The Riders Notebook


September 8, 2011

A Two-Pronged Attack

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Mass United has not one but two opportunities to qualify for the 2012 US Open Cup. The first, with a reserve squad, comes in October and will be at home against an as yet undetermined opponent.  The second will come this spring via the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).  There will be 14 teams from the NPSL’s Northeast Conference fighting for 1 of 4 league slots in the US Open Cup tournament. This will be the NPSL’s second season with guaranteed slots but the qualification process for 2012 will be determined by a playoff. Last season’s entries were awarded by the previous season’s standings.

 

A Battle for Bragging Rights

Mass United’s Massachusetts State Soccer League squad is in action this weekend against Director of Game Day Operations Jon Langlois’ FC Lynn. FC Lynn is currently in 3rd place in MSSL’s Division II and fighting for promotion. Will Jon feel bad if his FC Lynn defeat the Riders? Probably not. Will anyone on the field have divided loyalties? That’s a no too. But the trash talking, Oh, the trash talking will be plentiful. We’ll be live tweeting from this one (@massunitedfc), game time is 7pm at Manning Field in Lynn and admission is free.

More News to Come

Mass United has been busy working to improve the club during the (so-called) offseason, not only on the pitch but off, too. Be ready for several major announcements concerning player signings and re-signings as well as news of the club’s community and charitable activities.