On Saturday, Morristown’s semi-pro soccer team is hoping to celebrate its first decade with its first championship.
Founded in 2012, FC Motown reached the 2018 finals but fell short against FC Miami 2.
This season, the club compiled a 7-1-2 record and defeated the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, West Chester United SC, the New York Shockers and Appalachian FC to clinch the East Region crown.
“We are gonna win the cup,” head coach Gideon Baah proclaimed after FC Morristown pulled off a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind road victory against Tulsa Athletic last month to set up its championship showdown vs. the Crossfire.
The contenders from Redmond, WA, advanced thanks to a 3-0 semifinal win over the Muskegon Risers in Michigan. The National Premier Soccer League’s caliber often is compared to AA baseball.
FC Motown plays most of its home games at Drew University in Madison. Players include Jack Casey from Morristown, Kian Alberto of Mendham, Ryan Peterson from Mt Olive, and four former members of the Haitian national team, said team co-founder Dan Karosen.
Tickets to Saturday’s championship match at Montclair State’s Soccer Park at Pittser Field are $10; kids under 14 get in free. The contest also will be livestreamed.