Mass United begins what promises to be an action-filled 2012 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) campaign on May 5th at 5pm (#FiveFiveAtFive) when the defending division champion Brooklyn Italians visit Manning Field in Lynn, MA. This fixture produced one of Brooklyn’s two losses last season; something last season’s champs are sure to remember. The full NPSL schedule for 2012 can be found here.
The biggest news going in to United’s second season in the NPSL is the division’s growth from 6 teams to 8; and along with that the addition of 4 more games than last season. The division had one club, Morris County Colonials, move over to the Keystone side of the Northeast Conference, and 3 additions. The most notable newcomer might be FC New York, which comes to the NPSL from one division higher up the U.S. soccer pyramid, previously being a member of USL PRO.
I think local fans, however, will be most interested in the other 2 clubs coming into the league. The addition of Rhode Island Reds FC and Seacoast United’s expansion into Maine with Seacoast United Mariners, means there will be six, I repeat, SIX, New England Derbies this season! And as if that wasn’t good enough, each of the 3 home Derbies will take place on Wednesday nights at 7pm (#WednesdayNightIsDerbyNight), including the season finale on July 18th against Rhode Island Reds FC.
“We thought Wednesdays would be a great opportunity to fill the gap between weekends. It also gives those people that go away on weekends a chance to get to more games,” said Mass United’s Director of Game Day Operations, Jonathan Langlois. “We’re hoping the season opener will be the beginning of a very fun year for everyone.”
About the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL): The NPSL was founded in 2003 and is the highest ranking amateur soccer league in the United States. Sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), both the USSF and FIFA recognize the NPSL as a Division IV league behind Major League Soccer (MLS), the North American Soccer League (NASL) and USL Pro. Through USASA, NPSL clubs are able to qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the oldest running soccer tournament in the country and one of the oldest soccer tournaments in the world. For more information, visit our official website at http://www.npslsoccer.net or drop us an e-mail at email@example.com.