Molinari Returns to Coach Pioneers
Tryouts also announced for January
The Western Mass Pioneers are pleased to announce that Federico Molinari is
returning to coach the team for the 2017 season. Molinari played six seasons for the Pioneers
(2003, 2006-2010) and was the Pioneers head coach in 2012-2014, and in 2016.
“I’m very excited to return to the Pioneers” stated Molinari. “We have a lot
of work to do to bring in players that want to improve their game, practice
hard, and get results on the field. Our
goal is to make the playoffs and to qualify for the 2018 US Open Cup.”
2016 was a highly successful
year for Western Mass under coach Molinari.
The team finished second in their division and qualified for the playoffs
for the first time since 2008. The
Pioneers also had a four game win streak along with an eight game unbeaten
streak. It is also likely the team
qualified for the 2017 US Open Cup, a prestigious competition the team has
appeared in 9 times before.
Dennis Gomes will return as Molinari’s assistant coach. Gomes was Pioneers head coach in 2015, and
has been a longtime assistant working with Molinari. “I look forward to help develop future
professional soccer players this season with Federico” Gomes replied.
The Pioneers will be holding tryouts on January 21, 6-8 PM at Soccer City in
Wilbraham. The cost is $50, and it
includes the training session along with a Pioneers t-shirt. Please visit www.wmpioneers.com for more information
and to register.
“We are hoping to get a good turnout and hopefully identify some players
that can help us this year” commented Pioneers general manager Greg
Kolodziey. “We just returned from the
USL league meetings finalizing the schedule and getting ready for the 2017
season. We need to have a good team this
year to compete in our division.”