The Mother’s Day matchup between Association Football Club (AFC) Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo FC marks the official kickoff to The Mighty Oak’s third season at Hollway Field. After opening up the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) season on the road last Saturday with a 3-1 win over Milwaukee, AFC looks to hold position atop the Great Lakes Conference table.
Exactly one year ago from today (May 13), The Mighty Oak hosted Kalamazoo FC for the first time at Pioneer High School’s Hollway Field. Led by by Super Dario’s performance, AFC earned a 2-1 result at home after Suarez scored early in the match and later found teammate Yuri Farkas for the go ahead goal.
The last match of the 2016 regular season found AFC AA traveling to Kalamazoo with the chance to secure their postseason fate with a win. After scoring an early goal from a Dario Suarez header off a corner kick, The Mighty Oak controlled the pace and direction of the match the rest of the way. The dagger came in the 61st minute compliments of a Kevin Taylor header that secured the club’s inaugural playoff berth.
Head Coach & Sporting Director, Eric Rudland is looking forward to his second season with Ann Arbor.
"It's been a long off-season, so we're looking forward to getting back home for NPSL play. I know our players are eager to play in front of our home supporters. Obviously all of our matches against in-state rivals are going to be important ones, so we will need to stay organized and figure out a way to expose Kalamazoo," said Rudland.
The gates will open at 2PM (1 hour prior to kickoff) with the Main St. Hooligans getting things started around 1PM in the Pioneer parking lot.
A number of promotions will be happening Sunday, so the earlier you arrive the better. Get your tickets until midnight tonight online for only $8 (adults; $5 youth) or at the gate tomorrow for $10 (adult; $6 youth). Kids 1, 2 and 3 are always free!
Parking is free. Seating is general admission.
Food trucks: Bigalora, Ray's Red Hots and Ice Cream
-First 100 moms will receive a free rose
-Face painting for kids - From 2 to 5pm
-The all new Soccer Plus Kids Zone will feature a DJ and skills challenge
-First 200 fans receive a free cow bell from Michigan Milk Cup
-Additional giveaways from the Milk Cup include chocolate milk and posters
-Giveaways for Mom's: Massage Gift Card from Sha Zen Massage, Grizzly Peak Gift Card
-Watch ICC with AFC! - Win (2) tickets to the AFC Ann Arbor suite for the International Champions Cup match in Detroit on July 19th
For more info on AFC Ann Arbor click here.