Quick Kicks: Best Matches of the Weekend 10/11-10/13
Yinz United vs Starliners FC
The battle to remain undefeated. Both teams sit at the top of the tables with no losses or ties. Respectively, Yinz United is sitting with 5 wins and five games played, Starliners FC are sitting with 4 wins and 4 games played (with an impressive goal difference of 12 for – 0 against). This could be the match that determines the winner of the season, I know it is still early, but this is an important match. Will the Pups finally end the 4-game clean sheet record the Stars hold? Or will Stars shine yet again?
West Chester Predators vs United German Hungarians
United Soccer League of Pennsylvania brings us a great match up, the reserve team for the powerhouse of the NPSL vs a historically rich team. This should be a great game to catch. Currently WCSC is sitting in 4th place on the table and UGH is sitting on 3rd place. The result of the game will have some effect to the table but what is truly exciting about this game is the different playing styles that will be on the field. If you are in the area, make sure you catch this match.
New York Cosmos vs Detroit City FC
This matchup won’t determine the leader of the Member’s Cup competition. That’s because the Cosmos have blown the doors off this competition with a massive showing. They haven’t lost a match yet and are 6-2-0. They are tied for first in GD and are second in goals for. The last time these two squared off, they played at Keyworth and it ended in a 1-1 draw.
Detroit has been extremely polished this entire competition, managing a flawless record (4-2-0) with incredible defense, only giving up 2 goals all season. This time they journey away to face the Cosmos. From all appearances, the Cosmos aren’t drawing well and homefield-advantage maybe only exist in theory. Detroit needs to win this match and get the 3 points to have a chance at catching the Cosmos, but considering the dominate play of the homeside, I’m doubtful they can get them. My prediction, Cosmos win 1-0.
PDX FC vs. OPF
PDX FC are staying sharp prior to the NPSL season by competing in Oregon’s top amateur division, the Oregon Premier Soccer League (OPSL). They currently sit fourth in a seven-team league as they take on last-place OPF this Sunday. The club will hope to erase the memory of last week’s 2-1 defeat to local rivals International Portland Select FC, which was decided by a controversial late penalty. What makes PDX an especially intriguing watch this weekend is the presence of established Cuban International Daniel Luis Saez. Luis Saez will be available for his second game for PDX after defecting from Cuba during the Gold Cup this past summer with nineteen caps to his name. The midfielder is listed at an imposing 6’5” and will certainly be one to watch as he attempts to assert his dominance in the midfield in hopes of propelling PDX up the table. Local gem Buckman Field plays host to this matchup. It would be hard to find a more quintessentially Portland place to watch a match, with the entrance to the field located just to the side of Voodoo Donuts’ eastside location. Another draw is the field’s proximity to venerable dive bar the Sandy Hut. It seems difficult to imagine a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than donuts, cheap beer and grassroots soccer.
UPSL Western Conference - SoCal North
This week I’ll be keeping an eye on the UPSL’s Western Conference – SoCal North – Division I; there is a tight race forming at the top. Orange County FC 2 are topping the table after five wins in five weeks and a +13 goal difference. They’ll be looking to make it 18 points on the trot when they face off against Sporting San Fernando, at the Lake Forest Sports Complex, with a 7:00 pm kickoff.
Santa Ana Winds FC are on 10 points from 4 matches, and after a 2-2 draw vs Oxnard Guerreros back in September, they’ve outscored their last two opponents 10-1. Winds FC will be looking to keep pace with Orange County in the table when they go away to Injen Total Football, who are winless, for a 6:00 pm kickoff at Rancho Jurupa Regional Sports Park.
Lastly, LA10 are also on 10 points so far this season, but gave up four goals on the road when the lost to Orange County FC 2 several weeks ago. Since then they’ve won at home and drawn on the road. This weekend they go away to Jerry Chabola Stadium to take on Lionside FC at 6:30 pm. All three matches are scheduled to be shown on MyCujoo.com