Know Your Opponent: FC Baltimore | 5.11.19

Know Your Opponent: FC Baltimore | 5.11.19

May 07, 2019

NORFOLK, VA. (May 7, 2019) — The time is now. Virginia Beach City FC is ready to embark on its 2019 campaign. The 2019 schedule features five home matches at Powhatan Field, but VB City FC’s first match takes them to Maryland vs. FC Baltimore.

VB City FC will kick off their 2019 season on Sat., May 11 at 7 p.m. at Essex Stadium. FC Baltimore’s season has already begun, as the crew has already faced Atlantic City FC in a 1-0 win on May 4th and falling 1-1 (6-5 in penalties) to West Chester in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on May 7th.

Starting on the Right Foot

Virginia Beach City FC is kicking off the club’s first season as a professional team and getting off to a fast start is vital. Led by head coach Brian Hinkey and captain TJ Cyrus, VB City FC knows how important it is to start with three points.

“I think the biggest challenge, and I think it’s like this for any team, whatever level you’re competing at, it’s forming an identity,” Cyrus said. “I think one of the most important things early on is trying to create an ethos of consistency and hard work. Whether you’re playing for school, your university, a team that’s semi-pro or a professional team, you have to have that or it doesn’t really work.”

A Fresh Start for the Mid-Atlantic Champions

It’s been an offseason full of change for the 2018 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference champions. FC Baltimore won the regular season title last season and since then, they’ve had to deal with a couple defections.

Brandon Quaranta, FC Baltimore’s head coach last season, left the squad due to “time constraints.” To replace him, FC Baltimore turned to former Christos FC head coach Larry Sancomb. Sancomb led Christos FC to a deep run in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup last season and currently serves as the Vice President of Christos FC.

On the personnel side, the Richmond Kickers signed former FC Baltimore star Lucas Mendes. Mendes, a former Gatorade National Player of the Year and United States U-18 and U-20 national team member, leaves a gaping void in the FC Baltimore side.

Key Matchup

VB City FC’s backline vs. FCB’s forwards — Last season, Virginia Beach City FC allowed six goals in two matches to FC Baltimore. Five of those goals came in VB City FC’s home opener, while the remaining goal came in a 1-1 draw towards the end of the season. FC Baltimore is expected to be one of the toughest tests on VB City FC’s 2019 NPSL schedule and captain TJ Cyrus will be leaned on heavily to hold the backline.

If you haven’t already bought your season tickets to VB City FC’s five home matches in 2019, you’re in luck. There’s still time before VB City FC’s home opener vs. Charlottesville Alliance FC on May 18 at Powhatan Field. You can buy season tickets and single-game tickets here.

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