Maryland Bobcats FC are National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) Independent Cup Mid-Atlantic Region Champions!
After a thrilling 2-2 game between the New York Cosmos and FC Baltimore that was played in New York on Saturday, the Bobcats finally found out the fate of the region with all games being completed. Ending tied on 5 points with FC Baltimore (and the teams tying 1-1 in their head-to-head matchup) the Bobcats held the tiebreaker with 9 goals scored versus FC Baltimore's 3. The two teams were also tied on goals against with 3.
The title comes after an undefeated tournament, tying both FC Baltimore and the New York Cosmos 1-1 and defeating New Amsterdam FC 7-1 in the last game. The big win proved pivotal as the deciding factor in who walked away champions came down to the number of goals scored.
Announcing our application to NISA, the Independent Cup was a great way to get the team's feet wet and evaluate where the club and roster is at currently. Club President Jay Saba was grateful for the chance to participate, saying "First of all, I give all the glory to God who made this possible. Now is not the time to be arrogant, cocky, or ignorant to any other team because we still have a long way to go. This tournament was a way to see how our guys can compete with the best teams in this region. We want to thank all the teams that participated in the tournament and most importantly the leadership on NISA for putting it together safely. We are forever grateful, and the work continues!"
Head Coach Phil Nana, who has now led the club to a UPSL National Championship and the Independent Cup crown, echoed Saba's comments: "We went into the tournament excited to compete with high level, professional teams. Winning the tournament was just a plus for us."
The wrap up of the Independent Cup brings the end of competitive matches for the club in 2020, but not to games as a whole. The team has several friendlies lined up to close out the year, including a trip to Chattanooga, TN to take on NISA club Chattanooga FC.