Providence City FC (MA) defeated two-time defending champion Lansdowne Yonkers FC (ENY) 3:1 to advance to Region I semifinals of the Werner Fricker Cup. The Bhoys held the Cup for three years, winning in 2019 & 2021 (not played in 2020 due to Covid). The Rogues now await the winner between Jackson Lions FC (NJ) and KO Elite FC (CT).
Providence took the lead in the 14th minute off a set play when Andres Perdomo overlapped down the right side of the penalty area and drove a low shot inside the post. The goal stood for the half.
City doubled their lead in 56th after a poor clearance from Lansdowne keeper Kabo Danso was intercepted at midfield. Trevor Lopes sent a dipping volley onto the top left corner of the goal.
Lansdowne reduced the deficit by one as it appeared to make another of its infamous comebacks when Matt Nigro sent a cross to Kyle Parish whose cross-goal volley scorched the nets. Providence sealed the victory in 87th when Danso was not able to clear a Lopes cross and Justin Freitas put away the rebound from about six yards out.
Providence will host the semifinal round if Jackson wins or travel to Connecticut with a victory by KO Elite. The semifinal is scheduled for the weekend of 8 May.