Riders Ready For Weekend Battles

Mass United hits the road for the first time this season as they face the New York Red Bulls on Saturday and Brooklyn Italians on Sunday in National Premiere Soccer League play. The Riders are coming off back-to-back wins, including an impressive 2-0 win over New York Athletic Club at home last Saturday, and will be out to continue the determined, never-say-die style of play that is beginning to define this club.

While the Riders will already be half-way through their schedule after this weekend, it marks the season-opener for the Red Bulls. New York finished first in the Atlantic Conference last season, getting the top spot on tie-breakers after tying with Brooklyn Italians on points. The Red Bulls were one game away from being Northeast Region Champions and in the league’s final four but lost out to FC Sonic Lehigh Valley.

Brooklyn’s lone game this season was May 15th against the Riders. Brooklyn tried to out-muscle United but our boys came back from a 1-0 deficit to claim an extremely physical 2-1 victory that had a frustrated Brooklyn team disproportionately irate over a late penalty being awarded. The penalty was missed but Brooklyn is sure to remember the supposed ‘injustice’.

About New York Red Bulls: The New York Red Bulls Academy is a cost free program that aspires to help develop the best talent in the Tri State Area.The program is designed to assist dedicated and talented players reach the highest levels of the game. For more information go to http://www.redbullsacademy.com

About Brooklyn Italians: New members of the NPSL in 2010, the club’s history is lengthy and dynamic. It includes 2 U.S. Open Cups and appearances in the CONCACAF Champions Cup and Cup Winners Cup. Information on the club can be found at http://www.brooklynitalians.org.

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 of America. It is a national men’s amateur league with over 35 teams in four conferences, and is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Both 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 pr@npslsoccer.net.