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Jan, 2018

UNION Call on Celenza to Lead the 04 Girls Elite!

Baltimore Union Director of Coaching and Soccer Operations, Mike Griffith, has appointed former UMBC and Baltimore Blast standout Giuliano Celenza as Head Coach of the girls Elite 04 team. 

"We are very excited to bring Giul's in to lead one of our most successful teams!   The experience he brings to an already thriving team will make for a powerful combination.  At our team meeting this week, the girls expressed great excitement in anticipation of working with Coach Giuls and we know it's going to be a great spring", said Griffith.

Celenza will take over a team that won the EDP Top Division this past fall and has had success in the Maryland State Cup the last two seasons finishing as Finalist in 2016 and Semi Finalist in 2017.    

Coach Guils said, "When Griff called and told me he had this opportunity, it was a no brainer for me.  The quality of this team is top notch and the schedule they play has me really excited to get started."

Elite 04’s plays one of the toughest schedules in the country and this spring season will be no different.   Celenza will lead them as they play in the Jefferson Cup in Richmond VA, EDP 1st Division South, EDP Open Cup, and Eastern Regional League including UA Premier Soccer Shootout. 

The team is currently ranked #2 in the state of Maryland as well as #21 in Region 1 according to www.youthsoccerrankings.us 

Girls born in 2004 who may be interested in attending a training session with the Elite 04s should contact team General Manager Tom Allan at [email protected] 

Celenza Bio: 

Giuliano Celenza:  Re-wrote the record books as an All American and All Metro Player of the year at Archbishop Curley in Baltimore.  A two time North East Conference Player of the Year award recipient while attending UMBC Celenza stlll ranks third on the schools all time points list despite playing just two seasons for the retrievers. 

Giuls was also named an All-American while playing both at Essex Community College and UMBC. At the completion of his college career, he went on to play 11 professional seasons with the Baltimore Blast. As a member of the Blast, Giuls won 5 championships. He was an MISL All-Star and earned MISL MVP honors. He still remains 5th on the Blast All Time Roster. 

 After his professional career, he never lost the love for the game. He continues to share his experience and love of soccer by coaching at the club level, Girls Varsity Team at Gerstell Academy and as a member of the Maryland State Olympic Development Program. Giuls is an honorable member of Essex Community College, UMBC and the Maryland State Soccer Hall of Fame. 

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