Boston City FC returns to home action with the next two weekends offering local soccer fans plenty of excitement at Malden’s Brother Gilbert Stadium, kicking off with a clash against Brooklyn Italians at 6pm this Sunday, June 3.
Boston City FC partner WeGotSoccer has World Cup sticker albums to be distributed to every fan in attendance at these National Premier Soccer League matches. Tickets are available at http://www.bostoncityfc.com/news/tickets/.
The Lions will be looking to secure a win against one of American soccer’s most famous clubs, with the addition of two local players who have come through the Boston City Under 20s development team, and an old fan favorite challenging for a starting place.
Midfielder Santiago Cardona hails from Revere, where Boston City’s managing director Craig Tornberg tracked him and ultimately brought him to the New England Revolution Academy at the age of 13 , where he starred for six years. In college, Santiago earned NECC first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore.
Striker Rafael DeSouza helped Watertown High School to a state championship, emerged as a scoring threat for UMass Boston last season and kicked off the Boston City Under 20s campaign with a hat-trick. He saw action for the Lions last weekend, making his debut away to New York Athletic Club.
Popular forward Yaw Addow, who memorably scored the first-ever goal in Boston City FC history back in 2016, has made his return to the squad, having spent the offseason recovering from injuries.
“Santi and Raffi have earned the opportunity to show what they can do, and we know that Yaw’s on-field presence and energy is welcomed by our players and fans,” said head coach Palhinha. “We face two tough teams with Brooklyn on Sunday and then Hartford next Saturday, in what are certain to be exciting matches.”
Two-time U.S. Open Cup winner, the Brooklyn Italians (1-2-0), knocked the New York Cosmos out of this year’s competition just four days after Boston City had lost their home opener to the Cosmos. They sit in fifth spot in the NPSL standings, a place the Lions (0-2-1) could take from them with a win after a tough start to the season. Italians top scorer Matthew McDonnell has scored three goals in two matches.
Boston City and Hartford City built up a rivalry over three matches played last season as the Lions won 3-1 at home, when Isaac Addai scored a hat-trick, and drew 3-3 away, with goals from Addai, Gabriel De Souza and Kevin Herrera, in the regular season clashes. But the Boston City 2017 playoff campaign came to an end at the hands of the Colts, who took a 2-1 victory from Malden Catholic with a late winner.
Hartford City (3-0-0) is currently the eighth-ranked team in the nation in the NPSL having won all three league matches so far this season, with Sebastian Stezewski the top scorer with three goals.