2018 NPSL Record: 7-1-0, 3-1-0 away, 21 points
Little Rock Rangers
2018 NPSL Record: 5-3-0, 2-1-0 home, 15 points
FC Wichita was stunned in Saint Louis last week as they were handed their first Heartland Conference lost since June 17, 2017… against Little Rock. So, FC Wichita will not be walking into this match lightly.
FC Wichita sits atop the Heartland Conference Standing with 21 points. Those pesky Rangers are heading up and only six points back with two matches remaining for both clubs. FC Wichita needs at least a point to secure the conference crown after losing to Saint Louis. A draw and FC Wichita clinches the Heartland.
Last season, FC Wichita went to War Memorial Stadium and were handed a 1-0 loss. The Rangers have been a thorn in the side of FC Wichita over the last year or so. A draw and a loss for FC Wichita last season and it took a Nelson Landaverde stunner in the 92nd minute on May 19 to secure their first win over Little Rock since May 6, 2016.
FC Wichita will welcome back Leo Sosa, who missed the previous match with an injury. FC Wichita will be without Thomas Wells once again.
The Little Rock Rangers are a bit of a different team when FC Wichita played them back in mid-May. They’ve won four of their last five matches. They’ve won three in a row and two straight at home. Though, it should be said, their last two wins have come against Ozark FC, the 91st ranked NPSL club.
The Rangers are guest coached by Paul Stalteri this season. He’s former German Bundasliga player and Canadian National Team assistant. Current head coach Will Montgomery, the second year head coach, will still retain the head coaching duties.
The match is set to kick off at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. The FC Wichita and Little Rock women’s clubs will kick off before the men’s at 5 p.m. FC Wichita won that match 7-1 in their first meeting. Though, FC Wichita will be less than 48 hours from a previous match against FC Dallas.
The next time FC Wichita will be at home will be the season finale against Demize NPSL. FC Wichita will celebrate their Heartland Conference Shield before and after the match. With a donation, you can get into both the men’s and women’s matches for only $5. So, bring a donation to benefit the Harbor House and get in for $5. Wheat State Insurance Group is going to match any and all donations.