Laimbeer and Eskilson also highlight the top MLS prospects in the Big Ten, the upcoming players to watch and who has the team to make it to the 2014 National Championship in Cary, N.C.
Stepping up is a simple concept, but it is harder to do when a championship is on the line and it is in front of the home crowd.
Lansing United stepped up on the biggest stage of their season so far by earning a 2-1 victory over the Fort Pitt Regiment in 120 minutes.
“It’s unbelievably tough. I mean you watch high level tournaments, players have a minimum of three days to rest, so for us to turn around and come back a day after, speaks to how well these guys have taken care of themselves throughout the year,” United head coach Eric Rudland said. “The quick turn around is just the passion and pride they have playing for Lansing United.”
In a 4-1 win against a Minnesota United Reserve team that had six professional players on its roster, Lansing United dominated from the start and stepped up defensively to earn a spot in the championship game.
“The message to our guys was, ‘Hey, to be the best, you have to beat the best,’ so let’s get it poppin’ and get it on and that’s exactly what they did in the first half,” United head coach Eric Rudland said.
Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
Without a doubt, the 2014 Lansing United season has been an unquestionable success.
Having just finished in first place of the Great Lakes West Conference in their inaugural season of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), Lansing United has come a long way since winning its first exhibition game back in May. This prosperity has grown out of the fundamental principle of working together as a team, something that has been stressed from the initial practices earlier this year.
Since 2000, the Spartans are 13-0-1 against the Broncos and are looking to maintain that streak in 2014.
In front of a crowd of 2,014 at DeMartin Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University, Lansing United tied Detroit City F.C., 2-2, to clinch a spot in the Great Lakes playoffs.
Through the first 19 minutes of the first half, both teams went back and forth, opening up a few scoring chances, but neither could convert.
In the 20th minute, United forward, Brian Cunningham, changed the game when he went on the counter up the right-hand side of the field and hit a low-driving cross towards the Detroit six-yard box, which found the head of United forward, Matt Brown, who flicked it on to the back post and scored.
In front of a record breaking crowd of 1,166 fans at Archer Stadium, United moved one step closer to clinching a playoff berth in the Great Lakes Conference.
The Indiana Fire possessed the ball in the early minutes of the first half, which gave them an early scoring opportunity off a free kick. Fire midfielder Thomas Schmitt converted the free kick in the seventh minute.
The Ramblers are 3-11-2 all-time against the Spartans and have only won once when playing in East Lansing.
Seven months have passed since the Michigan State men’s soccer team played their last soccer game against defending national champs, Notre Dame, in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans are looking to get back to the Elite Eight this season, but first they will have to make it through the new Big Ten and a few tough non-conference opponents early in the season.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil this past Thursday and with already a weekend of soccer now behind, The Pact held its first ever show devoted mainly to soccer.
To begin the show, Fino and Faith welcomed Lansing United owner Jeremy Sampson as he watched the USA’s first match of the World Cup live at a local pub. Jeremy shed light on the recent successes of the local amateur soccer team both in the standings and in the team finances and the community.
Impact Sports presents an in-depth preview of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Dan Krier and Brooks Laimbeer break down each of the eight groups for this year’s big soccer tournament in Brazil and make picks on the final game.
From the opening minute of the match, Lansing United constantly put pressure on the AFC Cleveland defense.
United midfielder, Brendan Finnerty, started the pressure in the 9th minute by hitting a shot from 25 yards out. The shot was deflected out-of-bounds for a corner kick, which was only the beginning of the amount of corners United would receive.
In a physical game in which the flow of play went back and forth, Lansing United could not find the back of the net.
“I was proud of the guys’ effort. First half, I thought it took us a while to settle in to the game, the environment and the opponent.,” United head coach Eric Rudland said. “Made some changes at halftime, I thought in the second half, I was really proud of our effort, creating some phenomenal opportunities.”
After scoring zero goals in their home opener, Lansing United seemed to have no trouble finding the back of the net on Sunday night against the Michigan Stars, especially their captain, Matt Brown.
Brown traveled 3,696 miles from his hometown of Dordon, England to play soccer for United, and he showed the crowd why team owner, Jeremy Sampson, and manager, Eric Rudland, wanted him on the team.
In front of a crowd of 975 fans on Friday night, Lansing United opened up their first National Premier Soccer League season against the Indiana Fire at East Lansing Soccer Complex.
“It definitely was a good surprise,” Michigan State University starting goalkeeper Zach Bennett said. “I didn’t know 900-some were going to come out tonight, so it was really awesome to see the support.”
At Michigan State, the student sections for football, men’s basketball and hockey are filled to the brim with die-hard fans.
Over the past two years, a new student section has grown and can be heard banging a drum and chanting from the Sparty statue all the way to DeMartin Stadium.
Paul Gilbert, the new volunteer assistant coach for the MSU men’s soccer team, stops by the studio to talk about his new role with the team. Starting goalie Zach Bennett and backup goalie Quinn McAnaney also stopped in to talk about goalkeeping and what it is like to work with Paul.
Zach and Quinn also tackle the challenging, but always entertaining, player questionnaire. What teammate do they never want to score on them during practice? Who is the most athletic person on the team? What women’s soccer player do they believe can score on them?