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Midwest Region Crowned NPSL Combine Champions

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: January 11, 2015

Led by Lansing United head coach Eric Rudland, the Midwest region won the inaugural NPSL combine championship Sunday afternoon, defeating the South region, 2-1.

United’s Tyler Pasher scored the first goal of the match and FC Buffalo’s Bobby Ross had the game-winner for the Midwest, which was comprised of some of the top players in the region.

“I’m really proud of the Midwest,” Rudland said. “The entire region was well represented and showed the NPSL, pro scouts and agents that we have respectable players. It was a pleasure to work with John Kowalski from Fort Pitt and an honor to work with each player.”

Pasher’s goal came in the 34th minute. A goal off of a South free kick in the 52nd minute tied the game, but Ross, who scored in Saturday’s match, found the back of the net in the 88th minute to give the Midwest a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Midwest moved on to the title match after beating the West region Saturday evening, also by a score of 2-1.

The NPSL combine allowed league players to showcase their ability in front of numerous professional scouts and coaches. Lansing United’s four representatives performed highly at the combine, as did their Midwest teammates. Brian Cunningham scored in Saturday’s game, while Pasher had a goal and an assist in two games. Cody Archibald and Godwin Addai were integral in the Midwest’s defensive scheme, Rudland said.

“Given the team’s success, I’m hopeful that players will get looks at the next level,” Rudland added.