2018 Season In Review
Siege went into the spring UPSL season full of optimism and with every expectation of fighting for the top spot in the table, but a smattering of untimely penalty kicks conceded, baffling referee decisions, mental errors, injuries, and issues of cohesion saw Siege finish the UPSL campaign second from bottom despite rarely losing a game by more than a goal. However, it wasn't all doom and gloom. The reserve team began a respectable campaign in the BSSL, even coming back from 3-0 down to shock Southie FC 4-3 in the 2nd round of the BSSL Cup and saw the emergence of young players such as Lucas Firme, Alex Egan, and Elbert Gomes turn in excellent performances and break into the first team by season's end.
The summer break saw head coach Luke DeDeus step down to focus on General Manager duties, new members of the front office added in, and a new coaching staff of Boris Bozic, Roberto Rodriguez, and Virgilio Hernandez added in to handle the day-to-day. New signings Hugo Erazo, Carlos Alarcon, Maan Albehacy and Sergio Aguilar helped get things on track for the final stages of the BSSL campaign as well as the US Open Cup and US Amateur Cup in the fall.
The beginning of the BSSL campaign did not go according to plan, as Siege were only able to pick up six points from their first five matches. Coach Boris was soon forced to regroup the squad - and the results proved how effective this was. After the bad run of form, Siege proceeded to go undefeated from May 19th to September 8th, accumulating an impressive 16 points from six games. The race for promotion now seemed inevitable, as they stood within reaching distance of BSSL Division 3 South’s coveted second-place finish.
In the aftermath of this run of form, Siege had to juggle three competitions: US Open Cup, USASA Amateur Cup, and BSSL. The US Open Cup, Siege faced BSSL rivals Kendall Wanderers, in a match that saw Siege comeback mightily to force extra time. Unfortunately, Siege were forced to bow out of the competition in penalties. In the USASA Amateur Cup, Siege made it to the semifinal of the Massachusetts qualifier, until they faced Middlesex FC who were too difficult a foe to best.
Though admirable, the end of our cup runs refocused our attention to BSSL play. Down the stretch, Siege earned 16 points from a possible 22. The race for promotion remained tight until the end as the final spot was to be earned by either Siege or Lusitana. By the end, it became clear Lusitana’s point total was too large to reach, as we finished in 3rd place, 9 points below Lusitana.
Though no silverware was won in 2018, it was undoubtedly Siege’s most successful campaign of their short history. The front office expanded, new competitions were joined, and a new coaching staff took Siege to new heights. 2019 promises to be an even more eventful year, as Siege continue to search for their first trophy.
We at Siege want to thank all of our supporters that have made operating a club like Siege possible. We owe our success to you and will continue to prove you are supporting the right club in Boston.
Written by Assistant GM Anthony Giallongo