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Clarkstown Eagles win NPSL 2017 Keystone Conference playoff final

Sacir Hot's summer coaching gig seems to be going pretty well.

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Clarkstown SC Eagles scored 40 goals and conceded just nine in their 10-game regular season in NPSL 2017. That phenomenal scoring record somehow only translated into a 6-2-2 record and second place in the Keystone Conference.

But second place in its Conference was sufficient to qualify the team for the NPSL season. On July 12, the team played West Chester United SC in the semifinals of its Conference playoffs, winning 1-0. On July 15, the Eagles went on the road to play the team that had beaten it into second place in the regular season: NJ Copa FC. Clarkstown won the Keystone Conference playoffs final, 3-1.

Clarkstown Eagles enjoys close ties with FC Motown - the Morristown-based amateur club that appointed former New York Red Bulls Homegrown player Sacir Hot as its head coach last season. Motown enjoyed a stirring run in the 2017 US Open Cup, ultimately falling in the second round to Rochester Rhinos.

The summer NPSL season, however, is another chance for some of Motown's players to showcase their skills on the national stage. A few of them have joined Clarkstown's squad for the 2017 season, and coach Hot is being groomed for the Eagles' head coaching position.

More immediately, however, Clarkstown's players and coaches still have NPSL playoffs to think about. The team has now qualified for the first phase of the league's nationwide post-season tournament. It will play in the semifinals of the Northeast Region playoffs on July 22 against Kingston Stockade.