Association Football Club Ann Arbor will host Milwaukee Torrent at Pioneer High School’s Hollway Field for the first time in club history Friday night.
Milwaukee, a new addition to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Great Lakes Conference in 2017, hosted The Mighty Oak in the club’s first NPSL match of the season. Ann Arbor stole three points on the road with a 3-1 victory back on May 6th in Milwaukee.
But a lot has changed since the early season meeting between the two sides and Coach Rudland and team are well aware of that.
“Milwaukee was our first of the season, which seems like ages ago. They have changed things tactically and shifted some personnel based on our reports, so we’re preparing for them with the updated information we have,” said Rudland.
Sitting atop the table of the Great Lakes Conference with a 7-0-1 (W-D-L) record earnings 21 points in just 8 matches doesn’t change the approach for AFC Ann Arbor.
“For us, it’s all about the next game. The work we’ve done so far is positive, but we have to keep chipping away and prepare for each match, each opponent with focus and detail. At the of the day, we still have to be hungry to prove ourselves,” added Rudland.
Gates at Hollway open at 6PM for the 7 o’clock start with tons of activities and promotions happening all night. See below for more details.
Tickets will be available online until 2PM and available at the gate starting at 5:30PM. Youth tickets for ages 4-12 are $6, and adult tickets are $10. Infants and kids ages 1, 2 and 3 get in free.
School’s Out Activities
Celebrate the start of summer and no school at tonight’s match. Revel N Roll will be giving away free game card vouchers to the first 200 fans and will have a game on-site for fans to try out.
In addition, fans can enter to win 1 of 2 grand prizes from Revel N Roll including a bowling party and arcade party for your little one and their friends. Entry is open and free, but limited to fans ages 18 and up.
The Soccer Plus Kids Zone gives young soccer players a chance to test and sharpen their skills before the match. The Kids Zone opens at 6PM when gates do so come join the fun early.
Soccer ball tattoos, post-match autographs plus the first 50 kids will also get free AFC Ann Arbor bubbles compliments of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor are just a few more reasons there is no better way to celebrate school being out for the summer!
Celebrating Pride Month
The Jim Toy Community Center President Travis Radina (season membership holder) will be joining us for the honorary kickoff to celebrate pride month and the new partnership between AFC Ann Arbor and JTCC. AFC Ann Arbor will be selling a special edition Pride Month t-shirt with portions of the proceeds benefitting the JTCC.
Youth Walkout Partner
The Bishop Elementary Spanish Immersion has become a close partner and friend of the club. This evening, students from Miss Heredia’s class, who the team visited last week in school, will be joining the starting XI for the official team walkout.
Our friends from Ozone House will be in the house educating fans about their amazing and important work of ending teen homelessness in our community.
Clean Planet Foods
Be sure to stop by the Clean Planet Foods cabana to get some awesome AFC Ann Arbor and Clean Planet swag. You can also try samples of their delicious proteins and get discounts that you won’t get anywhere else.