The team finished the season 7-3. Coach Anders a former standout player at Mercy College and captain at Manhattan Soccer Club joined FC Harlem in 2011. “ I was playing soccer one Saturday in Harlem and met Irv as they were setting up for Fall Rec League. We chatted for a bit and he expressed interest in getting me involved with the competitive teams.” Anders recalls.
Coach Anders tough love no nonsense approach immediately yielded results. Coach Anders took a team that was 2-8 the previous season to 5-5 in 2011 and 6-4 in 2012. This success did not go unnoticed by Executive Director Irv Smalls. “I was excited to have Coach Anders be a part of FC Harlem. As someone who lives in the community he was more than aware of what challenges these young men may face off the field so he knew that to achieve success he needed to first get them to bond as a team, a family, a community.” The bonding occurred off the field as well as the players performed over 100 community service hours through FC Harlem and the community. 2014 U19 Spring Tryouts begin in November.