Boston City F.C. II roars into the first qualifying round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Sunday, flying high on the back of three league victories.

The Lions clash with United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) club Juve Pro Soccer on Sunday, September 23, at Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden (99 Crystal Street), kickoff 6pm. Tickets are available here at Boston City FC season ticket holders should use the Special Event A ticket to gain entry to the match.

Boston City FC II matches, which are presented by Boston-based recruiting firm The Gaisce Group, have seen the Lions kick off the second half of the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) Division 3 North season with three victories, winning 7-0, 4-0 and 3-2. They currently sit in third place, two points off the two promotion places, with a record of 7-3-1

Several players who boast National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) experience with the Lions’ first team have been lining up for Boston City FC II and are in contention for the U.S. Open Cup line up, including Michael Rincon, who will captain the team, defenders Gabriel De Souza and Jadson Leite, and goalkeeper Jacob Wagmeister. Returning up front is striker Jhonata Batista, who was the club’s leading scorer in 2017 before injury ended his season, and he has already scored in his team’s last two BSSL victories.

Head coach and club president Palhinha, who directs the fortunes of the club’s NPSL first team, will be assisted by BSSL coach Cesar Deossa, Andre Mendes and Roberto Mazzinghy for the U.S. Open Cup competition.

“Our players are eager to play in the US Open Cup again and there is a lot of excitement for this match,” said Palhinha, a former Brazil international and star player with Sao Paulo and Cruzeiro. “The magic and romance of the cup is infectious in every knockout tournament, no matter where in the world you play, and we are looking forward to facing a tough opponent in a match that will be exciting for local soccer fans.”

Cesar Deossa added: “The U.S. Open Cup is one of the most important competitions in America, and we approach that with pride and responsibility. Although we have some of the youngest players in this tournament, they are really motivated and have been working very hard. They need to be focus and ready for the challenge, but they will be ready.”

Juve Pro Soccer finished in sixth place in the nine-team UPSL Patriot Division in the spring of 2018, with a 4-6-2 record, missing out on the playoffs. The two sides have never met before.

In 2017, Boston City FC won the club’s first-ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match 5-4 in a penalty shootout after an exciting 2-2 draw, away to the Western Mass Pioneers. In the second round, the Lions suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to the BSSL Division One champion GPS Omens.