KINGSTON, N.Y. — The Kingston Stockade, a men’s semi-professional soccer team, is going to the Regional Semi-Finals in only its second year in the NPSL.
By virtue of an impressive 2-1 home win over Hartford City FC in the Atlantic White conference championship this past Saturday, Stockade FC now travels to Clarkstown SC Eagles in an NPSL Playoffs Powered by Mitre Northeast Region Semifinal showdown. The match takes place on Saturday, July 22 at 7 p.m. ET at Ranger Stadium
on the Drew University campus in Madison, New Jersey
, and the winner of the one-off showdown advances to the Northeast Regional finals against either Elm City Express or Legacy 76.
“When we first created Stockade, we were open about the fact that one of our big goals was to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup,” said club owner Dennis Crowley. “To have the chance to pull this off in just our second season has to be seen as a tremendous accomplishment for all involved. I’m very, very proud of the coach, the players, the volunteers, and, most importantly, the fans in the Hudson Valley that have come out to support the club.”
Stockade captain, and Highland High School graduate Jamal Lis-Simmons echoed Crowley’s pride in all the team has achieved so far.
“It’s just unbelievable. To think that we just started this last year and that we’ve reached this level in our second year, it’s just unbelievable,” said Lis-Simmons. “I’ve been in this community my whole life. Talent has always been here, and just hearing this first from Dennis and having this vision, I knew that there was enough talent here to make some noise. I knew the community would come out and back us, and this is just unbelievable at this point.”
The U.S. Open Cup is a competition that was founded in 1914 and is the world’s third-longest-running open soccer tournament.
Kingston Stockade Football Club is a men’s semi-professional soccer team based in Kingston, N.Y. Stockade FC represents the Hudson Valley in the NPSL, which is the 4th division of the U.S. soccer pyramid. For more information on Kingston Stockade FC, visit http://stockadefc.com. You can also follow the club on both Twitter and Instagram at @StockadeFC and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stockadefc