Keep Your Enemy Closer: FC Motown

Aug 2, 2018

MIAMI (August 2, 2018) - The Miami FC 2 squares off against FC Motown in the final match of the 2018 NPSL Season on Saturday, August 4. The NPSL National Championship is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Drew University. 

How They Got Here
FC Motown has played the most matches of any NPSL team in the playoffs, with the NPSL National Chmapionship marking the sixth time the New Jersey team will play an elimination match.

In the Conference Playoffs, Motown dispatched FC Monmouth with a comfortable 4-1 victory, before suffering for 120 minutes and taking out West Chester United in penalties, in the Conference Final.

In the Northeast Region Playoffs, Motown found the sledding easier. A three-goal shutout of FC Baltimore was followed by a 3-2 road victory over New York Cosmos B, in a match where Motown was up 3-0 until very late in the match.

Motown's win in the NPSL National Semifinal was one for the history books, as the home side found a late-winner with mere seconds left on the clock, three minutes into stoppage time of extra time.

NPSL's Cream of the Crop
It can easily be argued that FC Motown was the best team in the entire NPSL throughout the whole season.

Motown's 40 goals scored during the regular season ranked second-best in the 96-team NPSL, and its measly five goals given up tied for the third-best mark in the league. 

The New Jersey side's massive plus-35 goal differential easily ranked as the highest mark in the NPSL, and the team has improved that number to plus-44 over the course of the playoffs.

Motown's lone loss of the season came on the final regular season matchday, when its top seed in the conference was already secured and key players were rested for the playoffs.

Players to Watch
Christopher Katona has been on absolute fire during the postseason, and he's one of the main reasons Motown has made it this far. 

The Stockton University product scored a brace in Motown's Keystone Conference Semifinal and has totaled four goals in five matches throughout the playoffs. 

A natural forward with great height (6-3) and techincal ability, Katona can beat a defense through the ground or through the air. Miami's center backs must be wary of his positioning throughout the whole match.

Dilly Duka is the engine in midfield that keeps Motown running smoothly.

Duka's a two-way midfielder who can break up counter attacks and transitions as well as he can create opportunities with his dribbling ability and vision.

A man with plenty of experience, Duka has played for MLS sides Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire, Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls. He has also represented the United States at the under-20 and under-23 levels.