Joe Abele returns as Head Coach; will lead team into home opener on Sat., May 14th
The New England Mutiny continue to prepare for their home opener on Saturday, May 14th against the New York Magic at East Longmeadow High School (7:00 PM), as the Mutiny have officially announced their coaching staff for the 2016 season. Joe Abele will return for his second season as Head Coach while Rebecca Lewis joins the team as Goalkeeper Coach.
“Joe did a tremendous job with the squad last season,” said New England Mutiny owner Joe Ferrara, Jr. “With his return along with our core group of players coming back, I feel that consistency and familiarity with the system will take us to greater heights this year in United Women’s Soccer.”
“This is going to be an exciting year for us,” said Abele, who led New England to the Power 5 Division title last year with a 8-2 overall record. “We have a great core of veterans, an outstanding group of new players and amazing chemistry. We are looking forward to the challenges of the new league and what it has to offer.”
Abele returned to the Mutiny coaching staff in 2014 as Goalkeeper Coach, after serving as an assistant during the 2006-07 seasons. Joe has been a coach for West Hartford Premiere/FSAFC UNITED since 2007 and West Hartford Boys Travel Coach since 2008. Abele holds a NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma as well as a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) coaching license.
Lewis is a Ithaca College graduate and went to the Division III NCAA Tournament each year she played for the Bombers, including a Final Four appearance. Becca played her fifth year at Central Connecticut State University. The team were Northeast Conference champions and qualified for the NCAA Tournament, her fifth appearance. She won a gold medal in the European Maccabi Games in Summer 2015 for Team USA, allowing no goals.
Season tickets are on sale and are available for $30/$20 (adult/youth) and includes a free Mutiny t-shirt. The team has also set up a “Donate a Ticket” program where folks can donate a season ticket to a local youth soccer player. Go to the “Schedule” page for more information.
As part of the AAA Discounts & Rewards Program, Mutiny fans can show their AAA card at the gate this season and receive $3 off an adult ticket, and $2 off a youth ticket. AAA will also be sponsor of the Halftime Penalty Kick Shoot-out. If the chosen person scores on our Mutiny goalkeeper, they win the monetary prize. If not, the prize money rolls over to the penalty kick shoot-out at the next home game.
New England Mutiny fans can now follow the progress of their favorite team during the season via the Sport Ngin Mobile app. To install this mobile-friendly app for Apple & Android, simply click HERE and input the Mutiny Team ID number “1391575”.