Buzzing after a thrilling 4-2 win over playoff-chasing rivals Kingston Stockade, Boston City aim to close out the 2019 National Premier Soccer League season on a high note this Saturday, July 6.
New York Athletic Club are the visitors to Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere at 7pm, with the Lions in confident mood having won at home for the first time this season. NYAC also took three points from their penultimate match and scored four goals in the process, so soccer fans should be in for a treat on Saturday. Tickets are available at www.BostonCityFC.com.
Historically, New York Athletic Club have proved to be a troublesome opponent for the Lions, winning in Boston in 2016 and 2017, with Boston City claiming victory in only one of six meetings. Buoyed by last Sunday’s home success, which knocked bitter rivals the Stockade out of postseason contention, the hosts will be looking for three points to reward the home fans in Revere.
The sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season with Jhonata Batista finding the target, though the club’s top scorer was absent from the win over the Stockade as four defenders operating in midfield each scored for the first time.
In a memorable victory, William Balanta earned a 16th minute lead with a decisive finish from 15 yards out then Willian Bonora doubled the advantage nine minutes later as he broke free on goal, calmly controlled the ball and slotted a composed finish past the keeper. Kingston drew level with two second half goals, but Francisco Neto’s trickery won a penalty that he scored to take a 3-2 lead then and Avner Alves also converted from the spot in added time.
The club’s Ironside Crew supporter group will present their Player of the Season award following Saturday’s match. Previous winners were goalkeeper Vitor Scariot (2016), top scorer Isaac Nana Addai (2017) and goalkeeper Jake Wagmeister (2018).
Boston City FC (2-9-2) vs New York Athletic Club (2-10-1)
Saturday, July 6, 2019, Kickoff 7pm
Harry Della Russo Stadium, Park Avenue, Revere, MA
Boston City FC vs. New York Athletic Club match notes: The teams have met six times, with NYAC having won 3, Boston City 1 and 2 draws… In 2016, the Lions lost 0-2 at home and drew 0-0 away… In 2017, the series was split with a 2-0 Lions away win and a 2-1 home reverse… In 2018, a 1-0 defeat in New York was the outcome… On May 15 this year, in the fourth match of the season, NYAC took an 11th minute lead through Hee Yang then Jhonata Batista leveled nine minutes later. The Lions missed several chances and settled for a point on the road… Twenty players have made debuts for new-look Boston City FC this season… Leonardo Carvalho made his first appearance of 2019 last week having played for the club in 2017 and 2018… Jadson Leite returned from a lengthy suspension against Kingston to make his 2019 debut having also played for the club in 2017 and 2018… Boston City have now scored 15 goals in 2019, eclipsing the lowest total of 12 in 2018 but shy of the 2016 (29) and 2017 (30) totals.
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