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over­all that could help the Dragons down the road.

“I like what I see in the youth pro­grams,” he said.

“They’re do­ing the right things. They are bring­ing in qual­ity coaches, the in­struc­tion is good and it has im­proved as the years have gone by. Hope­fully we’ll see the ben­e­fits of that in the fu­ture with

Mid­dle­town High soc­cer.”

Mid­dle­town’s first prac­tice ar­rives the week of Aug. 20. The Blue Dragons will scrim­mage against Port­land and Ly­man Me­mo­rial be­fore open­ing the reg­u­lar season

Sept. 6 at Maloney.

“I’m happy to have the op­por­tu­nity to be back,” Emanuele said. “Ev­ery­thing sort of aligned for me. I missed coach­ing soc­cer at the high school level.”

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