July 1, 2016 OUT FOR THE SEASON Boston City loses striker
Boston City FC forward Jhonata Batista will miss the rest of the NPSL season with a broken ankle, the team announced Friday. Batista, who scored two goals and led the team with four assists, was injured in the fifth minute of a 1-0 win over the Seacoast United Mariners Wednesday, BCFC extending its unbeaten streak to seven games and winning streak to four games.
BCFC (8-3-2, 26 points), second place in the Northeast Atlantic Conference, meets the third-place Rhode Island Reds (6-5-1, 19 points) at Brown University at 4 p.m. Sunday. The New Yokrk Cosmos B (10-2-1, 31 points) lead the conference, the top two teams qualifying for the playoffs in two weeks.
"He is a player that is always giving his life on the field," BCFC coach Palhinha said of Batista. "He has a power, will and strength that is hard to find. He is the man who creates pressure on the opposing defense and we will miss that.
"I think that this next match is the most important match of the season for us. If we achieve a win this Sunday, and depending on other results at the weekend, we could be very close to qualifying for the playoffs. So this is our time to prove ourselves.
"It is going to be a very hard game against a very good team, but we are coming strong and ready for this game."
Ghanaian forward Yaw Addow, who scored three goals before missing the last three matches with an injury, could return to the Boston City lineup.