Mass United took to the road for the first time their inaugural National Premier Soccer League season, traveling to New Jersey to face the New York Red Bulls and to New York to take on the Brooklyn Italians. Things did not go as hoped. Against the Red Bulls the Riders fell behind 2-0 and couldn’t keep up with the superior pace of the Red Bulls. Were it not for the stellar play of United’s keeper Adam Khaw the final score line could have been much worse.
The following day United played an equally dissatisfying but differently frustrating game in Brooklyn. Even play throughout didn’t stop the Italians from building up a 3-0 lead as they took advantage of every opportunity they created. Something United could not do. The Riders got 2 goals in the second half and were pushing at the end, creating mad scramble after mad scramble but just couldn’t find the equalizer and dropped the decision 3-2.
This was a frustrating weekend indeed as United had been coming off back-to-back wins and had played well in all 3 games to this point. While this was a ‘get even’ game for Brooklyn, having lost a tough contest to the Riders back in May, 2-1, United doesn’t get another crack at the Red Bulls until the final home game of the season, July 17th, at Manning Field in Lynn. The next game for United is at home against Morris County Colonials on Saturday, June 11th at 5pm, also at Manning Field.