Monarchs’ Young Ambassadors Return from Spain

Silver Spring, MD – The three players who were identified by the Real Maryland FC Organization to go over to Spain this year were Carlos Canas, Sean Cowdrey an Jony Karahbetyan.  The young Monarch Ambassadors got to participate in a chance of a lifetime.  The three members of the Real Maryland FC SYL U14 Team were awarded the opportunity to live, eat, sleep and train at the Real Sporting Gijon Summer Academy this past August.  The generous gesture by Sporting Gijon was extended to Real Maryland FC to strengthen the two club’s partnership.

Earlier in the season, Real Maryland FC made the announcement that it had formed a partnership with Real Sporting de Gijón who plays in La Liga, Primera Division of Spain.  The Spanish club was established June 1, 1905 in Gijón, Asturias.  Known as the Rojiblancos because of their red and white striped jerseys, their home field is El Molinon Stadium.


The partnership focused on multiple aspects of player and club development.  One the highlights for Real Maryland FC, was that there would be spots reserved for their youth players in the Real Sporting Gijon Summer Academy.  At the Monarch’s discretion, the club would be able to send over youth players from its Super Y League Programs.

“It was a trip of a lifetime,” said Sean Cowdrey.  “I made friends with many of the players and I hope to have them come here and train with us.”  The boys got to stay at the Sporting Gijon facilities that are located right on the Club’s training ground from August 9th – August 15th.

“It was an experience I will never forget,” said Jony Karahbetyan. “Everyone was extremely polite and went out of their way to help us understand.”  Players from all over Spain and other parts of Europe come to Sporting Gijon during the summer in hopes of getting noticed and started on professional playing career path.

“I learned a lot,” said Carlos Canas.  “The technique was very precise and the speed of play was extremely important.”


“I am very pleased with our youth teams and their performance this year,” says General Manager David Noyes.  “We now hope to return the favor by inviting some members from Sporting Gijon over here so more of our players can be seen.”  In 2010, Real Maryland FC will again look to send players over to Spain to experience the tremendous facilities of Sporting Gijon.

In preparation for 2010, Real Maryland FC is pleased to announce that the first round of tryouts for their Super Y League Programs which will be on Sunday, November 8th at Richard Montgomery High School Stadium.  There will be a new member this year as the Monarchs will complete the Super Y League gamut by adding a new U13 SYL Team.  Real Maryland FC will offer Super Y League teams in the Boys U13, U14, U15, U16 and U17 Mid-Atlantic Division.

For more information on the tryout dates and times, or more pictures please go to the website at  All information can be found in the “Tryout” section or each individual age section under “Super Y.”  All pictures new pictures are found in the “Multimedia Zone.”

On the website you will also be able to find information about the new instructional program the “Future Monarchs” which focuses on the soccer development of boys and girls from ages 4-11 and news about Monarchs local travel teams.

Real Maryland FC participates in the Second Division of the United Soccer Leagues.  All 2009 Regular Season Home Games will be played at Lester Stadium at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD.  For more information, please visit or contact General Manager David Noyes at

(301) 933-6460.


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