A changed and improved Lions look to build on promising performance against Cosmos.
Boston City FC travel to Hudson Valley this weekend to visit rivals Kingston and then host the Stockade in Revere on Sunday, June 30, in National Premier Soccer League action.
The double-header kicks off at Dietz Stadium in Kingston on Saturday at 6pm then comes to Harry Della Russo Stadium eight days later, kickoff 6 p.m. Tickets for the June 30 match in Revere are available at www.BostonCityFC.com.
The Lions and Stockade have always contested exciting matches since first meeting in both clubs’ inaugural seasons in 2016. The playoff-chasing Stockade (6-1-3) are riding a nine-match unbeaten streak, six of those being wins, having not lost since the opening day of the season. Boston City (1-8-2) are without a win in five outings, but several personnel changes and a combative attacking approach in last week’s home loss to the unbeaten New York Cosmos did provide lively entertainment and optimism for the remainder of the season.
Striker Hugo Bomfim scored his second goal in three matches but will be without strike partner Jhonata Batista, who is suspended after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season, as is fellow forward Rigoberto Jimenez.
A trio of new midfielders and the return of joint top-scorer John Dumbuya boosted the Lions last week, giving Boston City supporters hope that the NPSL season can end on a high note. The club’s final two home matches in Revere will be at Harry Della Russo Stadium on June 30 against the Stockade and July 6 when New York Athletic Club are the visitors.
Kingston Stockade (6-1-3) vs Boston City FC (1-8-2)
Saturday, June 22, 2019, Kickoff 6 p.m.
Dietz Stadium, Kingston, NY
Boston City FC (1-8-2) vs Kingston Stockade (6-1-3)
Sunday, June 30, 2019, Kickoff 6 p.m.
Harry Della Russo Stadium, Park Avenue, Revere, MA
Boston City FC vs. Kingston Stockade match notes: Boston City FC and Kingston Stockade FC have met five times previously and the Stockade have never won in Boston… The Lions edge the series by three wins to two… In 2016, a comeback victory from 2-1 down to win 3-2 sparked Boston City’s nine-match unbeat en run to the playoffs in the club’s first season… Exactly three years prior to this Saturday’s match on June 22, 2016, Boston City hosted the Stockade for the first time and won 2-0… In 2017, the series was split as each team won at home, Kingston by 2-1 and the Lions by 2-0… Leonardo Carvalho, who returned to the Boston City squad last week after a spell with the club’s BSSL team, scored in both those matches… 2018 saw just one meeting, which was in Kingston where a depleted Boston City side suffered a 5-1 defeat… defender Jadson Leite was red-carded at halftime of that match and will complete a lengthy suspension over the period of these two matches… Of the current Boston City squad, seven players have faced the Stockade before: Avner Alves, Ralph Angrand, Jhonata Batista, Santi Cardona, Leonardo Carvalho, Rigoberto Jimenez, Jake Wagmeister… Nineteen players have made their debuts for a new-look Boston City FC this season with the latest being midfielders Geovane Silva and Pablo Guimares against the New York Cosmos last week… Boston City need to score one more goal this season to equal last season’s total of 12, which were scored by 8 different players… Only four players have scored the 11 Boston City goals this season: Batista 4, Dumbuya 4, Bomfim 2, Jimenez 1… In 2016 the Lions scored 29 goals and 30 in 2017.