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Mass United Rush to play in NISA Independent Cup this summer

Lynn’s Mass United Rush FC, a member of the United Premier Soccer League’s Northeast Conference Patriot Division, has been invited to compete in the National Independent Soccer Association’s (NISA) 2021 Independent Cup later this summer.

The Rush are one of 36 clubs participating in the competition, and will play against three other New England/Northeast clubs in the group stage, including 2019 National Amateur Cup champion Newtown Pride FC of Connecticut, Lansdowne Yonkers FC of the Eastern Premier Soccer League and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League out of New York, and NISA representative New Amsterdam FC out of Warwick, NY.

The tournament, which was introduced last year, was set up to give NISA teams, considered professional, along with certain amateur sides the ability to perform on a national stage outside of the US Open Cup; traditionally, amateur sides are eliminated from that particular competition by the middle of June.

With US Soccer postponing the 2021 Open Cup until the fall at the earliest, if at all, NISA’s competition puts amateur soccer center stage.

“The Independent Cup champions the independent spirit of open competition,” NISA executive vice president Josh Prutch said in a league statement. “Over the last year, we have seen competition after competition get shut down. The Independent Cup gives these clubs more opportunities to compete, develop, and succeed.”

The tournament begins July 9 with 54 matches over the course of four weeks.