Jade Tree United finished their season by meeting FMC in the first round of the NCCO playoffs on Sunday, February 25 at the PAL Center.

This was JTU’s first visit to the play offs and the team was ready to face FMC, who beat Jade Tree earlier in the season.

Jade Tree started strong with a visible energy to their play. But despite their offense, the FMC striker’s where too much for the JTU defense and helped put FMC up 2-0 in under ten minutes.

A run of play that included a fair share of near misses finally concluded with Mike Hoffman blasting one into the FMC net in the 9th minute.

Just as Jade Tree looked to be turning the corner, FMC added another to the board, making it 3-1.

But JTU never gave up and Ryan Mann was able to shoot from the edge of the box to knock in JTU’s second of the night and get the JTU fans believing once again.

Soon thereafter, Mike Hoffman used his body and skill to muscle through the FMC defense to send a blistering ball into the back of the net.

Jade Tree would get scored upon twice more to make it 5-4 at the half.

Returning to the pitch with a sense that they could win, Jade Tree played much stronger out of the gate.

The team pressed on FMC and chances from Al Agra, Casey Gallucio, Victor Alvarez, Darren Walters, and Mike Leyva all went wide or were saved by the FMC keeper. The increasing pressure on Jade Tree to score began to stretch the JTU defense and thus allow FMC to pounce and add three successive goals before Jade Tree began to get the backline in order.

As usual, JTU ‘keeper Brian Olden was instrumental between the sticks as he kept busy all match swatting, diving, and securing the ball from going into the back of his net.

Jade Tree continued to have chances late in the second half, but to no avail. A corner kick that resulted in a goal for JTU was disallowed after appeals for a handball on Ryan Mann were made and only a spectacular save by the FMC goalie kept Alex Milne’s effort out of the net.

Continuing to pressure FMC into the final minutes, Jade Tree was rewarded when Alex Milne easily beat the FMC keeper to give JTU a final result of 8-5.

This was Jade Tree United’s best finish ever and remains in fifth place in the final standings.

“This team gave me its all this season. Every man worked to his maximum effort and it shows in the final standings”, commented Manager Darren Walters. “They should be proud of what they have accomplished this year.”

Jade Tree United 2006/2007 Season Statistics & Awards:

Most Goals: Ryan Mann / Alex Milne (tie)
MVP: Brian Olden (2nd year in a row)
Most Saves: Brian Olden
Most Fouls Against: Alex Milne
Most Fouled Upon: Victor Alvarez
Best Goal: Casey Gallucio
Most Improved Player: Casey Gallucio
Most Heart: Jim Brooks
Team Spirit Award: Mike Leyva

Ryan Mann: 19
Alexander Milne: 19
Victor Alvarez: 14
Shane Chanpaul: 9
Michael Hoffman: 7
Miguel Leyva: 6
Alfredo Agra: 4
Casey Gallucio: 3
Darren Walters: 2


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Jade Tree United met DS Excavators at the Kirkwood Center on Monday, February 19.

Jade Tree United were bolstered by the addition of Shane Chanpaul to the line up. Chanpaul has been called up previously from the reserve squad and worked wonders for the team

Jade Tree United was fighting for playoff position in this match. Knowing that a loss would see them to a poor position for the playoffs, the team began more passionately then they had in previous matches.

The first ten minutes were competitive with the ball being equally possessed by both teams. It would be the young midfielder Shane Chanpaul who would make the difference early one, scoring the first goal of the night with a well-taken shot on the DSE net.

Immediately following the goal, Jade Tree was denied what should have been their second goal of the night. However, the referee decided that an advantage was played and withdrew the goal.

DSC then took advantage of the ensuing confusion and made their attack, leveling the score at 1-1.

Ryan Mann responded within minutes, as he danced his way through DSE’s defenses to knock in his first to put Jade Tree up 2-1.

As the match wore on, it became progressively more aggressive. Victor Alvarez was seriously fouled on the edge of his own box. The DSE player was immediately carded and JTU attempted to take advantage of the opportunity, but to no avail.

Then, Ryan Mann was carded for his challenge on a DSE player. He carnage continued as Darren Walters was then brought to ground by a nasty challenge for which Jade Tree received a free kick.

As the challenges continued, JTU was unable to keep pace and was surpassed by two goals before mounting a comeback.

With the match flowing back and forth, Casey Gallucio teed up Alex Milne who converted Jade Tree’s third of the night.

With the score at 3-5, Shane Chanpaul received a pass from Ryan Mann to convert his second. The keeper got a touch to it, but his fingertips would not be enough to save the ball from the net.

4-5 at the half, Jade Tree certainly looked as if they were up for the match, but as the game entered the second half, their momentum began to lack the needed speed and control.

Jade Tree settled in and appeared to be ready to deal with the DSE threat, but a lack of defense plagued the team and put them behind 4-6 before they were able to recover.

Shane Chanpaul picked up the slack and kept charging at the DSE goal and it began to work. Inspiring the team with his solo effort to receive his hat trick, JTU pushed forward.

But it was all Chanpaul. With a support system arriving forward with him, Chanpaul was given many more chances and soon, Jade Tree was within a point of equalizing DSE.

But that point would be elusive as DSE moved ahead to 8 goals just as Chanpaul netted JTU’s sixth.

And there the score would settle as the final whistle blew.

Though Jade Tree lost 6-8, the team remains in 5th place due to point differential. The team must now face the dreaded FMC in the first round of playoffs on Sunday, February 25.


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Longtime friend and artist collaborator of Jade Tree, Jeremy Dean has recently started his own T-shirt label called Double Edged Sword. Jeremy has a long history of working with Jade Tree over the years, lending his skills to many poster, and .

We could tell you all about DES, but we’ll leave that to the Philadelphia Weekly: