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USL League Two teams in New England planning for 2021 return

By Jonathan Sigal (New England Soccer Journal) 01/06/2021, 6:30pm EST

AC Connecticut Named USL Academy League Founding Member

By AC Connecticut 10/20/2020, 11:45am EDT

13 Clubs To Compete In Northeast Division In 2021

AC Connecticut Product Kessler Excelling As MLS Rookie

By CAMERON KOUBEK - 09/21/2020, 11:00am EDT


History made as AC Connecticut U-13 team wins National Cup title

By New England Soccer Journal 07/26/2019, 1:00pm EDT

13U boys win national title
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Before AC Connecticut’s U-13 team began its championship match vs. Sporting Arkansas Premier out at US Club Soccer’s National Cup XVIII Finals, head coach Steve Carneiro had a simple message for his players.


He gathered the group on the sideline in Commerce City, Colo., and asked them to think of the big picture.


“Before the game started, I told the boys to close their eyes and said, ‘All I want you to do is picture what this logo will look like with the first star above it after winning the national title. You guys would be talked about forever, leave your mark in the AC Connecticut history books, make Connecticut proud,” Carneiro said.


That turned into reality for AC Connecticut on Tuesday morning, as they secured a 2-1 win, becoming the only boys team from New England to capture a championship at National Cup. The other four titles for the region went to various NEFC girls teams, with Bruno United (Rhode Island) falling, 2-1, at the U-17 age group to Vestavia Steamers Black (Alabama).

But the historical significance wasn’t lost on Carneiro, with this being AC Connecticut’s first national title. The win also helped the club achieve National Premier League status.To even book a trip to Colorado, AC Connecticut won its State Cup tournament after a strong season in the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) Metropolitan League. They also won their group at the EDP Fall Cup and were semifinalists at the Potomac Memorial Tournament.


“I can’t be more proud for the club and all the directors involved, all the teams in Connecticut,” Carneiro said. “This national title was something that means a lot to the team, to myself, to the state. We hope the teams from Connecticut feel we represented them. We wanted to make it known that we can compete with these other states. An unbelievable experience.”


Carneiro is also a men’s soccer assistant coach at Western Connecticut State, where they have a saying that proved helpful for AC Connecticut. They trailed several times out at National Cup, before buckling down and emerging with the win.


By the tournament’s end, they went 5-0, had a plus-13 goal differential and scored 20 goals. Noah Braz and Andrew Genovese split time at goalkeeper, while Andres Pelaez led the tournament with 12 goals and Andreas Shaboo was another top goalscorer.


“It seemed like the boys knew how to win,” Carneiro said. “They found a way when we were down 3-0 and came back, then in the final being down 1-0. They never lost their cool and stayed together. At Western we have a saying of holding the rope, and I tried to instill that in the boys. It’s a life lesson.”




2019 Youth Tryouts Announced

By AC Connecticut 04/23/2019, 2:15pm EDT

U9 to U19 tryouts set for end of May / early June in three locations

Boys Youth Program Accepted Into NPL

By AC Connecticut 04/09/2019, 3:30pm EDT

U12 - U19 Teams Set To Join For 2019-20 Season


By AC Connecticut 02/07/2019, 10:00am EST

Donnell Harvey set to lead new program

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Individual Player Workout Videos

Hello Parents, 

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and safety is our number one priority. 

We believe we that it is important for the players to stay fit and continue getting touches on the ball because we are not sure how long the season will be delayed. 

Please see the two links below for videos that the players can do. We would love for the players to post short video clips of them performing these skills and work outs on social media and tag #acconnecticut, #accvseverbody, #npl, #usclubsoccer.



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