Greenville, SC - The Greenville Triumph Soccer Club returns to the Upstate to face the New England Revolution II this Saturday, October 16th at 7:00 PM presented by RSN Promotions. The match pits the third and fourth-place clubs in the League One standings against one another as the 2021 regular season reaches its final weeks.
Magic Number at 5: Saturday's match is pivotal to the playoff push for both clubs, with the sides entering the game one point apart in third and fourth-place, respectively. A win for Greenville ,combined with two clubs in the trio of Tucson, North Texas, and Toronto drawing or losing, would see the Triumph join Omaha and Chattanooga clubs to clinch a playoff spot. A win for New England would make Greenville's 10/23 match against Chattanooga that much more important for the Upstate side.
Going streaking: Greenville streaks in to Saturday riding a six-match unbeaten streak. During their run, they've drawn a white-hot FC Tucson and dealt an extremely rare home loss to Union Omaha to prove they belong amongst the league's best clubs. New England enters the match as a different team than the one that conceded a hat trick to Marios Lomis in a 3-0 home loss at Gillette Stadium. With only one loss in New England's last five matches, Triumph head coach John Harkes knows how critical the opening minutes of the match will be as they look for another win.
"The way we start has been very good during our run, and we'll need to set the tone right away against a quality side," said Harkes. "Can we press early and get immediate pressure, cause chaos. If we do that, we favor our style of play in this and any game."
Midfielder Noah Pilato was a full participant in training this week for the first time since suffering a back injury in early May.
Paul Christensen was named to USL League One's Team of the Week following his clean sheet against Union Omaha last Saturday.
Goalkeeper Dallas Jaye returned to the club late this week after starting two matches for Guam in international play.
Injury Report: JJ Donnelly (F): Out for season, Noah Pilato (M): Doubtful
League One Standings: Greenville's sits in third place with 38 points, six points behind league-leading Omaha.
The Greenville Triumph Soccer Club plays their last home match of the 2021 regular season as they host Fan Appreciation night on Saturday, October 23rd against the Chattanooga Red Wolves at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.