Duluth FC vs. Minnesota TwinStars
Duluth East High School | Duluth, MN
5.11.19 | Week 2
Current 2019 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 1-0-0; 0-0-0 at home/on the road
TwinStars: 0-0-0; 0-0-0 at home/on the road
Following a packed week of matches, including a home win against Sioux Falls and an away loss in PK’s to Des Moines Menace in the U.S. Open Cup, Duluth will head home in hopes of continuing their positive NPSL North campaign. The TwinStars played two tense matches with Duluth last season, including a 3-3 draw in Minnetonka and a 3-2 win for the BlueGreens up north. Four red cards were shown in the second match, albeit one to a benched Alberto Ciroi, therefore not affecting the player count on the pitch.
Duluth have started the season well, dominating their home opener in a 2-0 win and putting up an unbreakable challenge to the Des Moines Menace midweek. While the USOC match did go Des Moines’ way, Duluth did force the home side into a penalty shootout thanks to a strong defensive performance and a 35th minute penalty, scored by Carlyle Junior.
The match in Des Moines also saw several players make their debuts for the club, having arrived after the Sioux Falls match. These included George Proctor, James Westfield, and Lucas Jacobs. The likes of Dana Kowachek also reunited with the squad, arriving in time to perhaps replicate his massive last-minute equalizer against the TwinStars in the first week of the 2018 season. Kowachek scored four goals for Duluth last season.
The second week of NPSL action will also mark the first matches for the remainder of the conference, who did not play in week one. The only club that will have not played is Med City, largely due to the uneven number of clubs in the conference this year. This means that Duluth will not only have a chance to build on their point count, they’ll also have a chance to see how the remainder of the competition will be performing.
Saturday’s match, on May 11th, will kick off at 7 pm CT at Duluth East High School.