The game features a matchup of two first-year PDL squads. The Hydra are coming off a season-opening 1-0 home loss to the Seacoast United Phantoms while Boston snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring two goals in the final two minutes in an improbable 2-1 win at CFC Azul last Saturday.
Boston is tied for the top spot in the division with Seacoast United and also ranks first with two goals scored. After trailing CFC Azul 1-0 last Saturday, Pat Hamilton tallied the equalizer in the 88th minute. With the game seemingly headed for a 1-1 draw, Lucas Pessanha notched the game-winner in the 90th minute to propel Boston to an exciting 2-1 triumph. The Victory came away with the win despite being outshot 12-7.
The Hydra completely dominated play in their opening match versus Seacoast United as they outshot the Phantoms by a staggering 13-2 margin. Worcester forward Alencar Junior had several good looks at the goal but could not manage to find the back of the net in eight shot attempts.
The game will serve as somewhat of a homecoming for several Hydra players with ties to the Boston area. Chris Ager, Colin Murphy and Nick Corliss play for Boston College and Anthony Ciccone, Derek McCaffrey, and Taylor Washington play for Boston University. Ciccone and McCaffrey are also former members of the Boston Blazers club. Hydra goalkeeper Oliver Blum (pictured above) played at Northeastern University and Russell Guidici has played for the Boston Olympiakos club.
Worcester and Boston will play a total of three times this season with back-to-back meetings scheduled for July 7 in Worcester and July 11 back in Boston. The Victory and the Western Mass Pioneers are the only two teams in the Northeast Division the Hydra will face three times during the regular season.