Sioux Falls City FC is asking for fan support for Friday’s pivotal game

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – Friday night at Bob Young Field is the site of the most anticipated game in the WPSL this year: Sioux Falls City FC vs. Salvo SC.

While Bob usually sees a good crowd for every City game, the team is asking people to pack it for the biggest game in the team’s three-season history.

The Northern Conference has been the juggernaut of the WPSL this season. Sioux Falls City FC has quickly risen to the top in just its third year and currently sits in second place in the league’s power rankings. The team knows that no game is easy, especially with very few teams making the playoffs.

“You know who the top opponents in the conference are going to be. All are important because the margin for error is so small. So you can’t drop points against everybody and it’s been a little bit of a grind in the league this year, sometimes with unexpected results,” athletic director Joe DeMay said.

Their opponent on Friday night will be their toughest yet. Salvo SC are the only team above them in the power rankings, and their rivals in the Northern Conference. Salvo SC, last year’s league runner-up, enters the game 8-0-0 after beating every other conference opponent except Sioux Falls City, which is 7-0-0 and has one more game on the road Sunday .

Salvo SC can lock up the conference title and sole berth in the WPSL playoffs with a win on Friday. If Sioux Falls City wins, the team would still have to face St. Croix Legacy on Sunday. A point from a draw would be all City need to lock up the conference title without having to worry about the tie.

City’s players are aware of these scenarios but said they need to stick to training and play their style of play as it has led to their success this year.

“I think, honestly, the way our team goes at it, we have to treat it like any other game. We have to go at it like any other game because otherwise your nerves will get the best of you,” forward Keyera Harmon said. “So I think our team this week just did that, we have to treat it like any other game. Every game we go into hard, we’re going to go just as hard in this one.”

“We know what kind of game we’re going to play. It will be a tough game, it won’t be easy for us. But we’ve been preparing all summer for this,” goalkeeper Michelle Granja said.

What they have on their side is home turf. Bob Young Field has been one of the toughest places for visiting teams to play over the past three years and City always draws a big crowd. What I’m asking from Sioux Falls is their support Friday night as the city that is slowly becoming a soccer city hosts one of the biggest amateur soccer games of the year.

“Filling all the seats would be incredible, and we’d love to get as many people there as possible,” Harmon said.

“People have said it’s a low-key football hotbed that most people don’t know is a hotbed. It would be simply fantastic and would only show the growth and potential the club can continue to build. This is just the beginning,” DeMay said.

More information about the match and tickets can be found here. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m