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Bellingham United FC plays its next two games on the road and both will take place over Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday May 26 the team will travel to Okanagan Challenge, then drive back for a Sunday May 27 afternoon meeting with PoCo City FC.
by Kyle Elliott for BUFC
It is the second and final regular season meeting between United and Okanagan. The Hammers beat Okanagan 5-0 on Mother’s day this year already.
“While we had a decisive victory over them a week ago, I really expect a tougher squad at their place,” Head Coach Lance Calloway said. “I heard that they are going to be getting some players back on defense to help solidify it and they are going to look for revenge.”
United is also recovering from some injuries to players.
“We need to take care of some off the field issues as well,” Calloway said. “We have to manage it being a long road trip in the bus and getting guys healthy.”
Drew Smiley, Matt Zigulis, Mason Webb and Greg Young are all recovering from injuries and will look to make their way back into the lineup in the near future.
The second game will be the first meeting between the teams. Both are new additions to the league this year.
“PoCo City plays a physical game from what I hear,” Calloway said. “They have only played one match so far, a 2-1 victory over Okanagan.”
The team is obviously looking to bounce back from a 1-2 loss from Victoria United on Sunday May 20, but the team is looking for more too.
“We have been playing well these past few matches,” Calloway said. “But we need to finish in the final third. That will be our focus this weekend. I want to see us pull together a complete march on the road as we have yet to play a solid match on the road. I want to change that this weekend.”
United’s next home game is June 3 against Khalsa Sporting Club at Civic Field at 3 pm.