Boston City FC wrap up a below par 2018 National Premier Soccer League campaign with the visit of cross-state rivals Greater Lowell NPSL FC on Sunday, kickoff 6pm.
The Lions take on a Lowell team at Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden with the potential to play spoiler. The visitors have a game in hand over two other teams pursuing a NPSL playoff spot and can reach the postseason by winning both their matches. Lowell plays away to out of contention New York Athletic Club before heading to Boston on Sunday.
Boston City can climb a place in the table with a win, but will be without defender Jadson Leite, who is suspended after being sent off in last week’s loss away to Kingston Stockade.
Boston City FC partner WeGotSoccer has World Cup sticker albums to be distributed to every fan in attendance at the National Premier Soccer League match on Sunday. Tickets are available at http://www.bostoncityfc.com/news/tickets/.
Home form for the Lions has been better than road performances with a win and a draw from their last two appearances. Isaac Addai again leads the team in scoring, but with only four goals compared with 15 last season, while keeper Jacob Wagmeister has impressed since making his debut in a 2-0 win over Hartford City five matches ago.
Boston City have faced a Greater Lowell side just twice in the NPSL. Both matches came in 2016 and were full of drama with the first confirming the Lions’ place in the NPSL playoffs, while the return match denied Boston City a home match in the first round of the post season and ended a nine-match unbeaten run.
On July 9, 2016, Boston City led 1-0 through Ronaldo Vieira’s first goal for the club but fell behind 2-1 late in the game. Chasing at least a precious point, the Lions equalized through Valerio Silva then fired a dramatic winner in added time. Gilly Desouza raced the length of the field on the counter attack after the home keeper had inexplicably ventured forward for an injury time corner and stole three points for the visitors.
The teams met again the following day in Malden, but Boston City trailed 2-1 late in the game with Homero Morais having scored a team-best seventh goal of the season. The top marksman stepped up to convert a penalty that would have earned a point and a home playoff match, but his spot kick was saved, and Lowell prevailed to win. Boston City hit the road for the NPSL playoffs and following a 0-0 stalemate at Legacy 76 in Fredericksburg, VA, lost 4-3 in a penalty shootout.