It's that time again! Time for another week of season debuts, divisional rivalries, opportunities for revenge and more! Can Flint City Bucks undo a critical loss from last season? Can Thunder Bay Chill or FC Manitoba gain a hold on Canada? Here are our Matches to Watch for Week 4!
Sat. May 28, 7:00 p.m. ET
One of the most enticing matchups in the entire country during this early-season period, Kalamazoo FC and Flint City Bucks are two of the best teams in the Central Conference. A 1-0 Bucks loss to eventual champions Des Moines Menace prevented them from meeting in last year’s playoffs, but this will be the first time the two teams meet since their June 16 meeting in 2021. That match went Kalamazoo’s way, 1-0, and Flint City ended up coming second in the division by just two points. They’ll be looking to flip the script this year – neither Flint City Bucks nor Kalamazoo FC have dropped points yet. One of them must.
Wed. May 25, 7:00 p.m. ET
A battle for supremacy in Florida awaits these two clubs. While Nona FC sits at the top of the Southeast Division with nine points, they’ve played four matches. The Villages won their sole contest, and Florida Elite Soccer Academy have gained seven points out of their first possible nine. Whoever wins this contest will have the inside track for first in the division to compete with Nona. Last time these two teams competed during last year’s regular season, The Villages came away with the 1-0 win. Florida Elite Soccer Academy will be looking to get a different result, this time at The Villages home venue.
Thu. May 26, 6:30 p.m. ET
How does a rematch sound? These two teams played a belter of a match last Monday, as West Chester walked away 4-2 winners. Lehigh Valley were matching West Chester goal for goal through the first 75 minutes, before two late scores pushed the visitors over the line. Now, Lehigh Valley will be making the reverse trip, hoping to stop themselves from stretching one loss into two. West Chester, meanwhile, will be looking to get their second straight win after losing their opening match.
Fri. May 27, 7:05 p.m.
It’s a big weekend in the Mid-Atlantic Division! The current top two in the division are Reading United and Real Central New Jersey. They’re both leading in points and in points per match, so this match will be for the top spot in the division. Reading United currently sit with five points through three games, while Real Central New Jersey are a point behind them with a game in hand. Depending on the result between West Chester and Lehigh Valley United, there could be a large amount of movement in the division this week.
Sat. May 28, 7:00 p.m. CDT and Sun. May 29, 1:00 p.m. CDT
How does a trip up north to Canada sound? That’s exactly what we’ve got between Thunder Bay Chill and FC Manitoba. They’re the last teams to get their season started in the ultra-competitive Deep North division, and they’ll look to start off on the right foot north of the border. The trip from Thunder Bay’s home of Chapples Park to Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex in Winnipeg isn’t a short one – nearly 450 miles on the road – but the matchup will be for League Two supremacy across all of Canada. They’ll play each other twice over the weekend, so it all gets decided here, barring a playoff meeting.
Sat. May 28, 7:00 p.m. CDT
And now we take a trip 1,700 miles south for this battle of Texas teams. These are currently the two top teams in the Lone Star division , both with a game in hand over third-place Houston FC. The stakes of this game have to still be determined, as Corpus Christi must still play AHFC Royals, and Round Rock must play Houston, but the division’s top two teams will meet right after both of those matches. It’s sure to set the tone for the season for the division.