Boston City FC (0-2-2) travels to New York state for the third match in a row and continues a four-match road trip on Saturday with a visit to the Brooklyn Italians (1-0-0) at 7pm on Saturday.
The club’s National Premier Soccer League in the North Atlantic Conference picked up slightly with a midweek with a 1-1 draw away to New York Athletic Club, though several wasted chances denied the Lions maximum points.
Coach Michael Bustamante, who has started in midfield in the last two matches, should have forward Rigoberto Jimenez available again after missing the midweek draw. Bustamante scored both times he played against the Italians in 2016 in a 2-0 home win and 5-2 away defeat.
The Brooklyn Italians have played just once this season, positing a convincing 5-2 victory over Hartford City. Boston City have ventured to Brooklyn only once before when Bustamante was on target during a 5-2 midweek defeat in 2016. He scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 Lions home win in the return match.
Saturday’s match facts:
Brooklyn Italians (1-0-0) vs. Boston City FC (0-2-1)
Saturday, May 19, 2019
Aviator Sports & Events Club, Brooklyn, NY
Boston City FC head coach Michael Bustamante
Hartford City FC head coach Dominic Casciato
Match notes: Lions striker Jhonata Batista was on target at NY Athletic Club and is second on the all-time club goal scorers list with 12, two ahead of Homero Morais (10) and trailing Isaac Addai (17) by five goals, but has never scored against either NY Athletic Club or the Brooklyn Italians… Fourteen players have made their debuts for a new-look Boston City FC this season: GK Jason Katz, GK Sando van Kuick, D William Balanta, D Keith Dixon, D Peter Borboh Kargbo, D Jeremy Pachter, D Willian Bonora Santana, M Charlton Muhlauri, M Tommaso D’Agostino, M Samuel Deossa, M Mateus Araujo, F Zion Balogun, F Riad El Moukhtari… Michael Bustamante returned to the starting line up on May 11 away to the Cosmos for the first time since July 17, 2016, when he played in a NPSL playoff defeat away to Legacy 76… Bustamante was the team’s third captain in as many matches last weekend, following GK Jake Wagmeister (at Hartford) and midfielder Tommaso D’Agostino (vs. Hartford)… Last season the Italians won 6-0 in Boston, but there was no return fixture… Boston City’s overall record against the Italians is W1, L2… The sides did not meet in 2017 having split the series in 2016… Player-coach Michael Bustamante has scored on both occasions he has lined up for the Lions against the Brooklyn Italians (both in 2016)… Boston City will complete a 1,400-mile road trip in New York state once returned from Brooklyn and then head on the road to Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds on Friday, May 25… The next Lions home match is against Greater Lowell on Sunday, May 26 at Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere, kickoff 6pm.