Let's hope the Rocket City United team bus gets good gas mileage. With 5 matches on the road before their home opener on May 30, RCU will travel 2464 miles round trip to face foes in four different states. I'm sure there are first division teams in Europe that don't travel that much in a full season.
RCU start their month long odyssey this weekend on the road against new NPSL squad Saturn FC of Atlanta. They'll follow that with relatively short jaunt to Birmingham next Saturday to meet another NPSL newcomer, Pumas FC. Then it's on to Clinton, MS the following weekend to take on the Mississippi Brilla of the United Soccer League's Premier Development League. Memorial Day weekend sees RCU travel to Jacksonville, FL for US Open Cup Qualifying for USASA Region III where they will play 3 matches in as many days.
About this weekend's game… RCU goes into the NPSL regular season with a preseason record of 3 wins and 2 losses. Meanwhile, Saturn FC comes into the season looking to rebound from it's disappointing 0:2 loss in the Atlanta Copa Hispana to fellow NPSL side and "Atlanta Classico" foe, Atlanta FC.
The teams have met before in Superliga competition, splitting their two matches in high scoring affairs. RCU took the first encounter in Huntsville by a score of 4:2. The return fixture saw RCU on the wrong end of 3:7 goal fest in the final game of Superliga season.
RCU Coach Greg Petersen is expecting "a competitive match" and by the goal tallies of there two previous meetings, the goalkeepers are sure to have a busy day.