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MSSA 2017 Cups Summary

2017 Cup Draws Set
Morton Cup Gets Us Started

Cup season kicks off on 8 January. (24 Dec) The Maryland State Soccer Association will start off the new year with its cup competitions beginning with the Morton Cup. Ten teams split into two groups face off to determine who will make the semifinals in February.

The Rowland Cup will also commence in January as eight sides will battle in group play to reach the final. The winner will represent the state in the Region I qualifiers of the Werner Fricker Cup.

We have 12 fighting for the Stewart Cup, which will be a knockout tournament. The first round takes place in February after the conclusion of the Rowland Cup. The prize is a slot in the US Amateur Cup in the Region I rounds.

Our final championship is the Maryland Over-30 Cup with three teams battling for a shot to compete in the Gerhard Mengel Cup.

2017 Cup Season Delayed
Postponed Morton Matches Rescheduled

Round 2 of Morton Cup to get us back on track. (12 Jan) The weather was not so kind to us for our first match day of the Morton Cup. We will commence the 2017 cup competitions with the second round of the Morton Cup. The games set for the first week will be played on 12 February.

We also had a few fields changes from our original schedule. So teams should check their schedules for all updates.

Next weekend we get the Rowland Cup off to its start with eight sides battling to reach the final. The winner will represent the state in the Region I qualifiers of the Werner Fricker Cup.

Morton Cup Kicks Off
Catonsville Sides with Double Wins

Rowland Cup starts this Sunday. (16 January) After a first week delay, the 2017 version of the Morton Cup is officially on the books. Catonsville FC Orange and Academy FC took command of Group A with Orange defeating FC Spartan 3:1 and Academy beating Colombia FC 4:1. In Group B, Catonsville FC Blue pounded Capital Rovers 4:1 and Coachem took the DC Flames 3:0. The next set of fixtures continue Sunday at Troy Park in Elkridge and Martin Luther King Park in Silver Spring. Group play is scheduled to end on 12 February

The first match day of the Rowland Cup gets off the ground with eight teams looking to take Maryland's open title. The prize is a shot at the Region I qualifiers of the Werner Fricker Cup. Troy Park and Howard High School will host those games.

Rowland Match Day 1 Complete
Morton Gets their Second Set Played

Christos & Yinz off to flying starts. (23 January) Maryland's oldest competition got kicked off this past Sunday with 102nd version of the Rowland Cup. We have eight teams fighting for Maryland's open title that sends the winner to the Region I qualifiers of the Werner Fricker Cup. Defending champion Christos FC defeated Maryland Major rival NLS Graduates 3:1 for a share of the lead in Group A. In a Group A encounter between Washington Premier sides, Aegean Hawks FC edged Washington Elite FC 1:0. Group B saw Yinz United trounce Finito FC 7:2 while Izee Auto Body FC were one shot better in a 4:3 goalfest against Charm City FC. Next Sunday will feature interleague face offs with Group A leaders Christos and the Hawks meeting at Howard High School. Washington Elite and NLS Graduates will play prior. At Troy Park we have Izee against Finito followed by Charm City versus Yinz.

The two Catonsville FC sides finished another week with double victories with Blue in command of the Group B standings after a 2:0 shutout of DC Flames. Das Bier Haus introduced themselves into the competition snipping Coachem 2:1. The two teams lie in second with 3 points, Bier Haus with a match in hand. Group A has Academy FC and Catonsville Orange at the top of the standings. Academy took care of defending champion Brothers United with a 5:0 beating while the Orange outperformed Colombia FC 6:4. The third match day for the Morton Cup will again be played at Troy Park in Elkridge and Martin Luther King Park in Silver Spring.

Christos Reach Rowland Final
Academy Make Morton Semifinal

Yinz & Izee Auto Body to battle for other final spot. (30 January) One finalist is set and the other will be determined next Sunday as the Rowland Cup completed its second match day. Elton Joe scored all four goals as Christos FC shutout the Aegean Hawks FC. The victory clinched Group A for Christos who await the winner between Yinz United and Izee Auto Body FC for the final scheduled on 12 February. In the other Group A encounter, Washington Elite FC and NLS Graduates each scored 3 goals in their draw. In Group B, Yinz defeated Charm City FC 4:1 to set up their group final against Izee Auto Body who demolished Finito FC 6:2. Yinz has the advantage in goal differential between the two sides so Izee needs to win to make the final. The last round of these Rowland group fixtures will be played at Blandair Park.

Academy FC earned its place in the Morton Cup semifinals after a 4:0 blanking of Catonsville FC Orange. In fact, all four matches in this competion ended in shutouts with Brothers United 6:0 over FC Spartan and Group B victories for Capital Rovers against Das Bier Haus 7:0 while Coachem beat Catonsville FC Blue 3:0. Two more rounds are left with next Sunday's matches scheduled at Howard High School and Blandair Park.

Yinz & Christos for Rowland Final
MMSL & WPL Champs Square Off

Morton has one last round to determine its semifinals. (6 February) It will be a Champion Cup final as the top sides of the Maryland Major Soccer League and the Washington Premier League will meet to determine Maryland's open title. Christos FC swept its group with a 4:1 drubbing of Washington Elite FC. In the other group match, it was a 2:2 draw between NLS Graduates and the Aegean Hawks FC. WPL champion Yinz United defeated Izee Auto Body FC 3:1 to finish Group B undefeated. Finito FC ended the tournament with a 5:2 win over Charm City FC. The Rowland Cup is Maryland's oldest competition dating back to 1914. Sunday's winner will earn a place in the USASA Region I qualifier of the Werner Fricker Cup that Christos won last summer. Come out to Blandair Park, 11:00 for the title match.

The Morton Cup plays Match Day 1 that was postponed because of snow last month. Academy FC finished with a perfect record in their 4:1 victory over Spartan FC top top Group A. They are the only team to ensure a semifinal spot and will have a bye next Sunday. Colombia FC picked up their first points in the standings after edging defending champion Brothers United FC 2:1. Those two along with Catonsville FC Orange are battling for second place and the other semifinal position. Group B is wide open among four clubs with Coachem in the driver's seat at 7 points. They drew against Capital Rovers in a wild 4:4 result. The other group match saw Das Bier Haus and DC Flames in a 3:3 shootout. The final round of group play will take place Sunday at Blandair Park.




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