Between July 15th – 17th, Diaspora soccer team NY Pancyprian Freedoms, in Kentucky, United States, will be claiming the title for the U.S. Soccer Cup. According to the National Herald, the team qualified for the final phase (final four) and the four best teams in the Cosmopolitan League finals. After a 3-0 score on penalties over Phoenix Pensylvania, the Pancyprian won the eastern U.S.A. district cup.
“It was a long and tough game”, stated the team’s President, Lefteris Iliadis. “We are however, determined to win and present our qualification as a gift to our President, Phillip Christopher, who was with us from the first moment we left New York, and our wonderful people who traveled to Philadephia so that we wouldn’t be alone, creating an atmosphere that made us think we were all playing at home. We thank them all.”
Today, the team is playing a difficult game in Queens, against a professional team, FC New York. The team must do its best, to qualify for the U.S. Challenge Cup.
The New York Pancyprian-Freedoms are an American soccer club based in Astoria, New York, currently playing in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, which they won in 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2007-08.
They won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1980, 1982 and 1983, and reached the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup in 1984. More recently they won the 2008 U.S. Open Amateur Cup. In the final in Seattle they defeated the Arizona Sihuarros by a final score of 2-1 after extra time.
The current men’s team is composed primarily of players that came up through the Eleftheria-Pancyprian Youth teams, the youth soccer division of the Pancyprian Association of NY.
The majority of players have played NCAA Division I soccer and are now young business professionals or attending graduate school in various fields of stud