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Duluth Dominate at Home with Electric Win Over La Crosse

Duluth FC vs. La Crosse Aris

Public Schools Stadium | Duluth MN

July 7th, 2021 | Game #10

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):

Duluth: 4-1-0; 3-2-0 at home/on the road

Aris: 0-4-1; 0-4-1 at home/on the road

Starting XI: Gabriel Campora, Wayne Davis, Micheal Devlin, Martin Grzywa, Alex Pike, Jake Starling, Dylan Sumner, Caleb Tammi, Danny Torres, Sidney Warden

Substitutions: Rui Vale, Eric Watson, José Bonifasi, Kazuyuki Hata, Gloire Luwara, Scott McCarthy

Goals:

12’ – Sidney Warden (DFC)

26’ – Sidney Warden (DFC)

28’ – James Westfield (DFC)

50’ – Dylan Sumner (DFC)

67’ – Danny Torres (DFC)

80’ – Rui Vale (DFC)

Duluth entered Wednesday looking to recover from their 6-1 loss to Minneapolis City, while also aiming to stay in the playoff race. With the safety of the head to head tie breaker over Med City, it remained in Duluth’s hands whether or not they got the job done against Aris, along with their other two remaining matches.

The BlueGreens started fast with two goals from Sidney Warden in the 12th and 26th minutes, volleying in his first before running into a tap in, with James Westfield adding a third soon after with a skillful finish from the right side of the 18 yard box.

Warden’s goals now make him the record holder at Duluth for most regular season goals in one season, a record previously held by Kyle Farrar, who scored 13 regular season goals in 2017. Farrar also holds the all time tally at 19 goals. Westfield also made some history, scoring his twelfth goal for the club, surpassing Joe Watt’s mark and firmly taking third place in the all time goal rankings.

The first half, ending 3-0, was dominated by the BlueGreens, who surrender only minor chances to La Crosse. A partially rotated backline showed well against the visitors, and goalkeeper Wayne Davis looked right at home commanding the squad in just his second start for the club.

Dylan Somner, Danny Torres, and Rui Vale would add goals in the second half to wrap up a big 6-0 for Duluth FC. Somner and Vale would make the best of two defensive errors from La Crosse, while Torres would arch in a long range shot.

It would be Torres and Vales’ first goals for the side and Somner’s second. Duluth would make all available substitutions in the second half, only leaving goalkeeper Brendan Dally on the bench. Duluth’s various substitutes, including those with limited game time this season, would do well on the night, showing they have plenty to bring to the table.

Duluth now has twelve goal scorers for this season, adding up to 32 goals. In comparison, Duluth had thirteen goal scorers in all of  2019, not accounting for two own goals, adding up to 38 regular season goals.

Head Coach Sean Morgan would nominate Danny Torres as Man of the Match, the second such honor given to the Colombian midfielder. Torres impressed as a commanding presence in the midfield, fighting box to box to keep the BlueGreens ahead. Torres also scored his first goal for the club in shining style, managing a long range strike in a match otherwise largely characterized by tight chances in crowded boxes. Torres was also Man of the Match in Duluth’s first win against La Crosse Aris this season, which resulted in a 3-0 win.

The convincing win leaves Duluth with 21 points as they continue to battle for second place with Med City. Duluth play Dakota Fusion on the road this Saturday, July 10th. It will be their last road match and second to last regular season match.

Duluth Look to Return to Winning Ways Against La Crosse

Duluth FC vs. La Crosse Aris
Public Schools Stadium | Duluth MN
July 7th, 2021 | Game #10

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 3-1-0; 3-2-0 at home/on the road
Aris: 0-4-1; 0-3-1 at home/on the road

Duluth FC will return to the pitch on Wednesday one week after suffering a heavy loss against
Minneapolis City on June 30th. This time they will face La Crosse Aris, a club who, despite a
history of poor table finishes, has shown this season they can battle for points.

Duluth’s last home match against Aris, played in 2019, was quite the one sided affair, ending in a
11-0 BlueGreen victory. Aris, however, have managed draws against Sioux Falls and Joy
Athletic this season, and will be expected to come ready for a thrilling match of football this
Wednesday night.

Duluth will be without Aidan Hill this week due to his red card, an unfortunate loss given Hill’s
recent positive run of form in the final third, with two goals from his last two starts. The
BlueGreens will otherwise be expected to have a full strength roster on their hands, but also will
have the opportunity to rotate players with an additional match, on the road against the Dakota
Fusion, waiting for them this weekend on the 10th.

Duluth has ten goal scorers this season, most prominently Sidney Warden, James Westfield, Eric
Watson, and Gabriel Campora. Duluth’s attack will be looking to stay on the scoresheet this
week and are sure to have an active match up against La Crosse’s backline.

With second-place challengers set to play Joy Athletic, Minneapolis City, and La Crosse Aris for
their final three matches, Duluth will have to look to win their own three matches while hoping

that Med City struggle against some of the conference’s best. Dropped points by either club will
almost certainly secure the other’s spot in the NPSL playoffs.

Kick off is expected for 7 pm. We hope to see your continued support as the BlueGreens look to
get back on the campaign trail and fight for a spot in the NPSL playoffs.

Ten Man Duluth Fall Short in Impromptu Title Match

Duluth FC vs. Minneapolis City
Public Schools Stadium | Duluth MN
June 30th, 2021 | Game #9

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 3-1-0; 3-2-0 at home/on the road
MPLS: 5-0-0; 5-0-0 at home/on the road

Starting XI: Brendan Dally, Jake Starling, Scott Wilson, Martin Grzywa, Liam Condone, Jacob
Daffern, Aidan Hill, Ryan Lewis, Caleb Tammi, Sidney Warden, Keegan Chastey

Substitutions: Eric Watson, Ryan Sumner, Gabriel Campora, Micheál Devlin, Danny Torres,
Alexander Pike

Goals:
3’ – Aidan Hill (DFC)
19’ – Jack Barry (MPLS)
59’ – Eli Goldman (MPLS)
73’ – Eli Goldman (MPLS)
86’ – Kevin Andrews (MPLS)
88’ – Nick Hutton (MPLS)
90’ – Aidan O’Driscoll (MPLS)

Fresh off of a four match winning streak which saw Duluth score fifteen goals while conceding
just three, the BlueGreens returned home on Wednesday to host current conference table leaders
Minneapolis City in a rematch of this season’s earlier 3-2 loss.


City had held a perfect record this season going into Wednesday, but will have to face a Duluth
side that has drastically improved since their early match up and has found a deadly run of form
in the final third, particularly through the ever-scoring Sidney Warden, who started the day on
twelve goals in his debut season.


Duluth would start off well with an early goal from Aidan Hill, who headed in a rebounded shot
from Sidney Warden in just the third minute. It was Hill’s third goal for the club, coming just one
match after his second goal in three seasons during Duluth’s 4-1 win over Joy Athletic. Jack
Barry would equalize for Minneapolis soon after, however, after City earned a corner on the
counter. It would be 1-1 at half time, with both sides showing promise and creating chances.

The second half would bring an array of obstacles, however, as Aidan Hill would receive a red
card early in the half due to receiving two yellow cards, leaving Duluth with ten men and
roughly 40 minutes of soccer remaining. It’s the BlueGreens first red of the season and an
unfortunate stoppage in what has been a strong year for Hill, Duluth’s most senior player after
spending 2018 and 2019 with the club.


Minneapolis City would follow the card with a flurry of goals to make it 6-1 by the final whistle,
controlling the midfield and affording Duluth just a few chances to get back in the game. The
initial winning goal would come just minutes after Hill’s dismissal, while three of City’s six
goals came in the final five minutes of the match. Eli Goldman’s brace from the 59th and 73rd
minutes would prove the deciding goals of the match, which was 3-1 until the 86th minute.
It would be Duluth’s first home loss of the season and would officially hand Minneapolis City
the conference title. The two clubs remain the only sides to have won that title, with City earning
their third in three seasons while Duluth earned its first iteration in 2017.

The result leaves Duluth’s playoff qualification bid in jeopardy with three games remaining and
a race for second with Med City well under way. They next play La Crosse on July 7th. It will be
one of their final three regular season matches, the others against Sioux Falls and the Dakota
Fusion, and will be key to the BlueGreens securing a playoff position.