MetroStars to play Boavista F.C.
The MetroStars announced Monday that
the team will play a friendly match against Boavista F.C. of the
Portuguese Super League as the kickoff to the 25th Annual Portugal Day
Festival. The game will be played on May 26 at Williams Field in
Elizabeth, N.J., at 8 p.m. ET. The Newark Festival and game are
being run by the Bernardino Coutinho Foundation.
"The MetroStars are delighted to be a part of the game which will
kickoff the Portuguese Festival in the Ironbound," said MetroStars
president and general manager Nick Sakiewicz. "This match serves the
dual purpose of both giving our team a friendly match against a well
known Portuguese first division opponent, and also bringing the team
into the community that supports it. This is a great opportunity for
our organization all the way around."
The Newark Festival, widely regarded as the largest ethnic festival in
the state and largest Portuguese feast of its kind in the world will run
from May 26 until June 13 with a variety of programs highlighting
all aspects of Portuguese culture. Attendance this year is expected to
top one million people for all events combined.
"Everybody knows that soccer is a key part of Portuguese Culture, and no
Portugal Day Festival could be complete without a professional soccer
match." said Bernardino Coutinho, chairman of the organizing committee.
"We are delighted that the MetroStars have decided to participate in
this year's festival and play against Boavista F.C. who made it to last
year's UEFA Cup semifinals. It shows their commitment to being part of
our community in every way, and we welcome them and expect a full house
for our opening ceremonies on the 26."
Boavista F.C. currently has 44 points in league play, which puts them in
a tie for eighth place with one match remaining on May 9 against
Marítimo. Currently their roster includes Ricardo Sousa and Frechaut,
who are both members of the Portuguese National Team player pool. Sousa
is also currently tied as the fourth leading goal scorer in the league.
In 2000-01, Boavista won the Portuguese Super League title, and in
doing so, became just the fifth team in the history of the league to
claim the championship. Outside of league play, last year Boavista
advanced to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, where they lost to Glasgow
Celtic 2-1 on aggregate.
Admission for this International Match is $20, with discount programs
available for groups of 10 or more as well as for all youth soccer
organizations. Tickets are available at the customary Ironbound and
Elizabeth community locations or by calling the Coutinho Foundation at