The Riders Notebook – Sept 19


September 19, 2011

Riders Re-sign All-Star…

Mass United has announced the re-signing of midfielder Adrian Kawuba for the upcoming season. “I was extremely excited when (club Owner and Head Coach) Jim (Antonakas) called me,” said the 2011 National Premier Soccer League All-Star, “He reached out to me and I am really thankful for the opportunity.” The Head Coach might, in fact, be one of Adrian’s biggest fans, saying, “He’s an extremely talented player who has a very positive attitude and is a very good fit for our club and what we want to build and become.”

United Owner and Head Coach Jim Antonakas (right) with the newly re-signed Adrian Kawuba

Building for the future is something the midfielder understands as well, “(Last) season was a building block for us and I’m pretty excited that I could re-sign with Mass United and be a part of the club going forward.” This promises to be just the beginning of signings and re-signings for United, whose main goal this off-season is to improve the team and have an impact on the race for the NPSL championship. Stay tuned, as they say.


Reserve Roller Coaster…

The match between Mass United’s Massachusetts State Soccer League squad and Director of Game Day Operations Jon LangloisFC Lynn ended 2-0 in favor of FC Lynn. The battle for office bragging rights didn’t exactly have a clear victor though as United took the first fixture this season by the same score. Trash talk on the field was also inconclusive, but Jon made his feelings on the result clear, “Works for me.”
The MSSL squad didn’t have to wait very long to get back to winning, however. They defeated AC Boston 2-1 on Thursday night (giving FC Lynn a boost in their hunt for promotion), but were unable to turn that into a winning streak on Sunday, losing 4-1 to division-leading Lowell Lusitanos B in Charlestown.

Preparing to face FC Lynn

Meanwhile, the Bay State Soccer League squad’s fight for promotion to BSSL’s first division suffered a set-back, falling 4-2 on Saturday to Union Brew House. The Riders are still only 4 points behind Analog in the race for the top spot thanks to an Analog loss, but they’ve fallen one place in the table to 5th.

Thank You. Now, Here’s Something For Free…

The relationship between Mass United and its fans is one that grows stronger every day. As a way of saying thank you, we’re offering free computer background downloads. The first batch of these, created by yours truly, is up and ready for downloading. Just go to our Downloads area to choose your favorite and let everyone know that you are United through and through!