After a short turnaround, Liquid Football (5-2-1) plays the “undefeated” Thundercats (4-3-1), in a massive game with major title race implications on the line.
Liquid Football jumped up to second place on Thursday after beating Michigan Stars 2-1. Liquid Football took the lead late in the first half with a tap-in from Waseem Muthana. The Stars equalized early in the second half. Moments later, Liquid Football retook the lead off an own goal after Hasib Lekic’s long throw-in deflected off a Stars defender into the back of the net.
The Thundercats jumped up to third place after beating red-hot Troy United in comeback fashion. After Troy United took the lead, the Thundercats were awarded a penalty in the 75th minute, which Collin Arce converted to level the score 1-1. A few minutes later, Diego Arce received a perfect pass that threaded the needle through the Troy United defense. Arce received the ball on his right foot, and with the defender on his left side, he used his body to give him space and blasted it past the Troy United goalie to make it 2-1. The Thundercats remain undefeated except for a forfeit.
The Thundercats are a very fit and fast team. Not only that, but they have experience. They have many college players and veteran leadership from former MLS player, Greg Janicki.
Liquid Football’s last game was the debut of two new signings, Dylan Wismont and Aram Shabo. Where there was addition, there was also subtraction. Early in the game, there was a heavy challenge on Aladji Kourouma. It caused a bad ankle sprain, and he will likely be out for the rest of the season.
Liquid Football was also without Bosh Tanyi and Cyrus Saydee last week. Tanyi and Saydee will be back, which will significantly boost the offense.
Players to watch
Greg Janicki- Janicki is a former MSU and MLS player. He played in a combined 20 games for the Vancouver Whitecaps and DC United. Janicki is a veteran presence that is important to have in a young team.
Diego Arce- Arce scored the winning goal in their last game against Troy United.
Bosh Tanyi - Returning to the team this week after playing for the Detroit City FC USL Academy, Tanyi is back in the lineup and will be a real attacking threat.
Dylan Wismont- Former Carpathia FC player, Wismont had a great debut on Thursday. He kept possession of the ball in midfield and distributed the ball well, creating many opportunities
The game is on Monday, July 10th, in Grosse Pointe Woods at University Liggett School. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.