Hot on the heels of a stunning 2-0 home win over previously unbeaten Hartford City, a revitalized Boston City FC returns to the road this week in the National Premier Soccer League.
The Lions upset the form book to record their first victory of the season as second half goals from Rigoberto Jimenez and Isaac Addai humbled the Colts and put Boston City’s push for a NPSL playoff place back on track.
Coach Palhinha’s side travel to Rhode Island this Saturday to take on the Reds, who have an identical 1-3-1 record and five points gained but sit one place higher in the standings due to a superior goal difference. Boston City know that the match at 7pm at Johnston High School is a must-win clash when it comes to postseason aspirations.
Addai made his name with the Reds, winning NPSL Golden Ball and Golden Boot honors with the club in 2016 and was Boston City’s top scorer in 2016 with 13 goals. That tally included a hattrick against his former club in a 3-1 draw and two more strikes in a 3-1 away win. The Liberian leads the Lions with two goals scored this season.
Next Wednesday, Boston City travels to Elm City to take on the Express in the first-ever match between the two clubs at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. Elm City is the reigning NPSL champion having won the championship in the club’s debut season but has opened 2018 with one win and two defeats. The Express travel to the Brooklyn Italians tonight and Kingston Stockade on Saturday before entertaining the Lions.
Boston City has used four different goalkeepers in five matches this season, and midfielder Jadson Leite was also forced to take over between the posts due to an injury. Jacob Wagmeister pressed his claim to retain the starting job when he became the first Boston City keeper to post a shutout on his debut. Previously, Neneca (3 goals), Estive Sosa (3), Wanderson Macedo (2), Vitor Scariot (2), Anthony Ferrara (1), Alexssandro (1), Wouter Dronkers (4) and Colan Balkwell (2) had all been beaten when making their first start.
The Lions’ next home match is on Saturday, June 23, at 7pm at home to Seacoast United Mariners at Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden, MA.