March 11, 2022 (Queens, NY) – Three players have officially been elected to take over the Captain duties ahead of the 2022 season. Fernando Cohate will be 3rd Captain, Anderson Holt will be 2nd Captain and Mario Salguero was ultimately chosen as Club Captain by the coaching staff. All three players have shown great leadership both on and off the field during the 2021 season and throughout QBFC II’s intense 2022 pre-season.
When asked about his election as a captain this season, Cohate made it clear he is excited and proud to have been given more responsibility this season. “To be selected as one of the captains for the team gives me great joy. It holds me to a higher standard and pushes me to be a better player and teammate. I don’t take the responsibility lightly. However, I don’t feel pressure either, I’m just really excited to help lead the team to become better every day.” Cohate if often deployed as an outside back and winger, always injecting confidence in either role.
Anderson Holt came to the team last summer from San Diego, CA and made an immediate impact on the group. Holt has been selected in a variety of roles across the backline, where he consistently puts his cultured left foot and aerial prowess to good use. Holt said, “It’s a privilege to be chosen as a captain for Queensboro FC and my goal is to help pave the road for the club as it continues to grow”.
Mario Salguero was a fixture in midfield for QBFC II and a massive part of the team’s run to the USL-A National Championship match, where he put in a Man of the Match performance. One could certainly argue he was the most improved player during the 2021 season. While his talent has never been in doubt, his leadership and consistency both blossomed for all to see over the course of the campaign. His work both as a player and as a motivator has had a profound effect on the squad, which was on display as the team erupted in praise, joy and overall elation when the coaching staff revealed that he would lead the team during the coming season. Mario said, “Being selected as the first string captain this year is a honor. No matter what happens I will fight for this club to the end.”
With a successful pre-season officially behind them, the team feels ready to compete with anybody. Cohate said, “I’m really grateful to be in the position we’re in at the moment. Last year, we reached the final at the USL-A Playoffs. As the saying goes, yesterday’s success is today’s standard. We have the responsibility to uphold that standard and improve. We, returning players, are hungrier than ever because we know what we missed out on in December. Every day we’re bringing the intensity and giving our all with that in mind. I think the new boys have been great additions and pre-season was definitely a success. We were tested with great competition and one thing I learned about the boys is their trust and courage. Regardless of the opponent, I could always walk onto the field and know the team’s got my back and vice versa. Also, I’m really proud of the younger guys on the team. Despite their age and size, they’ve approached every match fearlessly. Every day at training we’ve been working hard. The coaching staff have done a great job at pushing us physically and mentally. Also, as I’ve previously mentioned, we have a responsibility to improve from last year and I like the self-initiative from the boys to improve every day.”
The Academy team will be competing in both the USL Academy League and the UPSL, as well as the USL Academy Cup, which brings even more opportunities to compete and win trophies. Salguero said, “The expectation I have for this year’s new season is to come in first place in both leagues. Also, the team and I would love to bring all three trophies home to Queens this year. I strongly believe the team we have this year has a really good chance of bringing all three of these championships.”
Holt further emphasized how the success from last year has made the group set high expectations for themselves. This keeps them inspired and hungry to see how far they can go as a team. “After last year’s success for the club, Queensboro FC has set the bar extremely high for ourselves: a standard that we must work to uphold every day. The team and staff have showed their dedication on and off the field in hopes of improving the club even further this year.”
QBFC II will begin their season this Wednesday, as they face Morris Elite at Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey. They’ll be looking to start the campaign strong with 3 points. VAMOS.