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United’s Dream Season Ends

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: July 28, 2014

WHIPPANY, N.J. — Lansing United’s inaugural season has been an overwhelming success.

Unfortunately, that success and the season ended Sunday night in the NPSL National Semifinal at the hands of the U-23 team of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls in a 2-0 defeat.

United came into Sunday’s final-four match as a heavy underdog, facing the only undefeated and untied team in the league. An even bigger challenge presented itself when the team learned that head coach Eric Rudland would not be traveling with the team due to an illness.

After a scoreless first half, Sean Sheridan struck first for the Red Bulls in the 59th minute when he capitalized on a rebound from the left side of the box.

Mike Innocenzi added the second goal for the Red Bulls in the 78th minute, putting home a dangerous cross from Rhys Williams that goalkeeper Zach Bennett could not handle.

Bennett recorded six saves for Lansing.

United reached the semifinals with two wins in last weekend’s regional playoff at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

The New York Red Bulls move on to face Chattanooga F.C. in the National Championship game on Saturday, August 2.