Bay Cities F.C. Starts Road Trip vs Maryland Bobcats on Saturday Night

Published May 22, 2022

Photo courtesy of Rocha Multimedia


Written by Scott Matulis

Fixture: Maryland Bobcats (3-2-2) at Bay Cities FC (3-2-2)

Date & Time: Saturday, May 21 | 7 pm EST

Venue: Maryland Soccerplex | Germantown, Maryland

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Twitter and Instagram: @BayCitiesFC

Bay Cities FC starts off its first extended road trip of the season with a Saturday night matchup against East Division leaders Maryland Bobcats.  Both teams are looking for a win with Bay Cities entering the match on a one-game losing streak while the Bobcats have lost two out of their last three.  It is the first out-of-division game for both sides. 

“In our last game, we needed to be sharper in the final 3rd,” said head coach Anders Perez about the team’s most recent loss to Cal United Strikers FC. “We didn't do that. We also went long too many times. We needed to keep the ball more. That cost us. Maryland is a good team no matter their recent results. They are physical and quick. They have skill in the attack. We will need to control the game and possess as much as we can. If we do that, we will have success.”

Bay Cities remains in third in the West conference after a tough 1-0 home loss to division-leading Cal United Strikers FC. The team did not create a shot on goal in that fixture and Perez will need to pull some strings to get the team back in the win column, especially without leading scorer Anthony Orendain in the lineup.  Orendain, who is tied for first in the NISA goal-scoring race with three, has sat out the team’s last two matches with a knee issue he picked up in practice. 

“John and Anthony will be out for at least 4 weeks,” said Perez. “Not having them in the lineup is a big loss for us as we get into this stretch of the season. We need to make sure we can stay healthy during this trip. We are down four starters already. We are hydrating and sleeping as much as we can to be ready for the game.”

Key Bay Cities FC midfielder Ivan Valencia will also miss this game after being sent off with a red card (two yellow cards) in the 79th minute but will be available for Wednesday's matchup vs. Michigan Stars FC. 

Maryland Bobcats FC started the season with a five-game undefeated streak, but have lost two out of their last three. The team is led by forwards Elijah Amo and Darwin Espanil, and midfielder Samuel Solomon. Each has scored three goals on the year. Amo, who played four years and scored six goals for Louisville University. Solomon, a journeyman who has spent time at Baltimore Celtic and Richmond Kickers, has scored three goals while playing only 183 minutes. Defender Richard Forka anchors a defense that has given up nine goals on the year in NISA league play. 

Bay Cities F.C. so far

  • Injury update: Anthony Orendain and Jonathan Partida remain on the injured list.

  • In its last game, vs. Cal United Strikers, Bay Cities FC took only 8 shots, none of them on goal. 

  • Alan Cruz-Gomez, who replaced Ian McGrane in goal, suffered his first loss of the year in that game. 

  • This game is the first of a three-game east coast road trip for Bay Cities FC. Its next two games will be played against Michigan Stars FC and Chattanooga FC. 

  • Bay Cities FC plays its next home game against Valley United on July 1.  

  • The club recently announced a sponsorship with Redwood City workout and recovery facility Mobius Fitness + Recharge. Mobius will provide the players access to its leading-edge recovery technologies, including cryotherapy and red light therapy.

  • Starting this Saturday, children aged seven and younger can attend Bay Cities FC home games for free.   

Scouting Maryland Bobcats

  • Leading Scorers: Elijah Amo, Darwin Espinal, Sam Solomon (all tied with 3)

  • 70% of players and staff are from the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia region)

  • The club was founded 11 years ago

  • Maryland Bobcats started as an amateur side and worked its way up to the professional level

  • It is the only professional team in the state of Maryland


Series History

  • This will be the first meeting between Bay Cities FC and Maryland Bobcats FC.  

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