SIOUX FALLS SCOUTING REPORT
This is a team that has the capacity to get a result from any side in the conference.
CITY SCOUTING REPORT
Speaking of goalkeepers doing important work, City beat TwinStars in the Minneapolis Derby last weekend but it was a closer-run thing that they would have liked after a string of excellent saves from TwinStars’ goalkeeper stymied the Crows’ attack.
Injuries and absences have disrupted the Crows season, with Max Kent, Samuel Ruiz Plaza, Luke Haakenson, Tim Wills, Nick Hutton and Myles Norville all missing significant parts of the season. Hutton and Norville, at least, have been playing their way back to full strength and should be match fit this week.
The positive from the injuries is players who have had an opportunity to shine. Jonah Garcia hasn’t set a foot wrong all season. Zuheer Al Abase has been impressive as an attacking fullback. And Aidan O’Driscoll pulled the strings on Saturday from an attacking midfield position. We haven’t even gotten to U23 call-ups like Eli Goldman, Noah Senn, and Mike Riley. There is depth in this team.
Is there the desire?
A late draw away in Rochester, the grit to dig out the TwinStars result, and this club sitting at the top of the table in a season where no breaks have gone their way indicates that there is. They will need it on Saturday, with the prize that a win sets them up for two massive games to make or break the season.