The National Premier Soccer League season is on the line this week for Boston City FC as the Lions look to build on a two-match unbeaten run and push for a North Atlantic Conference playoff place.
Boston City travels to 2017 NPSL champion Elm City Express on Wednesday night before returning home to Brother Gilbert Stadium on Saturday, June 23, to take Seacoast United Mariners at 7pm. Saturday’s match will feature youth soccer players from Medford Soccer serving as ball kids and player escorts, while others will roar on their local club from the stands having received tickets as part of a youth alliance between the two organizations.
A maximum six points are a must for the improving Lions (1-3-2), who aim to build on a 2-0 home win over previously unbeaten Hartford City and last weekend’s 2-2 draw away to the Rhode Island Reds. That frustrating stalemate might have been a valuable victory, but coach Palhinha’s side conceded an equalizer from a contentious penalty during stoppage time, having grabbed what appeared to be a late winner through top scorer Isaac Addai.
On-form Addai has found the target four times this season, including three goals in the past two matches, and is the club’s all-time leading scorer with an impressive strike rate of 17 goals from 21 matches.
Wednesday’s opponent Elm City (1-2-2) has struggled since claiming the NPSL title at the first time of asking last season but is also eyeing one of four postseason places with valuable games in hand. This will be the first meeting between the clubs at 8pm at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.
Saturday’s visitors the Seacoast United Mariners (0-5-1) are winless so far this campaign and were beaten 6-1 in Boston last season.
Boston City FC partner WeGotSoccer has World Cup sticker albums to be distributed to every fan in attendance at the National Premier Soccer League match on Saturday. Tickets are available at http://www.bostoncityfc.com/news/tickets/.