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Newsletter #6: September 2017

Newsletter 6: September 2017

The DailySoccerDigest

A word from the Mass Soccer president, Andy Weiss: 

"Don't Shoot the Messenger!"

The United States Adult Soccer Association [USASA] is raising the fees they charge for adult players. For some time, Massachusetts has been paying an annual registration fee of $8 on behalf of every player to USASA. In other words, when you paid your $25 registration to Mass Soccer every two years, $16 of that went directly to USASA. Effective with the 2018 registration year, that fee will increase to $9/year, or $18 bi-annually.

Fortunately Mass Soccer carries a healthy reserve amount on hand, so for the time being we expect to just absorb the fee increase without any extra cost to the players themselves. As we seek to offer more services and support for our member leagues, and depending on many other factors that could influence the budget, this may change. Our Executive Board is already discussing ways to keep costs down as we work to set the direction for the next several years to come. The financial health of our organization remains our top priority.


2017 U.S. Open Cup: Fairy tale run for GPS Omens comes to an end in Rochester, NY

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. Click here to read more


Mass Soccer Champions Cup: Extra time needed as Safira defeat Mosteiro in thrilling final

In the 3rd annual Mass Soccer Champions Cup, an invitation-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. Click here to read more


EMWSL: Suburban Lightning, Dynamis, Bandits crowned summer 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.
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2018 U.S. Open Cup Qualifying: Record 8 Mass Soccer clubs enter 2018 USOC qualifying

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. Click here to read more


Mass Soccer Community Survey

Mass Soccer wants to hear from you!  Please take a few minutes to complete this quick Mass Soccer Member Survey. This will let the Mass Soccer board know what kind of activities and benefits you would like to see offered by Mass Soccer.  We greatly appreciate your feedback.


One-on-one conversation with GPS Omen's co-manager Greg Zuboff

Get to know one of the managers of the Mass Soccer perennial powerhouse GPS Omen's, through this interesting one-on-one interview with Sean Bakhtiari. Ever wonder... how Greg got involved with GPS, his take on the team's very successful run in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, his goals for the future of the team and what makes playing soccer so special to him and the GPS Omen's team.  Click here to read more


Mass Soccer women's teams dominate at 2017 Soccer Fest

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. Click here to read more


Discount New England Revolution tickets!

Calling all Mass Soccer players, family, and friends! Come cheer on the New England Revolution and receive a 30% discount on the final five games of the season. As a benefit of your Mass Soccer membership, you qualify for this ticket discount, but you must click here to receive your special member pricing. And remember to use promo code: "SOCCER".

Final 3 Regular season matches:

  • Sept 23: Revolution vs. Toronto FC
  • Sept 30: Revolution vs. Atlanta United FC
  • Oct 15: Revolution vs. NYCFC


BSSL: GPS Omens, Middlesex FC, Celtic, Providence City FC lead respective divisions entering Fall 2017

In another exciting and competitive season in Mass Soccer's Bay State Soccer League (BSSL), several storied clubs and 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.  Click here to read more


OCWSL: Soccerholics three-peat as summer champions

Ending the season with a perfect 14-0-0 regular season record, 63 goals for and 7 goals against, Soccerholics of the Old Colony Women's Soccer League (OCWSL) have repeated as league champions for the third year in a row. In the league final, Soccerholics trumped Doughboy Donuts 3-1 to take home the title. Also worthy of a shoutout are the woman of AB Depot who finished the regular season in second place with 10 wins and 4 losses.  Click here to read more


Looking to join a team or start a team? Click here to view our affiliated Mass Soccer leagues who are always looking for new players and teams!



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