Season Starts with Morton Cup in January
Schedules getting finalized but draw is complete. (19 December) The 2018 Maryland Cups will kick off in January with five competitions for the season. First in line is the Morton Cup with 10 teams divided into two groups. The top two in each will playoff for the title. It kicks off on 7 January. Later in the month we start the Rowland Cup, Maryland's oldest competition that was first played in 1914. This cup also features 10 teams split into two groups. The group winners play the final to determine who represents Maryland in the Werner Fricker Cup, the national amateur championship. In February, we have 13 sides in a knockout setting for the Stewart Cup, Maryland's amateur championship. The winner moves onto the US Amateur Cup for the Fritz Marth Trophy. We round it out with the Maryland Over-30 Cup and the Maryland Over-40 Cups. These winners progress to the USASA Region I qualifiers. Once again, the state has a very strong field of teams for its annual competitions.
Morton Cup Kicks Off 7 January
Match Day One Is On
Fields at Blandair Park have been cleared. (6 January) It will be a bit chilly but the fields have cleared and we will get our first match day started as scheduled. Catonsville FC Atlas will look to defend their title and take on Colombia FC at 11:00 at field 1. It will be followed in a battle between Old Baltimore Footballers and Starliners FC. At field 2 the 11:00 billing has Academy FC against Frederick City FC with DeMatha SA Starliners facing Steel Pulse FC afterwards.
Match Day One Completed
Cold One But Played
The 2018 Cup season starts on schedule. (8 January) MSSA Cup Commissioner Fran McGrath was undeterred despite some snow fall and chilly conditions. He made sure the fields were cleared and we got all four of our Morton Cup games played. It was not a good start for defending champion Catonsville FC Atlas who were defeated 2:3 by Colombia FC. The other Group A match saw Old Baltimore Footballers edge Starliners FC 2:1. Group B had two high scoring affairs with Academy FC plummeting Frederick City FC 9:2 while DeMatha SA Starliners also gave up nine goals against Steel Pulse FC in a 9:3 result. Match Day 2 has a doubleheader at Montgomery Blair High School starting with Colombia & Rockville SC at 11:00 followed by Starliners against Catonsville. At Martin Luther King Park, Frederick meets up against Brothers United FC and ends with Steel Pulse versus Academy. The Rowland Cup rolls off the following weekend along with Match Day 3 of the Morton Cup.