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06 / 02

Weekend Preview: Six crucial points up for grabs this weekend in Lansing

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: June 02, 2017

It’s another massive weekend of NPSL play for Lansing United as the club takes on the Milwaukee Torrent and Michigan Stars to begin the month of June at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

United will finish up their season series with the Torrent on Friday evening with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the gate for fans looking to come to watch Lansing’s 4-0-0 squad.

“We love playing here,” Lansing head coach Nate Miller said. “We’ve done really well here at home. Our guys are excited and are ready to go this weekend.”

Lansing is currently in the midst of a three games in six days stretch due to Tuesday’s rescheduled match at FC Indiana. However, Miller used the odd mid-week match to not only rest some of his more important roster players but to get a look at just how deep the squad he’s assembled really is.

A total of seven different players made their first United starts of the season Tuesday and came away with the three points in a 1-0 win. Miller emphasized just how crucial Tuesday’s match was in planning for the two coming up this weekend.

“It was really important,” he said. “I think we have a deep squad that we’re fortunate to have. It’s not like we’re playing backups, we’re playing other really good players who just have different skillsets. That helped set us up for this weekend.”

Entering Friday’s match against Milwaukee with an undefeated record, the No. 1 spot in the NPSL’s latest power rankings, and a new club record shutout streak (four matches, 360 minutes), the coaching staff made it a point for the team not to get complacent.

United will be facing a stronger Milwaukee team than the one they defeated in the NPSL season opener, 2-0, on May 14. Training this week was geared toward ensuring a good start from the first whistle while reviewing tactics from the first meeting against the Torrent. Tumi Moshobane and Rafa Mentzingen both scored in that match and figure to be influential Friday night as well.

Lansing will take on the Stars for the first time this season Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. While United has historically done well against the Stars, holding a 4-2-1 record all-time against them, Miller said that the Berkley, Mich., club may be the most talented team in the Great Lakes Conference this season.

“They’re a tough team,” he said. “It’s hard to predict their lineup, though. That game will be about us playing our best and making in-game adjustments if we need to.”

Gates open at the East Lansing Soccer Complex an hour before kickoff this weekend. Fans can enjoy concessions provided by Hungry Howie’s, frozen yogurt from Menchie’s as well as a variety of other experiences during the before, during and after the match.

“We enjoy playing in front of our fans at home and hope to come away with six more points for them this weekend,” Miller said.