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Game Preview: Liquid Football prepares for the Michigan Jags

Prepare for an exhilarating showdown as Liquid Football’s (0-1-1) next encounter is with the Michigan Jaguars (2-2-0), the first team for one of the largest travel teams in Michigan. Many of the Jags' players are former players from the travel team, and many of them play soccer in college, a majority playing for U of D Mercy. This match carries immense significance as it has the potential to shape the trajectory of both teams in the league, sparking a wave of anticipation among fans and supporters. 

The Jags are soaring high on the wings of a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Michigan Stars U-23. This game was a true testament to their resilience, with the Jags leading 2-1 at the half. Despite the Stars equalizing in stoppage time, the Jags, displaying their mettle, responded just over a minute later to reclaim the lead just before the final whistle, inspiring all with their never-give-up attitude. 

In Liquid’s last game, they battled against Futsal Factory Acadamy in their home opener and won a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Liquid pounced early with a fantastic volley from outside the box by Papi Gueye that flew into the top corner to make it 1-0. Just over 20 minutes later, the Futsal Factory equalized when FFA cleared their defensive zone and the ball right to the feet of an FFA attacker, who was making a run, onside, and on a breakaway. He noticed Liquid Football keeper Esmail Haidan was off his line, so he shot it from 30 yards out, and it floated over Haidan’s head and into the net to make it 1-1. The second half was dominated mainly by Futsal Factory. Liquid struggled to gain possession and create chances, while FFA had the most possession and significant scoring opportunities. Liquid survived and earned a point.

Last season, Liquid beat the Jags 1-0 in a hard-fought game on a cold, stormy evening with a 30-minute weather delay. Both teams were locked in a dead heat in the first half and went into halftime 0-0. Liquid dominated the second half, but the Jags goalie made considerable saves to keep the score level. Bosh Tanyi opened the scoring in the 79th minute on a one-on-one with the keeper and finished it near post to make it 1-0 Liquid Football. There was a flurry of chances for the Jags at the end of the game, but the ball stayed out, and Liquid would survive for their second win in a row, which would turn into a nine-game unbeaten streak.

This weekend is critical for both teams, which have games on Friday and Sunday. Jaguars have a chance to jump up in the standings, and

Liquid has an opportunity to go above .500.

Liquid Football plays Michigan Jaguars on Friday, June 7, at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. 

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