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.
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.