United Fights Back for Draw

Salem, MA- Mass United (0-6-3, 6 pts) faced American Soccer League-leading Western Mass PSC (6-4-0, 22 pts) on Saturday night, fighting back from a 2-goal deficit in a wind-swept rain to draw 2-2 at Salem St. University’s Alumni Field. Both Western Mass goals came by way of a brace by Will Daniels (29th & 56th minutes) but were not enough for the win, with Carlos Diniz (64th minute) and Jared Joaquin (69th) pulling United even. The result was just enough to keep Western Mass at the top of the league table, finishing one point ahead of Icon FC and taking the fall season crown.
The biggest factor in the match by far was the weather. A wind-driven rain was unrelenting through most of the match and affected both teams greatly. Crosses started deep in the corner were bent towards the top of the box and prevented both teams from easily carrying out their offensive plans. As both teams struggled with the wind, chances were plenty, but neither team could establish a clear advantage.
Next up for United is Rhode Island Oceaneers, the exact date and time of the make-up game will soon be announced.

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:

K- Malcolm Cheney
D- Kamali Webson
D- Kareem Smith
D- Michael “Roman” Ducotturd
D- Charlie McMahon
M- Fabio Barbosa
M- Braima Samati
M- Lassana Sanha
M- Murillo Zanette
F- Denivaldo DaSilva
F- Rigoberto Jiminez Chirinos

SUBSTITUTES:

Admilson Miranda (in HT)
Jared Joaquin (in HT; G 69th)
Carlos Diniz (in 58th; G 64th)
Nicholas Gardner

Another Draw for United

Washington Township, NJ- Mass United (0-5-3, 5 pts) couldn’t come away with a win on Saturday night, drawing with Philadelphia Fury (3-2-3, 11 pts) 3-3, despite putting in what Head Coach Stefano Franciosa called, “our best performance of the year.” United fought back from an early 2-0 deficit only to fall behind again in the 35th minute. United equalized again after a beautiful through ball by Braima Samati sent Denivaldo DaSilva in alone and he beat a defender and charging keeper to poke it into the net in the 53rd minute, setting the stage for a drama-filled final 37-plus minutes.

United started the match strong, controlling possession from the opening whistle, but it was the Fury who would get the scoring started with an 8th minute goal from Nic Kolorac. A defensive lapse would cost United again in the 13th minute when Seydou Ba gave the hosts a 2-0 lead. United and Lassana Sanha would quickly answer with a goal of their own two minutes later, cutting the deficit in half. The ice-breaker for United would not stand alone, as Carlos Diniz pulled United even in the 17th minute when he out-muscled a defender and put it between Fury keeper Thorne Holder’s legs for the goal. Diniz would have a chance to give United the lead moments later but his chip over Holder bounced just wide of the net.
Seemingly with all of the momentum, United would push for the lead but an undeterred Fury squad would find the net again in the 35th minute when midfielder Scott McCoubrey took a low shot that escaped United keeper Malcolm Cheney and rolled into the net. The Fury would take the 3-2 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half started much as the first, with United pressuring and threatening on offense. It took only 8 minutes of second half play for United to even the score when Denivaldo DaSilva took a pass from Braima Samati and poked it past Thorne for the third United goal of the night.
Both sides would have several chances to take the lead but they would all go unfulfilled. As frustration mounted, things would get a bit chippy near the end, with the Fury’s Ansger Otto getting a straight red card in the 82nd minute and United defender Mikhaeil Tadros receiving a second yellow with only moments left in the match. The final whistle would soon come and bring the exciting match to a conclusion, with both teams having to settle for a single point.

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:

K- Malcolm Cheney
D- Matthew Danaher
D- Kareem Smith
D- Michael “Roman” Ducotturd
D- Mikhaeil Tadros
M- Fabio Barbosa
M- Braima Samati
M- Denivaldo DaSilva (G 53)
F- Jared Joaquin (out HT)
F- Carlos Diniz (G 17)
F- Lassana Sanha (G 15)

SUBSTITUTES:

Admilson Miranda (in HT)
Mateus Santos
Junior Mark
Nicholas Gardner

United Stymied by Soul

Salem, MA- Mass United (0-4-3, 4 pts) hosted Ironbound Soul SC (3-2-1, 11 pts) on Saturday night in American Soccer League play, falling 3-1 despite playing well. United pulled to within a goal after falling behind 2-0 on a PK from Lassana Sanha but the sought after equalizer wouldn’t materialize before Ironbound sub Alfred Santhonax stretched the lead back to two in the 84th minute.
After a scoreless first half it didn’t take long for the offenses to come to life. It was Ironbound forward Christiano Francois who opened the scoring in the 50th minute, and then added another seven minutes later. Never a squad to quit, United pushed back. Midfielder Denivaldo DaSilva weaved his way through the Ironbound defense and into the box in the 68th minute, drawing a foul and giving United a chance to get back into it. A chance Sanha capitalized on.
With over 20 minutes left, a determined United would have chances for an equalizer but none would come to fruition and a fresh-legged Santhorax would ice the game for Ironbound with six minutes left.
Next up for United is Philadelphia Fury (3-1-3, 10 pts). The first ever match between the two clubs will be played in Washington Township, NJ at Washington Township high School with a 7pm kickoff. Follow @massunitedfc on twitter to keep up with your Riders both during the game and anytime.

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:

K- Cheney
D- Ducotterd
D- Smith
D- Webson
D- Deneher
M- Zanette (out 67)
M- McMahon
M- DaSilva
M- Tadros (out HT)
F- Diniz
F- Sanha (G 68 (P))

SUBSTITUTES:

Njie
Joaquin
Samati (in 67)
Chirinos (in HT)

United Ready For Soul

Salem, MA- Mass United (0-4-2, 4 pts) seeks its first win of the season on Saturday night when they welcome Ironbound Soul SC (2-2-1, 8 pts) to Bertram Field in Salem for an American Soccer League clash. Both teams are coming off disappointing results, Ironbound having lost to league-leaders Western Mass (5-2-0, 17 pts), and United falling to Evergreen Diplomats (2-0-4, 6 pts) in dramatic fashion. The previous meeting between the clubs, in Elizabeth, NJ, ended in a draw.
The sure-to-be-exciting match kicks off at 8:15 pm (gates open at 7) at Bertram Field on Powderhouse Lane in Salem. Adult tickets are $9 at the gate while high school and college students can get in for only $3. Plus, youth players get in free if they’re wearing their club jersey, and will have the opportunity to take the field at halftime to show us their skills.

 

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Fight Back Thwarted

Landover, MD- Mass United (0-4-2, 4 pts) faced Evergreen Diplomats (2-0-4, 6 pts) on Saturday night, storming back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to tie the match before conceding the winner in the 84th minute for a 3-2 final. A sluggish start would haunt United, with the Diplomats taking a 2-goal lead on strikes by Eddie Campbell (6th minute) and Brian Graham (35th) from a perfect cross by Campbell. Evergreen enjoyed a 10-3 advantage in shots at halftime.
The second half was an entirely different animal however, as United came out strong and pressured Evergreen throughout the half en route to equalizing in the 79th minute. It took United less than five minutes to get on the board thanks to a wonderfully placed shot from Charlie McMahon that looped over the keeper Chris Torres and scraped the bar on its way into the net. A rejuvenated United would turn up the heat even more as they continued to keep their opponents on their heels.
Carlos Diniz would notch the second goal for United, heading in a corner kick in the 79th minute and setting the stage for a dramatic finish. Unfortunately, United would come up on the wrong side of the drama, conceding the winner to Evergreen and forward Brian Davis in the 84th minute. Despite nearly six minutes of added time and several chances to get back even United couldn’t find another equalizer before the final whistle.
Next up for United is another speedy squad, Ironbound Soul SC (2-2-1, 8 pts). The first meeting between the sides was an action-packed 1-1 draw, which included the first ever goal scored for the newly created club from New Jersey. Ironbound last played on October 5th, a 4-1 thrashing of AC Crusaders (2-1-6, 7 pts) on the road.

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:

K- Gunnarson
D- Dumbuya (YC 52nd)
D- Smith
D- Ducotterd
D- Danaher
M- Joaquin (out HT)
M- McMahon (G 49th)
M- Barbosa (out 64th)
M- Samati
F- Tadros
F- Sanha

SUBSTITUTES:

Carlos Diniz (in 64th; G 79th)
Bafour Boateng (in HT)

United, Oceaneers Battle to Draw

Smithfield, RI- Mass United FC NSU (0-1-4, 4 pts) took on Rhode Island Oceaneers (1-2-1, 4 pts) in American Soccer League action on Saturday, playing to another 1-1 draw, their forth of the season. A cold intermittent drizzle set the atmosphere for the New England Derby at Bryant University’s Bulldog Stadium, which featured 15 shots and a hefty 23 fouls between the clubs. Despite starting the match with an advantage in possession United would fall behind 6-0 in the shots category before clamping down on Rhode Island, out-shooting their opponents 7-2 the rest of the way.

Scoring was opened early in the second half when a quick counter attack in the 51st minute led to a shot by Braima Samati which was well saved by Oceaneer keeper Christopher Moura, but the rebound fell into the path of a smartly-onrushing Fabio Barbosa who gave United the lead. The lead would be short-lived however, with a 58th minute equalizer coming from Andres Perdomo on a play that had every United defender screaming for an offside call. The prospect of a draw didn’t sit well with either side, especially the oft-drawn United squad, who continued to apply pressure and had several chances to take a well-deserved lead only to have to settle for yet another 1-1 draw.

United hits the road this week for a Saturday night clash with Evergreen Diplomats (1-4-0, 3 pts), who came up on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline this past weekend against Icon FC (4-1-1, 13 pts), their second straight loss. Follow Mass United on twitter to keep up with all the ASL action from Maryland. Rhode Island travels to New Jersey to face AC Crusaders (2-6-0, 6 pts) before returning to New Jersey the following week for a match against a speedy Ironbound Soul SC (2-0-2, 8 pts).

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:

K- Gunnarson
D- Tadros
D- Smith
D- Ducotterd (YC 77th)
D- Palumbo
M- Zanette
M- McMahon
M- Barbosa (G 51st; out 78th)
M- Samati (out 85th)
M- Chirinos
F- Sanha (out 35th)

SUBSTITUTES:

Malcolm Cheney (in 85th)
Jared Joaquin (in 78th)
Carlos Diniz (in 61st)
Denivaldo DaSilva (in 35th; YC 44th)

New England Border War

Boston, MA- Mass United FC NSU (0-1-3, 3 pts) squares off against cross-border rival Rhode Island Oceaneers (1-2-0, 3 pts) in American Soccer League action on Saturday night in the first-ever meeting between the clubs. The New England Derby will be played in Smithfield, RI, at Bryant University’s Bulldog Stadium (1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI) with a 9:15 kickoff.

United is seeking their first win after starting the season with three straight 1-1 draws before a loss to AC Crusaders (2-0-5, 6 pts) last time out. Rhode Island this season has sandwiched a pair of 2-0 losses to league-leaders Western Mass PSC (3-0-2, 11 pts) around a thrilling come from behind victory over the visiting Evergreen Diplomats (1-3-0, 3 pts), who are United’s following fixture on  October 11th in Maryland.

United Falls at Home to Crusaders

Taunton, MA.- Mass United (0-1-3, 3pts) came up on the short end of a 2-1 scoreline against AC Crusaders (2-4-0, 6 pts) of New Jersey after going down a man early in the second half. It was United’s first defeat of the American Soccer League season. United took the lead shortly before halftime thanks to Carlos Diniz and Moises Lopes after Lopes sent Diniz to the races with a beautiful through ball. Diniz sprinted past the Crusader defenders and finished perfectly for the lead.

It was early on second half that the game took a turn, with a poor pass back to the defense sending the Crusader forward in alone. United defender Kamali Webson raced back but his tackle would earn him a red card and give AC a penalty kick, which was converted for the equalizer. A buoyed Crusader side pushed to take the lead and would be rewarded for their efforts on a  seeing-eye header that bounced past United keeper Oli Gunnerson and just inside the post. Now faced with a one-goal deficit United would find their 10-man-rhythm and create several opportunities to even the score, including being awarded a PK of their own minutes after falling behind. But none of these opportunities would come to fruition and the night would end in frustration.

United will have just over two weeks to regroup before taking on Rhode Island Oceaneers on October 4th in Cranston, which will be the first ever match between the clubs. The Oceaneers have played just one match to-date, a 2-0 loss to Western Mass PSC. In another first for the match, it will be the first New England Derby between these clubs.

United, Crusaders Set For First ASL Clash

Mass United (0-0-3, 3pts) takes on AC Crusaders (1-3-0, 3 pts) in American Soccer League play on Friday night in Taunton, MA, seeking their first win of the season, after drawing their first three matches, 1-1. While United is unbeaten, they are also 4 points behind league leaders Icon FC. Even on points with United but far behind on goal differential is AC Crusaders, who won their first game of the season in exciting fashion at home but have gone pointless since, all of those matches being on the road. The match will take place at ForeKicks in Taunton with an 8pm kickoff. Admission to the match is FREE.

Mass United FC NS v. AC Crusaders
ForeKicks

223 Fremont St.
Taunton, MA 02780
Friday, September 19th, 8pm

United Draws Third Straight

Elizabeth, NJ- Mass United (0-0-3, 3pts) took on Ironbound Soul (0-0-2, 2pts) on Saturday in a cool and drizzly Elizabeth, NJ, coming away with a 1-1 draw. The result keeps both sides undefeated in the American Soccer League‘s inaugural season.
Scoring was opened early in the 8th minute when Ironbound’s Alex Christian struck a free kick perfectly into the top right corner of the net, notching the franchise’s first goal in competitive play and Christian’s first as a professional. The goal buoyed the Ironbound players and began a stretch of increased pressure but the United backline and keeper Olafur Gunnerson (3 saves) kept them at bay. As the half wore on United would respond with several opportunities of their own but would not equal the score until the final few minutes. After a flurry of pressure by United they earned a free kick outside the Ironbound area which Rigoberto Jiminez Chirinos bent around the wall and past a possibly screened Ironbound keeper to even things up.
The teams came out for the second half and wasted little time in pushing for the go-ahead goal, with several shots taken, three corner kicks, two free kicks, and an Ironbound goal waved off for offside, all in the first 15 minutes. The pace of action would slow slightly as the half continued but the intensity levels of both sides would not diminish as either side looked capable of taking the lead and the three points. United’s last best chance at grabbing the win was a shot by Carlos Diniz in the 85th minute but it was saved and the exciting contest would end even, a fitting result for an excellently played game.

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:

K- Gunnarson
D- Webson
D- Smith
D- Tadros
D- Ducotterd
M- Zanette
M- DaSilva
M- Samati
M- Chirinos
F- Diniz
F- Sanha

SUBSTITUTES:

Malcolm Cheney
Rafael Santos
Mamadu Bah
Jared Joaquin