Kickoff Time & Location: June 20 @ 5:00 pm, Chicago Lions for Hope Sports Complex
Chicago City faces its toughest test of the season. This time it is not a single opponent, but multiple, as City looks to take on two Lake Michigan Conference teams this upcoming weekend
The Green Bay Glory will come to visit the South Side first. You can read all about that match via the preview article on the City website. Milwaukee Bavarians will visit the next day.
While both teams are rooted at the bottom of the Lake Michigan Conference table, City will have their hands full as not only the Glory, but also Bavarians, have yet to win a match thus far and, therefore, will be desperate for the points.
Thankfully, Bavarians will not have a significant advantage over Chicago City as they, too, have to play two games over the weekend. On top of that, both matches for City will be played at home on the beautiful turf of the Chicago Lions for Hope Sports Complex.
The inevitable fatigue would surely worry any fan, player, or coach. However, Chicago City Head Coach and reigning Conference Coach of the Year Nick Mulvaney does not seem too concerned.
“We will have a full squad for the whole weekend,” Mulvaney said, “which is the first time this season, so we have plenty of options for both games.”
Mulvaney and his staff will have not one, but two opportunities to rebound from the bitterly disappointing loss last weekend, when they fell 2-1 to Chicago Dutch Lions.
“A frustrating loss as we played really well both halves,” Mulvaney said. “We created multiple chances but again, could not finish. They only had three [chances] and scored two. Disappointing but again, I can only be positive from the performance and hope it kicks us on again going into this weekend.”
City Captain Gabby Whittinghill echoed Mulvaney’s sentiment about finishing chances but stressed that the squad is focusing on moving forward.
“Down to the end we continued to create chances but couldn’t get it done. The last 45 minutes were tough because it felt like we were doing so much right and could not get the job done. But regardless of that, we kept at them.”
Whittinghill continued, “We are focusing on us this week and continuing to learn and grow. Our focus is on the controllable, which is us and how we play. Both games will have similar game plans with a few little changes here and there, but our focus will remain the same.”
Unlike the Glory, Bavarians have achieved a result this season, a 1-1 draw against the Dutch Lions, the same team City lost to last weekend.
On top of that, Bavarians have only given up two goals in two matches, including one to conference-leading Red Stars Reserves, making it even more important to take advantage of the chances City does create.
“Having a double-header is always tough,” Whittinghill said. “We have been having a good week of practice focusing on areas to improve upon as well as getting in the right headspace. Coming off the tough loss we are motivated and eager to come out strong.”
City will certainly need to have that mentality if they are to take a result against a good team the day directly after another tough match. We will see how it all plays out this weekend on the South Side of Chicago.