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Match Preview: LIFC vs. Madison

By Lansing Ignite FC - contact@lansingignite.com, 07/08/19, 4:30PM EDT

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Ignite FC looks to earn second victory against Madison

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC will look to remain in playoff position as the team returns home from a two-game road trip and face off against Forward Madison FC at 7 p.m. ET from Cooley Law School Stadium. This will be the first of two games home this week, the last time that happened, LIFC secured all six pints from both matches.

In the first meeting between Lansing and Madison, LIFC earned a 1-0 victory, thanks to a goal from Wisconsin native Nick Moon.

Prior to the game, LIFC will be giving away a free team poster, presented by the Lansing State Journal, which can then be taken onto the field after the game to be signed by all of the LIFC players. Fans should attempt to arrive before kickoff to receive the free poster.

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FROM THE COACH:

"Matches at home are mandatory three points," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "Madison is hot, but we are confident we can put an end to that. We were the better team on Saturday and are confident to put the pieces together to get the job done midweek."

About Forward Madison FC:

Forward Madison FC currently sits in seventh in the USL League One table, with a record of 5-6-3. Forward Madison FC is owned by Steve Schmitt, Vern Stenman and Conor Caloia, who also own Big Top Baseball and the Madison Mallards, and Jim Kacmarcik, the owner of the Lakeshore Chinooks and a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. Forward Madison launched as Madison’s first professional soccer team by Big Top Soccer on May 17, 2018, and it was the first time in 15 years that Wisconsin would have a pro soccer team. Head Coach Daryl Shore spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach in Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake.

MATCH FACTS:

  • With 21 points and a 5-5-6 record, LIFC sit in the fourth and final playoff spot in USL League One.

  • Back in June when these teams first met, LIFC had 12 total shots with six of those being on target.

  • Elma Nfor scored his first goal of the season in the last match against Chattanooga, becoming the 12th different player to score for LIFC this season.

  • LIFC has three of the top 10 passers in all of USL League One: Ivo Cerda (805), Grant Stoneman (788) and Brandon Frickie (711)

  • Crosses are a big part of Lansing’s game, as they also have three players in the top 10 in the category: Xavier Gómez (48), Tumi Moshobane (46) and Rhys Williams (37).

  • Stefan Cleveland has made the fourth most saves in all USL League One with 31.

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