It may not have been pretty, but a win is a win. It was great to see everyone after a few weeks without a home game. We’ve got 3 more in the next 2 weeks, plus an away game at Michigan Stars, so be sure to keep showing up, bring a friend, and bring the noise!
Game Review: United 2, FC Buffalo 1
Sunday saw Lansing United return to action with a 2-1 victory over FC Buffalo, picking up a crucial 3 points in the race for the NPSL playoffs. It wasn’t the greatest of games, but a win is a win and we’ll take the 3 points. United now sit in 3rd place in the Great Lakes West, 3 points behind first place Indiana Fire, but having played 2 less games. Detroit is 2 points ahead, but they’ve played 1 less game. Every game is crucial at this point, so while this wasn’t a great game, it was a huge win.
For most of the game United lacked any sort of flow in attack. The defense held strong, but the transition from defending to attack was slow and passing in the attacking third was off on a regular basis. Part of the blame can go to injury. The back line was so beat up that this game saw midfielder Leigh Rumbold line up at CB and midfielder Julian Myers line up at RB. Both Rumbold and Myers defended quite well, but regardless of individual efforts, such drastic lineup changes are never good for the flow of play. GK Zach Bennett contributed another solid performance, coming up big when needed as always. In particular, Bennett has done a great job organizing the back line this season, as United have started 10 different back lines in 10 games.
Captain Matt Brown was voted Man of the Match by the fans, probably for the fact that he scored both goals. Credit to our captain for putting the ball in the net, but as he said in his post-game interview, both goals kind of just fell to him.
United will have to be better in their remaining games, beginning with Cincinnati Saints at home on the 4th of July. Lansing will probably have to win each of their last 4 games to have a chance at winning the division or clinching the wild card spot and making the playoffs.
Also, we’re going to be rolling out some pieces on players who haven’t gotten as much attention this year as we feel they deserve. We want to highlight the contributions of guys who have been essential to United’s success without receiving the credit they are due, so look out for those pieces in the next few days.