Mass United Partners With FC Lynn

Mass United Owner & Head Coach Jim Antonakas (L) with FC Lynn manager Jon Langlois

Mass United is proud to announce a partnership with FC Lynn of the Massachusetts State Soccer League (MSSL). The new partners will be working together to develop the best players in and around Massachusetts, providing a tremendous opportunity for players looking to advance their careers. Jointly operating squads in both the MSSL and the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL), the partners can offer true advancement. Players from both clubs will be afforded the possiblity of making the Mass United first team, which plays in the Northeast – Atlantic Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

The FC Lynn team that finished first in the MSSL’s division 2 this season will be renamed Mass United FC Lynn as they enter the 2012 season and division one, and may also have a side in division 3 of the BSSL. The FC Lynn brand will not be disappearing completely, however, with a squad in the MSSL’s second division. Mass United’s Director of Game Day Operations, Jon Langlois, is a manager for FC Lynn and will be General Manager of the new Mass United FC Lynn, “I have worked closely with Owner Jim Antonakas and he runs a 1st class organization. I am glad to say that FC Lynn will be joining this family and building strong bonds within the soccer community and also other organizations around Massachusetts.”

(L-R) Mass United Asst. Coach John Stack and Head Coach Jim Antonakas; FC Lynn Managers Jon Langlois and Archie Bandera

The new FC Lynn will also get the added benefit of training every week with the first team at the direction of the Mass United coaching staff. “I think being on the same training schedule will help a lot of the players in the transition from our squad to theirs should they be chosen for the NPSL squad,” said Langlois. “It will be a seemless transition for them.”

The move strengthens Mass United’s roster and builds on its ‘farm system,’ which will grow to 5, possibly 6, squads (plus two indoor teams in the MSSL) with this partnership. “Our goal is to have as many teams in as many leagues as possible. Not only to improve our first team in the NPSL, but to create opportunities for players throughout New England to advance in the sport we all love,” said Mass United Owner and Head Coach Jim Antonakas.