BARBOURSVILLE — Looking at the roster of West Virginia's FC Alliance teams it would seem that Kernell Borneo couldn't logistically coach three soccer teams at Barboursville Soccer Complex plus others at the Shawnee Sports Complex.
In truth, Borneo and his FC Alliance partner Adam Arthur have help when it comes down to game time to coach the eight teams they have in the U.S. Youth Soccer Club Eastern Regional Championships hosted by the West Virginia Soccer Association.
While Borneo was coaching his 15U boys team, which also won, his 14U team was coached by Jay Williams, also a former West Virginia University soccer player Borneo met in college.
The former Mountaineer soccer player has been associated with many travel and youth soccer teams in Morgantown but since his Fury Soccer Club merged with Charleston Football Club in May of 2018, Borneo may have his biggest organization yet. "We're one of the smallest club's in the region," said Borneo, following a victory by his 14-under boys team over Beadling 2005B South Red from Pennsylvania. "We keep growing though."
FC Alliance was formed in May 2018 from Fury Soccer Club and Charleston Football Club, formerly headed by Arthur.
Borneo, a native of Trinidad, is FC Alliance's northern director while Arthur, who hails from Nottingham, England, is the club's southern director.
Williams was assisted by Arthur in the 14U game against one of the club's rivals in Beadling.
The 14U team is a special group for Borneo and Arthur.
"It's half (Arthur's) and half mine," Borneo said referring to the half-Charleston, half-Morgantown makeup of the roster. "We might get as many as five in the semifinals."
On the first day of the U.S. Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championship tournament Friday all of the teams from West Virginia combined for four wins. Half of those belonged to teams from FC Alliance along with two of the state's five ties.
The 14U boys must be one of the four group winners to earn a spot in Tuesday's semifinals. The team is 1-0-1 with four points in Group A and will face a tough challenge from Group A leader Ukrainian Nationals 2005 Black from Philadelphia, which is 2-0-0 after Saturday.
FC Alliance will meet Ukrainian Nationals at 10 a.m. Sunday on Cabell Midland's grass soccer field.
The 15U boys face a similar challenge. After a 1-0 win over New Jersey's PSA National 04 Saturday, FC Alliance must defeat MUFC FC2004 ECNL from Maryland on Sunday and hope for a loss by Pennsylvania's Hotspurs 04 Blue to advance to the Tuesday semifinal at Shawnee Sports Complex.
The 15-year-olds will play Sunday on Field 14 at the Barboursville Soccer Complex at 4 p.m.
While Borneo and Arthur showed much excitement at the prospect of having their teams possibly advancing and having already pulled upsets over bigger clubs, they have another goal.
"The goal is to develop the players," Borneo said.
Williams said he's known Borneo for five years.
"He can be a very relaxed individual and he wants to make sure the kids are fundamentally sound," Williams said. "When he's coaching soccer he's very intense."