Duluth FC vs. Med City
Duluth East High School, Duluth, MN
5.29.19 | Week 5
Current 2019 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 1-0-1; 1-0-0 at home/on the road
Med City: 1-0-0; 2-0-0 at home/on the road
Duluth will return to NPSL action after a week without playing, which saw the remainder of the conference even out to three or four games played. Duluth’s next opponent is one of the conference’s best performers at the moment, Med City.
Med City have played three games thus far, including a 3-1 win against La Crosse Aris at home and two road wins against Sioux Falls and the Dakota Fusion. That record shows that the Rochester-based club are a serious threat far away from home. In addition, Med City are one of two clubs in the conference with perfect 3-0-0 records.
Duluth has also shown a strong will away from home, forcing the Des Moines Menace into a penalty shootout in the U.S. Open Cup and dominating the Dakota Fusion away in a 3-0 win which saw the BlueGreens score three goals in five minutes. The match up will indeed prove one between two of the conference’s best performing sides and may provide a sneak peek into who will make a push for the playoffs later in the summer.
Despite being two points ahead of Duluth on the conference table, Med City have actually only scored one more goal than the BlueGreens (8 instead of 7) and conceded the same count of 2 goal. This reflects how competitive the North Conference can prove to be. Med City have also failed to keep clean sheets in two of their three games, while Duluth has only conceded in one league match, perhaps foreshadowing a big day for Duluth’s five goal scorers this season, Ronaldo Fortune, Carlyle Junior, Damiá Viader, James Westfield, and Alberto Diaz, or one of the many talents yet to find the back of the net.
Duluth and Med City played two close games last season, including a draw in Rochester and an eventful 1-0 win for the BlueGreens in Duluth on the final day of the season, a win which sealed the club’s second run in the NPSL playoffs. Soham Kathuria, who returned to the club as a substitute against the Dakota Fusion in the previous round of play, scored the match winner that day.
Duluth’s match against Med City will be hosted at Duluth East High School and will kick off at 7pm. We hope to see you there!