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05 / 02

Lansing United takes down Ann Arbor Football Club in first-ever match

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: May 02, 2014

EAST LANSING — Lansing United kicked off its inaugural season with a preseason friendly victory over the Ann Arbor Football Club last Friday night.

Tyler Pasher (Elmira, Ont.) scored the first goal in club history while Matt Brown added two as United defeated the opposition by a score of 4-0.

“It was good, I really enjoyed it,” Brown, who scored the final two goals of the match, said. “I enjoyed the training over the week as well, very professional, and everything’s going quite well.”

Rain was present at the East Lansing Soccer Complex but that did not seem to distract LU as the club dominated possession throughout the game. Three minutes in, Julian Myers hit the post in the first of United’s many offensive efforts.

AAFC had their first of only a couple shots on goal in the 14th minute, while head coach Eric Rudland experimented with his team’s lineup ahead of the first NPSL match on May 16.

The match was scoreless at halftime but Lansing United broke through in the second half, scoring four times. Pasher, who will be leaving the club in two weeks to train with the Canadian national team, tapped in a rebound from a Brian Cunningham shot in the 51st minute to give the team a 1-0 lead.

In the 68th minute, Cunningham scored his goal off a Pasher attempt to make the score 2-0. Ten minutes later, Brown, an England native, received a Boyzzz Khulamo pass and scored from the 18-yard mark for his first of two goals.

“[Boyzzz] is going to set up a lot of goals this year,” Brown said. “Really good quality. I just opened up my body and bent it into the far corner.”

Shortly before the end of the match, Brown scored his second off a right-foot strike from within the box.

Lansing United take on the Michigan Bucks in Pontiac, Mich., on May 7 in their second of four exhibition matches in the 2014 campaign.