First I want to thank Boston City FC, their PR manager Michael Preston, the whole organization for their invitation and hospitality for covering their season opener as well as the 2017 season.

team line up before their 2017 opening match vs NY Cosmos “B” photo credit Chris Aduama

Boston City FC opened their 2017 season this past weekend against the New York Cosmos “B” side, in their 2nd season in existence, competing in the NPSL (fourth division or tier soccer in the American soccer pyramid). I was given the opportunity to attend the match and cover the game.

Following a successful 2016 season, where they finished 10-3-3, and lost to eventual league champions NY Cosmos “B” in the playoffs, Boston City are aiming for a bigger 2017.

led by Palhinha, former Brazil national team player, dressed in black polo (photo credit Chris Aduama)

 

Their goal isn’t just to exist, it is to build on every success and gain credibility through results. Finishing your inaugural season with a 10-3-3 record is a good start, especially given the fact that the team didn’t spend much time together with a preseason. But it needs to be more than that.

After my conversation with the teams PR manager, Michael Preston, I got the sense the organization is serious about their existence and wanting to keep growing. During the off season they signed the joint golden boot winner from 2016, Isaac Addai. Scoring 18 goals in 15 games last season, Boston City wanted to show they weren’t just going to settle for what they had. They also started to broadcast their games, Portuguese speaking play by play with an English speaking color analyst. They’ve also added 2 cameras to help with different angles and viewership.

photo credit Chris Aduama

As for the game it self against the Cosmos “B”, the match ended in a 1-1. In front of 606 fans, Jhonata Batista opened the scoring in the 11th minute, assisted by their new signing Isaac Addai. Cosmos responded minutes later when Christian Thierjung got behind City’s defensive line and lobbed the ball over City’s goalie Vitor Scariot. Boston City hit the post and the cross bar on two separate goal scoring situations, and were left wondering what could of been.

Boston City will be competing in the US Open cup this spring, a 103 year old tournament held every year. They will be taking on Western Mass Pioneers.