As we near the midway point of the season, the Midwest Conference has begun to distinguish the leaders from the chasers.
Matchweek 8 brings fans of the National Futsal Premier League a Midwest doubleheader as division leaders Grand Rapids OLé host Futsal Factory Academy in a Michigan rivalry match, while Cadence SFC take on Detroit Imperial Futsal in Chicago for the second time in 3 weeks.
Grand Rapids OLé (H) VS. Futsal Factory Academy (A)
Undefeated Grand Rapids OLé are fresh off a Matchweek 7 road win against Cadence SFC that was perhaps tighter than many expected. Nonetheless, they'll be looking forward to a home game against winless Futsal Factory Academy, a team they dispatched 3-0 on Futsal Factory's court in Matchweek 2.
For Futsal Factory Academy, they need to snap their losing streak and start picking up points - fast. If they don't, they'll be out of the playoff picture with several games to play this season and for a squad that's got as much talent and NFPL experience it would be a massive disappointment.
Can Futsal Factory jumpstart their season? Will Grand Rapids OLé continue to dominate the Midwest? It all goes down on Saturday, January 27th!
Grand Rapids OLé:
Futsal Factory Academy:
Cadence SFC (H) VS. Detroit Imperial Futsal (A)
These two teams met in Chicago just 3 weeks ago in Matchweek 5, a one-sided season opener for Cadence SFC as they fell 6-14 against a rampant Detroit Imperial Futsal side.
Cadence looked significantly better in Matchweek 7 as they pushed Grand Rapids OLé to the brink in a closely contested 11-13 loss. Can they continue that upward progress and secure a huge win against high-flying Detroit Imperial, or will Detroit Imperial continue to distance itself from the rest of the division in the hunt for a playoff spot?
We'll find out on Saturday night!
Detroit Imperial Futsal:
WHERE THINGS STAND:
Futsal Factory and Cadence SFC have opportunities to claim a big scalp from the top of the division and make things competitive this season - will they?
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