The Gettysburg Youth Soccer Club (GYSC) provides professional training year round. This group of professional trainers is lead by the GYSC Technical Director, Mo Oduor.
Mo brings a wealth of soccer experience to GYSC as a coach, former professional player, and a Division 1 collegiate athlete. Mo, a native of Eldoret Kenya came to the U.S.A in 1998 on a full soccer scholarship to attend the University Of Charleston, WV. As a sophomore, he was named as an All-American and led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA “Final Four”. In 2000, Mo transferred to Div 1 powerhouse Furman University where he was a teammate of current U.S national team members Clint Dempsey and Ricardo Clark. During his time at Furman, the Paladins won two southern conference championships and were ranked as high as 3rd in Division 1 soccer.
After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Mo played professionally with the Carolina Dynamos, Long Island Rough Riders, and was named team captain during his time with the Harrisburg City Islanders. In 2007, Mo earned All-League Team selection after leading the team in scoring when the City Islanders won the USL Championship. Subsequently, Mo was named to the All-Decade Team highlighting the best and most influential USL players of the past decade.
Mo has extensive experience in youth soccer and has coached and trained numerous youth and high school teams in West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has also coached at the collegiate level as an assistant for the Lebanon Valley College women’s team.
In addition to his role as trainer for GYSC, Mo also holds summer soccer camps for interested players in the Gettysburg region. More information regarding camps can be found by emailing Mo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In another quiet roster move, the Harrisburg City Islanders signed Moroccan-American midfielder Youssef Naciri. The player was recently added to Harrisburg’s online roster.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Naciri graduated from LAK High School in 2011. He then moved to New York where he played for South Bronx United, a nonprofit that uses soccer to engage youth and support the community.
In 2012, Naciri played junior-varsity at Monroe College in New York. Naciri then transferred to Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. In one season he played 18 matches, scored one goal, and notched three assists. That same year Naciri played for Pacesetters Soccer Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Naciri was began playing with the Harrisburg Islanders in 2016
In 2013, Noble’s season moved him into the lead spot for multiple City Islanders all-time records, including wins by a goalkeeper, career saves, matches played by a goalkeeper, minutes played by a goalkeeper, and career shutouts.
Prior to joining the Islanders in 2012, Noble spent a portion of his career competing in the MLS and in Europe. Noble was a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Fire in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft, and debuted for the Fire during the 2008 US Open Cup. After spending time with both the Chicago Fire and Austin Aztec for his first three professional seasons, Noble joined Ljungskile SK in Sweden for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. During his two years in Sweden, Noble made 59 appearances for Ljungskile, before he returned to the US and signing a contract with the LA Galaxy at the end of 2011.
Noble is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he was a four-year standout net-minder, and was named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year in 2006. During his off-season, Nick coaches in the Central Pennsylvania area and with the City Islanders Youth Academy.
- US Soccer National “E” License
- Harrisburg City Islanders Academy – 2016-Present (GK Coach)
- Red Lion United – 2015-2016
- Red Lion High School, Boys JV Head Coach/Assistant Varsity Coach – 2011-2016
- Post University (Div. II)
- AFC Lancaster (ASL) 2015-2016
- Harrisburg Heat – 2016-Present
Lucky Mkosana made 94 combined appearances for the Rowdies and Cosmos including seven appearances in the US Open Cup and four caps in the NASL playoffs. Mkosana recorded 15 goals and eight assists in all competitions with the NASL clubs. Mkosana scored the equalizing goal in the 90th minute for the Cosmos against New York City FC in the 2015 US Open Cup. The Cosmos moved on to the fifth round after beating NYC FC in penalty kicks. Mkosana and his teammates won the NASL Championship in 2015 and 2016.Mkosana made 15 appearances for IFK Mariehamn and scored four goals in 2017. He scored two goals in Finland’s domestic cup, the Suomen Cup, which helped propel IFK Mariehamn to the quarterfinals.
Mkosana played for the Harrisburg City Islanders during the 2012-13 seasons, recording 38 appearances and 21 starts. Mkosana scored 20 goals in a City Islanders’ kit and averaged a goal every 100 minutes.