC United Premier      2
3:15 PM    Schutte Park

May 14

SAC United Premier    7          CAPA 90    0
10:00 AM   Howard Community College

SAC United Premier      1         Lower Merion Arsenal       0    (FT)
2:30 PM    Howard Community College

May 20

York United Force    0       SAC United Premier    3
11:00 AM   Cousler Park

Redland Jaguars    0          SAC United Premier    5
2:00 PM    Redland Soccer Complex

June 17

Spirit United    2         SAC United Premier    2
11:00 AM

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