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U.S. Soccer recently announced the "local 2018 U.S. Open Cup qualifying" draw with a record-high 108 amateur teams having entered local qualifying for the 2018 edition, smashing the previous record of 64 teams set last year (an increase in teams of 69% year-over-year). Even though the tournament does not begin until April 2018, nearly all of the 108 entrants will see action in the first qualifying round, set for September 23-24. The history-filled annual tournament, entering its 105th year, is perhaps the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides, should they advance far enough, have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition.
Open Division Local Qualifying - as this portion of the competition is called - will be conducted on a single-game, knockout basis. Match-ups are determined geographically to minimize travel time and expense, with random selection used when practicable to determine exact pairings. Home teams are determined by coin flip. The pairings for the second (October 21-22) and third (November 18-19) qualifying rounds will be determined and announced after each preceding round of games has taken place. The survivors after three qualifying rounds will advance to the first round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup next spring.
The state of Massachusetts is boasting a state record of 8 local amateur teams entering qualification, 5 of which are affiliated with Mass Soccer (noted with *). GPS Omens competed in the 2017 competition and Southie FC qualified in 2016 -- both defeating semi-pro teams before falling to USL's Rochester Rhinos on the road. The 2018 local qualifying draw is below. Good luck to all participating Mass clubs!
On September 10, 2017 at Ceylon Park, Dorchester, Dinamo FC took on Raiz CV in the 2017 NELASA Emilio Raposo Cup.
Dinamo FC scored an early goal at about 15 into the first half, taking the lead. Raiz CV scored a matching goal 15 minutes later to put the score at 1-1 and this score held until half time. A few minutes into the second half, Raiz CV score their second goal taking the lead for the first time. Then in dramatic fashion, Dinamo managed to net the tying goal at the end of the second half making the score 2-2, and forcing the game to the 30 minutes over time, 15 minutes each half.
Again, Raiz CV score the third goal very early in the start of OT. Then yet again, Dinamo scored in the last minute of the second half OT, forcing the game to be decided on penalty shots.
Dinamo FC was able to convert more PKs, thus is the winner of the NELASA EMILIO RAPOSO CUP.
The romance of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup hinges on the little guys taking on the pros; part-time amateurs getting the chance to compete 11v11 against full-time paid professionals. Mass Soccer's very own GPS Omen's of the Bay State Soccer League, led by Harris Smriko, Greg Zuboff and Jake Edwards, advanced to the third round of the competition. They defeated two semi-pro clubs along the way before narrowly falling 2-1 in the final seconds on the road to professional side Rochester Rhinos of the USL. It was their third road game of the tournament. In the first and second rounds Omens defeated PDL side GPS Portland Phoenix 2-0 and outlasted Boston City FC of the NPSL 2-1.
Despite their status as amateurs, the self-proclaimed "white-collar squad" -- all whom work full-time jobs and play on the weekends -- showed why the U.S. Open Cup can produce such memorable moments. And while GPS Omens fell just short of a third consecutive "cupset", leading goalscorer Keith Caldwell looked back at the run with pride. "I think we showed we can compete at this level. Our goal next year will be to take it one step further, though we know it won't be easy. It's a great group of guys, and we're all such good friends off the field. I think it helps us on the field as well."
The Rochester Rhinos, who knocked out Mass Soccer's Southie FC in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup, fell to the New England Revolution in the Fourth Round in Providence, RI. The Cup Final is set for Wednesday, September 20 at 9:00 p.m. between Sporting KC (MLS) and NY Red Bulls (MLS). It will be televised live on ESPN.
In the 3rd annual Mass Soccer Champions Cup, an invitational-only tournament between Mass Soccer's top performing men's teams in every Mass Soccer league, Safira of the OTHSL defeated USAfrica's Mosteiro FM in a thrilling overtime match.
Safira reached the finals via a 3-0 win over Albania SC in the semifinals and a 6-1 victory over Team Iraq in the quarterfinals. Mosteiro, on the other hand, slipped past GPS Omens 1-0 in the semifinals and won via technicality in the quarterfinals over Kel Kau.
In the Cup final on August 6, the game was sent into extra time after the first 90 minutes ended 2-2. In the dying minutes of extra time, Safira scored twice in the 119th and 120th minutes to seal the victory and claim the 2017 Mass Soccer Champions Cup. The win awards them with a coveted automatic bye to the 2017 Mass Soccer USASA Amateur Cup Qualifying final. Previous competition winners include Dorchester United (2016) and Tarrafal FC (2015).
From the sidelines of the EMWSL Summer Championship series.... EMWSL is proud to report that we have our 2017 champions!!
With the Eastern Mass Women's Soccer League (EMWSL) summer season recently coming to a close, a special shout goes out to the women's teams who have recently earned summer league titles.
In Division 1A, the Suburban Lightning defeated league powerhouse Azzuri 5-1 in an action-packed final in Wayland, MA. Goalkeepers from both sides made several highlight-worthy saves but Suburban Lightning's offense was too difficult to contain on the night.
In division 1B, undefeated Dynamis edged Galway Rovers 1-0 in a more defensive-minded match. But despite falling in the final, Galway have their heads held high having competed valiantly in their very first season in the EMWSL and look poised for continues success in future competitions.
In the Division 2/3 final, Bandits earned a 3-1 victory over Billerica Balls 3-1 to claim the summer title. Congratulations to all players, coaches and staff on a very successful summer season!
The Mass Soccer's Eastern Mass Women's Soccer League (EMWSL) is a non-profit organization that has been in existence for over 20 years. The EMWSL organizes three playing seasons each year: fall, spring, and summer.
The 2017 USASA Adult Soccer Fest took place in Nashville, Tennessee on July 12-16, 2017 and Mass Soccer was represented extremely well claiming three national championships - Mass Spirit O30, Mass Spirit Seasoned O40 and Bay State Breakers O60 all flew home to Massachusetts with national titles. Furthermore, Bay State Breakers O65 lost in the finals, and Mass Spirit O50 and NEOTHSL O55 fell in the semifinals of the tournament.
In the O30 women's division, Mass Spirit O30 defeated Dallas Roma in a tight 2-1 final. The winning goal was a beautiful breakaway by Justine Oppenheim who was played in on net by teammate Kelly Lawton. Mass Spirit's defense and solid all game and goalkeeping held off the strong Dallas Roma attack in the last 10 mins of the game to secure the title.
In the women's O40 division, the Mass Spirit Seasoned O40 team downed Maryland 1-0 in the championship game. The final was a rematch from group play in which both teams played to a 1-1 draw. Stephanie Boggs netted the game winner in the first half from a superb cross and Mass Spirit held on to secure the win. Quality midfield play kept Maryland's defense on their heals all game Mass Spirit's defense allowed very few scoring opportunities by their opponent.
Born as the Veterans Cup back in 1998, this event was created with the intention of providing high-level soccer to both men and women, whatever their age. Rivalries on the field have led to friendships off and helped turn this event into a week of competition and celebration for over 3,000 players, family members and supporters. Soccer Fest is an annual 11v11 format tournament drawing players of all ages, from almost every U.S. state and many other countries. Every team plays at least 3 tournament games, with winning teams advancing to our final and semi-final rounds the last day of the Fest. The 2018 edition of the Adult Soccer Fest will be held in July in Bellingham, Washington. Full information will be posted at a later date at http://www.ussoccerfest.com
In another exciting and competitive season in Mass Soccer's Bay State Soccer League (BSSL), several storied clubs and handful of new teams have been making headlines since the season opener in April. As the fall season begins the race for division titles heat up. Here is a closer look at all four divisions:
BSSL D1: GPS Omens (reigning BSSL champions) and Kendall Wanderers (reigning BSSL Cup champions) remain the only two unbeaten teams in Division 1. GPS have the edge with 7 wins and 1 draw for 22 points while Kendall have earned an impressive 5 wins and 3 draws for 18 points. Rounding off the top half of the D1 standings are GPM FC (16 pts), Warehouse Gunners (14 pts) and Southie FC (14 pts). Leading the D1 goal scoring charts is Kieth Caldwell (GPS Omens) with 10 goals, Andy Reimer (GPM FC) with 9 goals and Eric Anderson (GPS Omens) with 7 goals.
BSSL D2: Middlesex FC have come out flying in BSSL D2 recording 8 wins and 2 draws while scoring 29 goals and allowing 13 against. The hot start sees Middlesex top of Division 2 with 26 points while Brandeis FC Legends and Sports Identity FC are within striking distance with 21 and 16 points respectively. The D2 Golden Boot race could not be closer as three players top the charts with 9 goals a piece -- R. Santos (Albania United), K. Williams (Middlesex) and O. Williamson (Middlesex).
BSSL D3N: 9 wins and 1 loss has BSSL newcomers Celtic FC of Boston in sole position of first place in Division 3 North. More impressive perhaps is their 8 goals against in 10 matches. It's still a tight race for the title however as Merrimack Valley United FC and Boston Rovers sit in 2nd and third place with 25 and 22 points respectively. Celtic and Merrimack Valley United will play each other in a mouth-watering match on October 7. Merrimack's Gareth Dudney leads the division with 13 goals in 10 games followed by SOuthie FC Reserve's Corey Bradley and Celtic's H. Hibbert.
BSSL D3S: Second-year club, and social media warriors, Providence City FC have impressed thus far in 2017 and currently top BSSL Division 3 South with 9 wins and 1 loss. They are led by the division's top scorer, Kiki, who has 12 goals on the year. But first-year BSSL club Tarrafal are only 5 points behind with a game in hand (7 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss). The two clubs are scheduled square off on September 23rd which could ultimately be a title deciding match.
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