Thistle Team Black (U16) honored by NJ Youth Soccer

The Kearny Thistle Storm Black Team (16U Boys) were honored Friday, Feb. 2, at the Pines Manor in Edison by NJ Youth Soccer. They were honored for their performance in the US Youth Soccer Eastern President Cup. The Black team won the Eastern Presidents Cup in 2022 and 2023.They are coached by Ronny Kolbinger. In 2023, the team made it to the regionals in Pennsylvania. After winning the regionals, they advanced to Wichita, Kansas, for the finals. The boys are also playing for their high school varsity soccer teams. The team is seen here with Coach Kolbinger.

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