By: Caleb Hilliard
Memphis City Football Club has a chance to pick up their first win in the Premier Development League with back-to-back home games versus Peachtree City MOBA on Thursday night, May 31, and Saturday night, June 2.
Both teams are at the bottom of the Deep South Division and with all seven teams in the conferences so close in points, the two matches will allow MCFC to get back on track and make headway in the divisional standings.
A look at the opponent
Peachtree City MOBA is on the road for the first time this season. They began the season against interstate rivals South Georgia Tormenta FC. Despite being outshot 5-25, Peachtree City managed to escape the match with a 2-2 draw.
They faced the Birmingham Hammers in the second match of the season, picking up their second point. Peachtree City went up 1-0, but crumbled in the second half and the Hammers scored two second-half goals to force a 2-2 draw.
Peachtree City managed to score two goals again in the following match versus a winless SC United Bantams team, but fell short. The Bantams dominated from beginning to end and won 4-2, securing their first win of the season.
What to expect
Peachtree City is tied for the second-most goals in the Deep South Division with six, but leads the division with eight goals allowed. The team has a potent offense but allows opponents to jump out on the break, leading to multiple scoring chances for the opposition. They have allowed teams to come back late in matches, conceding five of their eight goals in the second half of games.
MCFC’s defense will need to have a strong two matches after being outshot 13-31 and conceding four goals in the two matches versus Brilla. The goalkeeping for MCFC has been solid so far this season. Victor Hoestbo is marking his place in net after recording 14 saves in two matches.
The midfield will be a key factor in these two matches for MCFC. David Zalzman looked sharp in both matches and will need to continue to get other players involved, which will create more goal-scoring opportunities. Zalzman looked to have chemistry with Peyton McKnatt and Jared Greene, and those partnerships should be on display versus Peachtree City.
Players to watch
Peachtree City MOBA forward Dean Foster
Foster started the season hot, securing a brace in a 2-2 draw against South Georgia Tormenta FC. He leads the team with 16 shots; the closest player to him has four shots, and he is tied for the team lead with two goals. Foster is Peachtree City’s target man, and they will look to him to score goals versus MCFC.
MCFC forward Jared Greene
Greene scored the go-ahead goal in the first match of the season, and was the only player to register two shots in the 0-2 loss at Brilla. Greene came on as a substitute in the first match and immediately made an impact in the final third. He started the previous match and should start as a forward against Peachtree City.