Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids share a special history having both started in the Great Lakes Premier League just 3 years ago. The two made the jump from the GLPL (now the Premier League of America) to the National Premier Soccer League, after the inaugural 2015 campaign. They joined a very talented and experienced Great Lakes West (now Great Lakes Conference) having to square up against clubs like Lansing United (won the Midwest Region in 2014) and Detroit City FC. But that didn't slow down either of these clubs and Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor finished first and second, respectively, in the Great Lakes.
Monday's match will be the 5th contest between the two sides with Grand Rapids having the upper edge all time, 2-1-1. Ann Arbor's first victory over GRFC came last May with a decisive 3-1 result.
Grand Rapids has earned 7 points in just 3 games with Ann Arbor winning 4 of the first 5 matches for 12 points. Tomorrow's contest will be a good opportunity for AFC to bounce back following their first setback of the season against Lansing United on Friday.
Ann Arbor will have to look elsewhere for scoring after National Player of the Week, Dario Suarez, earned a red card after Friday's match.
Fans are encouraged to wear white for the first ever "White Out" at Hollway Field to commemorate the all new white kits going on sale. Tickets are on sale online until midnight tonight at a discounted rate or can be bought at the gate tomorrow after prices increase.