The 2nd Annual Saline Showcase marks the fourth meeting between Oakland County FC, better known as the ‘Battle of the Oak.’ Through three meetings, each club has won a match with one draw as well (1-1-1).
Sunday’s friendly is the last preseason test before AFC Ann Arbor takes to the road to open up NPSL Midwest Region play against divisional foe, Milwaukee Torrent. The Mighty Oak will have a busy schedule in early May, as they will travel to Pontiac for the club’s first ever US Open Cup match on May 10th then return home to Hollway Field for its NPSL home Opener of May 14th.
The match against Oakland County is in partnership with Saline Area Schools to promote the growth of the beautiful game in Saline as well as raise money for local youth soccer non-profit, Saline FC, who will recognize some of their winning teams during halftime.
Slated for a 6pm kickoff, fans are encouraged to arrive early to honor player/owner Knox Cameron who will be retiring after the contest. A pre-match ceremony will take place at 5:45pm (gates open at 5pm).
Coach Eric Rudland looks to continue the club’s winning ways in the summer of ‘17, and these early season friendly’s play a key component in that preparation. He added, “The Saline Showcase is our last preparatory match in our preseason slate. We have a few new players we are looking forward to integrating during the match as we look to build off last weekend’s performance. This week in training the men have shown high level commitment during our implementation of attacking principles. So Sunday will be a great environment to showcase the progress we have made as a group.”
Tickets for Sunday’s match are available online now until Midnight (purchase in advance and save). Fans can also purchase tickets at the gate $6 (youth)/$10 (adult) and kids 1, 2 and 3 get in free.
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AFC Ann Arbor completed a very successful inaugural campaign in the Midwest Region of the National Premier Soccer League finishing 2nd in the conference while earning the club’s first playoff berth. The club’s third season kicks off in May as The Mighty Oak look to continue their winning ways under Head Coach Eric Rudland. Youth and General Memberships for Season Tree can be purchased here.