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Weekend Preview: United Travels to Ann Arbor for Season-Defining Match

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: June 30, 2017

Lansing United have just the one match this weekend, but it is vital to the playoff race.

The Hoops go on the road to finish up their series against league-leaders AFC Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 1. When the two sides met earlier in the season, United were triumphant 2-0 at home.

“I thought we had a very good game against them last time,” head coach Nate Miller said. “But I think it’s going to be a very different type of game [Saturday] with different players available and a different time of the season.”

United will look to get back to winning ways after dropping points in their last two NPSL matches.

“I really like how the guys have responded after last week,” Miller said. “We worked very hard on the game plan to be ready and our overall approach and mentality.”
Ann Arbor are coming off a 5-0 victory against FC Indiana and have yet to lose at home this season. United are the only team Ann Arbor have lost to this season.

This match begins a crucial series of fixtures against teams on the east side of the state with two games to play against Detroit City FC still to play. United will need favorable results from those matches if they hope to finish in the Great Lakes Conference with a playoff spot.

Saturday’s game will also see Lansing captain James DeCosemo tie Austin Dunn’s record for most appearances for the club with 39.

Rafa Mentzingen will look to add to his tally of 9 goals on the season, the third-most in the NPSL nationwide.