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MSSA 2018 Cups Summary

2018 Cup
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.

Rowland Group Play Kicks Off
Morton Two Rounds In

Maryland's oldest soccer competition starts its 104th season. (19 January) We get our second cup for 2018 off and running this Sunday with the Rowland Cup, Maryland's Open title that was first played in 1914. The winner goes through to Region I qualifiers to compete for the Werner Fricker Cup. Match day one action will be played at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring and Blandair Park in Columbia.

We played our second match day last Sunday in the Morton Cup. Colombia FC leads Group A after a 5:0 thumping of Rockville SC. They meet Old Baltimore Footballers at Blandair for round three with Rockville going against Catonsville Atlas FC. Group B saw a 2:2 draw between Frederick City FC and Brothers United while Academy FC ran through Steel Pulse FC 7:3. Group leader Academy matches up against Brothers United and Frederick City battles DeMatha SA Starliners. The Morton games will be split between Blandair Park and Martin Luther King Park in Silver Spring.

Morton Past Halfway Point
Rowland Gets First Round Played

Christos set to defend its title. (22 January) We have two of our cup competitions kicking the ball on the pitch as the Rowland Cup got the first round played this past Sunday. This is Maryland's oldest soccer championship that was first played in 1914. The winner takes the state's Open title and advances to Region I qualifiers for the Werner Fricker Cup. In a replay of the last two Rowland finals, title holder Christos FC defeated rival Yinz United 3:1 and jump to the Group B lead. It is shared with World Class Premier Elite who edged NLS Graduates 2:1. In the lone Group A match, JA Raiders and IFK Catonsville FC played to a 2:2 draw. The second match day has the Graduates facing Christos, Yinz meeting Shooting Stars, Finito FC entering its first match against the Raiders and Catonsville taking on Izee Auto Body FC. Games will be played at Martin Luther King Park in Silver Spring and Blandair Park in Columbia.

The Morton Cup is three rounds done with the playoff field still pretty open. Colombia FC was slowed down by Old Baltimore Footballers in a 2:2 draw but continue to lead Group A. Rockville SC bounced back from their first loss to defeat Catonsville Atlas FC 3:1. Academy FC has a stranglehold in Group B as it took care of Brothers United 3:1. Frederick City FC won the goal battle against DeMatha SA Starliners with a 4:3 victory. The fourth Match Day will see teams head out to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring and Blandair Park.

Sunday, 4 February - Rowland & Morton Cups

Games to be rescheduled. (4 February) Due to the inclement weather forecast for this morning calling for freezing rain in the area, all matches for the Rowland & Morton Cups scheduled for today, 4 February, have been called off. The games will reschedule as necessary and updated on this site.

Getting Back on Track
Rowland & Morton Cups Rescheduled

The cups will move on. (5 February) The weather was nasty yesterday and our Cup Commissioner, Fran McGrath, made the right call. He also has the games rescheduled, which you can find at the various tabs above.

The semifinals of the Morton Cup are pushed back one week. Academy FC is the only club who has guaranteed its spot in the final four. Steel Pulse FC & Frederick City FC will battle it out to figure who gets the other Group B place. Colombia FC & Old Baltimore Footballers can control their fates in Group A but Starliners FC still hangs in there with a shot to advance.

The Rowland Cup is not settled as only the group winners advance to the title match. This Sunday's schedule stays as originally set with yesterday's rain out moved to 18 February. All of the matches in both competitions will be played at Blandair Park in Columbia.

Morton Semifinals Set
Rowland Down to Last Match Date

Stewart cup to kick off next Sunday. (17 February) We have reached the halfway point of the cup season with the Morton Cup semifinals on tap and the winding down of the Rowland Cup group play. Blandair Park will be the venue for the semifinals of the Morton Cup commencing at 11:00 with Steel Pulse FC and Old Baltimore Footballers. It will be followed by Academy FC taking on Starliners FC. The final is set for next Sunday, 25 February at River HIll High School.

We have one finalist ensured for the Rowland Cup with Izee Autobody FC securing the top place in Group A. Christos FC can take Group B with a victory over Shooting Stars, who it plays on field #1 at Blandair Park in Columbia at 1:00. It is preceded by Izee against J.A. Raiders.

First Round action starts off next Sunday, 25 February, in the Stewart Cup.

It is Just a Delay
Morton Semi's Pushed Back

Stewart Cup will kick off as scheduled plus one Rowland match for Sunday. (20 February) We were on a pretty good roll with our cup schedules as the weather this winter only caused us minor headaches. Sunday was a perfect day to play but the Saturday snowfall meant the pitches were not. It will not deter our Cup Commissioner Fran McGrath as he put in a new plan to get the schedules reset.

We will play the Morton Cup semifinals this Sunday at Blandair Park in Columbia. Steel Pulse FC matches up against Old Baltimore Footballers at 11:00 at field #1. The other semifinal features Academy FC and Starliners FC at field #3, also at 11:00. The final will now be played on Sunday, 4 March at Martin Luther King Park in Silver Spring.

Only one Rowland Cup match on tap for Sunday as Christos FC meet Shooting Stars at Martin Luther King Park. A victory for Christos will send them to the final against Izee Autobody FC.

So that we do not fall too far off schedule, three first round Stewart Cup games will be played on Sunday. At Montgomery Blair High School, JA Raiders will face Greenbelt FC with Finito FC and NLS Graduates in the second leg. World Class Premier Elite is set against IFK Catonsville FC at Martin Luther King Park.

Rowland & Morton Finals Set
Stewart Cup with First Round Action

Christos aims for three-peat in the Rowland Cup. (26 February) We finish the month a little off schedule but with two finals to usher into March. Christos FC thumped Shooting Stars 5:1 to reach the Rowland Cup final where it looks to lift the trophy for the third consecutive season. Sitting in their way is Maryland Major Soccer League rival Izee Autobody FC who topped the Group A standings. The two will meet on Sunday afternoon, 4 March at Blandair Park in Columbia. The Rowland Cup is Maryland's oldest cup competition, first played in 1914. It is Maryland's open championship and the winner advances to the USASA Region I qualifiers for the Werner Fricker Cup.

The first title match on Sunday though will be for the Morton Cup, formed to honor of former MSSA Vice President Darwin "Lefty" Morton. For years, Lefty could be found on the touchlines (usually near the corner) of the various Maryland cup competitions. This competition is a state championship for teams not competing in either the Rowland or Stewart Cup. Old Baltimore Footballers and Steel Pulse FC played a thrilling 5:5 draw that was decided with the Footballers going through 4:2 on penalties. Their opponent will be Starliners FC who out scored Academy FC 5:3. The final is set for 11:00 at Blandair Park.

We also started the Stewart Cup, Maryland amateur championship, with three first round games. JA Raiders were eliminated by Greenbelt FC on penalties after the two sides drew 1:1. NLS Graduates shutout Finito FC 4:0 while World Class Premier Elite advanced to the quarterinals by the same score line against IFK Catonsville FC. Two more matches will be played Sunday with Greenbelt facing Yinz United in a quarterfinal round. The remaining first round match will feature Fighting BOB's and Shooting Stars. Both will be played at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.

Christos Three-peat Rowland
Starliners FC Lift Morton Cup

Both finals were tight contests. (5 March) The wind had its influence on Sunday but it did not prevent the teams showing their championship display. It was a cup final doubleheader at Blandair Park with Starliners FC and Old Baltimore Footballers facing off for the Morton Cup and then followed with a Maryland Major classic involving Christos FC and Izee Autobody FC for the Rowland Cup title. All four teams were worthy finalists with one match going to the wire.

The H.W. Rowland Challenge Cup is Maryland's oldest cup competition, established in 1914 . It was donated by Mrs. H.W. Rowland in the interest of association Football with the winner crowned as Maryland's open champion and the advancing to the USASA Region I qualifiers for the Werner Fricker Cup. Izee got off to a quick start but Christos tied it to leave halftime at 1:1. Izee scored in the 56th and then went up 3:1 a few minutes later. Christos fought back, first with a goal by Larry Cornish and then by Tyler Rudy to put the match into extra time. Neither side was able to score and penalties would decide the title. Cody Albrecht put Christos ahead 4:3 on penalties on the fourth round to be followed with the heroics from keeper Phil Saunders with the second big penalty save to ensure a third straight Rowland Cup triumph for Christos. In the Region, they head out to West Virginia for their quarterfinal round on 15 April.

The Morton Cup does not have the long tradition of the Rowland but was created in 2013 as state championship for teams not competing in either the Rowland or Stewart Cups. It was named in honor of former MSSA Vice President Darwin "Lefty" Morton who spent a lifetime coaching teams in Maryland and was usually found on the touchlines (usually near the corner) of the various Maryland cup competitions. The two remaining sides of the competition met on the first match day of group play back in January. Old Baltimore Footballers defeated Starliners FC 2:1 and ended up winning Group A. Both won their semifinal playoff matches and met again for the final. The Starliners reversed the scoreline for their fifth consecutive victory after the day one loss to capture the title. Congratulations to coach Khalil Lam and his crew in winning the sixth Morton Cup championship.

With two Cup completed, we now focus on the Stewart Cup, Maryland's amateur championship. We had our last remaining first round match between Fighting BOBs and Shooting Stars with the Washington Premier Side dismissing their opponent 6:0. The BOBs next meet league opponent Capital City FC in the quarterfinal. Yinz United are the first to reach the semifinals after a 3:1 victory over Greenbelt FC. They await the winner of Izee Autobody and NLS Graduates with the other quarterfinal round featuring Christos FC against World Class Premier Elite FC. Those matches will be played at Montgomery Blair High School and Martin Luther King Park, both in Silver Spring.




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