Match Preview: Maryland Bobcats FC vs. New Amsterdam FC - 9.18.2021

A must-win match for the Bobcats, who play in their final game of the week against New Amsterdam FC in Matchday 8 of NISA Fall 2021 season
Published Sep 17, 2021

Written by: Edwin Pintor

September 17, 2021 (Boyds, MD) – After an eye-opening result for the Bobcats as they faced league leaders Detroit City at home this Wednesday, lessons were learned, and now the team has flipped the switched eager to redeem themselves against New Amsterdam FC. 

New Amsterdam is coming from a 2-1 defeat on Wednesday against Stumptown AC. In a battle
between 6th and 7th, both teams are looking for a positive result to continue their march into
the latter half of the season. 

The game against Detroit came as an unexpected result. The Bobcats were coming in from a
good patch of results, and we saw in the previous three weeks inspired football from the Bobcats, but the game against Detroit saw a lesson be learned and noted from the entire squad; if you do not score your goal opportunities, your opponent will. With little to no time to regroup, the team has shown the maturity a team needs to start over against New Amsterdam and continue to rise in the standings. 

“We need to be consistent. We do not want to be a yoyo team; we want to compete against
any team in the league, and we will work until we meet our goal. The Detroit City game was an
eye-opener to make us realize we are not where we want to be.” Bobcat captain Kay Banjo is
convinced that the game was just a slip-up and a valuable game that will be used as a learning
lesson; however, he knows how difficult it must be for the fans. “All I can say is the team did
not want the game to end the way it did; we apologize to all the fans that showed up, and we
will continue to work until we get back on track.” A massive opportunity is presented to the
Bobcats to redeem themselves this Saturday. They face a New Amsterdam team coming from a
four-game losing streak and have only one away victory this season. 

Two previous encounters have occurred between New Amsterdam and the Bobcats; their first
encounter was in the Independent Cup, the game ended in a 7-1 away victory for the Bobcats.
Their second encounter was in New York. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. Saturday will be an
exciting game for both teams as the Bobcats are looking to get back in the winning books, and
New Amsterdam wants to end their five-game losing streak as they visit Maryland for the first
time since joining NISA. 

A positive result would help the Bobcats move up in the league standings and will help them
build confidence ahead of their away game as they visit California Strikers United next Sunday. 

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM EST/4:30 PM PST. The match can be streamed via Eleven
Sports or follow the minute-by-minute action live on Twitter via @MDBobcatsFC. Additionally,
fans can buy tickets via SoccerStub and by visiting our website at

About Maryland Bobcats FC
The Maryland Bobcats Football Club was founded in 2009. Based in Montgomery County in
Maryland, it is a fully minority-owned club and Maryland’s only outdoor professional soccer
team. MBFC has a “one family” mentality. From the youngest player to the most experienced
youth teams to First Team, players support, push and encourage each other to play the right
way. Beyond soccer, Bobcats FC helps, inspires, gives back, and supports the local community,
comes to games, and cheers them on. For more information about Maryland Bobcats FC, visit or contact at Follow MBFC on Twitter
@MDBobcatsFC and Instagram @mdbobcatsfc.
About NISA
The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 to bring professional soccer
to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model
based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their league, clubs owning their
intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer
Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer Independent Cup, open to independent
professional and amateur clubs. For more information about NISA, visit or
contact Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and Instagram