Minnesota TwinStars vs. Duluth FC
Minnetonka High School Stadium | Minnetonka, MN
5.12.18 | Game #1
Current 2018 League Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 0-0-0; 0-0-0 at home/on the road
TwinStars: 0-0-0; 0-0-0 at home/on the road
With their U.S. Open Cup campaign alive and well, the BlueGreens must now turn their attention to the NPSL as they travel to the Minnesota TwinStars for Week 2, but Game 1, of their 2018 league play. Coming only three days after an exhausting 120 minutes of play at UMD, the club will face the anticipated struggle of fatigue, recovery, and rotation head on and hope that their planning and preparations prove strong.
Founded in 1997, the TwinStars have a long history of soccer development in Minnesota. They currently field teams in both the NPSL and the WPSL, along with running a youth academy which has helped develop the game for the state along with providing them with talent for their league squads. Needless to say, in a league of clubs ranging around three to five years old and just beginning to develop roots within their community, the TwinStars have been and still are a symbol of longitivtiy and impact.
Duluth had a solid set of results against the TwinStars last season, grabbing a 1-1 draw in Minnetonka while surviving a back-and-forth trading of goals to grab all three points in a 3-2 showdown at Public Schools Stadium. Kyle Farrar scored three of Duluth’s four goals against the TwinStars last year, with Joe Watt grabbing the first goal at the home game. As a season opener and the beginning of a string of away games, Duluth will aim to continue the streak of points in the tie and kick off 2018 on a strong note.
Saturday is the beginning of an action packed journey across the state as Duluth seek to defend their title. With an almost endless stream of information to take in after Duluth FC’s opening match, Head Coach Joel Person will look to take the league by storm, capitalizing on great debut performers, like the brace-earning Ramos, and strong returning veterans, like corner creative force Sean Morgan to earn all three points.