Lions Close Out 2019 Season With Two Home Matches In Revere

Boston City fans have two last opportunities to catch the Lions in action as they close out the 2019 National Premier Soccer League season at Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere on June 30 and July 6. Tickets for both matches are available at

A rematch against rivals Kingston Stockade this coming Sunday at 6pm sees a visiting team riding an eleven-match unbeaten streak and targeting the playoffs against a Boston City side welcoming back several key players while keen to derail the New York club’s postseason hopes.

The Lions went down 3-0 in Kingston last week with the club’s main goal-getters absent through suspension and availability and those forwards are eligible to return this Sunday. Top scorer Jhonata Batista hopes to add to his four strikes, complemented by Rigoberto Jimenez and Hugo Bomfim, who has found the net on two of his last appearances. Also returning to the squad is defensive midfielder Jadson Leite, who has completed a six-match and six-month suspension on what will be the anniversary of him seeing red in Kingston a year ago.

The Stockade have never won in Boston, losing 2-0 on both prior visits, though the series between the rivals is tied at three wins each.

Last week, with several players playing out of position, the Lions did themselves proud against a Kingston side with NPSL playoff aspirations. Sandro van Kuijck replaced Jason Katz between the posts, with the keeper who has produced some fine stops in tough situations on the bench. Keith Dixon and Ralph Angrand formed a new central defensive partnership, while Samuel Deossa, Chris Gilbert and Jonathan Argueta – all midfielders by trade – occupied the forward roles. The Lions were missing all eight of their new signings who were unavailable.

On Saturday, July 6, the season curtain comes down with a home match at Harry Della Russo Stadium against bottom of the table New York Athletic Club, kickoff 7pm. The sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season with Jhonata Batista finding the target.

Match facts:
Boston City FC (1-9-2) vs Kingston Stockade (7-1-4)
Sunday, June 30, 2019, Kickoff 6pm
Harry Della Russo Stadium, Park Avenue, Revere, MA

Boston City FC vs. Kingston Stockade match notes: Boston City FC and Kingston Stockade FC have met six times previously and the Stockade have never won in Boston… The series is tied with 3 wins each… In 2016, a comeback victory from 2-1 down to win 3-2 sparked Boston City’s nine-match unbeaten run to the playoffs in the club’s first season… On June 22, 2016, Boston City hosted the Stockade for the first time and won 2-0… In 2017, the series was split as each team won at home, Kingston by 2-1 and the Lions by 2-0… Leonardo Carvalho, who has returned to the Boston City squad after a spell with the club’s BSSL team, scored in both those matches… A year ago to the date from Saturday’s match, 2018 saw just one meeting, which was in Kingston where a depleted Boston City side suffered a 5-1 defeat… Defender Jadson Leite was red-carded at halftime of that match and has completed a lengthy suspension to be eligible to return… Last week, the Stockade triumphed 3-0 at home… Twenty players have made their debuts for a new-look Boston City FC this season with the latest being midfielder Chris Gilbert, who was employed as a forward. The Haitian was one of three players, along with teammates Samuel Deossa and Jeremy Pachter, who trained at the Boston City FC Brazil Academy in Manhuaçu earlier this year… Boston City need to score one more goal this season to equal last season’s total of 12, which were scored by 8 different players… Only four players have scored the 11 Boston City goals this season and all missed last week’s defeat in Kingston: Jhonata Batista 4, John Dumbuya 4, Hugo Bomfim 2, Rigoberto Jimenez 1… In 2016 the Lions scored 29 goals and 30 in 2017… The Stockade drew 1-1 with their rival for the second playoff spot, the Brooklyn Italians, on Wednesday night. Kingston needs to beat Boston City and NY Cosmos, both away, and hope Brooklyn takes only 4 points from 3 matches to reach the postseason.

Match facts:
Boston City FC (1-9-2) vs New York Athletic Club (1-10-1)
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… Only four players who started that match were in Saturday’s line up in Kingston last week.

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