January 30th, Waltham, MA, 2019; GPS are proud to announce Harvey Sarajian as the 2005 GPS National Team Male Player of the Year.
Harvey and the 2005 Boys travelled to Northern Ireland to compete in the Foyle Cup alongside a bevy of historic clubs from the UK and Ireland.
The squad would finish the group stage with two wins and a draw. Their +22 goal difference was the best in their age group.
They would claim a 5-0 victory over Oxford United in the group stage. Oxford United currently play in the third division of English football, League One. 14 players have earned international caps while playing for the club.
The knockout stage would begin with a 3-0 win over Trojans in the quarterfinals. Trojans had yet to be defeated or concede a goal in the competition up until that point.
Another undefeated team, this time East Donegal, would fall to GPS by the score of 5-0.
GPS’ opponent in the final would be Sheffield United, who currently play in the 2nd division of English Football and were only four spots off of a promotion playoff spot.
They would take an early lead against the Blades but would go on to lose by the final score of 2-1.
Sheffield has a history of producing international level talent. Defenders Harry Maguire, who appeared at the 2018 World Cup, and Phil Jagielka, have 166 and 287 appearances for Sheffield and have been capped for England.
While only making 2 senior team appearances for Sheffield, Manchester City star and England International Kyle Walker spent over a decade in their youth set up.
Harvey currently plays for GPS FL-West under Danny Fahey, where he and his teammates finished 3rd at Nationals in 2018. Harvey not only exhibits a tremendous amount of talent but an enviable work ethic as well. Harvey and the GPS FL-West Boys 04 team recently topped the GPS Preseason Classic held in Florida
Quote from National Team Coach: Pete Bradley - “Harvey is a very talented young player who excels in 1v1 situations. He loves to take defenders on, has great balance and trickery and scores goals. Loves the game and has a bright future ahead of him.”
Quote from Harvey : It was a great honor to play for coach Peter on the 2005 GPS National Team that played in the Foyle Cup this past summer in Derry, Ireland. I enjoyed meeting and playing with such high quality players. We came shy of a championship first place but we all fought to the end and that’s why I love this game. My hopes are to be able to get this opportunity again and to be able to pull out the win for GPS. I’m very honored to receive the player of the year award and look forward to being able to play in different levels that can be available to me.”