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Duluth Face 2019 NPSL North Champs in First Away Match of 2021

Duluth FC vs. Minneapolis City SC

Edor Nelson Field | Minneapolis, MN

May 26th, 2021 | Game #2

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):

Duluth: 1-0-0; 0-0-0 at home/on the road

MPLS: 1-0-0; 2-0-0 at home/on the road

Following an entertaining start to the season with a 4-3 win over Joy Athletic, Duluth FC travel down to Minneapolis midweek to play 2018 and 2019 NPSL North champions Minneapolis City SC in the BlueGreens’ first away match of the season. City have started the season well with wins over the Dakota Fusion, Sioux Falls, and La Crosse Aris, with just one of said matches taking place at home.

Duluth and Minneapolis City have often been the key competitors in the North conference, standing as the only two clubs that have won the conference and the two who have represented the conference most in the NPSL playoffs, during which Duluth managed to win a regional title in 2018 after beating Minneapolis City and AFC Ann Arbor in the playoffs.

The two sides have frequently bested each other at the other’s home field. Last year, Duluth beat City 2-1 at Edor Nelson Field, but lost 4-2 in Duluth. The first ever NPSL match between the two teams ended in a 1-1 draw in Minneapolis, a result in 2017 which helped Duluth take the Northern title that year. Duluth held City to a 1-1 draw at home in 2018, while City bested Duluth at in Minneapolis in the second-to-last match of the regular season to secure their conference title that year.

While Duluth pick up the pace to catch up with the rest of the conference in terms of games played, this week’s midweek match is sure to provide a strong indicator for how the race for the top two spots in the north will go.

Kick off is expected for 7:00 pm CST. Keep an eye on both club’s social media for relevant links for streaming the match and City’s ticket policies.

Duluth open 2021 season hosting new arrivals Joy Athletic

Duluth FC vs. Joy Athletic
Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN
May 22nd, 2021 | Game #1

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 0-0-0; 0-0-0 at home/on the road
JYA: 1-0-1; 0-0-0 at home/on the road

Duluth Football Club will start its 2021 NPSL season with a home match against Joy
Athletic, new arrivals to the NPSL North conference. It’s just the second time in four
NPSL seasons that Duluth FC has started the season with a home match.

Joy Athletic arrive having already played twice in a 4-1 win over the Dakota Fusion and
a 2-2 draw with La Crosse Aris. Both results were thanks in large part to a strong
season from new arrival Whitney Browne, who previously played for Minneapolis City
amongst other clubs. Browne has three of Joy’s six goals.

Duluth, meanwhile, will take the pitch for the first time this season, featuring a mixture of
returning players, local talent, and brand new faces to northland soccer. Returning
players include James Westfield, Jake Starling, Liam Condone, and Aidan Hill.
Westfield tied Carlyle Junior for the most league goals in 2019, with eight, while Hill

returns for his third year with the club, having won the 2018 NPSL Midwest Regional
title with the BlueGreens in his first year here.

Denfeld standout Keegan Chastey also joins Duluth this season, in addition to Scott
Wilson and Eric Watson, who recently helped guide UWS to the 2020 UMAC
Championship title. Joined by a variety of players new to the area, Duluth will look to
improve on the chapter they wrote in 2019, the first NPSL season ever in which they
missed the playoffs and did not win a league trophy of some form.