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Cup Qualifying Run Continues

Intensity and focus were on display before the match. Top: Mikhaeil Tadros; Bottom: Charlie McMahon

Medford, MA– Mass United advanced to the state final in qualifying for the 2018 US Open Cup on Saturday night with a 2-0 win over Safira FC at Hormel Stadium in Medford. A tight battle throughout, it took a #SCTop10-worthy goal from 40 yards out by Soufiane Makane and a stoppage time penalty from Majid Saeed to reach the final scoreline. United will now face Kendall Wanderers next month in the Massachusetts final.

The scoring opener from Makane came in the 56th minute and got both the crowd and United bench to their feet. The 18-year-old deftly avoided two defenders to free himself and seeing the keeper a little out of place, delivered the perfect shot, arching just out of reach and into the top right corner to give United the lead. Majid Saeed would cap off scoring and the match with a goal from the spot in the final moments of stoppage time.

Although Safira’s technical skill was evident throughout, it was not enough to break through, being thwarted time and again by the United defense. United owner Jim Antonakas said, “It was a total team effort,” adding, “I’m very proud of our guys.”

Head Coach Stefano Franciosa (L) and owner Jim Antonakas (R) before the match at Hormel Stadium in Medford.

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:
Yassine Smissame
Carl Smith
Jeffery Thomas
Mickael “Roman” Ducotterd
Mikhaeil Tadros
Ibrahim Lewally
Charles McMahon
Mohamed Saeed
Romeo Zeqo
Soufiane Makane
Majid Saeed
SUBSTITUTES:
George Antonakas
Manuel Augusto Fortes Jr.
Alvenso Honore
Mitchel Tepe
Nikolas Valley

 

United Advances in US Open Cup

Medford, MA.- Mass United FC survived Southie FC in Round 1 of the US Open Cup on Saturday, although it took 120 minutes and 6 rounds of penalty kicks (4-3) to do so. Extra time was necessary thanks to a stoppage time penalty kick awarded to United when substitute Manuel Augusto Fortes Jr was hammered to the ground in the box. Majid Saeed finished the PK for his second goal of the game, denying Southie what they had to have considered an all-but-sure victory just moments earlier. Southie had fought back from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead, then a 3-2 lead moments after United had pulled even.

Southie started strong, keeping United off balance and turning to deal with aggresive forwards Timothy Ritter and Michael Soboff. Also applying pressure was winger John Bavota, whose hard work would pay off towards the end of the first half. Despite the early advantage for Southie it was Mass United that would open scoring in the 32nd minute when Majid Saeed took a feed from his brother Mohamed and worked himself free enough to bury a short bender into the top right corner to give United a 1-0 lead. Southie equalized just before the half when a mishit clearance rolled to Bavota who danced past a defender and lifted a shot that was pushed not quite over the bar by keeper Oli Gunnarsson, bouncing off the bar, then Gunnarsson’s back and into the net.

An inadvertent hand ball in the 52nd minute gave Southie a chance at the lead which they did not squander, Thomas Ballenthin converting the PK and giving the boys in neon their first lead of the day at 2-1. United would push right back with a few dangerous opportunities, leading to a 75th minute goal by defender Mikhael Tadros on a rebound of a Charlie McMahon free kick that keeper Colin O’Donnell knocked down but could not control. United’s joy was very short-lived however as Southie would take advantage of miscommunication in the United defense to take their lead back just 3 minutes later. After several close calls in the waning minutes of regulation, a decisive run into the box by United’s Fortes Jr. led to a collision that sent him hard to the ground and gave United a penalty shot. Majid Saeed calmly converted and we were off to a scoreless extra time.

United faces Safira FC in Round 2 on September 21st at Hormel Stadium in Medford, MA. Kick off is at 7pm.

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United Take Opener Over Atoms

from aslsoccer.org:

Glenside, PA- On a cold, blustery night on the campus of Arcadia University, Mass United opened their season with a 2-1 win, despite playing 55 minutes with just 10 men. The breakthrough came just five minutes in with a stunning goal from the away side. Two players making their first appearance for Mass United, Drew Montano and Mitch Tepe, moved the ball through the middle to Mohamed Saeed. Saeed picked up the ball about 30 yards from goal and spun to his right. He sidestepped two Atom defenders working the ball onto his favored right foot and then unleashed a thunderbolt into the top left corner from about 25 yards. Ike Onyeador, the Atoms keeper had absolutely no chance. United did not enjoy their lead for long. Just 5 minutes later, the Atoms two most creative players on the night, Oliver Calvo and Uche Onyeador, maneuvered the ball into the area just above the United box, and drew a foul. It was a disappointing free kick to give away for Stefano Franciosa, as there appeared to be no imminent danger. On the ensuing free kick, United struggled to get organized. Calvo took the free kick quickly while the Uniteds goal keeper, Nick Gardner, was still on his post adjusting the wall. The free kick floated in, amid protests and confusion from the United players. Just minutes later United gave up another dangerous free kick, in a similar area to the previous. Calvo and his curling effort this time was brilliantly met by Gardner, who dove at full stretch to his left, and with his top hand, plucked it out of the top left corner keeping the sides at level pegging. Atoms forward, Vontez Hilliord, struggled to create space with Mikhail Tadros and Roman Ducottard snapping into tackles. Meanwhile Ibe Lewally, United forward, hassled the Atoms backline with his pace. At around the 25 minute mark, Lewally picked up the ball just inside the Atoms half a drove past 3 Philadelphia defenders. The Atom backline did just enough to shuttle Lewally wide and force a shot from a difficult angle. Moments later it was Lewally causing problems again when he chased a ball into the channel. He pivoted and spotted midfielder Jeff Thomas arriving late. Thomas attempted to redirect Lewally cross to Montano, but Montano had drifted just offside and the danger dissipated. A couple minutes later, Hilliord finally appeared to get free. A United corner was cleared into midfield, where Calvo managed to flick it into Hilliord path. Remy Tazifor, making his first appearance for the Boston based club, had committed a few fouls already in the match and was starting to draw ire from the referee. Tazifor caught Hilliord just as he broke into the United half and clattered into him. He was booked, but likely scampered a big chance for the Atoms. Tazifor, moments later, put his side down to 10 men when he was shown a second yellow for an ill-timed tackle on Uche Onyeador. Onyeador spun at the halfway line and was then chopped down by a United midfielder. The away bench protested but it looked to be the correct decision. With the man advantage, the Atoms pinned United in their own half. One minute into stoppage time, a United clearance finally broke to Saeed, who spun up the field and found a breaking Montano around the halfway line. Just a Montano broke into the Atoms half he was brought down by retreating Atoms defenders. Ducotterd took the ensuing set piece. Ike Onyeador aggressively came off his line only to realize that the United defender had blasted it over everyone. Onyeador retreated but it was too late as Ducotterds service planted itself in the top right corner of the net. United took their unexpected 2-1 lead into halftime. The Atoms controlled the second half, but only generated few opportunities of note. Nick Morris drove from the left wing and took a shot from a tight angle that just missed Gardners far post. Approaching the 60th minute mark, United fended off an onslaught of Atoms corners. Tadros briefly had to be removed from the field after clashing heads with Atoms defender Tim DiBisceglie clearing one such corner. Just before he reentered the game, the Atoms thought they had found an equalizer. Hilliord was fed a through ball from Calvo and neatly finished past a rushing Gardner. However, the goal was disallowed as the Atoms front man was well offside. United then worked to kill the game and the Atoms began to run out of ideas. Montano and Aprile shut off the Atoms attack on the left flank and combined nicely a couple of times on the counter to relieve pressure. What joy the Atoms did have down the right was met with more clearances from Tadros, Ducotterd, Tepe and Thomas. The United halftime substitute, Karl Etienne, nearly put the game to bed when Lewally beat a couple Atoms defenders to the byline and squared him a cross. Etienne stretched and connected well, but just missed Onyeadors near post by inches. United goal scorer, Saeed, was eventually subbed in the 80th minute and Montano shifted into the middle of the park, making crucial tackles in the closing minutes to slow down Philadelphia attacks. In the end, the Atoms only managed to muster two wild bicycle attempts in the closing five minutes and Mass United snuck out of Philadelphia with the spoils. United now turn their attention to the Fury who they will meet next Sunday in Boston.

Making His Mark

untitled-1Boston, MA– Since arriving at United in the spring forward Ngwese Ebangwese has stormed his way through the American Soccer League, amassing 15 goals in 17 games. Wassay, as his friends and teammates call him, has used his rare combination of strength and technical skill to outmaneuver, out-muscle, and outright embarrass opponents throughout the league. Ebangwese took little time to adjust to United and the league, notching goals in two of his first three matches. The forward has continued to impress throughout the season, withstanding a short scoring drought mid-spring season by getting back on track before the break and having an exceptionally strong fall, helping United climb to the second seed in the ASL playoffs. untitled-2His contributions have not been limited to goals, however, as Wassay has been a leader on and off the field, encouraging and cheering on his teammates no matter the situation. The battle for the ASL Championship begins November 6th with the semi finals followed by the final on November 13th. All matches will be played at Richard Wackar Stadium on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Split Decision

20160904_165333Mass United played a home-and-home series against AFC Lancaster Lions in American Soccer League play, with each side earning 3 points at home. Game 1 was played in Lancaster, PA and featured a spirited but incomplete comeback for United after falling behind 3-1 early in the second half.
fb_img_1473866115975The return fixture was a tight and sometimes tense contest, with United substitute Kamali Webson scoring the game’s only goal late in the second half to give United a 1-0 win and an invaluable three points.
Next up for United is Long Island Express on Sunday in New York. The clubs have drawn each of their previous two American Soccer League matches