PDX FC at Spokane Shadow Match Preview
PDX FC will hit the road for the first time this weekend as they travel to Spokane to take on Spokane Shadow on Sunday, June 4th. After a week off of NPSL play, PDX FC remain top of the table in the Northwest Conference. Spokane played to a 1-1 draw against Kitsap Pumas and a 1-1 draw against OSA FC in a double header last weekend and currently sit third in the table. This contest will be an important match early in the season for the Northwest Conference.
PDX FC won their last match in dramatic fashion thanks to a late winner from Brennan Weber against Pierce County FC on May 20th. PDX FC goalkeeper, Oscar Torres, was awarded man of the match thanks to a couple of critical saves to keep his team in the match. Torres and PDX will play an away game for the first time in the club’s history this weekend and the keeper is confident looking ahead.
“We are definitely confident, getting 3 points in each of those first two games was huge and our attitude is good,” said Torres after a training session. “We do need to sharpen up some things defensively and focus on getting a few clean sheets moving forward.” PDX FC have conceded penalties in both of their matches this season, the only two goals the club have allowed.
The 2017 season is the inaugural season for PDX FC and the players are not the only ones making an NPSL road trip for the first time. Despite this being his first season in charge of the club, Head Coach Luke Babson knows the importance of good road performances.
“We know we are going to face a very talented Spokane team that has played well in their first three matches,” said Babson. “Getting road points is ultimately going to be very important deciding who wins our division, so this is a good challenge to go on the road and attack that task.”
Despite some time off, PDX FC put in two weeks of competitive practices and Babson believes the time off will be good for his team this weekend.
“I think it has been a good thing to have a little time off” said Babson. “It allowed a few guys to recover from some injuries. We have had some competitive training sessions the past two weeks and the guys are eager to get back out there and play again.”
This weekend’s match will be played at Spokane Falls Stadium. Kickoff is 2 p.m.