Jamaica Plain, MA- Mass United FC Pro has begun its signings for the 2016 season, which starts in March. Returning to the club will be midfielders Charlie McMahon and Fabio Barbosa, forward Lasahna Sanha, defender and 2015 ASL All-Star Matthew Keys, and keepers Malcolm Cheney and Baboucarr Njie, as well as utility man Mikhael Tadros. United is focusing on returning the core group of players that helped the squad go unbeaten in the spring session of the ASL, becoming one of the league’s toughest match ups despite narrowly missing a playoff berth. New players will be added to this core group
in hopes of pushing United over the hump and into the playoffs, with a realistic eye on the league championship.
This will be the second season with the club for McMahon, Barbosa, Sanha, and Cheney. While Njie and Tadros have been with the club for several years, rising from the Bay State and Massachusetts State soccer league squads to earn spots with the Pro outfit. “We believe going unbeaten in the spring is a sign of things to come,” said 2015 stand out keeper Malcolm Cheney, a Hokington native and graduate of Keene State University in New Hampshire. Forward Lasahna Sanha echoed Cheney’s sentiment, “Our goal is to pick up where we left off last season.” General Manager Jim Antonakas commented, “I am very excited about this first group of signings for Mass United. These players all deserve the opportunity to showcase themselves at a higher level and are a great core group to build around.”
“It was a great pleasure to be able to sign a new contract for the 2016 season. 2015 was a good success but we’re hoping for bigger and better things in the new season. I’m going to put 110% into every thing I do and play every game as if it’s my last,” said midfielder McMahon. His fellow midfielder Barbosa also has his eyes on the bigger picture this season, remarking, “I want to do my part to help the team take the next step, whatever it takes. I’ll bleed if I have to.” For Tadros and Njie, continuing with the club was the clear and preferred option. “This team is like a family, on and off the field,” said Njie.