Minneapolis City vs RKC Third Coast
This is the 100th competitive game for Minneapolis City Soccer Club, and they celebrate that milestone by hosting a club, expansion side RKC Third Coast, playing its first competitive game. It has been quite the ride for City, starting in the old Premier League of America on a $30,000 budget, joining the NPSL and winning three consecutive North Conference titles and the 2021 regular season league title, before joining USL League Two last season. It’s an incredible progression. Especially since more than a few big names in soccer circles predicted that the club wouldn’t last two seasons.
Here, in City’s second season in League Two, the Crows are coming off of a frustrating loss to St. Croix and hope to make amends. In the short summer season, getting points on the board early is critically important.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM RKC?
The Wisconsin side have announced a number of players, but going by social media alone makes you worry that they will field a full side. Which is why it’s important not to put too much stock in what you see online.
That said, what has been posted indicates a side that will be brimming with quality. RKC’s team features players from blue chip programs like Creighton, Maryland, and Wisconsin. How they will play, though, is shrouded in the sort of mystery that only a brand new lower division side can have. We won’t know what they are all about until the referee blows the first whistle.
ANOTHER WEEK TOGETHER
Head coach Carl Craig has continued to emphasize that time together is going to make a difference for this team.
After Saturday’s game, Craig said “[I told the players] Hey it’s day one. We cannot be happy because we lost, but there are elements of it which were positive. But we need to get [the players] more repetitions, greater understanding.”
Players have continued to join up with City from their college commitments this week, but it’s not yet a full squad. Key names like defensive midfielder Jameson Charles remain at university and are unavailable for tonight’s game.
“It’s a solid bunch of lads who are willing to pull their sleeves up” continued Craig. “We will be better on Saturday. I cannot promise the W, but we will be better on Saturday.”
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