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Final Match to Serve as Conference Championship Game

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: July 12, 2014

In their inaugural season, Lansing United has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success.

With just one game to play, United sits in first place, needing a draw or win to advance to the Midwest Region Playoffs.

Coming into the season, many did not know what to expect, including United forwards Matt Brown and Tyler Pasher, who both agreed with that notion after Friday’s victory. But that has not stopped United from having success, as a number of quality results has a postseason appearance within reach.

“We talked at the beginning of the year and what I told (owner) Jeremy (Sampson) was I think after four games we’ll know whether or not we can make a run,” head coach Eric Rudland said. “Four games in, we felt like we could be competitive in each match. Credit to the guys, they’ve bought in to what we’ve tried to accomplish and at the end of the day, it’s a player’s game and these guys have just performed day in and day out.”

It will all come down to Sunday’s match with Detroit City F.C.

United currently have a one point lead in the standings over DCFC and will represent the Great Lakes West Conference in the Midwest Region Playoffs with either a win or a draw. DCFC on the other hand can only advance to the playoffs with a win.

“We still control our own destiny, which is great, and we’ll obviously show up on Sunday with the same mentality that we did (on Friday),” Rudland said.

This will be the second ever meeting between the two clubs. DCFC took the first meeting by a score of 1-0 back in May, scoring an early penalty kick that turned out to be the difference in the game.

United will look to flip the script on Sunday.

“They’ve got to come beat us at the end of the day,” Brown said.

Defensively, United has been superb all season and that will likely be key to the team’s success on Sunday. United has allowed just 0.85 goals per game this season, good for best in the Midwest Region. The team also ranks fifth in the region in goals scored per game, averaging 1.84 per contest.

United will enter Sunday’s contest on a four game winning streak, but the team knows they have one more job to do.

“We still have one game left,” Brown said. “We’ve got to concentrate now and focus on that last game Sunday and get across the line.”

The boys are confident they can get the job done.

“We are going to go in with only one ambition and that’s to win,” Pasher said. “No lose, no tie, we are winning on Sunday.”

Sunday’s match is set for a noon kickoff. The game will be held at DeMartin Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.