United Begins Reloading for 2016

Liverpool native Charlie McMahon will return for a second season with United.

Jamaica Plain, MA- Mass United FC Pro has begun its signings for the 2016 season, which starts in March. Returning to the club will be midfielders Charlie McMahon and Fabio Barbosa, forward Lasahna Sanha, defender and 2015 ASL All-Star Matthew Keys, and keepers Malcolm Cheney and Baboucarr Njie, as well as utility man Mikhael Tadros. United is focusing on returning the core group of players that helped the squad go unbeaten in the spring session of the ASL, becoming one of the league’s toughest match ups despite narrowly missing a playoff berth. New players will be added to this core group

Keeper Malcolm Cheney and General Manager Jim Antonakas

in hopes of pushing United over the hump and into the playoffs, with a realistic eye on the league championship.
This will be the second season with the club for McMahon, Barbosa, Sanha, and Cheney. While Njie and Tadros have been with the club for several years, rising from the Bay State and Massachusetts State soccer league squads to earn spots with the Pro outfit. “We believe going unbeaten in the spring is a sign of things to come,” said 2015 stand out keeper Malcolm Cheney, a Hokington native and graduate of Keene State University in New Hampshire. Forward Lasahna Sanha echoed Cheney’s sentiment, “Our goal is to pick up where we left off last season.” General Manager Jim Antonakas commented, “I am very excited about this first group of signings for Mass United. These players all deserve the opportunity to showcase themselves at a higher level and are a great core group to build around.”
“It was a great pleasure to be able to sign a new contract for the 2016 season. 2015 was a good success but we’re hoping for bigger and better things in the new season. I’m going to put 110% into every thing I do and play every game as if it’s my last,” said midfielder McMahon. His fellow midfielder Barbosa also has his eyes on the bigger picture this season, remarking, “I want to do my part to help the team take the next step, whatever it takes. I’ll bleed if I have to.” For Tadros and Njie, continuing with the club was the clear and preferred option. “This team is like a family, on and off the field,” said Njie.

L-R: K Malcolm Cheney, M/D Mikhael Tadros, M Fabio Barbosa, General Manager Jim Antonakas, M Charlie McMahon, F/M Lasahna Sanha, K Baboucarr Njie

United Takes Derby

Cumberland, RIMass United FC Pro scored in the 86th minute on Saturday to thwart a comeback bid by Rhode Island Oceaneers and take a 3-2 win. United’s Michael Rincon got the first and third goals, sandwiched around a beautiful goal by Carlos Diniz. Rhode Island turned the game around late, taking advantage of United’s more defensive posture after taking the two-goal lead, with goals by Anthony Baumann and Brian Grisell in the 78th and 82nd minutes, respectively.
United took the lead in the 38th minute when Rigoberto Jiminez led Michael Rincon into open space beautifully and he raced past the Oceaneers defenders to put it home. The 1-0 halftime lead for United may have been slightly against the flow of play but the Riders were dangerously opportunistic throughout the match and keeper Malcolm Cheney continued to shine. Rincon’s speed and determination would produce the highlight of the night for United when after receiving a pass near midfield he sprinted and sidestepped his way into the box to the right of Oceaneers keeper Christopher Moura and slid it past him to save the three points for United.
Next up for United is our home opener against Philadelphia Fury at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville on Saturday night at 7:15. The Oceaneers have a week off to stew and them come north for the return fixture on May 23rd. Tickets for all ASL games are available at aslsoccer.org.

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:
K- Malcolm Cheney
D- Denivaldo DaSilva
D- Matthew Keys
D- Michael “Roman” Ducotturd
D- Matthew Bolduc
M- Rigoberto Jiminez
M- Charlie McMahon
M- Lassanha Sahna
F- Michael Rincon
F- Tyler Brondyk
F- Marc Djessouhno
SUBSTITUTES:
Ryan D’Amico
Justin Brewer
Carlos Diniz
Mikhael Tadros

United, Western Mass Battle to Draw

Ludlow, MAMass United FC Pro began their 2015 Spring American Soccer League schedule on Saturday night, drawing with host Western Mass PSC 1-1 at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, MA. Both sides had several seemingly golden chances to take the lead but neither could find the net for a second time. Scoring was opened by Western Mass’ Chris Roswess, a frequent thorn in United’s side, in the 21st minute when a thru ball from Dan Fabian found him streaking towards goal and a defenseless United keeper Malcolm Cheney, who had 10 saves on the night. Twenty minutes later Rigoberto Jiminez pulled United even on a free kick from 30 yards that found its way past Western Mass keeper Jose Silva.
Although the scoring was over by halftime, a lot of the action was still to come. A fifteen minute stretch saw United control possession and come within inches of taking the lead. While the following 10 minutes were dominated by Western Mass, who in their best chance of the stretch were denied by the woodwork. Both clubs had what seemed sure goals blocked by defenders at the line, with United newcomer Matthew Keys streaking across the 6 yd box for a game-saving play. The match included 28 fouls and five cards, including a highly disputable second yellow to United defender Kamali Webson in the final minute.

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:
K- Malcolm Cheney
D- Kamali Webson
D- Matthew Keys
D- Michael “Roman” Ducotturd
D- Matthew Bolduc
M- Rigoberto Jiminez (G 41st)
M- Denivaldo DaSilva
M- Michael Rincon
M- Marc Djessouhno (out 78th)
F- Tyler Brondyk
F- Carlos Diniz
SUBSTITUTES:
Ryan Damico (in 78th)
Nick Gardner

NEXT MATCH:

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United, Oceaneers Play to Draw

Taunton, MAMass United (0-7-3, 7 pts) concluded their American Soccer League fall season on Tuesday, using an 81st minute goal from Denivaldo DaSilva to even the score against Rhode Island Oceaneers (2-4-3, 10 pts) and earn a 1-1 draw in the New England Derby. A heavy fog was present almost throughout the match, causing a 10-minute delay shortly after the start of the match.
The scoreline would remain blank for most of the match, until the Oceaneers’ Issac Addas scored on a feed from Andres Perdomo to give the visitors the lead in the 66th minute. The lead would not last for very long, as after a mad scramble in front of the net the knee of Denivaldo DaSilva would get United even in the 81st minute and secure a sharing of the points in the final New England Derby of the fall season.
The match concluded the fall season for United, while the Oceaneers still have a matchup with Ironbound Soul remaining to close out the fall schedule. Catch United in the US Open Cup this Saturday. Follow @massunitedfc on twitter and Mass United FC on facebook for all the details.

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:

K- Malcolm Cheney
D- Kamali Webson
D- Kareem Smith
D- Michael “Roman” Ducotturd (out 74th)
D- Matthew Danaher
M- Rigoberto Jiminez Chirinos (out 58th)
M- Admilson Miranda
M- Lassana Sanha
M- Charlie McMahon
F- Denivaldo DaSilva (YC 62nd; G 81st)
F- Carlos Diniz

SUBSTITUTES:

Murillo Zanette (in 58th)
Jared Joaquin (in 90th)
Mikhaeil Tadros (in 74th; YC 90th; out 90th)
Mateus Santos

United Fights Back for Draw

Salem, MAMass 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, NJMass 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, RIMass 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)