Match Preview: Maryland Bobcats FC vs. Michigan Stars FC 11.05.2021

The Maryland Bobcats visit the Michigan Stars in their last away game of the NISA Fall 2021 season
Published Nov 6, 2021

Written by: Edwin Pintor


November 5, 2021 (Boyds, MD) – The Maryland Bobcats will play their last away game against the Michigan Stars after a defeat at home to Los Angeles Force. However, a disappointing result for the home team had little to no impact on the team morale; the team knows that if they want to finish in the highest position possible, they must beat the Stars. 


The Michigan Stars are coming from a 1-2 defeat at home against the Los Angeles Force last Saturday. With only three defeats at home for the Stars, the team will look to win at all costs and continue to fight for the third position. A fierce and unpredictable battle for the top four spots, guaranteeing a fascinating final two matchdays in the NISA Fall season. 


After winning three back-to-back games, the Bobcats came to the game against the Force as favorites to win and continue their win streak. However, injuries again come back to haunt the team; Captain Kay Banjo was unable to see action due to a hamstring injury. Banjo’s injury continues to be evolved on a day-to-day basis. However, the team knows where they stand and are committed to playing well and understanding each other on the pitch. Karpeh Jr. states, “There is a miscommunication on the pitch. We have to work on it because it is costing us wins, and any point gained at this stage of the season is valuable.” 


An ongoing issue with the team occurs throughout every game, the team can efficiently finish in a top-four position, but the work needs to be put on the field. As the team starts, everyone is on the same page, they are starting strong, but the team cannot be consistent. Maryland understands the importance of starting strong, staying strong, and finishing strong. The coaching staff commented, “it is something we will work on in this game against Michigan; our last game against Michigan, we started slow and finished strong, but without the desired goal, therefore we lost. The players and we need to understand each other and be professional. We cannot continue to make silly mistakes; we lose points when we make mistakes.” 


Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET. The match can be streamed on Eleven Sports or follow the minute-by-minute action live on Twitter via @MDBobcatsFC.


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 @nisasoccer.