Milk Means More Match Preview: AFC Ann Arbor vs Michigan Stars [5th Annual Memorial Day Classic]

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AFC Ann Arbor return home for their first two-match weekend of the season as they welcome Michigan Stars to Concordia for the two teams’ second meeting of the season. The still-undefeated AFCAA will hope to taste victory over their in-state foes for the second time this season, while building off their first clean sheet of the season. The Mighty Oak battled Detroit City FC to a 0-0 draw away from home on Friday.

The first meeting between these two teams was the opening match of the NPSL’s Great Lakes Conference. AFC conceded early with a 64th minute Steven Juncaj opener, but after a sending-off in the 70th minute, Jordan Montoya found the back of the net twice in under ten minutes to get a 2-1 victory to open the season. With more players brought in to the side since the opener, AFC will certainly hope not to leave it until the final fifteen minutes to secure themselves a result in the match.

Speaking on more recent results, The Mighty Oak’s draw Friday means they are just one of two teams without a loss in NPSL play (Grand Rapids FC). While no goal could be found, Jack Hallahan was a constant threat and the clean sheet kept in a hostile environment and open, attacking, game, was a positive sign. Matt Braem earned the AFCAA Man of the Match thanks to some brilliant defensive work, while the supporters’ man of the match went to keeper Ian McGrane who helped keep AFCAA in the game with some huge stops.

The match will be the second men’s match at Concordia University and the men are seeking their first victory in their new home. Amadou Cisse scored the first goal at Concordia in AFC history and as a super sub Cisse has proved invaluable to the side.

The Opponent


Stars are 0-2-0 and have been out of action in the NPSL falling to Detroit City 1-0 at home. Stars will make their first road trip of the season for this Memorial Day match. Despite the slow, early, start, it is indeed still early in the season. Stars have defended well early in the season, conceding three times in two games, and both goals in the previous match coming a man down.