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Match Preview: LIFC at Indy Eleven

By Brandon Mostyn - contact@lansingignite.com, 05/13/19, 2:30PM EDT

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Ignite FC faces off against USL Championship side in U.S. Open Cup

LANSING, Mich. –  Lansing Ignite FC continues its 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign on Wednesday, as the club travels to the Sellick Bowl to take on Indy Eleven of the USL Championship at 7 p.m. ET. Lansing has seen Indy once before, recording a 2-1 victory in the team's first preseason match of the year on Feb. 27.

Lansing got to the second stage of the tournament with a 2-1 win over AFC Ann Arbor last week for their first-ever victory in the Open Cup. Both goals were scored by forward Elma Nfor.

Should Lansing Ignite FC win on Wednesday, the team would face off against the winner of Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Dayton Dutch Lions. If Pittsburgh and LIFC advance, the game would take place at 7 p.m. ET from Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 29. If Dayton and LIFC advance, the match would take place at 7 p.m. ET from DOC Stadium in West Carrollton, Ohio, on May 29.

HOW TO FOLLOW:

FROM THE COACH:

"We are fully embracing the Open Cup challenge and are hungry to do really well in the competition," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "Indy is a top team in the USL Championship with a fantastic coach. We are excited for the opportunity to go toe to toe and compete hard to advance."

ABOUT INDY ELEVEN:

Formed on Jan. 16, 2013, by Keystone Group CEO Ersal Ozdemir, Indy Eleven began in the North American Soccer League and would eventually move to the USL Championship in 2018 The team currently sits in eighth place in the Championship's Eastern Conference standings.

MATCH FACTS:

  • LIFC is coming off a 1-1 draw with Greenville Triumph SC, moving the team to 2-3-2 on the young USL League One season. LIFC currently sits in seventh place in the League One standings with eight points.

  • Overall, the team is 4-3-2 this season, with wins against the Richmond Kickers (2), Michigan State and AFC Ann Arbor.

  • Across all competitions, LIFC is undefeated in three consecutive matches, recording two ties and one victory.

  • LIFC has scored 10 goals on the USL League One season, which is tied for second in the league.

  • LIFC has four players in the top 10 of completed passes in the USL, with Grant Stoneman in third (434), Brandon Fricke in sixth (390), Kyle Carr in seventh (363) and Ivo Cerda in 10th (333).

  • Ricky Lopez-Espin leads the team in scoring with three goals in USL League One play. That number is good enough to be tied for third in the league.

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