Mass United Defeats Atoms 4-1

Mass U Goal Scorers:

Alvenso Honore (2)

Mitchel Tepe (1)

Mohamed Saeed (1)

Atoms Goal Scorers:

Yusuf Hamza (1)

Mass United Spring 2017 Schedule

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

A Fitting Result

Baltimore, MD– United defeated IFK Maryland 5-2 in Baltimore on Saturday, riding four second half goals to earn the first win of the fall campaign. Three United players notched their first goals with the team in the win, all in the second half deluge. Ibrahim Lewally notched the equalizer in the 65th minute, while fellow-newcomer Daniel Tesoro closed out scoring from the penalty spot in stoppage time. Karl Etienne also notched his first goal with the first team, in the 85th minute. Scoring for United was opened by Ngwese Ebangwese who also earned both penalties with charging runs Maryland simply couldn’t cope with. Also scoring was United veteran Romeo Zeqo from the spot.

Back Row: Moises Lopes, Gabriel Rojas, Jeff Thomas, Carlos Diniz, Ngwese Ebangwese, Hugo Zdunek, Romeo Zeqo Front Row: Ibrahim Lewally, Daniel Tesoro, Ivor Robertson, Michael Ducutterd, Karl Etienne

Back Row: Moises Lopes, Gabriel Rojas, Jeff Thomas, Carlos Diniz, Ngwese Ebangwese, Hugo Zdunek, Romeo Zeqo
Front Row: Ibrahim Lewally, Daniel Tesoro, Ivor Robertson, Michael Ducutterd, Karl Etienne

United piled up 14 shots in the first 45 but went into the locker room down 2-1 thanks to two mistakes pounced upon by the home side late in the half. After the break United would exert its will, building to Lewally’s equalizer in the 65th minute, and opening the proverbial flood gates. Thirteen minutes later Ebangwese drew the first of two penalties, opening the door for Romeo Zeqo to give United the well-deserved lead. Karl Etienne followed suit eight minutes later, making it 4-2 and all but over. The final tally came after Ebangwese’s second earned penalty, in stoppage time, which Daniel Tesoro expertly placed in the top corner giving the keeper no chance for a save.
Next up for United is a home-and-home series with AFC Lancaster Lions. United travels to Pennsylvania this Sunday, September 4th, followed by the return fixture on September 11th at Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere.

 

2016 Fall Schedule

The playoff push begins August 21st! Schedule highlights include two home-and-home matchups, against AFC Lancaster Lions, and Connecticut United to close out the regular season. The schedule also includes four New England Derbies, and two Della Russo Derbies, vs. New Hampshire Bobcats.

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United Visits Revere Summer Program

United players, coaches and staff with RPS' Megan Fidler-Carey before the festivities.

United players, coaches and staff with RPS’ Megan Fidler-Carey before the festivities.

United players and coaches visited the kids from the Revere Public Schools Summer Program on Thursday and even the hottest day of the season couldn’t stop everyone from having a blast. The happy campers participated in drills and exercises, as well as scrimmages. Soaring temps kept the clinic short so inside everyone went for an entertaining Q&A session highlighted by some very interesting questions. The inquiries ranged from the soccer-related, “How much do you train?”, and, “How far do you travel for games?”, to the, well, not-so-soccer-related, such as, “My friend says he has a kangaroo” (directed at Australian-born player Daniel Tesoro), and “you should go to (Name of bar) because my daddy works there.”
But the highlight of highlights was the stirring rendition of Glory Glory Mass United that greeted the players and coaches as they entered the cafeteria (shown below).
We would like to thank Megan Fidler-Carey, the entire RPS Summer Program staff, and all the kids for making it an amazing day we will never forget.

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