Marc My Words!
Posted June 26th, 2014
Marc Maturo’s official sports column
Young, old and in between, these players are having a ball
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These leagues, in which most if not all play simply for fun and some an insatiable will to win, attract former collegiate standouts such as 25-year-old lad Sean Russell of New City, but also feature such diehards as 41-year-old landscape businessman Cain Mazariego of Blauvelt to 60-something legends Joe Moger of Congers and David Hoshia of Airmont.
“I just hope to can last as long as those guys, yeah, if my muscles and joints hold up,” offered Russell, who competes each Sunday with El Roble at Haverstraw Middle School following an illustrious career with the Jaspers of Manhattan College.
Russell started his career playing with Ramapo Valley Soccer Club, of which his dad, Glyn, an amateur player in England, was a former president. Russell the Younger also played two years with a men’s semi-pro team in Clarkstown, and hopes to continue playing when he resumes his travels overseas.
“I went to Turkey and tried to play pro, but now I’m just playing for fun,” said Russell. “It just didn’t work out, and it was kind of disappointing, but it was just amazing to try out. I still love it; I still love to play. I’m self-employed and eventually want to travel and play in foreign countries where I can. My best friend in high school, who did score the winning goal (in state championship game), Kyle Hoffer, is playing in the USL with the Rochester Rhinos.”
Hoffer’s goal, by the way, which lifted Albertus Magnus HS to the title, was assisted by Russell,
Russell noted he also used to play indoor soccer, “with old guys like Joe (Moger),” in Bardonia.
“They’re good,” says Russell, in due deference to his many elders. “They’re smart players, know how to move the ball. They have so much experience, especially Joe, he’s a great guy.”
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Russell, Sean [MC????]
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I did not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Sean but did find the item below on the ‘Go Jaspers’ site that indicates that he played at least 3 years for Manhattan.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
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