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LUSA: Fall River Sports Clinch 2nd Straight Title


Fall River Sports entered Saturday’s match against Safira FC in second place on the LUSA table. By the time it was over, though, they had claimed their second straight league title.

Dircilino DeBrito scored a pair of first half goals while Christopher Arruda added another late to help give Fall River a 3-1 win over Safira at Billy Gonsalves Field, and more importantly, the three points it needed to leapfrog Taunton Eagles at the top of the table.

DeBrito scored in the 14th and 28th minutes, while Arruda tallied in the 84th minute. Safira scored its goal in the 47th minute.

Fall River finished the 2013 season with a 8-2-1 (25 points) record, edging the Eagles, who went 8-3-0 (24 points).

Incidentally, Fall River will face the Eagles on Saturday in the second leg of first round LUSA Cup action at Shores Street Field in Taunton. The Eagles claimed a 4-1 win in the first leg at Billy Gonsalves Park on Jul. 13.


  1. John

    September 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I have heard that a lot of teams have dropped out of LUSA this year. Any word on how many are left at this point?

    • Brian O'Connell

      October 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm


      Yes, a few teams have dropped out – East Providence Sports, Benfica Washington Park and Cranston Sports all withdrew from the league this season. Right now, the league has six teams.

      As a fan of the league and local soccer in general, I hope that the above teams return next year. EPS, in particular, was a strong side that actually won both the LUSA Cup and SuperCup last season before getting to the Mass. State U.S. Open Cup final against Mass Premier.

      Thanks for reading!

      • John

        October 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        Thanks for the info. The league website has not been updated since last August either. From the outside, LUSA does not seem to be doing well.

      • John

        October 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

        Brian, there are two big games coming up in the USAfrica league which plays in Dorchester. First is Curral Grande vs Atalaia this Sunday, which will decide the league champion. Second is the cup final next Sunday. If you have the time, this is a league worth checking out. Here’s a link to their homepage:

  2. Brian O'Connell

    October 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for the tip, John. I don’t know if I can make it to the Cup final, but I’m glad you posted the link. I’m a local soccer junkie, so the more leagues I know about, the easier it is for me to satisfy my addiction 🙂

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