Maryland Bobcats vs Michigan Stars (2021 NISA Legends Cup Group Stage)

April 19, 2021
2021 Legends Cup
Maryland Bobcats vs Michigan Stars
Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN

Maryland Bobcats 1, Michigan Stars 1
MS: Joseph Aidoo (Thomas Suchecki) 75′
MB: Olakunle Banjo (PK) 82′

Yellow Cards:
MB:  Yaya Fane 17′
MS:  Joseph Aidoo 41′
MS:  Kyle Nuel 52′

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MICHIGAN STARS
Starting XI

Tatenda Mkuruva – GK
Tekodah Lobsiger – D
Joseph Aidoo – D
Carl Schneider – D
James Abraham – D
Devon Amoo-Mensah – D
Steve Juncaj – M
Zachary Reynolds – M
Waleed Cherif – F
Kyle Nuel – F
Alexander Satrustegui – F

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MARYLAND BOBCATS
Starting XI

Joel Isyaq – GK
Javon Dawkins – D
Davey Mason – D
Josselin Possian – D
Nero Cooper – D
Pilawe Pato – M
Bryan Argueta – M
Yaya Fane – M
Alex Kao – M
Olakunle Banjo – F
Nicolas Brown – F

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Two feisty teams finished out the group stage play.

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After a scoreless first half, the Stars took a lead in the 75th minute with a goal by Joseph Aidoo, assisted by Thomas Suchecki.  One more goal by the Stars would put them in the semi-final match against Detroit City FC.

And one more goal was scored when Maryland was awarded a penalty kick.  Kay Banjo buried it in the 85th minute, and with it, the Stars hope to play in the semi-final match.

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At the conclusion of the group stage, the standings looked like this:

Wins Draws Losses Points GF GA GD
Chattanooga FC 2 0 0 6 7 1 6
Detroit City FC 1 1 0 4 2 0 2
1904 FC 1 1 0 4 3 2 1
Los Angeles Force 1 0 1 3 4 6 -2
Michigan Stars 0 2 0 2 2 2 0
Cal United Strikers 0 2 0 2 1 1 0
Maryland Bobcats 0 1 1 1 2 3 -1
Stumptown AC 0 1 1 1 1 3 -2
New Amsterdam FC 0 0 2 0 2 6 -4

Four matches would be played, based on seeding, on April 22, 2021.

Stumptown AC vs New Amsterdam FC (11AM)
Cal United Strikers vs Maryland Bobcats (2PM)
Los Angeles Force vs Michigan Stars (5PM)
Detroit City FC vs 1904 FC (8PM)

Chattanooga FC, finishing first, earned the bye and would face the winner of the Detroit City FC/1904 FC match for the 2021 NISA Legends Cup.

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