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United to Face Detroit City FC at DeMartin Stadium

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: May 30, 2015

For the second consecutive season, Lansing United will square off with Detroit City F.C. at DeMartin Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.

This season’s meeting will be the first since the two clubs met at DeMartin in last season’s regular season finale. That match finished in a 2-2 draw, which was enough for United to clinch first place in the Great Lakes West Conference.

“It’s always going to be a good game against them,” head coach/GM Eric Rudland said. “Local competition. They know a lot of our guys, we know a lot of their guys.”

United squared off against DCFC twice last season en rout to their conference title, losing 1-0 in the first meeting before coming up with the draw in the return match.

This season, United currently sits in forth place in the newly configured Midwest Region standings, three points behind first place DCFC with one less game played.

“I don’t know that we prepare for the game differently than we do anybody else,” Rudland said. “We have a little more information on them than a team from Minnesota or Buffalo or whatever the case, but we just kind of focus on the process of the day to day rhythm of getting ready for the match on the weekend.”

Coming off last week, where United played three games in five days, Rudland was tasked with picking a team for just one arch this weekend.

“It’s tough, to be honest with you,” Rudland said. “A lot of quality in the pool. There were a lot of players who played well for us last weekend.”

After a week of training, Rudland has settled on his team. Now the focus is on playing at DeMartin.

“Quite frankly, it’s the best pitch we get to play on all year,” Rudland said. “The grounds there are pristine. For me and for the players, honestly I think that’s the one thing that they’re looking forward to the most is to play on such a nice grass surface.”

Last season’s game at DeMartin drew a season-best crowd of 2,014 fans for United. Rudland and his team are looking forward to a similar environment this season.

“Last year, the environment was great with the fans,” Rudland said. “The Sons of Ransom were awesome last year and then obviously the Northern Guard came down with a lot of numbers and just made for a wonderful football environment.”

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday.