Non-Pay-To-Play Youth Take Silver At Nike Bernie Ward Tournament


September 4th - 5th, 2021 - Pathfinder FC's non-pay-to-play youth club U12 and U13 teams take 2nd Place at the Nike Bernie Ward tournament at Farmington Soccer Club's complex in Bristol, Connecticut.


The U12 Boys started strong on Saturday with 3-2 win over Sporting Connecticut. Sporting, coached by Hector Ballesteros, is currently ranked #3 in the State of Connecticut, according to Got Sport. According to the club's website, the club practices twice per week and costs $2,300 plus tournament fees.


Next the U12s played Ajax Premier, coached by Leszek Wrona, and won 2-0. The team is currently ranked 8th in the State of Connecticut. According to the club's website, the club practices twice per week and costs $1,200 plus tournament fees.


The find match of the group stage was conceded to Farmington Soccer Academy's Pre-ECNL team, coached by Craig Butterfield, and ranked 1st in Connecticut. The club's website does not list their fees, but their Facebook page describes their cost as $$$$.


Pathfinder U12 faced FSA again in the final and lost 1 - 0 in a hard fought match.


The U13 boys started strong on Saturday with a 4 - 0 trashing of Connecticut Football Club, coached by Kledian Xhiekneli. The CFC team is currently ranked 15 in the State of Connecticut, and is part of the mega club Connecticut Football Club. CFC does not disclose its costs, but parents have reported costs of more than $3000 per year.


Pathfinder faced FSA's 09 ECNL team, coached by Rob Jachym, and lost 2-1. The FSA team is ranked 4th in the State of Connecticut. Pathfinder would face them again in the final and suffer the same result! The U13's third match of the weekend was against another FSA ECNL team, Coached by Eric McGrath, in which Pathfinder won 5-0.


"I'm proud what we offer in our non-pay-to-play program, and that we can compete with programs that are referred to as 'elite' and 'premier'," said Colin McComb, Pathfinder's Owner and CEO. Pathfinder's youth program trains and competes 11-months of the year, practicing 4-days a week during the fall and spring. Pathfinder include futsal throughout the winter, and all soccer and futsal tournaments are included in the program. McComb added, "We are focused on the international market of football, developing players to their potential, and opening pathways to them. We are investing in our future."