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What’s Up This Week – Onward From a Tough Weekend

Two games in two days is hard. Two games in two days with 14 hours of driving is harder. It was a tough weekend as we squared up against 3rd place Cedar Rapids and 5th place Croatian Eagles.

 Engel, calm in possession against Croatian Eagles
Engel, calm in possession against Croatian Eagles

A tough weekend made hotter by playing in above 90 degree temps both days. These factors showed, as we struggled to really find our groove this weekend, and fatigue was a definite factor for Saturday’s game. We walked away with 1 point of a possible 6.

The Cedar Rapids tactics book only had one page: The Long Ball aka the “Give it to the fast guy”. In middle school our fast guy’s name was Bob, and we called it the “Bobsled”. Anyways, I digress. The Rampage earned a PK near halftime and put it past Elder, despite going the right way and getting a hand to it. The Grumpy Crows continued to grow in to the game, but didn’t completely find their stride until the final 15 minutes. First with a wonderful chance off a freekick that was somehow saved after an attempt from 4 yards, and second when Goose played substitute Will Kidd in behind. He capitalized on the opportunity, and slotted to the right of the keeper. Rescuing a point from what seemed a loss was a big relief, and head coach Keith said that they can expect a rude awakening when we play at home.

Read FiftyFive.One’s take here.

 Duncan running his box
Duncan running his box

Spending the night in Crapids had on us back on the road Saturday morning, destination: Milwaukee. We were caught on the back foot out of the gate, still working to get the roadtrip wiggles out. An early chance brought a fine save out of goalie Duncan Werling, diving low and to his left, he needed to be quick and delivered by pushing the ball around the post for a corner. We settled in around 20 minutes, and the majority of the remaining half was spent very even, with decent chances from both sides.

In to the second half, it wasn’t long until we saw the only goal of the game. A mishit cross from the left was lost in the sun, and brushed an apprehensive Dunc’s fingertips as it dropped in to our net on the near post. As the half continues on, we start to see the effects of fatigue on the crows. Goose, going on an electric run (as he tends to do..) was met with a very hard challenge that saw his game time come to a close, as he was helped off injured.

His teammates responded well following the challenge, and brought a renewed energy to the rest of the game. We had a number of close chances, and one fair cry to bring goal line technology to the PLA.


Following the controversial clearance, we were caught on the break, but Dunc came up huge with a reaction save to keep the game 1-0. The energy continued, as we saw good chances in the 72nd, 74th, 81st, and finally 94th minute. Unfortunately none were good enough, as the final whistle sounded. 

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Moving Forward

We’ve got an above average week coming your way! Wednesday, we’ll be out tailgating the MN United Open Cup game against Sporting KC. We’ve got a beer with your name on it (until they run out) if you swing through. Catch us by the front gate, along the practice field fence with some fresh Summit and maybe even a smile or two at 5:30.

Another chance to hang with us! Thursday We’ll be out repping MCSC at Crooked Pint and at Brit’s for the US quarterfinal against Ecuador.

And the most important one of all! The Madison 56ers visit The Barnyard with a 4 PM kickoff. We promise the usual fun times, and you should be there.

We’re still in 2nd, and right in the thick of title contention as we move in to the second half of the season.

Everybody loves a title race, so don’t miss a second of it and

We’ll be there, You’ll be there. Now let’s get those three points.

Meet the players: Sammy With The Good Hair

One of the first signings by Minneapolis City, center midfielder Samuel Ruiz Plaza, or “Sammy with the good hair”, joins the Crows after a standout freshman season at D3 powerhouse Messiah College where he started 18 of 20 games full of highlights LIKE THESE.

Ruiz Plaza’s soccer career was kick-started in 8th grade with a year spent in Spain playing with the Ancora Aranjuez academy.

“We were in the second division, right under the top academy teams. that is really where I started to develop as a player.”

He returned to Minnesota and began to stack up a number of trophies and accolades.

At East Ridge High School he was a four-year varsity player, captain, all-state his junior and senior year and all-region his senior year. He racked up successes at club level as well, with two state championships with the St Croix Academy.

“I can’t wait to see him in this team, surrounded by these players” said Dan Hoedeman, the club’s Managing Director. “He has great vision and they can exploit it. Also, the guys have been drawing up haircuts they think they can talk “Sammy with the good hair” into and it could get legendary this summer.”

“Samuel was one of our top targets. He brings a little bit of flair to the team, a little bit of youthful exuberance” continued Hoedeman.

Ruiz Plaza can fit well in the midfield in a number of formations, and should dovetail with other midfielders on the roster like AJ Albers and Sam Forsgren.

“I wanted to be able to play soccer at a high level and MCSC gives me the opportunity to do so. I’m really excited about the team and gaining experience at a high level” said Ruiz Plaza.

He said “no comment” when pressed on his opening day hairstyle and referred all inquiries to “someone, anyone else.”

AJ Albers Signs With Mpls City

Minneapolis, Minn — The club are proud to announce that midfield tyro AJ Albers has signed with Minneapolis City. The central midfielder just finished his fourth season at the University of New Hampshire, where he started 46 of 56 games and will add steel and guile in the center of the park.

Head coach Keith Keicker commented “AJ has incredible athleticism and technical ability…and is an exceptional all around player who controls the center of the field.”

Albers grew up in Eagan and played youth soccer for Minnesota Thunder Academy and high school ball at Eagan High School, where he was All-State and All-Metro first team in 2011.

“We are excited to have AJ in the club” said Dan Hoedeman, City’s Managing Director. “Yet another hugely talented Minnesotan with a ton of playing options has chosen City, and I can’t wait to see him pulling strings in the midfield.”

“Right off the bat I felt that the coaching staff and the organization here were first rate, very experienced and that they are truly putting together a special club here” said Albers.

The midfielder continued, “based on all the previous signings and the talent pool still available, there will be a handful of amazing players coming together to make a hard team to beat and also an exciting team to play for.”

AJ Albers is Minneapolis City’s ninth first team signing so far as the team gears up for its inaugural season, which kicks off in Milwaukee on May 21 against Bavarian Soccer Club.


Two More Signings for City

Minneapolis, Minn — Minneapolis City SC announce the signing of two new players for the coming season, Minnesotans Matthew Gweh and Abdallah Bah.

“These are two of the most talented, hardest working players and good guys on and off the pitch, and both are big pick-ups for us” said head coach Keith Kiecker.

Matthew Gweh, from Apply Valley and Minnesota’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012, just finished his junior year at Valparaiso where he finished as second leading scorer for the Crusaders. 

“Matthew gives us some hard choices to make tactically” said coach Jeremy Iwaszkowiec “in a good way. We have a lot of talented attackers. Getting the most out of them is going to be a lot of fun.”

Abdallah Bah, who grew up in Osseo, is a ball-playing defender in the Rio Ferdinand mould. He plays his college ball at Post University in Connecticut.

“He’s such a smooth player, so confident on the ball, always in the right position” said Kiecker.

Anonymous donors who support the club’s mission of creating affordable opportunities for every local kid to play organized, high-level soccer has generously offered to house Matthew and Abdallah during the season.

“It’s fantastic that people in the community are supporting our mission in such a major way. Every little bit counts as we work to make a difference” said club Chairman Dan Hoedeman.

City have now signed nine players as they prepare for the 2016 Premier League of America season, which kicks off on May 21 in Milwaukee against Bavarian Soccer Club.



Major Signings From City

Minneapolis, Minn. – At the club’s launch event in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon, the Minneapolis City coaching staff announced six high-profile signings as the club gears up for its inaugural season in the Premier League of America.

Head coach Keith Kiecker commented, “our plan is to build a team from the best college players from Minnesota, supported by some savvy veterans. With these signings we announced today, we’re in very good shape for the season to come.”

Sam Forsgren, a forward from Northwestern, is the club’s first signing. Voted to the B1G All Freshman team his first season, and appearing in all of the Wildcats’ games his second, Forsgren is a dynamic midfielder who shows more respect for the ball than your grandfather showed for your grandmother.

“Sam gives us a threat up top that will make it difficult for opposing back lines to defend against.  He’s left footed making him versatile and dangerous throughout the field.”

Minneapolis native Duncan Werling, a goalkeeper committed to UCLA, is an agile shotstopper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet. He is known (around here) as The Neuer Of The Prairie™.

“Duncan brings an out of the gym type of athleticism and an unparalleled work ethic that will allow him to compete for a starting spot on Day 1.”

Trey Benhart is a powerful defender who has come into his own at Wisconsin-Green Bay, leading the team in minutes the past two seasons and turning the Phoenix into one of the Midwest’s meanest defenses.

“Trey will solidify our back line and provide great leadership on and off the field.  His composure on the ball, vision, and size will be an asset all over the pitch.”

Samuel Ruiz Plaza will slot into the midfield. A wizard with the ball at his feet and possessing great vision, Ruiz Plaza should turn his impressive freshman season at Messiah College into an equally impressive first season with City.

“He is technically smooth and tactically savvy. His strength is his distribution and we will depend on him to orchestrate our attack.”

Further strengthening the defense is Rahim Omar, a four-star recruit who chose Wisconsin-Madison. Omar marries defensive solidity with a smooth-like-a-calm-lake-ness on the ball and will be a huge asset to the team.

“I’ve watched him the past two years get bigger and faster without losing his ability on the ball. He will help anchor the back line while giving us an offensive threat out of the back.”

Will Kidd helped Como Park to their first state title in any sport and then followed it up by making seven appearances for Bradley University as a true freshman.

“He has unlimited potential because his skill and talent are matched by a willingness to run through a wall for his team. There is no quit in this Kidd. Pun intended.”

Minneapolis City travel to Milwaukee to take on Bavarians on May 21st for the club’s first competitive game.

“These signings are a great start, but just a start” said Technical Director Alan Merrick. “We will be looking at players in the coming weeks, looking to keep quality high while adding some veteran nous to build a team that can make some noise in this league.”

City Sign Tyler Johnson As Developmental Player

Minneapolis City are proud to announce the signing of Tyler Johnson, the club’s first developmental player signing.

As part of its mission to give every kid in our community the opportunity to play organized, competitive soccer, Minneapolis City is offering young players financial support and playing opportunities within the club structure.  The goal is to create an environment and supporting network of friends, mentors and coaches that helps prepare players for a college and post-college career on the field and off.

“By being in a professional environment the experience of being around the top college and men’s league guys will provide a learning curve on and off the field that no amount of coaching can provide” said head coach Keith Kicker. “As we look to grow the club and the level of play, the developmental players hold the key to our future success. ” 

Johnson plays youth club ball with St Paul Blackhawks and captained the Como Park High School team as a junior this past season, and looks to captain the team again next year. 

“Tyler epitomizes the effort, talent and soccer IQ that we want in all our players” continued Kiecker. “He has the drive and ability to play with us for years to come. I am certain that he will be a huge asset on and off the field for us.” 

“As a club, we are committed to creating opportunities for kids in our community” said MCSC Chairman Dan Hoedeman. “Tyler is a great kid. Giving him opportunities to train and play with the first team players in a competitive environment will only make him better as a player, and bringing him into the club will extend his personal network and help him beyond the field.”

Minneapolis City Joins The Premier League of America

Minneapolis, Minn – It is now official, and not just because it’s on the internet: SSC Minneapolis City has joined the Premier League of America, a 4th Division league in the US soccer pyramid.

“We are excited to join the Premier League of America” said SSC Chairman Dan Hoedeman. “Since 1977, our teams have been at the forefront of soccer in Minnesota and the PLA gives us a great opportunity to show our stuff and give our players a platform at a higher level.”

“Also, we get to play two teams from Milwaukee.” 

The PLA, which grew out of the former Great Lakes Premier League, will feature eleven teams in 2016. The current teams are located across five states, including Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.

“Our goal in 2016 is to continue to provide highly competitive soccer matches in a fan-friendly environment,” said PLA President Nate Stovall. “Minneapolis City brings a very good team and a quirky group of supporters to our league, and we can’t wait to see them in action this summer.”

“Nate is absolutely right” continued Hoedeman “though more people would surely want to see us in action if FIFA allowed that skin-tight onesie kit Cameroon wore. Oh well.”

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