Salem, MA- Mass United opened their American Soccer League schedule on Saturday night at Salem State University’s Alumni Field with a 1-1 draw against Icon FC . United carried a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to a 23rd minute strike by Alencar “Junior” Ventura (assist by Rigoberto Jiminez) but couldn’t hold on for the 3 points. Icon’s Morris equalized in the 71st minute from a cross by Becerra. Icon next faces Philadelphia Fury before starting their home schedule against AC Crusaders.
Next up for United is Western Mass in Ludlow, MA on Saturday night at 7pm in the first Commonwealth Derby played in competitive play. The clubs have met twice in exhibition play, both in Ludlow, with each club winning once. This will be the league opener for Western Mass and marks the return of professional soccer to the venerated Lusitano Stadium.