August 20,2020, Baltimore, MD - Maryland Bobcats FC are proud to announce the date and teams for the 2nd Annual "Maryland Bobcats Community Cup". The Community Cup will be held on August 29th and 30th at Long Reach High School with 8 teams taking part. The 8 teams are:
All Stars United
Baltimore Kickers FC
Sure Sports FC
There is no registration fee for the Community Cup and is meant to not put a strain on the operations of any of the participating teams. 60 minute games (30 minute halfs) will be used as teams could be playing two to three games in one day. A maximum roster size of 22 players will be used and, as a preseason tournament, unlimited substitutions will be allowed. All games through the Semi Finals will take place on Saturday with the Final taking place the following day.
We put on the Community Cup for other teams in the community that were once exactly like us - a group of people who love the game, want to keep playing, and keep the grassroots game alive. The Cup is meant to be a way for teams in the local leagues to come together before the season starts to get some games in (and knock off some rust) and mingle and get to know other local teams in the area off the field.
The Cup is also a way for us to give back to the teams in the league where the Maryland Bobcats FC project was started over 10 years ago and where our dreams were just that - dreams. Our goal is to continue to make our community a better place, using soccer as the vehicle to do that. This Cup encompasses everything we love about the sport: competition, community, and dreaming. The winning team will win a cash prize of $2,000 and the runner-up will receive a cash prize of $1,000. There will also be awards for Best Player, Best Goalkeeper, and Best Coach.
Julius, the owner of All Stars United, helped to facilitate getting all the teams on board and had this to say: "The Maryland Bobcats annual tournament is an inspirational and encouraging event that brings the community together and also helps to bring diversity to our community. Every team involved and participating in the highly competitive tournament are excited to be invited. Teams such as Baltimore Kickers (last year's champion) will be defending their championship while competitive teams like All Stars United, who won the Morton Cup last year, will fight for the crown. The organizers and the President of Maryland Bobcats FC [Jay Saba] are working diligently to put all safety measures in place to practice social distancing and the mandatory use of facemasks. The safety of the players and staff is our biggest priority."
The Community Cup is something that the club and it's founders wanted to keep going, because they know it is exactly where they and the club came from. Even playing in a local league has fees associated with it, and if we can help with those in some small way, we're happy to. While the tournament is about the soccer on the field, it is also (and even more so) about the diverse community that makes up the Maryland soccer community.
Bobcats GM Evan Raimist was just as excited as if it were the Bobcats were the ones playing: "This is a great way to get teams in the community out, involved, and back playing again. Us being able to do this two years in a row now, with hopefully many more to come, is a testament to what kind of club we want to be and that we know our roots. I can't wait to see some of the Maryland soccer community come together for some good soccer. Our guys will be there assisting with logistics as well, and we're looking forward to meeting friends, both new and old, during the Cup."
Our club was founded in the Maryland Majors, and that has left a lasting impression on the owners and the remaining players and staff that have been with the club since the beginning. Maryland Majors Soccer League (MMSL) Commissioner Bill George said that "the Maryland Majors is pleased and appreciative of the partnership with the Maryland Bobcats FC to put on the Community Cup involving MMSL teams. The Bobcats have been extremely generous in giving back to the community, the MD Majors where they started as a club years ago, and in supporting current MMSL clubs.'
We look forward to hosting this tournament and bringing the Maryland soccer community together for two days of games, community, and friendship.