Still have World Cup fever? Morristown semi-pros play for soccer crown, Aug. 4

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By Carly Cannavina

Did the World Cup leave you wanting more championship soccer?

FC Motown has the answer.

The semipro team faces FC Miami 2 for the National Premier Soccer League title this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Drew University in Madison.

“It’s an incredible feat to have gotten this far,” said FC Motown co-founder Dan Karosen.

What began eight years ago as a co-ed team really took off after merging with the SC Clarkstown Eagles, in a league where the quality has been compared to AA baseball.

FC Morristown has compiled a 9-1 record thanks to players such as Dilly Duka, Julius James and Hunter Freeman.

Duka, 28, is a former Rutgers star who played last season for the New York Red Bulls. James has been a defender for the Trinidad & Tobago national team–you know, the tiny country that dashed Team USA’s World Cup dreams. A former member of the U.S. Olympic team, Hunter also has played in Norway.

They will face an FC Miami 2 team that has amassed an 8-1-3 record. Miami blanked Duluth FC 3-0 last week to advance to Saturday’s showdown.

Morristown edged FCM Portland 2-1 in the semifinals.

FC Motown after beating Portland in the semifinals. Photo courtesy of FC Motown
FC Motown after beating FCM Portland in the semifinals. Photo courtesy of FC Motown

Because it’s a semi-pro league, Karosen must schedule matches around his players’ fulltime jobs and family responsibilities. Their kids and friends form a vociferous cheering section.

Saturday’s action starts at 7:30 pm at Drew’s Ranger Stadium, which seats 1,200. Tickets are $10 for adults; children are free.

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