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Match Preview: LIFC vs. FC Tucson

By Brandon Mostyn - contact@lansingignite.com, 07/12/19, 1:59PM EDT

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LIFC prepares for second match against Tucson

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC will look to even the series against FC Tucson, as the teams meet for the second time this USL League One season at 7 p.m. ET from Cooley Law School Stadium on Saturday.

These two teams met back in April, with Tucson getting the better of Lansing 2-0, but LIFC has been one of the top sides since then. LIFC will look for its fourth consecutive home win and solidify its playoff position before another two-game road trip.

The match marks Lansing’s first ‘Ignite the Fight’ night at Cooley Law School Stadium, supporting the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer. LIFC will be offering $10 tickets in the Corner Box Seats to the League One match against FC Tucson, with half of the proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society.

The first 1,000 fans at the stadium will also receive a free vuvuzela, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

HOW TO FOLLOW:

FROM THE COACH:

"Tucson is a very good counter-attacking team," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "They are very good on set plays, and away from home, they tend to stay very compact and keep their lines very tight. We felt that firsthand when we played them earlier in the season. At home, it's a bit of a different game, and we've improved since then. They pose some significant challenges, but I think we certainly have the solutions this time around."

ABOUT FC TUCSON:

FC Tucson is currently in sixth place in the USL League One table with a record of 5-6-3, giving them 18 points on the season. Owned and operated by Phoenix Rising FC, FC Tucson is led by Head Coach Darren Sawatzky. Founded in 2010, Tucson competed and excelled in USL League Two (formerly the Premier Development League) before joining USL League One. The team competes at Kino Sports Complex.

MATCH FACTS:

  • LIFC currently sits in third place with 24 points and a 6-5-6 record more than halfway through the USL League One season.

  • FC Tucson has a road record of 2-5-0 to go against a Lansing squad that is 4-1-2 on home soil.

  • In the first meeting, Lansing held 66.4 percent of possession. And had 10 corners, while Tucson only had one.

  • Lansing nearly doubled Tucson in the passes department, as Lansing had 614 to Tucson’s 312.

  • Lansing had 14 shots in the first game, one more than Tuscon.

  • Elma Nfor has scored in two consecutive games.

  • Ivo Creda leads the team in interceptions with 31.

  • LIFC has scored a total of 22 goals, which is second most in the league.

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