EPPING, NH – After months of preparation behind the scenes, new faces and even a return to the Granite State, the Seacoast United Phantoms will kickoff their USL 2 campaign on Friday 14th when they play host to divisional rivals Boston Bolts.
The Phantoms will play a 14 regular season game schedule which will feature 7 home games at the Seacoast United Sports Complex in Epping, NH. The Phantoms played their home matches across state lines the past 4 seasons out of the Amesbury Sports Park in Massachusetts and the return to New Hampshire is a welcome one, not only for the coaching staff and players, but for the various families and communities throughout the area.
“The entire team has been working around the clock finalizing everything for Friday’s season opener in Epping and we cannot wait to get started.” Said General Manager Alex Ryan. “We have a great group of players and we are looking forward to showcasing the highest level of competitive soccer here in New Hampshire.” Ryan went on to say, “Much like everything else in 2020, the league was suspended so we are looking forward to having families come out, get behind the lads and have a bit of fun.”
In addition to Boston Bolts, the Phantoms will have strong competition from AC Connecticut, Black Rock (CT), Western MA Pioneers, Boston Bolts (MA), and newcomers FC Malaga City (NY). This is the 14th year that the Seacoast United Phantoms will be participating in the USL 2 (previously the PDL).
One of the gameday initiatives which will be introduced for the 2021 season will see the Phantoms partner up with local charity groups for each home game. Take Out Hunger, a local charity based in the Seacoast, will be the main feature this Friday. Their mission is to use 100% of the generous donations from businesses and individuals to help pay for local restaurants to cook nutritious takeout meals to feed the hungry in the local community. On Sunday 16th, Kites Against Cancer and Beyond the Rainbow will be the feature charity when the Phantoms play AC Connecticut and the United Sports Foundation will round out the month when Western Mass Pioneers visit on May 29th. “We wanted to use our platform to raise more awareness about local groups who are doing a lot of good in the area.” Said Sales and Marketing Director James Peterson. “We will be donating a portion of the ticket revenue to each group, so the more people that come out and support the Phantoms, the more we can give.” Peterson went on to say, “It’s shaping up to be a great season and we hope that we can make an impact, both on and off the field.”
Friday night’s game against the Boston Bolts will kick-off at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 a person or $10.00 for a family (2+). For more information on the Seacoast United Phantoms and the USL 2, please visit www.uslleaguetwo.com.