Lansdowne Bhoys hope to have another reason or two to celebrate. (Photo courtesy of the CSL)
Just how good are the Lansdowne Bhoys?
The Cosmopolitan Soccer League team’s 2017 season should give you a pretty good idea.
Winning one national title in a year is difficult enough.
Taking home two major trophies within a two-week span? It would seem next to impossible, unless of course, you were Lansdowne Bhoys.
The CSL side will play the Brooklyn Italians in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at LIU Brooklyn at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Last year, Lansdowne overcame the odds and several quality sides to capture the U.S. Amateur Cup and Werner Fricker Cup. Both competitions are sponsored by the U.S. Adult Soccer Assocation.
On Aug. 5, the Yonkers, N.Y.-based side overcame six-time national champions Bavaria SC 9-8 on penalties in Milwaukee, Wis., to become the first Irish club to be crowned the Fritz Marth U.S. Amateur Cup champions.
The teams played to a 2-2 draw in regulation and then went through 30 scoreless minutes of extratime. Momodou Sawaneh converted the winning penalty kick in the shootout.
It was fitting Lansdowne captured the Fritz Marth Cup because Marth was an important official with the Cosmopolitan Soccer League for many years. Lansdowne is one of the leading CSL First Division sides.
“Gonna enjoy this win tonight,” Lansdowne coach Austin Friel said on Twitter.
Friel was named the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Region I coach of the year.
On Aug. 19, Lansdowne rolled to a 5-0 victory over Louisiana’s State CD Montague, 5-0, to take home the Fricker Cup.
The team also won the Dr. Manning Cup as Eastern New York State Soccer Association champions, giving Lansdowne a treble.
Not surprisingly, Lansdowne’s success was deemed FrontRowSoccer.com’s No. 10 story of the year in 2017.
“Only two other teams have ever won the national amateur, national open and their state cup in the same year,” Bhoys president William McGrory said. “Now there’s three as Lansdowne join the elite group. [The] Bhoys are now the undisputed best amateur soccer team in the USA. This is a marvelous achievement for the team and took an enormous amount of work on and off the field. Thanks to the board, players and coach Austin Friel.”
Lansdowne will have another challenge in 2018 as the team will participate in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup.
The CSL side booked a spot in this year’s Open Cup by winning their third-round qualifying match over the Lone Star Under-23s, 3-1, at Tibbets Park in Yonkers, N.Y. Nov. 18.
Given its recent history of success, one would be wise in betting against the Lansdowne Bhoys going deep in the competition.
The winner of the Lansdowne-Brooklyn match will play a second-round round at North Carolina FC (United Soccer League) May 16.
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