Deanna Persico Lands Athletic Scholarship at Fairleigh Dickinson University

deannaPersico signing2015(March 17, 2015) Aurora, ON - The Aurora Youth Soccer Club is pleased to announce that 1996 Girls standout-goalkeeper Deanna Persico has signed a National Letter-of-Intent with Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), a NCAA Division I school in Teaneck, New Jersey.

"As soon as I got on campus, it just felt right," said Deanna about the FDU program. "The school is in a great location, the soccer facilities are really nice, and the academic programs that are being offered are a perfect fit for me to study in chemistry."

Deanna started her soccer career with the AYSC at the age of four and entered the competitive stream at eight years old with the Stingers. She played most of her competitive years with the Aurora Youth Soccer Club, with brief stints at the Vaughan Soccer Club and the North Mississauga Soccer Club. She has played in several college showcase tournaments such as Disney Showcase, Orange Classic, CASL and Umbro.

Deanna will play under FDU Head Coach Eric Teepe and will be one of only two keepers on the roster, so the opportunity to play as a freshman is quite attainable. FDU posted an overall record of 14-5-1 and a 6-1-1 record, playing in the Northeastern Conference.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:00


AYSC Appoints Jimmy Brennan Executive Director

brennan webSpencer Kanen (AYSC President), Toni Barbieri (YRSA President), Jimmy Brennan

(March 13, 2015) - The Aurora Youth Soccer Club is pleased to announce that Jimmy Brennan has been named Executive Director. Jimmy has 21 years of experience in the game on and off the field as a player, First Team Coach, Academy Coach and Assistant General Manager.

"With Jimmy's vast connections in the football world both at the professional level as well as at the Canada/USA University levels, Aurora Youth Soccer Club will have the ability to set up direct pathways for our children's futures," said AYSC President Spencer Kanen.

Jimmy's soccer credentials allow him to understand the landscape of Canadian soccer on and off the field and add a different and fresh perspective to the AYSC. He will guide the club to advance and produce competitive and successful players and coaches both on and off of the field. Jimmy also knows and understands the challenges for soccer players as he has lived through all obstacles that the game presents at all ages.

"He is well respected in the world of soccer and we are extremely lucky to have a local individual giving back to the community by joining our team," Kanen continued. "The Aurora Youth Soccer Club has made a tremendous step forward in order to complete our goal of being one of the most ambitious youth clubs in the country."

As a player, Jimmy spent 16 years professionally in both England and Canada, notably with two-time European Cup winning club Nottingham Forest. He represented Canada at all levels and won the 2000 Gold Cup, 2002 Gold Cup bronze medal and played in the Confederations Cup against Brazil, Cameroon and hosts Japan. He also played in the U-17 World Cup against Argentina, Australia and Nigeria. He played in the English Premier League with Norwich City FC as well as Southampton FC, Bristol City FC and Toronto FC.

Jimmy was the first signing and club captain of Toronto FC, where he was a part of the club for seven years. He was a 2008 Major League Soccer All-Star, Humanitarian of the Year, Player of the year, Fans player of the year and Defender of the year.

Working under of some great managers and players such as Joe Jordan (ex-Man United, AC Milan and Scotland player), Russell Osman (ex-England and Ipswich town player), David Platt ( ex-Arsenal, Sampdoria and England player), Tony Pulis (Stoke City, Crystal Palace and West Brom Manager), Jimmy brings invaluable experience to the AYSC. Jimmy holds a USSF A licence, UEFA B licence and currently is enrolled for his UEFA A license at the Football Association of Ireland.He was also on the management team at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, where he held the role of Assistant General Manager for the Toronto FC.

Jimmy Brennan Bio

Playing Career:

Canadian National Team: 1993-2009
  • U-17 World Cup 1993 Japan
  • U-20 Canadian National Team
  • U-23 Canadian Olympic Team
  • Men's World Cup National Team- (50 Senior Appearances)
  • Concacaf Gold Cup Winner 2000-(Hall of Fame 2014 Team of Distinction)
  • Concacaf Gold Cup Bronze Medal 2002
  • Confederation Cup 2000 vs Brazil, Japan and Cameroon
  • 1999 Canadian Player of the Year

Toronto Football Club: 2007-2010 (USA / Canada-MLS)
  • 88 Appearances and Captain of the Club
  • Canada Cup Winners 2009, 2010
  • Concacaf Champions League 2009, 2010
  • 2007 Defender of the Year
  • 2008 Player of the Year
  • 2008 Major League Soccer All Star Team
  • 2009 Humanitarian of the Year
  • 2010 jersey retired on the Wall of Honour

Southampton Football Club: 2006-2007 (England)
  • 20 Appearances

Norwich City Football Club: 2003-2006 (England)
  • 85 Appearances
  • Championship Winners 2005 Promoted to English Premier League

Nottingham Forest Football Club: 1999-2003 (England)
  • 150 appearances
  • 2004 play-off Semi-Finals vs Sheffield United

Bristol City Football Club: 1994-1999 (England)
  • 85 appearances
  • Promoted as League 2 Runners-Up 98
  • Young Player Of The Year
  • Transferred to Nottingham Forest in 2000

Coaching Career:

2011 TFC U-17 Academy Head Coach
  • Develop and scout youth players with potential for the First Team
2011-2014 TFC First Team Assistant Coach
  • Organize training, put players through training sessions, prepare video for all games, involvement in buying, selling and trading players
  • Canada Cup Winners 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Concacaf Champions League Semi-Finalists 2011-2012
2012-2014 TFC Reserve Team Coach
  • Organize, Coach and Train the players to prepare them for the first team.

Management Career:
2010-2011 Toronto FC Assistant General Manager
  • Working alongside General Manager Mo Johnson regarding salary cap, player development and the overall structure of the club.

2015-Present Aurora Youth Soccer Club, Executive Director

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 13:34


Smoke Free Soccer Fields in 2015


As of January 1, 2015, it is now ILLEGAL to:

Smoke on and around children's playgrounds and publicly owned sport fields and surfaces (e.g., areas for basketball, baseball, soccer or beach volleyball, ice rinks, tennis courts, splash pads and swimming pools that are owned by a municipality, the province or a postsecondary education institution)

For more informaiton on Smoke-Free Ontario Act, please read the details on Sporting Areas.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:10


owsl yrslIn the spirit of renewed partnership between the two clubs, the organizations would like to announce that we have agreed to the transfer of the AYSC Ontario Women's Soccer League (OWSL) Regional Premier team in addition to the Aurora Stinger's YRSL Women's Premier team to the Aurora Soccer Club.

Over the last few months, the Boards and their staff have had discussions about developing a clear and comprehensive path from youth competitive soccer to adult competitive soccer. The first step in this path is to have these high level teams aligned with the Aurora Soccer Club that is currently the home to the Aurora Hearts - the men's competitive team.

Both organizations would like to congratulate (Ontario Women's Soccer League) Martin Ambrose (Head Coach) as well as (York Region Soccer League) George Orfanakos (Head Coach), and welcome the two teams to their new home at the Aurora Soccer Club.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 11:25


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