WELCOME FROM THE METRO NEW YORK AMPUTEE SOCCER TEAM

 

MEET THE TEAM

Kayde Palmer

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Midfielder

Kayde joined Metro NY in 2021. He played 'conventional' soccer for 12 years until he got his amputation in 2020. The cause of his amputation was a motorcycle accident. Kayde enjoys outdoor activities and spends time with his family.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "When I am in the field, I feel free. When I play soccer, I can truly express myself."

Favorite pump-up song: Get Back Up by T.I. & Chris Brown

Keita Karamacho "BK"

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Defense

BK joined Metro NY in 2021. He has played soccer in Senegal and New York for a number of years before his amputation. He is still learning the rules of the game and adapting to it. BK lives in the Bronx, and he comes to every practice to go the extra mile.

Keith Mann 

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Defense

Keith has been playing soccer for 18 years. He is currently playing for Metro NY Amputee Soccer and the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team. He lost part of his leg in a parkour accident when he was 17. In addition to soccer,, Keith enjoys cycling.

Favorite thing about soccer: "I’m fascinated by the movement and the space of the game, it's freeing in a way."

Patrick Filosa

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Defense

Patrick joined Metro NY in 2021 and recently got into soccer. Since he was a child, Patrick has played multiple sports. After his amputation 7 years ago, Patrick has played basketball, wheelchair softball, and wheelchair basketball. Patrick is a huge Mets fan and loves going to Citi Field. 

Favorite pump-up song: Nero Forte by Slipknot

Abdoula "Abdoul" Sow

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Defense

Abdul is a versatile athlete who joined the NY Amputee Team in 2019 and is originally from Mauritania. Besides

soccer, Abdul also plays wheelchair basketball. He lost his leg when he was 8 after a motorcycle accident. 

Favorite thing about soccer:  "I love the fact that soccer is a team work game in which collaboration is the key to win."

Favorite pump-up song: Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers

Carlos Ayala

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Forward

Carlos has played soccer for 23 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2018. He lost part of his leg in the 2001 Salvadorean earthquake and was an active player of the Salvadorian National Amputee Soccer Team.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "I love the passion of the sport and the chance to represent the country like a warrior."

 Favorite pump-up song: Grito 

Geo

Jiovany "Geo" Santibanez

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Defense

Geo joined the team recently. He is still learning about soccer. He has a hemipelvectomy on his left side and is passionate about going to the gym in his free time. Geo likes to work, go to the gym, and rock climb. He also loves hanging with friends and family.

Favorite pump-up song: Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor

Jovan 
Lehfeld-Booker

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Forward

Jovan has been playing soccer for 20 years and joined the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2018. Jovan was born with fibular hemimelia and had part of his leg amputated when he was 10 months old. In addition to soccer, Jovan plays stand-up amputee basketball.

Favorite thing about soccer: "The rewarding feeling of coming together as a team to achieve a common goal."

 Favorite pump-up song:  SICKO MODE by Travis Scott ft. Drake

Robert "Chino" Rodriguez

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Forward

Robert had been playing soccer for about a year before joining the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team in 2017. Robert was born with fibula hemimelia. In addition to soccer, Robert plays competitive sled hockey, sit-down volleyball, stand-up amputee basketball and adaptive CrossFit.

Favorite thing about soccer:   "The level of skill, the challenge and the love that the world has for one sport. It brings so many countries and communities together."

 Favorite pump-up song:  Believer by Imagine Dragons

Thomas "Tom" Stock

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Defense

Tom joined Metro NY in 2021 and is excited to be back playing one of the games that he loves. He comes with more than 38 years of experience in athletics. Since he was a child, Tom has played soccer  and lacrosse.  In college, he continued playing and started to coach both games. Up until his recent amputation in 2019, Tom coached a local varsity soccer program and travel lacrosse programs.

Tom lives with his wife Maria and 4 children on Long Island. He loves to play competitive pool and stay active.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "Soccer is a beautiful game and one of the sports that has no cultural or financial boundaries."

Favorite pump-up song: The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy

Yonatan Mendoza

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Defense

Yonatan joined Metro NY in 2021 and is excited to be back playing on crutches once again. Since he plays able-bodied soccer, Yonatan is a former player of The National Salvadorian Amputee Soccer Team. Yonatan lives with his wife and son in Maryland.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "Soccer is a way of living."

Zef Gjinaj

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Midfielder

Zef has played soccer for 18 years and joined the Metro NY Amputee Soccer Team in 2021. He lost part of his leg in a work accident. Zef is an experienced tattoo artist, husband, and father. He enjoys hiking and going on adventures.

Favorite thing about soccer:  "I love being on the field and the sport itself. When I am on the field, the rest of the world goes away. "

 Favorite pump-up song: I'm The Man By 50 Cent

 

COACHES & STAFF

NY Metro Amputee Soccer Team

Jim Franks

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Head Coach, Metro New York Amputee Soccer Team

Jim started playing soccer at the age of 9 and graduated from C.W. Post, Long Island University where he captained his senior year. 
Jim went on to instill his love for the game into his daughters. To this day, Jim continues to play soccer with the Commack Cougars O30 team. Soccer has always been Jim’s passion, and he is excited to continue to do what he loves.

Favorite song:

"Tubthumping I Get Knocked Down" by Chumbawamba 

Joan Bolanos

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Assistant Coach, Metro New York Amputee Soccer Team

Social Media Director, American Amputee Soccer Association

Eric M. Lamberg, PT, EdD

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Staff, Metro New York Amputee Soccer Team

Head Coach, US National Amputee Soccer Team 

President, American Amputee Soccer Association

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Staff, Metro New York Amputee Soccer Team

Physical Therapist, US National Amputee Soccer Team

Secretary, American Amputee Soccer Association

James Pierre-Glaude,  PT, DPT, ATC 

 

2021 Calendar of Events

July 10th & 17th

New York Training & Recruiting Event

This is an open to all  adults and children interested to join the Metro NY Amputee soccer team

Grab a ball and come down! For more information contact the coach here 

Location:

SPORTIME Kings Park, 275 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754

10:00 - 11:30 AM EST

July 31st

2nd Scrimmage  of 2021 Featuring Metro New York & New England 

This is an event by invitation only hosted by

New York Red Bulls

Location:

Red Bull Arena, 600 Cape May St. Harrison, NJ 07029 

1:30 - 4:00 PM EST

August 14th & 28th 

New York Training & Recruiting Event

This is an open to all  adults and children interested to join the Metro NY Amputee soccer team

Grab a ball and come down! For more information contact the coach here

Location:

SPORTIME Kings Park, 275 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754

10:00 - 11:30 AM EST

January 16th

 New York Training & Recruiting Event

This is an open to all  adults and children interested to join the Metro NY Amputee soccer team

Location:

SPORTIME Kings Park, 275 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754

8:00 - 9:00 AM EST

February 20th

New York Training & Recruiting Event

This is an open to all  adults and children interested to join the Metro NY Amputee soccer team

Location:

SPORTIME Kings Park, 275 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754

8:00 - 9:00 AM EST

March 20th 

1st Scrimmage of 2021 Featuring Metro New York & New England

This is an open to all  adults and children interested to join the Metro NY Amputee soccer team

Grab a ball and come down! For more information contact the coach here 

Location:

SPORTIME Kings Park, 275 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754

7:30 - 9:00 AM EST

April 10th & 24th 

New York Training & Recruiting Event

These events are open to all  adults and children interested to join the Metro NY Amputee soccer team

Grab a ball and come down! For more information contact the coach here 

Location:

SPORTIME Kings Park, 275 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754

10:00 - 11:30 AM EST

May 15th & 22nd

New York Training & Recruiting Event

These events are open to all  adults and children interested to join the Metro NY Amputee soccer team

Grab a ball and come down! For more information contact the coach here 

Location:

SPORTIME Kings Park, 275 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754

10:00 - 11:30 AM EST

June 12th & 26th 

New York Training & Recruiting Event

 

These events are an open to all  adults and children interested to join the Metro NY Amputee soccer team

Grab a ball and come down! For more information contact the coach here 

Location:

SPORTIME Kings Park, 275 Old Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754

10:00 - 11:30 AM EST

 

PLAYERS IN THE NEWS

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Tuesday Talks with Jovan & Amp1 Basketba

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Robert @Challenge Daytona

 

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