Boston City FC has played three seasons in the National Premier Soccer League and during that time some fan favorites and entertaining players have emerged. Some remain with the club, while others have moved on. Here, we take a look at an All-Time XI from some of the most impressive players to pull on the Boston City jersey.
Vitor Scariot arrived midway through the inaugural season after a short spell with the Atlanta Silverbacks and made an immediate impact. The Lions had started the campaign strong, but back-to-back defeats made for below-par 2-3-1 record, during which time three different keepers had started matches between the posts. Enter the teenage Brazilian, whose arrival in goal came as the Lions won 3-2 away to Kingston Stockade on his debut. That triggered a nine-match unbeaten run and during that time, Vitor kept five clean sheets. He was named to the all-NPSL second team and was selected as the Ironsides Crew Player of the Year by the club’s supporters.
Vitor saved a penalty to keep the Lions in contention while trailing 2-1 away to Greater Lowell United in a match the team would eventually win 3-2. He also saved two penalties in the playoff shootout loss to Legacy 76 following a 0-0 draw. Vitor started the first four matches of the 2017 campaign before suffering an injury in a U.S. Open Cup win away to Western Mass Pioneers. He regained his place in the second half of the season, totaling 681 minutes played. In 2018, he waited for his chance in the fourth match of the season but suffered a season-ending injury after only 25 minutes.
Gabriel De Souza was named captain for the 2018 season and was the team’s only ever-present, playing 900 minutes in all 10 matches. He has played a total of 2,977 matches during three seasons, which places him second all-time.
Gabriel scored the goal that earned Boston City the club’s first-ever victory in 2016, a 1-0 win at home to Seacoast United Phantoms. He logged 1,290 minutes of playing time and his classy defending meant he collected only one yellow card all season. One of the stars of the inaugural season, he was recognized with selection to the NPSL all-first team squad.
Gabriel’s 2017 season was impacted by an injury suffered in training and he missed six matches in the middle of the campaign. When available, he was an automatic starter and marked his comeback with a headed goal from a corner in a 3-3 draw at Hartford City.
Marcelo Cunha has become the club’s appearances leader, playing in 39 matches out of a possible 42 and totaling 3,305 minutes.
In 2016, Marcelo established himself as a key member of the back four, forming a formidable center half partnership with Gabriel De Souza. He logged 1,249 minutes, appearing in all but one match, which he missed due to suspension. He was one of four Lions to convert a penalty in the shootout loss to Legacy 76 in the NPSL playoffs.
Marcelo was one of only two players to start every match in 2017 and was second on the team in minutes played (1,338). He began the season at left back, switching to his more familiar role at center half when injury ruled out De Souza.
Paulo Henrique arrived with a fine reputation in 2017, having played at the highest level in his native Brazil and he delivered with a string of consistent performances before injury curtailed his season. He still managed to total 792 minutes and captained the team in the absence of Ronaldo Vieira.
The former Santos and Atlético Goianese defender, who was a member of the same 2009 Santos squad as Brazilian superstar Neymar, brought a sense of calm to the back three in 2017 and won NPSL all-regional honors. He returned for a brief spell during the 2018 season.
Michael Rincon made the right wing back spot his own when he joined the club in 2017. The former Malden High School player was named to the Football Manager NPSL Team of the Week on June 2 having scored in a 6-1 win over Seacoast United Mariners.
Michael scored three goals and had two assists and won NPSL all-regional honors. He scored the opening in the playoff clash with Hartford City and scored both home and away against Seacoast United Mariners. Michael was third on the team with 960 minutes played.
Michael proved a constant attacking threat at the right wing back position in 2018, logging 594 minutes, taking him to 1,610 minutes in 30 matches over two seasons, but missed time through injury and suspension. He then captained the Boston City FC II in the BSSL and U.S. Open Cup.
Ronaldo Vieira was truly the heart and leader of the Lions in 2016, the club’s first captain starting every match apart from one when he was suspended, logging 1,329 minutes. The former Fort Lauderdale Strikers midfielder scored one goal, the first strike in a 3-2 win away to Greater Lowell United.
Injury hampered the captain’s 2017 season as he missed five NPSL matches and was suspended once, but he still totaled 577 minutes played. Always a passionate force in midfield, he was red-carded in the U.S. Open Cup win away to Western Mass Pioneers in a match when he also suffered a knee injury that impacted his 2017 campaign.
Jadilson Vieira arrived in Boston having played in Italy in Serie B with Varese Calcio SSD and with FC Mendrisio in the Swiss first division and his talent was immediately evident in the Lions’ inaugural season. His ability to unlock defenses with accurate passes and his eye for goal made him a constant threat from midfield.
Jadilson scored a stunning free kick away to the Brooklyn Italians and provided passes for three of Boston City’s first five goals of the 2016 season, but ultimately returned to California for personal reasons having been an automatic starter in the first nine matches of the campaign.
Michael Bustamante brought an MLS pedigree to the Lions midfield in 2016 and was Boston City’s joint top scorer during the inaugural season with six goals. The former Red Bulls midfielder led the team in minutes played (1,406) and was the only player to start all 17 matches.
The Colombian was the team’s joint-top assists leader with four and was named to the All-NPSL team. His most memorable performance came away to Kingston Stockade as Boston City came from 2-1 down to win 3-2. Michael provided the perfect cross for Yaw Addow to equalize, then in the dying minutes carried the ball from his own half, raced past three home defenders, cut inside and unleashed a match-winning finish.
Isaac Addai made an immediate and explosive impact with the Lions having signed from the Rhode Island Reds, where he had won the 2016 NPSL MVP and joint top scorer awards. His 13 goals carried Boston City into the playoffs for a second-straight season in 2017. The Liberian-born attacking midfielder found the net 12 times in the NPSL, including two hat-tricks, and once in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He also led the team with 7 assists and in minutes played (1,136). The Ironsides Crew supporters group made him their Player of the Year.
Isaac was twice named to the Football Manager NPSL Team of the Week in 2017 and was named Mitre National Player of the week after scoring a hat-trick against his former club on May 13. He was the top scorer for the second season in a row in 2018, finding the net four times and playing every minute of the campaign until he was ruled out through injury in the season finale.
Yaw Addow was a firm fan-favorite who famously scored the first goal in Boston City FC history, taking the lead against the reigning-champion New York Cosmos B. The uncompromising striker then picked up a second yellow card during an explosive first half.
Yaw played in 12 games in that 2016 NPSL season, logging 445 minutes, with a mid-season injury keeping him out of the team briefly. Yaw regularly held social media competitions for supporters to win his two allocated tickets to home games and could often be found cheering along with the Ironsides Crew when not in the lineup. He scored three goals in 2016, also finding the target in a 2-1 win at Seacoast United Mariners, and the crucial equalizing goal when coming off the bench in a 3-2 victory at Kingston Stockade. He earned the nickname ‘super sub’ when he was used as a second half weapon as the Lions went on a nine-game unbeaten streak.
Yaw played in five of the first six matches of the 2017 season, missing one through injury, and returned for another appearance in June, totaling 229 minutes, but did not add to the three goals scored in 2016. He saw action in four matches in 2018, coming off the bench each time.
Jhonata Batista started the 2017 season in a blaze of goal-scoring form, finding the net in all three preseason matches and continuing that streak as he scored the first goal of the campaign in a 1-1 draw against New York Cosmos B.
He scored from open play and in the penalty shootout defeat of Western Mass Pioneers in the U.S. Open Cup and fired a hat trick in a 6-1 home win over Seacoast United Mariners. The striker was also on target in the 2-1 cup loss to GPS Omens. Injury claimed Jhonata’s season as he suffered a reoccurrence of the ankle problem that ended his 2016 campaign, chasing a loose ball after half an hour at home to Hartford City. He totaled 509 minutes played, 7 goals scored and one assist.
In 2016, Jhonata earned a reputation for chasing every loose ball in the Lions’ cause and was a constant threat up front, scoring two goals and jointly leading the team with four assists. His season was cut short by a broken ankle, suffered in the opening minutes of a home win over the Mariners. In 2018, he was a member of Greater Lowell in the NPSL but returned to play for Boston City’s BSSL team and in the Open Cup, when he again found the target regularly.