Soccer program merger falls through

Published 3:58 pm Friday, September 6, 2013

River City Soccer and Demopolis Elite Soccer will not merge into one league.

Earlier this summer, the two programs had discussed merging but that will not happen now, according to Demopolis Elite board member Dr. Ronnie Chu.

River City’s fall season starts this month and was unofficially kicked off with Soccer Fest back on Aug. 24.

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Players interested in training with Elite Soccer Coach Paschal Dunne will still have the opportunity to do so.

Elite Soccer will have free training and sign ups with Dunne on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-30-6:30 p.m. at the SportsPlex for the next two months.

“Please have your kids sign up with Coach Dunne. We will have fun,” Chu said.

“It’s going to be year-round. Demopolis Elite’s motto is ‘More than Soccer.’ We promote fighting obesity and obesity-related diseases through soccer.”

Dunne, originally from Dublin, Ireland, played at the college level at the University of Alabama at Huntsville from 1983-87 and was named Most Valuable Player in 1986.

He coached at the collegiate level at UAH from 1988-90 as an assistant, then at the University of Montevallo as head coach from 1995-96.

From 1997-2010, Dunne was head coach at Martin Methodist College, where he compiled a record of 145-83-19.