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Boston City Looks To Bounce Back Away From Home
Michael Preston | Mon, Jun 12, 2017 1:20 pm

Boston City FC will look to recapture the away form that propelled them to last season’s National Premier Soccer League playoffs as they continue a three-match road trip on Wednesday.

The Lions head to league newcomers TSF on Wednesday, smarting from a first NPSL defeat of the season away to Kingston Stockade (5-1-1, 16pts), who now sit atop the Atlantic White Conference with Boston City (3-1-2, 11 pts) five points behind in second place.  The midweek clash in Wayne, NJ, provides an opportunity to close that gap to two points by winning the game in hand.  Last season, Boston City won five matches, drew twice and lost only once away from home.

“We are at the midway point of the season and it is clear what we need to do to make the playoffs and more importantly, earn home advantage,” said Boston City FC Coach Palhinha.  “We have to prepare and play better than we did in Kingston and put the pressure on our rivals.  We have a squad capable of winning key matches, we know we can win away from home, so that has to continue this week.”

Injuries mean the Lions will be without striker Jhonata Batista, fellow forward Kamali Webson and defender Gabriel De Souza, while midfielder Jadson Leite is suspended.  Last season’s top scorer Homero Morais and captain Ronaldo Vieira returned from the injured list last weekend.

The visit to TSF (2-2-1, 7 pts) sees Boston City head into unknown territory against a team making its debut in the NPSL this season and playing at home for the first time in the 2017 campaign.  The match on Wednesday night at DePaul Catholic High School, kickoff 8pm, is the second and final crossover clash with a team from the Atlantic Blue Division, the other being a 1-1 home draw with New York Cosmos B that opened the season.

The Rhode Island Reds (2-3-1, 7 pts) provide more familiar opposition on Sunday at Brown University, kickoff 5pm.  The sides played out a 3-3 draw at Malden Catholic High School as former Reds star Isaac Nana Addai scored a hat-trick for the Lions and is now the team’s top scorer with six goals this season.

Boston City includes another former Red in midfielder Camilo Estrada, who has played in the past two matches, while Rhode Island’s squad features attacking midfielder Manuel Fortes, who was released by the Lions earlier this season.  Last season Boston City did the double over the Reds, winning 3-2 at home and 1-0 away, to clinch a NPSL playoff spot.

Boston City returns home to Malden Catholic High School at 7pm on Saturday, June 24 for the visit of New York Athletic Club.  Tickets are available at https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/BFC/Online/default.asp  and the Lions will welcome more than 150 youngsters from Medford Soccer, who will attend as part of the Youth Soccer Partner Program alliance between the two organizations.



 



 


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