Duluth Return Home for Final Regular Season Match

Duluth FC vs. Sioux Falls

Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN

July 16th, 2021 | Game #12

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):

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

Sioux Falls: 1-3-2; 1-3-1 at home/on the road

Duluth FC returns home for its final regular season match, a rematch with Sioux Falls which could secure the BlueGreens a spot in the 2021 NPSL playoffs. Sioux Falls gave Duluth one of its two road losses this season in a 2-1 victory, earned with a last minute Sioux Falls free kick. Now it’s Duluth’s turn to host.

The Thunder arrive at the end of a strong run of form from the BlueGreens which started following their loss to the Thunder in June. Since that day, June 5th, Duluth has won six matches, scoring 24 goals while conceding just ten goals in that time.

With Sidney Warden and James Westfield paving new history for Duluth every week on the scoresheet and an ever-developing back line combining well with goalkeeper Brendan Dally, it’s fair to say that Friday will be an exciting opportunity for Duluth to finish their regular season on a high note and take home a little revenge.

Warden broke the club’s single season scoring record last week in Duluth’s 2-1 win over the Dakota Fusion, marking his 15th goal of 2021. He is now just four goals away from tying Kyle Farrar’s record 19 career Duluth FC goals.

Records aside, Duluth will also have a chance to clinch a spot in the playoffs this Friday. They are currently tied for points with Med City, who play Minneapolis City the same day, but all the BlueGreens particularly need to worry about is what happens in Duluth, as the tie breaker in the NPSL is head to head results. Duluth has beat Med City in both of their meetings in 2021. This means that achieving the same result as Med City or getting a better result will confirm Duluth’s playoff spot.

It’s sure to be an exciting night in Duluth and we hope to see all our supporters out supporting the team this Friday, July 16th. Kick off is expected for 7 pm CT.

Duluth Grab Scrappy Win in Final Road Match

Duluth FC vs. Dakota Fusion

Jim Gotta Stadium | Moorhead, MN

July 10th, 2021 | Game #11

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):

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

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

Starting XI: Brendan Dally, Jake Starling, Liam Condone, Alex Pike, Scott Wilson, Aidan Hill, Dylan Sumner, Caleb Tammi, Keegan Chastey, James Westfield, Sidney Warden

Substitutions: Danny Torres, Eric Watson, Gloire Luwara, José Bonifasi, Scott McCarthy

Goals:

3′ – James Westfield (DFC)

32′ – Sidney Warden (DFC)

75′ – Aaron Pike (Fusion)

Duluth traveled to Moorhead, Minnesota on Saturday, days after a 6-0 win over La Crosse Aris, to play their final away match of the season and second to last match of the entire season. Duluth played the Fusion early in the season, resulting in a 4-0 home win which started a fantastic run of form that included two wins against Med City and one against Joy Athletic.

James Westfield would score an early opener for Duluth, who generally dominated the first half, making it five goals for him this season. Smart play with the ball at his feet and a powerful shot from inside the box would earn him his goal. Sidney Warden would find the second goal of the night, catching the keeper by surprise as he looked to control the ball with his feet and sneaking in his 15th goal of the season, meaning he’s now scored more goals in one season in all competitions than any other Duluth FC player before. The first half would end 2-0 in Duluth’s favor.

Duluth would control much of the second half, but the Fusion would find the next goal sometime later as Aaron Pike slotted in a long-ranged strike in the 75th minute to cut Duluth’s lead in half. It would be a sour moment for an otherwise positive performance from the BlueGreens backline and Brendan Dally, who had made a several key saves through the night.

Dally would make a point blank save minutes after the goal to prevent an equalizer. As the half progressed, the Fusion became the dominant side, peppering Duluth with shots and chances. Dally would prove vital, making several saves as the clock trickled toward extra time.

The night’s starting eleven would mark several returns from the last match, which saw some players rotated. Brendan Dally notably returned in goal, while the likes of Liam Condone and Keegan Chastey returned to the outfield ten. Aidan Hill also made his return after a brief red card suspension.

Dylan Sumner would earn the Man of the Match nomination from Head Coach Sean Morgan and his staff. Sumner provided a skillful and physical performance in the midfield on the night, helping both in the first half’s attacking bursts and the second half’s gritty defending. The Englishman has frequently been a key figure this season and showed again tonight why he’s so often a name to look for in the match day squad.

It would end 2-1 to Duluth, a messy but deserved win to improve their road record to four wins and two losses. While less flashy than some of Duluth’s other results this season, it means the BlueGreens are back on a win streak after their loss to Minneapolis City, a streak they can extend to three in a week.

Duluth now head home to play their final regular season match against Sioux Falls on July 16th. If Duluth win that game, they will cement their place in the NPSL playoffs regardless of how Med City performs against Minneapolis City and La Crosse Aris in their final two matches.

Duluth Embark on Final Road Match of the Season against Fusion

Duluth FC vs. Dakota Fusion

Jim Gotta Stadium | Moorhead, MN

July 10th, 2021 | Game #11

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):

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

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

Duluth FC will play its final regular season road match of the season this Saturday when they travel to Jim Gotta Stadium in Moorhead to face the Dakota Fusion. Having beat the Fusion 4-0 at home earlier in the season, it’s sure to be an interesting rematch for a Duluth side that has often been electric in the second leg of its season.

The Fusion do have three wins this season, showing they will have something to say when the two take the pitch this weekend. The hosts, however, will also have a Duluth attack to reckon with that has found ways to break through the likes of Joy Athletic, Med City, and La Crosse Aris at a high rate over the last few weeks.

Duluth have benefited from history making seasons from Sidney Warden and James Westfield, who are now the club’s second and third all time goal scorers. Goals on the night for either could bring them even closer to Kyle Farrar’s top spot of 19 all time goals.

Duluth also has consistently found new goal scorers throughout the season, with Danny Torres and Rui Vale both opening their accounts on Wednesday against La Crosse.

22 of Duluth’s 32 goals this season have come during or after their first match with the Fusion, the BlueGreens’ fifth match of the season. The Duluth faithful should expect plenty of action as their side return to the road.

A win over the Dakota Fusion will be crucial as Duluth looks to stay ahead of Med City in the playoff race. Duluth has the advantage of the lead tiebreaker, which is head to head results. Duluth beat Med City in both games, therefore the BlueGreens will progress if the two are tied on points.

Kick off is expected for 7pm this Saturday, July 10th. The match is expected to be live streamed. Details relating to that stream will be posted on game day via both our social media channels and the Fusion’s.