Keep Your Enemy Closer: Stumptown Athletic

Nov 7, 2019

MIAMI (November 7, 2019) - This Saturday night, Miami FC will be facing Stumptown Athletic in the first-ever NISA East Coast Championship. The match will be played at Riccardo Silva Stadium and kick-off at 7:00 p.m.

A Stunning Debut Season

Stumptown Athletic was founded in 2018 and began play in fall of this year, taking part in the NISA Showcase as the new league got started.

Stumptown got off to a hot start, winning 3-1 on the road against Atlanta SC and announcing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. 

The North Carolina club made life difficult for Miami in the teams' two matchups, falling by a thin one-goal margin in Miami and fighting admirably in a 2-0 loss on their home turf.

Despite the two losses to Miami, Stumptown won all four of its other matches and dispatched Atlanta with a 3-2 victory to clinch a spot in the NISA East Coast Championship.

In its first year of play, Stumptown finished second in the NISA Showcase and will look to capture its first trophy on Saturday night against a team that has already won eight in total.

Players to Watch

Michael Binns scored twice in Stumptown's triumph over Atlanta SC that earned the team a spot in the NISA East Coast Championship, and he was rewarded with NISA Player of the Week honors.

Binns has made 18 senior appearances for Jamaica's national team since 2016 and made three appearances in the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

He also played in five matches during the 2017 Gold Cup, when Jamaica went on an outstanding tournament run and reached the final.

Jalen Brown scored Stumptown's first-ever goal in his team's NISA debut back in September and provided the assist on Stumptown's goal in the home match against Miami.

A former Xavier University star, Brown was selected 38th overall by New York City FC in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Brown was a key player for the USL's Rochester Rhinos and most recently played with the New York Cosmos in the NPSL during the 2018 season.

Marcel Berry is a key reason why Stumptown has been able to take 12 points from six matches in its inaugural season.

The versatile right back has played in every one of Stumptown's matches and helped keep the back line solidified, all while posing a threat when roaming forward to contribute in attacks.

Berry was one of the best collegiate players in the country during his time at William & Mary and has played in tournaments all around the world, including South Africa, Spain, Italy and San Marino.