Young soccer enthusiasts from Medford Soccer were treated to a Pitch Invasion on Wednesday night when members of Boston City FC took over the town program’s end of season training sessions.

Local TV News crew FOX 7 were on hand to capture the event as a backdrop for its extended news coverage of the day’s FIFA World Cup news, celebrating the United 2026 winning bid and the kickoff of the 2018 tournament in Russia the following day. Lions Under 20s coach Cesar Deossa was interviewed by reporter Justin Bourke about Boston City’s initiative, the continuing growth of soccer in the United States and the World Cup.

Former Santos defender Paulo Henrique and teammate Anderson took part in a small-sided game with the Medford Under 10s, while the coaches, including Palhinha, Andres Mendes, Roberto Mazzinghy and Deossa worked with older players on training drills and techniques.

Boston City FC’s official PT partner, Fitzgerald Physical Therapy, gave advice to coaches, parents and players on how to warm up and stretch before matches to help avoid injuries.

Medford Soccer extended its alliance with Boston City FC in 2018 by committing to a second year of the club’s Youth Soccer Partner Program. Last season, several Boston City players also arrived at Medford High School in the club’s branded minibus for a ‘Pitch Invasion’ as they took over Medford Soccer sessions, spending two hours teaching the first to sixth graders soccer fundamentals using fun training drills.

“Our goal is to bring the game of soccer to the youth of our town,” said Medford Soccer First Vice President Tim Lambert. “We know that the quality of the play, coaching and the Boston City organization creates the perfect partnership and opportunity to help extend Medford youth engagement in the game of soccer.”

More than 150 members, coaches and parents from Medford Soccer have received tickets to the Lions’ next home match at Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden on Saturday, June 23 when they face Seacoast United Mariners, kickoff 7pm

The Boston City FC Youth Soccer Partner Program is designed to engage multiple youth soccer clubs and programs in the area, providing an opportunity for higher levels of player training, coach education, inclusion, entertainment, inspiration and motivation.

Local soccer clubs and programs interested in partnering with Boston City FC to enjoy similar benefits should write to or call 617-513-0202.

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