Game Preview: Harrisburg Heat v Utica City FC
December 1st, 2018
Farm Show Arena Complex
New Holland Arena; Harrisburg, PA – 7:05pm
Setting The Tone
Harrisburg Heat (0-0) Eastern Division
Utica City FC (0-0) Eastern Division
12/1/18 Utica City at Harrisburg, 7.05pm
12/16/18 Harrisburg at Utica City, 2pm
1/13/19 Harrisburg at Utica City, 2pm
1/25/18 Utica City at Harrisburg, 7.05pm
3/10/18 Harrisburg at Utica City, 2pm
3/24/18 Utica City at Harrisburg, 5.05pm
Harrisburg Players To Watch
Thiago Freitas is key to the HEAT attack. His 41 assists in the 2017-18 MASL season placed him fourth in the league. Leading goal scorer from last season, Ricardo Carvalho is also one to watch for the boys in purple. The back line is led by Danny DiPrima and Pat Thompson and also newcomer and veteran defender and newly acquired Nelson Santana.
Utica City Players To Watch
Joey Tavernese had an outstanding 2017-18 season tallying 28 goals and 26 assists in 22 games played. The supporting cast around him is also strong to include Slavisa Ubiparipovic (23 goals last season), Kenardo Forbes (18 goals last season) and the defensive efforts of Darren Toby whose 34 blocks left him just one place behind current HEAT coach Pat Healey for 3rd place in the MASL.
History of Series
Utica City FC became an organization in the Summer of 2018 as the club moved operations from Syracuse (as the Syracuse Silver Knights) to Utica City. In the 2017-18 season Harrisburg and Syracuse (Utica) Syracuse took the season series 3-1, with the Heat’s win closing out their season. Each game was high scoring with an average of 14 goals scored in each match.