New England Soccer Today

PDL: Rams Dispose of Shorthanded Seacoast

Photo: Real Boston Rams.

(Photo: Real Boston Rams/

EASTON, Mass. – Former Revolution Academy striker Fabio Machado scored in his PDL debut to help send Real Boston Rams to a 3-0 win over a shorthanded Seacoast United Phantoms on Sunday at Muscato Stadium.

Machado’s 34th minute goal followed Luke Finkelstein’s opening goal in the 26th minute. Manny Andrade capped the scoring in the 65th minute. Keady Segel saved Seacoast’s sole shot on goal to collect his second clean sheet of the season.

The Rams’ victory snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) and upped their record to 2-6-1 (7 points). Seacoast remains in search of its first win of 2013, and saw their record go to 0-5-4 (4 points).

Seacoast only had 10 players available for the match, and were forced to play down a man from start to finish. As a result, the Rams found plenty of opportunities, the first of them coming in the early stages with Machado and fellow Academy alum Cole DeNormandie testing the Phantom back line.

Although the Phantoms successfully repelled the Rams efforts at the midway point of the first half, there was little they could do with the Rams crashing their end in the 26th minute. DeNormandie ran along the right edge of the area and pounded a far post pass that found Finkelstein, who hit it first time into the back of the net.

The Rams doubled the advantage eight minutes later when Boston’s new number 10, Machado, grabbed a pass from DeNormandie, and pulled the trigger on a blast that beat Gio Sinclair on the dive in the 34th minute.

To their credit, Seacoast was able to stop the bleeding in through the 60th minute. But with the fresh legs of Andrade, who entered the game in the 52nd minute, giving the Rams attack new energy, the former Academy striker used his speed and savvy to collect an errant pass inside the area and escort it into the back of the net in the 65th minute.

Seacoast found a pair of opportunities from Philip Adair in the waning stages, but Segel was there to deny him.

The Rams return to action at 7pm on Wednesday against Vermont at Collins-Perley Sports Complex. The Phantoms will see the field again on Saturday at 7pm, when they host the Ottawa Fury at Portsmouth High School.

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