Modesto News

MYSA still kicking around financial goals

kvaline@modbee.comNovember 21, 2013 

The Modesto Youth Soccer Association probably won’t know until January whether it will need to ask Modesto for financial concessions in MYSA’s operation of the city’s soccer complex at Mary Grogan Community Park.

MYSA board president and interim Executive Director Frank Cousineau said his nonprofit still is gathering data on the revenues and expenses of running Mary Grogan. He expects to have enough information by mid- to late January for the MYSA to make some decisions.

Modesto spent about $10 million in development fees and fee reserves building the first phase of the 42-acre complex next to Enochs High School. The phase includes seven lighted soccer fields, a concession stand, and a parking lot with more than 500 spaces.

The city does not have the money to operate the park, so it entered into a partnership with MYSA. The agreement is for five years and started July 1. It calls for MYSA to operate the soccer complex and pay $169,000 of the city’s $209,000 in annual park maintenance costs in exchange for 4,000 hours each year of free use of the soccer fields.

MYSA is raising the $169,000 through profits from the concession stand, charging for parking for some tournaments and other means. But it has concerns on whether it can raise the $169,000, hence the financial review and the potential for asking the city for help.

But Cousineau said moving into Mary Grogan has been a boon. It provides his group with a first-class complex and it raises the profile of MYSA and Modesto.

For instance, Ajax United – MYSA’s competitive program – held a September tournament that drew several thousand players, coaches and family members. Half were from out of the area and stayed in local hotels and ate at local restaurants.

And in December, the California Youth Soccer Association, Northern California, is holding a college coaches camp at Mary Grogan, which is expected to draw 275 top girl soccer players. Cousineau said many of the players, along with their school coaches and family members, will be from outside of the area.

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