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United Returns Home after Pennsylvania Road Trip

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: June 06, 2014

After a four game road trip that saw United pick up nine points, the team returns to friendly confines this weekend.

“Playing in front of the home fans is massive, especially after we go on some away trips where there’s 100 to 200 people in the stands,” head coach Eric Rudland said. “Guys are excited to get the Sons of Ransom out to the match and have some fun with those games.”

United will open play for the weekend against A.F.C. Cleveland (2-2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. Cleveland is currently the leader in the Great Lakes East and an established club. In 2012, Cleveland made the Midwest Division Finals and last season they made the Great Lakes Conference Playoffs.

“I know they’re going to be organized and they defend pretty well,” Rudland said. “We expect them to put out a quality side.”

Rudland will bring some new faces into the fold for Friday’s game, as Michigan State’s Ryan Keener and the University of Michigan’s Marcos Ugarte will be making their first appearances for United.

“I think it’s important to rotate players, for fitness levels, to prevent injuries, and to get guys looks who deserve it,” Rudland said.

Tied with Detroit City in the standings at 13 points, trailing the first place Indiana Fire by a point, United will look to continue their streak of good form.

“The group’s in good form and we’re confident,” Rudland said. “I think we had a good week of training. We had some guys perform well last weekend and a lot of our guys are available for matches again, so I think it sets the team up for success.”

United is scheduled to travel to Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday to take on the Cincinnati Saints (1-0-5) at 3:30 p.m. The Saints, like United, are new to the NPSL this season and are currently at the bottom of the standings, but Rudland said they are a better side than the standings suggest.

“They basically gave up a 95th minute goal against Detroit City to lose 3-2 at home and it looks like they’re a better team at home than they are away, so it presents a challenge to us,” Rudland said.

Lansing United’s reserve team will also be in action this weekend, as they take on the Mid-Michigan Men’s Soccer League All Stars on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.