Baltimore Bohemians to open inaugural soccer season Saturday

May 18, 2012|By Glenn Graham

The Baltimore Bohomians are set to kick off their inaugural season in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League, taking on visiting Ocean City FC at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Lane Park in Bel Air.

Longtime Baltimore Bays and McDonogh coach Steve Nichols is in charge and has a roster stocked with some of the finest local talent. The Bohemians will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the nationwide 65-team league.  

"We have a strong player pool, and we're really excited about getting on the field and putting a great product out there," Nichol said. "This is something new to us.  We're in a strong division top to bottom, and we're looking to seeing how we compare with the rest of the team starting this weekend." 

Major League Soccer draft pick Andrew Bulls (McDonogh, UMBC) and Chris Somerville (Virginia) will lead the team's attack with Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall, UMBC), Julian Griggs (McDonogh, Princeton) and Nigerian and former UMBC standout Kinglsey Onwuka also in the mix.

Anchoring the midfield is MLS draft pick Christian Barreiro (Calvert Hall, Penn) with Kyle McCord (Virginia) and Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh, North Carolina State) also playing important roles in the middle.

A trio of Baltimore Bays standouts -- Oumar Ballo (Archbishop Curley, UMBC), Marquez Fernandez (McDonogh, Maryland) and Joseph Meyer (McDonogh, Bucknell) -- provide the glue to the defense working in front of Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, UMBC) in goal. 

"We're not going to sit back," Nichols said. "We'll play with high pressure, go to goal and play exciting soccer."

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