Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NPSL Midwest Region Playoffs Review/Preview

Central Conference

Quad Cities 5-0 shutout of Eau Claire cemented their conference title- a 3-point difference over Minnesota United Reserves (23-20). Here's their celebration...
((HT: QC Eagles FC their own selves))

The Reserves beat the Madison 56'ers as they finished third (15 points). FC Bordo also beat Eau Claire to finish 4th with 14 points. Minnesota TwinStars were idle and finished with 12 points and Aris was winless for the season.

Great Lakes East Conference

Fort Pitt Regiment survived a last week loss to Detroit City FC to keep the top spot- one point better than Erie Admirals and two better than AFC Cleveland. Here's DCFC head coach Ben Pirmann after the win over Fort Pitt
((HT: Press Row Sports))

Erie had a 6-point week with wins over Michigan and AFC Cleveland. FC Buffalo finished their season with a win over Michigan Stars as well and a total of 16 points. Here's a look at their home finale
((HT: Buffalo Live))

Great Lakes West Conference

Lansing United wrapped the final weekend with a 4-point performance- a win over Indiana Fire
((HT: Lansing United their own selves))

And a draw with DCFC to wrap with 28 points- one more than Le Rouge.
Here's highlights of the draw

And postgame sound from head coach Eric Rudland

WILX-TV's Susan El Khoury looks at the first-year franchise

Indiana Fire wrapped up their season with a third place finish and a win over Cincinnati. Michigan ended up with 13 points and Cincinnati finished with 10.

Lansing United hosts the region playoffs Saturday and Sunday at the East Lansing Complex. Fort Pitt gets Quad City at followed by United vs. the Minnesota United Reserves at 7:30pm. The winners meet Sunday for the region title.

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